Happy 2019! I hope your start to this new year has been peaceful and framed by the optimistic anticipation of all a new year can bring.
We are smack dab in the middle of winter and, probably like you, my winter wardrobe is front and center. It’s easy to gravitate to dark colors at this time of year. But wait! There’s such a thing as winter white!
We know that white pants after Labor Day is now a yes. In spite of this permission to keep my white jeans in my winter wear rotation, I rarely choose to wear white jeans during the cold-weather months. I wish I could give you a research-supported reason for this. But in actuality, the reason is: I’m just not comfortable wearing white in the winter.
That being said, I thought I’d try my white jeans with a dash of winter style. I agree that white in winter is a great look – it’s striking and fresh and clean and a little bit icy. It works.
I guess I just need to open my mind to the look.
I have three pairs of white jeans. My original idea was to style each of them with a different look. Each one is a different shade of white, so creating three outfits made some sense to me.
Here’s how that went.
Best Laid Plans
First of all, planning a post about white jeans immediately after the holidays – was I crazy?! White jeans are not forgiving – you know that too, right? They highlight every small figure flaw with a spotlight. So when one has been eating and drinking in crescendo fashion for 4 weeks and expecting to wear white jeans and feel good about it . . . well, let’s just say, expectations were not met.
Also, I had to nix the super white pair of jeans. It was just too bright for my comfort level at this time of year. Don’t get me wrong. I love the look on someone else. I just wasn’t feeling it.
The second pair is a bit of a strange off-white, kind of vanilla-y/pink-y. I wanted a more neutral color shade that could work universally for featuring some style ideas. That pair didn’t make the cut either.
What I like about the last pair, the one I ended up using for this post, is that it’s a shade of winter white – that off-white, soft kind of white.
Another wrench . . . I’d planned to style the jeans with some winter-look sweaters that I bought for that purpose (intending to return them after the photo shoot). OMG! All three sweaters looked awful. So scratch that plan.
I went directly to my closet and pulled out a few tops – which was kind of better. It demonstrates that it’s always possible to create new looks and fun outfits by mixing and matching different pieces that you already have.
White and Silver
I’ve always loved the combination of white and silver. The silvery gray sweater and light gray booties give continuity to the outfit. It’s a modern, clean look. The silver faux leather jacket is a long-time favorite. Unfortunately, it’s in need of being retired and I haven’t found a replacement, although I’ve been keeping my eyes open for a few years.
The pink bag (Kate Spade) is a fun accessory. I like to pair a contrast color bag with a low contrast outfit. (We have a new Kate Spade outlet store near me! Yay!)
In this outfit: Mother Denim white jeans in Looker, silver gray sweater, silver faux leather jacket, gray Caslon waterproof nubuck booties (Nordstrom), pink Kate Spade leather bag. (All items in this look are over a year old except the jeans and bag.)
A monochromatic look always works, especially when the colors are neutrals. With a monochromatic look, adding texture is a way to add interest, like the patchwork mix of shades in this top by Desigual that incorporates different tones of tan/beige/off-white and the texture created by the raw edges of the fabric.
In this outfit: Mother Denim white jeans in Looker, drape neck knit top from Desigual (purchased in Barcelona), Naturalizer suede booties, Louis Vuitton Speedy bag (30th bday gift). (All items in this look are over a year old except the jeans.)
White and Black
The contrast between white and black is stark. And it works. It’s a classic pairing and a combination that’s great for winter and also perfect for summer (when it gets here). Layering a jacket provides warmth and style. Adding a scarf with a pop of color is another way to incorporate texture and pattern for interest.
In this outfit: Mother Denim white jeans in Looker, Uniqlo black polka dot blouse, Style & Co. faux suede jacket (available in colors other than black), scarf – handcrafted in Oaxaca, Mexico (gift from my son), Josef Seibel black nubuck booties. (All are over a year old except the scarf and jeans.)
Yes or No to White Jeans in Winter?
I do love the look of white for winter, so I think I’ll give it a try in my actual daily style. How about you? Is this a look that intrigues you to brighten up your winter style?