I'm A Style Expert in French Chic And Here Is How I Do Winter White

Sporting a “winter white” look is the ultimate fashion statement. Here are six white wardrobe pieces that everyone can add to their winter wardrobe.
Sylvia Colella

Although black is my go-to color in every season, I do like to shake things up a bit in the winter by incorporating white into my wardrobe repertoire. By white, I really mean cream verging on light beige… or ecru as the French call it.

Sporting a “winter white” look is the ultimate fashion statement. It feels fresh and carries the subtext: “Darling, I’m above worrying about the snow/sleet/rain/mud ruining my fabulous outfit.”

Here are six white wardrobe pieces in no particular order that everyone can add to their winter wardrobe. Best of all, many are on sale!

Pro Tip: Remember, your white and cream shades don’t have to match. Play with tones and use texture to add interest.

1. Classic White Sweater

Whether it’s cashmere or a simple wool version, a classic sweater is a great layering piece. I love to wear mine under blazers, with denim, or on their own with a nice pair of trousers.

Banana Republic Bella Merino Sweater Polo
Splendid Fjord Cable Accent Cowl Neck Sweater
J.Crew Cropped Cashmere Crewneck Sweater
Banana Republic Oversized Safido Boucle Cardigan
M.M. La Fleur The Somers Sweater

2. A Cozy White Coat

I love a long, wool, wrap version, but a short pea coat is nice as well. I especially love them layered over turtlenecks and trousers in the same tone.

Allegra K Raglan Winter Coat
Allegra K Double Breasted Long Trench Pea Coat
UGG Gertrude Long Teddy Coat
Tahari Wool Wrap Coat
Hobbs London Astrid Coat

3. Booties

I would love to be able to add the Insta-famous chunky Chelsea boot from The Row to my wardrobe, but I’ve seen some good “designer-inspired” versions out there. Love the punk vibe they add to a casual layered winter look. As with the tall boots, I also love a western style, short boots.

ASOS Alfie Chunky Chelsea Boots
Matisse Made in Brazil Premium Leather Color Block Booties
Sorel Brex Waterproof Chelsea Boot
Madewell The Rayna Lace-Up Boot
Paris Texas Pointed Toe Ankle Boots

4. Off-White Denim

I really like the look of off-white denim in winter. I prefer a traditional Levi’s 501 style silhouette or a straight leg that hits at the ankle for casual wear with loafers, boots, and sneakers. I also like a trouser style for a more elevated look with a heel.

Zara Straight Leg Faux Leather Pants
Levi’s XI Flood Jean
Madewell The Perfect Vintage Wide-Leg Cargo Pant: Utility Edition
Madewell The Plus Girljean
Calvin Klein 90s High-Rise Loose Jeans
Mother The Weekender Frayed Flare Jeans

5. An Easy Dress or Skirt

I love the ease of a dress, especially in a knit which is comfortable and adds an element of texture. Any shade of white is good, worn with tall boots. Whether the dress is body con or on the looser side, worn with or without a belt or under a blazer, this ladylike combo really hits for me.

Splendid London Ribbed Sweater Dress
M.M. La Fleur The Rashmeen Dress
M.M. La Fleur The Senga Skirt - Popcorn Knit
Reiss Fallon Knitted Turtleneck Bodycon Dress

6. Winter White Accessories

A bag, a hat, a deliciously soft scarf…not only does a soft, pale color complete a white winter look, but it’s a really wonderful alternative to all the black in your wardrobe.

Tasha Imitation Pearl Beret
J.Crew Woven Lightweight Cashmere Wrap
Pinko Micro Puff Chain Linked Mini Crossbody Bad
Staud Bean Small Leather Handbag
Oryany Madeleine Leather Top-Handle Bucket Bag
Sylvia Colella

I’m a corporate attorney turned digital creator and image consultant. I divide my time between Washington D.C. and Paris and my approach to style is quintessentially French: simple, polished, and edgy.  I founded The Sylvia Edit to help my clients curate elevated yet practical wardrobes that boost their self-confidence and take the guess work out of getting dressed.

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