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Fashion Challenge: Wear Winter White

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Miley Cyrus, Victoria Beckham, and Kate Moss in Winter White
Miley Cyrus, Victoria Beckham, and Kate Moss wearing winter white

I’m not sure who came up with the outdated fashion “rule” that warns us not to wear white between Labor Day and Memorial Day, but let’s just say I’d rather not take their advice — white is one of my favorite colors to wear, especially on the coldest days of the year. The crisp look of white in dreary winter is unexpected, bold, and ultra feminine.

If you’re looking for a way to stand out in a dreary crowd of black, brown, and navy blue, this week’s challenge is for you — try an outfit that incorporates winter white!

With only a few weeks left of winter and springtime on everyone’s mind, this week is the perfect time to work a few white pieces into an outfit. Before you change, whip out the camera and take a few snapshots and send them in — we could feature YOU here on our website to inspire other readers!

Excited to take on this week’s challenge? Read on for tricks on how to rock white clothes in the wintertime!

Tips and Tricks for Rocking Winter White

  • Off-white, ivory, and cream tones are easier to pull off during cold months than pure white is. Look for whites with beige tints subtly mixed in.
  • Fabric is really important to consider when wearing winter white. White knits, corduroys, leathers, thick cottons and heavy laces will all look great in the winter. Light materials such as linen and sheer fabrics look more summery, and will therefore be harder to pull off.
  • Toughen up a white outfit with boots, a knit hat, and a scarf. They’ll give your outfit an extra boost of winter style.
  • Although white pants can be worn in winter, this challenge will be easiest to rock with a top or a dress.
  • White coats look super chic and are a celeb favorite. (Just look at the photo above!) Seek out pea coats, trenches, and military-style coats in white for a fresh look.
  • (Faux) fur is a great way to rock this look as well. Fur is clearly a winter-appropriate material, and will give any outfit a luxurious feel.

Outfit Inspiration

How to wear winter white
Coat, Jeans, Gloves, Boots

The great thing about a white coat is that it will literally go with any top or accessory you have in your closet! I especially love this military-inspired trench. Keep it simple with a pair of black skinnies, brown ankle boots, and chic driving gloves.

How to wear a white dress in winter
Dress, Tights, Beanie, Boots

A white dress is unexpected, and will certainly make you stand out in a crowd during a night out on the town. Find one with long sleeves, like this one, to keep your look winter-appropriate. Pull on charcoal gray tights to keep you warm and a sexy pair of ankle boots for some height and a pop of muted color. Finish with a knitted flower beanie.

How to wear winter white with skinny jeans and boots
Sweater, Jeans, Boots, Necklace

Everyone should (and probably already does) own a basic cable knit sweater. I like this particular one because of its extra long torso and sleeves. Pair it with some skinny jeans and tough-looking combat boots to make the outfit look a bit edgy. Finish with a simple necklace.

Rocked the Challenge? Send us your Picture!

Did you wear winter white this week? Before you change clothes, take a couple snapshots and send them to fashionchallenge AT collegefashion.net along with your name, school, a description of what you’re wearing, and the URL of your blog if you have one. We’ll feature your photos here to help inspire other CF readers!

We can make you a celebrity overnight. :)

What Do You Think?

Do you ever wear winter white? Is it too close to springtime to try this challenge out? What rules do you follow to keep winter white look fresh and not out of place? What challenges would you like to see in the future? Let us know with a comment!

Posted on on February 24, 2011 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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22 Responses to “Fashion Challenge: Wear Winter White”

  1. 1
    February 24th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    love the look of winter white; so fresh looking amongst a sea of black peacoats. I think it’s not too close to spring to wear because it’s still snowing across the country!

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    February 24th, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Love this post! I especially love the combat boots in the third outfit, but the link already doesn’t work. Is there any way we could find out the brand information on them?

  3. 3
    February 24th, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I also love the lace up boots in the third outfit but the link doesn’t work. Please let us know the brand etc.

  4. 4
    February 24th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I love this! Ever since I saw Hanna froem Pretty Little Liars wear a ivory coat on episode 15 Ive been wanting to get oone! its so cute!

  5. 5
    February 24th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Oh and it would go perfectly with the knitted headband my aunt made me!, such a cute hair accesorie. Someone should really write about them. Its perfect for winter.

  6. 6
    February 24th, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Oh man I love that color. It’s like wrapping yourself up in a Polar Bear. So elegant and it goes with so many different variations as far as outfits go.

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    February 24th, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Hey girls! Thanks for the feedback. Try this link for the combat boots: http://www.polyvore.com/new_khaki_brown_military_combat/thing?id=29596213

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    February 24th, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I really love this. I love the look of a white coat like Miley’s with her white hat.
    I’d get it so dirty so quickly though!!
    I love the idea of a chunky white jumper though :]]

    Charlotte xxx

  9. 9
    February 24th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    These looks are so cute! But it’s practically spring here in Florida so I guess I’ll have to wait to see if there’s another cold snap.

  10. 10
    February 24th, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Love these posts! The third look you pulled together is super cute :)

  11. 11
    February 24th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I love this trend I have a Michael Kors Ski jacket in winter white and some boots super cute

  12. 12
    February 24th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I love this… It just snowed 21 inches and I had to shovel my car out of the parking lot. Why not look cute while doing manual labor. :)

  13. 13
    February 25th, 2011 at 5:55 am

    i love the maroon heels <3 im in love with winter white. :)
    xxx

  14. 14
    February 25th, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Why is this a challenge? I wear winter white all the time? I like first and third outfits though.

  15. 15
    February 25th, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    I LOVE to wear white, it’s one of my staple colours. So glad it’s in fashion now :3
    I’ll send in a picture sometime next week- hope you like it!

  16. 16
    November 18th, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I love all these outfits. I just died when I saw the leather gloves…. I’ve been dying for a pair like them.

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    September 13th, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    You mentioned winter white and off white. I don’t think this is what most people in the mid Atlantic states used to be concerned with wearing. I find that summer white looks wierd in the winter. Especially since the material is often very thin and inappropriate for the harsh weather. White coats work because they are made with material for warmth. Perhaps the old rule has something to do with science — white reflects sunlight, while dark absorbs sunlight. But, since there are no longer fashion rules, it’s okay to wear what you want, when you want.

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    November 13th, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    i am over 50 ,really over 60 but i don’t look it or act it nor do i dress like a matronly woman. my question is i have a pair of just below the calf high winter white boots , what colors do i wear with them and should my skirts be below the tops of the boots, i am 5’8 bit over weight now but i can still carry this off if i knew how to style it out.

    thanks ,

    Marym

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