As we nestle into winter with our hot cocoas and warm wool blankets and coats, we begrudgingly look ahead to next few cold and dreary months. It’s tempting and so easy to bury inside that trusty black sweater every time you leave the house, but we’re here to remind you that winter dressing doesn’t have to be so drab. One of our favorite trends this season is the bright and airy winter white look. Going all white isn’t as scary as you might think, and we’re going to show you how to mix it up and look cool all winter long.
Winter white showed all over the runways for A/W 2012, even if just touched upon. There are surprisingly so many different takes on the trend, here’s how some of our favorite collections did it:
The Row: MK and Ashley stuck to their guns with their simple, monochromatic and refined looks. They showed us minimalistic, grown-up and super chic in head-to-toe ivory, a pared down version of too-bright white.
Alexander Wang: Alexander Wang’s version of winter white was lacquered and glossy, and not for the faint-of-heart. We’re talking shiny white pants, long white fringe, and even white fishnet turtlenecks.
Phillip Lim: The 3.1 Phillip Lim collection was sleek, sharp, and strong. Smart white looks came down the runway, in bold graphic shapes and deconstructed silhouettes.
Celine: Celine was all oversized coats and collars, and classic styling with a bit of an edge. We love the perfect-fit white pants and fresh knits.
Peter Som: Peter Som’s winter whites came with a dose of precision, sharpness, and sculptural details, with a bit of smart-sexy sheer organza peeking out.
Proenza Schouler: This take on white is a bit more daring, but still nothing to shy away from. Proenza Schouler brought us oversized, boxy shapes with tons of snaps, stiff white cottons, big pleats, and complex layers and garment construction.
Still not convinced? We think the trick to wearing whites is mixing shades and textures, and to do it in your own way. There are so many variations – eggshell, ivory, cream, super bright white – you get the idea. Mix materials and textures for an unexpected twist, like breezy silk with a heavy cable knit. Layer shades of white with collars, shirttails and sweaters, or opt for the off-white version of that suit or jacket instead of black. Or, go super simple and just switch out your regular old blue jeans for white jeans with your white tee, and you’re sure to turn heads without looking like a walking cotton ball.
We say, stay warm on the inside with an extra-hot mocha, but it’s cool to be icy on the outside in an all-white winter look. Just be sure to carry a travel detergent stick with you in case that hot mocha ends up on your white outfit!