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Outfits Under $100: Stand Out in Winter White

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Celebs & Model in Winter White
Natalie Portman, Gucci Model, Miley Cyrus, Julianne Hough

It’s long after Labor Day, but who says white is off limits? Rules were made to be broken, especially fashion rules. Lately, celebs and models alike have been rocking winter white on the red carpet, the runway and even on the streets of Paris (like the stylish Miss Hough in the photo above). Whether you’re walking around campus, heading to a fancy party or just attending class, you can easily and inexpensively incorporate white into your winter wardrobe.

Here are three chic and cheap outfits that will have you standing out in winter white:

Outfit #1: Snowy White Outerwear

Outfits Under $100: Winter White Outerwear
Product Info: Coat, Turtleneck, Beret, Pants, Boots

Though you might expect white outerwear to blend in with winter’s snowy surroundings, the truth is that you’ll stand out amidst a sea of standard black and blue coats.

This is an accessible outfit for fashionistas looking to ease into the winter white trend; wearing a white coat is by far the least daring way to try this style. Try wearing a white turtleneck under the coat for monochromatic look, which was a recent runway trend. Add a red beret, and this white and black ensemble will become undeniably chic.

Outfit #2: Little White Dress

Outfits Under $100: Winter White - Dress
Product Info: Dress, Swing Coat, Flats, Tights

Instead of a little black dress for winter parties, try a little white dress a la Natalie Portman (shown in the photo above). A white dress isn’t just for summer, particularly if you control how much skin you’re showing. Adding opaque tights and a retro-inspired swing coat is a chic and classy way to stay covered.

Although LWDs are appropriate for winter, don’t just recycle your white dresses from summer. You should avoid light, summery fabrics like eyelet or cotton in favor of chiffon or silk for the most winter-appropriate look.

Outfit #3: White Jeans in Winter

Outfits Under $100: Winter White - White Jeans
Product Info: Sweater, White Jeans, Boots

That’s right: white jeans in winter are both stylish and acceptable. Several designers showed white trousers and jeans in their fall and winter collections this season, so take a fashion risk and resurrect your white jeans from closet Siberia. The key to wearing white jeans in winter is pairing them with cold weather fabrics and textures, like this wool sweater and these suede boots.

What do you think?

Would you wear white in winter? Where do you draw the line — a coat, a dress or white jeans? Do you believe in fashion restrictions like the “no white after Labor Day” rule? Do you like these outfits? Please leave a comment!

Posted on on December 7, 2010 / Filed Under: Shopping / Tags: , , , , , ,

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14 Responses to “Outfits Under $100: Stand Out in Winter White”

  1. 1
    December 7th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Winter white is always sharp–Angelina Jolie wore a floor-length white angora KNIT white dress last night. Not many could pull that off!

  2. 2
    December 7th, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Love all the outfits the celebes and the model are wearing. White during winter seems very romantic to me. I never wear it though, but maybe I should give it a try! :)

  3. 3
    December 7th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    I think I’ll try something like outfit two.

    I’ve read that white jeans really only work with girls who are really thin. Since I have big thighs and a big butt, I think I’ll steer clear of the white pants :)

  4. 4
    December 7th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Love this! Like Paula, I wish I could pull off white pants. I wonder why people don’t wear white more often during winter..

  5. 5
    December 7th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    I am a firm believer in winter white!
    These outfits are too cute!

  6. 6
    December 7th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    How about white cords! I got a pair. and I love them

  7. 7
    December 7th, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    and i wore a white sheer shirt almost exactly like natalie portman with a mini skirt and tights. loved it

  8. 8
    December 7th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Oooh I might grab my white jeans when I go home for Christmas.
    I bet they’d be great with say, a red jumper and blackknee-high boots.
    I love the thought of a white coat but I fear I’m just a bit too grubby and I’d get it filthy!!

    Charlotte xxx

  9. 9
    December 7th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    love love love outfit #3!! i must find white jeans and copy this look.

  10. 10
    December 7th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Love white tops and white dresses, but white jeans are where I draw the line…I usually stick with darker colors on my bottom half!

  11. 11
    December 7th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    White Jeans aren’t the most flattering for me (and my campus is pretty dusty) so I think I’ll steer clear of those:p

    I love the others though!!

  12. 12
    December 8th, 2010 at 6:21 am

    Well I’m usually not a big fan of white dresses in the winter so the second look is a little too risky for me but I LOVE the white jeans look, especially because they’re paired with colors that are optimal for the cold weather. I also am in love with the black pants in the first look, maybe I wouldn’t pair them with both white jacket and turtleneck ( I’ve always had this sort of indescribable hostility towards turtlenecks since I was in 9th grade so maybe I would choose the pretty jacket) but the pants are a really good and classy replacement of jeans.

  13. 13
    December 9th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    I wish I could wear more white. I always feel like I’m going to stain it … or that the things I want in white are too expensive or something. Well that is coming from a totally broke college student, go figure! lol Good job though – I liked all your outfits (though your inspirations are a little off).

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