White is the perfect colour for winter. It matches everything and can brighten up even the greyest of days. It's all about layering, fit, and combining different shades like champagne, egg shell, off-white and even beige.
If you're not sure where to start, here are the perfect picks to liven up your closet:
1. The perfect coat
Dark coloured coats are the norm in winter and gets boring. Shake things up with a long white coat to make the perfect statement. It breaks up the constant stream of basic black jackets and is great for layering over any outfit.
2. The edgy vest (gilet)
Give your outfit an effortless charm with a V-neck vest. Not only is it the perfect piece for a night out, it’s also ideal for layering. You can dress it up with a little black dress, or made simply casual with a stylish pair of jeans.
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3. The cosy sweater
A knitted sweater is cute and adds a touch of style to any outfit. You can pull it off on a lazy Saturday afternoon on its own (sweater dress) as you curl up on the couch for a Netflix binge, or pair it with jeans for an afternoon lunch. If you’re not keen on pants, no problem. Keep things simple with an oversized sweater, slouchy boots and similar jewellery for a dinner date.
4. The statement ankle boot
They are perfect for work or fun and will match pretty much anything in your closet. Try a pair of snakeskin pattern ankle boots, its bright creamy undertones work well with any white outfit.
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5. The classic skinny jean
Most people fear this item of clothing in white, scared of it getting too dirty or not finding the perfect fit. It's all about finding the right cut and fabric. For a smooth and
non-sheer pair, a mid-rise pair in a stretchy polyester or spandex blend is your best bet. Jeans that graze your ankles offer a neat slimming effect. When it comes to pairing it with other items of clothing, it can go with almost anything, whether monochrome or with a pop of colour. It all works.
6. The pencil skirt
White in winter can also look good for formal events with a simple pencil skirt. Plus, it’s slimming too. Accentuate your curves with a sturdy but stretchy fabric and then belt the skirt to create a nice waistline. Pair the skirt with a cosy sweater and over-the-knee boots.
7. The winter-proof dress
White dresses are not only for the warm seasons. Pair them with great outerwear pieces. It can be your favourite summer lace dress with a leather jacket and boots to toughen up the look or pair it with opaque tights or a great cape coat.
STYLE TIP: If you choose to rock monochrome this winter, mix and match textures such as linen, cotton, and other materials to elevate the entire ensemble. Add dimension to the look by mixing varying shades of white and cream or you can pull in contrasting textures like heavy denim and super soft cashmere for a cool and casual look. Also, when layering your white pieces, mix pieces with graphic text, asymmetrical hemlines and prints.