Remember the old adage that white before Memorial day or after Labor day was a no-no? Well, much like other fashion “rules” (women over 40 can have long hair, skirts that hit mid calf aren’t always a bad thing), this color bigotry has to go. Designers strongly agree as is evidenced by the amount of winter white on Fall Winter 2011 catwalks. The trick to wearing white is all about texture and fabric and the color undertones of white. Summer whites tend to have blue or gray undertones favored in lightweight fabrics such as linen and cotton, perfect for scorching summer heat. Winter whites usually have cream or off white base tones and are done in thicker, structured fabrics such as wool and tweed more appropriate for cooler temperatures and create a warm, cozy feeling and look. Get inspired by our favorite runway white winter looks and make a statement this Fall that says the only rules that are important are those you actually believe in.
Prabal Gurung caught onto the trend with a similar look featuring a black and white ladylike lace with textured tights:
Follow Calvin Klein’s runway proposal and pair a simple, structured white car coat with matching patent leather platform loafers to create a modern, minimalist look. The best thing about a coat like this is that it looks great on everyone. You don’t have to be a size six to wear white when the garment is structured and creates clean lines.
Fur is Fall’s biggest trend. Go upscale and pair a white fur (Rachel Zoe offers great faux versions in her QVC collection) jacket over fitted black trousers and tasseled stacked loafers. This look from Burberry Prorsum takes fur from special occasion to everyday downtown.
Now that I have hopefully convinced you that white is not limited to five months of the year nor to the classic white button down shirt, stay away from the ketchup and give the snow a bit of competition this winter for the whitest and brightest award!
All photos courtesy of Harpers Baazar