White after Labor Day!? The thought might seem unconscionable to some who wouldn’t think of breaking the early 20th century fashion dictum that you shouldn’t wear white before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. But, the old rule is just that — old. Winter white outfits are trending from the ski slopes to black tie events this year. Before you rush to your closet for that pearly white number for the company holiday party, here are some basic guidelines to pulling off a white-hot look.
FABRICS Choose luxe fabrics with texture and weight. Chunky knits, faux furs, cashmere and tweed fabrics are just a few options to choose from. A cable knit sweater is a great first addition to a winter white wardrobe as it can be paired with trousers for the office as well as jeans for a casual weekend look. Also, fabrics with embellishments and patterns add weight visually and are usually cold-weather inspired. Unsure if a fabric is the right weight? To simplify, it’s usually best to stay away from linens, denim and any fashion pieces you would normally wear in the summer.
WHITE ON WHITE Pair white with white, head to toe. This look is sometimes referred to as the “Aspen ski” look when you style with performance apparel. A skirt suit or pant suit is an easy way to give this look a try. Casual or dressy, the clean color palette elongates your silhouette and brightens your overall appearance.
ACCESSORIZE Complete your wintry looks with complementary accessories, such as jewelry, a scarf, beanie or a handbag. Here again, you are free to play with embellishments and patterns as long as these accents are within the neutral color palette. Pearls are a classic choice for jewelry or really any metal tone you prefer, minimal or statement in size. As for footwear — metallic, nude, and taupe pairs best with all-white fashions.
With your wardrobe on the up and up, let's now focus your attention on what to bring to the annual holiday mixer. Naturally you’ll want bake an item that’s relatively easy, but a step above boxed sugar cookies. This simple recipe for Russian Tea Cakes is not only absolutely delicious, but it will complement your outfit nicely.
Recipe courtesy of AllRecipes.com