When I was younger, I remember my grandmother putting away her whites at the end of the summer. She was a lady who followed the rules, and “no whites after Labour Day” was no exception. Thankfully this maxim no longer applies, and our wardrobes are not dictated by seasonal colour codes! There are some useful suggestions, though, for introducing white into your winter wardrobe. Consider the following:
Introduce an element of the unexpected: Style your white tunic dress with opaque tights or knee-high boots, and don’t be afraid to use bold accessories. Image above: Chloé F/W 13/14 Look 6a.
Texture and fabric: Think leather, fur, mohair, felted wool. Pack away the linen and trade in your silk organza for a weightier charmeuse. Image above: Dear Golden vintage white rabbit fur coat.
The shade of white: Antique, cornsilk and smokier whites are more suited to an A/W palette. Save the cooler “snow white” shades for summer. Image above: Horses Atelier silk kimono dress in feather print.
Add Depth: Pairing whites with prints and/or with other colours thickens up your look. Image above: Melissa Nepton F/W 2013/14.
Pile on the layers: I think Isabel Marant really nailed this, didn’t she? Image above: Isabel Marant Fall/Winter 2013/14, look 18 (Clayne jacket, Alka dress, Slater top, Inko pants and Scarlet boots).