Winter white: how to wear this season’s chicest trend

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Winter white is no easy feat, so we have broken down the rules for nailing this season’s chicest trend. 

If you ask me to wear white in summer, I would have my hesitations (I am a constant spiller) but the lure of a white cotton dress to battle the heat would be too much to ignore. 

However, wearing white in winter sparks even greater hesitations: will I look like the Abominable Snowman? How do I make it look seasonal? Should I avoid soup at all costs? 

The problem is, even with all these hesitations there is still no faster way to look unapologetically chic as we roll into the colder months. And that level of chicness might just be worth sacrificing my lunch time Pret A Manger’s tomato soup for.

In order to successfully add winter white into your sartorial arsenal, these are the tips to follow. 

Totally Tonal

The key to wearing white this winter is to embrace all the tones that come with it: cream, stone and ivory. Winter white isn’t as strict as say, winter black – where every shade of the colour needs to be the same for your outfit to look put-together – rather, winter white welcomes subtle tonal differences into its repertoire. 

Pandora Sykes takes on tonal dressing

Light Layers

Similarly to tonal colours, fabrics are a big factor in getting winter white right. Layering in cashmere, denim, shearling and cotton is the key to keeping this look elevated and sophisticated (as well as avoiding Abominable Snowman vibes). 

Pernille Teisbaek gives a lesson in tonal dressing

Fancy Feet

When it comes to footwear, we grant you leave to go totally off-piste and embrace contrasting colours for your feet. Think chunky patent stomper-boots, vinyl cowboy boots with metallic toe-caps and even animal print offering – snakeskin goes particularly well with this colour combination. For those seeking a more purist take on winter white look no further than a pair of box-fresh kicks to round off your look. 

The bigger the stomper boot the better for this season.

Winter white lesson in tow, here’s our edit of the chicest pieces to tackle the trend this season. 

  • H&M

    Start your winter layering with easy outerwear; this dressing-gown style coat is the perfect addition to any wardrobe. 

    Wool-blend coat, £79.99, H&M

  • Topshop

    Elevate your denim game with a pair of off-white jeans. Wear with chunky boots and even chunkier knitwear. 

    Ecru mom jeans, £40, Topshop 

  • Weekend Max Mara

    Speaking of chunky knitwear, we have found the perfect roll-neck to see you through winter. Wear with a cream slip skirt and white denim jacket. 

    Knitted roll-neck jumper, £190, Weekend Max Mara 

  • Arket

    In case you missed it, cardigans are big business this season (you can thank Katie Holmes for that). Pair this with your off-white denim and a crisp white t-shirt. 

    Oversized cardigan, £89, Arket

  • Zara

    Much like your jeans, take a winter approach to your denim jacket. This Zara number acts as the perfect layering tool to your all white look. Throw over a white knitted dress and add in box fresh trainers. 

    Denim overshirt, £29.99, Zara 

  • Kitri

    Take winter white to your workwear wardrobe via Kitri’s vinyl pencil skirt. Add in a fitted cream cashmere jumper for an uber-polished take on the trend. 

    White vinyl skirt, £95, Kitri 

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