Are you one of those people who wouldn't even THINK of wearing your white jeans in winter? Well, it's time to think again. White jeans are an ideal (and unexpected) wardrobe choice when the weather turns frigid. They're an inspired counterpoint to the cozy textures and darker colors typical of fall/winter wardrobes, so there's absolutely no reason to put this sartorial staple away for the season. And white jeans aren't just for her, either - men and women can wear them all year round!
A few tips for wearing white jeans in winter:
- Stick to the nice days - Although they're totally appropriate for the cold, white denim will get more stains and show wear and tear faster than dark denim. So if the weather report says rain or snow - wait for the sun.
- Be aware of dark leather - Dark leather belts (and shoes) can stain light denim, so be aware when choosing your accessories. This happens most where the leather rubs against your jeans - like at the waist with a belt, or at the calf with knee-high boots. It's happened to me several times, and I've always been saved by stain remover in the wash - but better to be safe than sorry.
- Go natural - If you're wary of pure white, how about off-white? Natural-colored denim (like these J. Crew choices for him and her) can have just as much impact as a pair of white jeans, and is a bit toned down if you're not happy with a bright white.
Now that you're inspired to wear white denim and go bold in the cold - check out the different ways she and he can brave the elements in style.
NEUTRALS & TEXTURE
Pale neutrals are a stellar way to play off the pureness of white. It exudes modern sophistication - and when combined with the texture of a cozy sweater, it's the epitome of aprés-ski chic.
FALL & WINTER COLORS
The darker, richer tones that are most associated with fall and winter dressing achieve maximum impact when paired with white. Deep navy, sumptuous burgundy, forest green and the like are amazing choices to wear with white jeans for a casual office environment or winter date night.
BLACK & WHITE
The graphic appeal of black and white is timeless and also season-less. How to keep it from being monotone? Play with prints and show off your fashion know-how.
Looking for even more white inspiration? Check out ideas for her to layer whites and pale neutrals in last year's 'winter white out' article on the blog.