How to Wear Winter White and Monochromatic Outfits

Winter is coming! Snow is about to fall…lucky us! For most people, its time to take out the dark colors of black, grey, navy and brown.

However there is a color people forget about! Winter White!

Pulling off a monochromatic winter white ensemble is the tricky part, especially for us, being the most northern state, we get snow and slush and then we have to sand and salt, who wants to wear a completely white outfit? It is only going to get dirty…

There are a few tricks to wearing a full white outfit and how to incorporate winter white into your winter wardrobe:

1. Texture: Play around with the textures and shapes of the different winter white pieces in your outfit. Get a pair of white tweed pants, but pair it with a white silk or charmeuse shirt; but make sure that they are exactly the same shade! If they are the slightest bit off, it will take away the awe-factor of the monochromatic outfit.

2. Color Blocking: If you are not ready to wear a completely 100% monochromatic outfit, you can try color-blocking. Establish the color palate you want to wear (greens, blues, white, etc.) and find 3-4 pieces that are all the color blue, but with different shades, for example, if you want to do a green monochromatic outfit wear a pair of emerald green pants, a mint green shirt and grab a lime green bag. The outfit it still technically monochromatic since all of the pieces are in fact green, but it is not as chic and clean as say, a winter white monochromatic outfit.

Blue color blocking

3. Tone it down: Winter white is completely versatile. If you have a vivid print skirt or pants that you want to wear but you can’t seem to find a shirt to match a color in the pattern, no need to fear, grab a nice white blouse! Make sure that the details, if there are any, in the shirt are simple, you do not want to overwhelm people with having a vivid skirt and too much texture on your shirt. Wear a nude shoe to keep the focus on the skirt.

Funky pant with a white shirt

4. Make a statement: So you have your monochromatic white outfit but it looks too plain for you? Get a statement piece…an emerald green scarf, a red pillbox hat, a chunky blue bangles, yellow pumps, or literally any color that you have in your wardrobe; but be careful, a monochromatic white outfit is in itself attention-getting, chic and clean…You can also make a statement with your makeup…try a bold red lip to go with your clean white look.

Black shoes, black gloves, black bag, black sunglasses

5. Grab a coat: Fall and winter looks are all about dark colors; dark orange, dark red, brown, black, navy…Give your look a refreshing pop with a winter white pea coat to go over your darker shades. Pair your pea coat with a white had to make your hair color stand out.

White coat over red dress

Winter white is crisp, clean, and chic. While a pair of white pants are amazing I would no recommend wearing them in the winter time given the state we live in. Monochromatic is daring, modern and “cutting-edge”. Work your way up to a monochromatic colored outfit (not including black, that’s too easy!) if you are not so sure if you can pull it off. Winter white are great accent pieces to any wardrobe. Do not be afraid to wear white, they make bleach for a reason! Just be extra careful!


About Rachel

My name is Rachel Boudreau. I am 24 years old and have been blogging for the Bangor Daily News for almost a year. I am a Certified Personal Shopper and a Certified Fashion Stylist. I have always had a complete love and desire for anything fashion. I have recently started studying French fashion, (Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, etc.) I watch all of the high fashion runway shows every spring and fall. I love shopping for people and picking out clothes for them because I like when people try things they normally would not, that, after all, is how you find new things you like! Happy reading!!!