Winter white includes such soft hues as champagne, egg shell and vanilla. Slightly off-white, this is not only a trendy color for the upcoming cooler seasons; it offers a fabulous, complexion brightening effect. I will admit to avoiding white for years after I was told it is simply not my color. The truth is, there is a shade of winter white for everyone, and a way to wear it that will flatter your figure.
Mix textures: As the temperatures go down, your use of textures should go up. Consider cashmere, wool, cable knits, angora and satin. Rich fabric like those or even faux fur or brocade are as cozy as they look and provide the necessary weight required to be considered a fashion do in the fall and winter.
Try a monochromatic look: Unified, monochromatic look are possible if you mix textures. Instead of pairing a fuzzy winter white sweater with black slacks, pull on a silky winter white skirt. Let everyone see that you understand what season it is by adding brown leather riding boots and a belt to pull the look together. You can even look for lighter tan leather if you want to extend the monochromatic look even further.
Use as an accent: My mom recently gave me a beautiful winter white scarf that will add a nice skin brightening accent to my winter attire. A splash of winter white is sure to be noticed, so consider adding a white beret or thick winter white knit tights. Eyes will be drawn to the lighter color, so strategically place it where you want the most attention.
Pair with black: Black or dark chocolate brown offers high contrast to winter white as well as providing a nice grounding effect. Try a white brocade dress with a fitted black jacket and heels, or a winter white sheath paired with opaque black tights and shoes. Another great cool weather combo is a winter white fisherman sweater over leggings with a pair of riding boots.
Embrace the drama: Play up your lips with swipe of red or really go for the smoky eye makeup when you are wearing winter white. Darkening your makeup helps you avoid that dreaded washed out look. Try pairing a silky winter white blouse with a high waist pencil skirt and tall boots. Now put on your gold jewelry, slick back your hair, and add red lipstick for a dramatic, almost retro look.
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