If there’s one collective clothing style I love turning to when the temps get colder, it’s Winter Whites (cue snowflakes falling, a warm cup of cocoa, and melodic guitar riffs…maybe Zoey Deschanel’s vocals, too).
I find something so magical about matching the many shades of white of the snowy season, even now that I’m in Southern California and no longer actually dwelling in a snowy town. Dressing in all light tones feels polished and chic, no matter if it’s white leather trousers with heels or fuzzy boots with an oversized sweatshirt.
An All-White Winter Outfit So Easy It’s Worth The Coffee Spill
As someone who’s always on the lookout for effortless outfits, a winter white ensemble is also easy. So much so, that I think it’s worth any possible coffee spill or sticky toddler fingers.
I play by the rule (or lack thereof) that any light neutral works for this concept. In fact, I think adding colors of grey or brown or even black accents to a white/off-white/cream outfit is what makes the look feel beautifully pulled together.
I don’t stress about the white tones matching. Instead, I find that mixing and matching creamy tones gives a soft, subtle cozy effect. But if putting together an all-light outfit is out of your comfort zone, allow me to help by breaking down my personal process.
Start With Winter-White Trousers
Any white pants will do – denim, vegan leather, linen, snow pants, anything goes!
I’ve collected a handful of white denim that I love, but Agolde’s 90s Pinch Waist in Drum is probably the most versatile. In photos with all of that sunshine, they look bright white, but in real life, they are an off-white, creamy shade that is great for winter. The shade also makes it compatible for pairing with just about any white or beige-colored top.
Fit Notes: I’m wearing my true size in the Agolde 90s Pinch Waist, but they run a bit baggy for someone who has a very straight frame. When I purchased this style again more recently and chose to size down.
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Get Cozy In A Creamy, Drapey Sweater
In my twenties, I navigated towards everything black, especially in tops. At one point, I think dark tones were all that I owned. But if you were to take a peek into my closet now? My tops consist of something like 75% white, beige, and light brown shades!
While shades of white give off a very confident “I never, ever spill” attitude, in reality, I’m just really good at getting out stains. To me, the cozy, chic outfits are totally worth it. Plus, having a few of these stain removers sprinkled around the house, car, and diaper bag never hurts, either.
I’ve become quite infatuated with Jenni Kayne sweaters, but maybe even more so, in love with finding similar gorgeous (and less expensive) versions. One thing JK gets right — among many things — is the oversized, casual drape of their sweaters. When trying to achieve that same California coastal-inspired style, I look for sweaters with interesting stitching details, loose silhouettes, and creamy, neutral shades.
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Add Accessories With Similar Accent Color
Pulling accents for chic winter white outfits is perhaps the best part of this process.
I love shades of brown for an earthy, softer look, and shades of black if I’m feeling more classic and bold.
Grey tones are also incredible, and when picking boots and a purse in grey, the outfit gives off a relaxed, calm nature (just add a lavender latte).
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Top It Off With A Statement Coat
I don’t find myself grabbing coats as much in Southern California (especially when wearing a thicker sweater) as I did when in Michigan, but if you live somewhere cold, a winter-white outfit looks exceptionally good topped off with a statement coat.
Whether your winter wardrobe leans athletic and casual or more festive and fancy, there are so many different coats to top off the look. Personally, I like to take risks with coats because I’m less likely to ever be wearing them when a spill or mess happens, so washing isn’t really ever a need.
Choosing a coat that has fuzz and feathers is wildly fun, and now that I live in a milder climate, I even gravitate towards fleece and oversized vests.
To get more wear out of a white coat, I love layering them on top of any color-blocked outfit. Put together an all-black or all-brown outfit and add your white coat on top for a sharp finishing touch!
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