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Fashion: Stay white hot in winter

Published January 30, 2014 5:58 pm

Fashion • It's a fresh approach to accenting darker hues of the season.
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If you love your white in the summer, there is no reason not to love it through all the seasons, even in winter.

"Fashion is all about confidence," says Maeve Chapman, manager at Lolabella Boutique. "If you are confident in your winter white outfit, so will the rest of the general public."

There is a common belief that it is a faux pas to wear white after Labor Day. But Vanessa Di Palma Wright of Park City's Farasha Boutique believes that fashion rules are meant to be broken. "I am obsessed with winter white," she says. "It is my go-to look to break up all of the black I am always wearing."

Winter white is a fresh approach to accenting darker hues of the season and a great way to wear pieces in your wardrobe that you wouldn't normally choose for winter. Di Palma Wright recommends an ivory or cream shade that is more seasonally friendly, and adding textures into the mix to make it all work. But don't forget that it is winter, so keep the look cold-weather-appropriate at all times.

How to wear your winter whites:


"I love the idea of pulling a white shift dress from spring collections and pair with black tights, booties and a belted cardigan or sweater to ground the look for winter wear," said Di Palma Wright. Think strategic layering in black and white, but let the dress be the focus of your look.


"Avoid wearing anything too short in white with a bare leg. Add a fun patterned or solid pair of tights and a long sweater to look like you aren't trying to defy winter," said Chapman. "Boots will make any white outfit take a winter turn." Also, avoid wearing white items too tight. When it comes to whites, a looser fit is more flattering.


Wearing winter white pants with darker colors and patterns will diffuse the brightness of the white. Chapman suggests a leather jacket, bulky knit sweater or a flannel shirt and ankle boots to cool down the outfit. For an office-appropriate look, combine ivory trousers or tuxedo pants with a black or navy suit jacket. Choose heavier fabrics such as wool, denim, leather and suede. Save lightweight silk and linen trousers for spring and summer.

Sweaters and tops

If you are wearing a warm-weather staple, offset the look with winter textures and fabrics. A crocheted summer top can be winterized by adding a faux fur vest and dark skinny jeans, while a classic cable knit pairs perfectly over a breezy lace maxi dress. Add layered jewelry and a chunky scarf to make it cold-weather friendly.


An easy way to embrace winter whites with not too much thought and fuss is to invest in a white coat, says Di Palma Wright. A classic white coat goes well with everything and will balance all of the darker colors we tend to wear during the colder months. "Try it to stand out from the slew of black on the street this winter season." —

Get the looks

All items, modeled by Pinja Fristrom, are from Lolabella Boutique, with locations at The Gateway (801-328-2760) in Salt Lake City and Fashion Place Mall (801-747-3191) in Murray.

More information • lolabellaslc.com