Winter White: How To Wear White After Labor Day
by ATFDC Contributor Kelsi Zimmerman
One of Fall 2012/Winter 2013′s trends is Winter White, according to the New York Magazine’s Fall Fashion Edition, Instyle Magazine, Glamour Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar, just to name a few.
I got the itch to try the “winter white” look a few weeks back when I found a pair of white trousers for $3 at a consignment shop near my school in Baltimore, Maryland. When I went to purchase the garment, the woman working the cash register said “oh this is a good buy but you won’t be able to wear these for a while…”, I thought about what she said kind of smiled said “oh yeah I know”. However, this encounter didn’t stop me from going home and referencing my fashion bibles to try to figure out the most stylish way to wear my new duds this season.
So, after much research through all of the Fall Fashion Guides for 2012, winter white is present in gowns, to pant and jacket suits, to maxi skirts and wide legged pants. For bottoms, it is high-low cuts, maxi skirts that sweep the floor and high-waisted trousers to conquer the look.
For tops and outer wear, it is blazers of all fits- cropped, men’s sport jacket inspired or oversized sleeves. Sweaters (knit or woven) and trenchcoats also can complete the look- all in white, of course.
The two key things to remember in order to conquer this look are, 1.) white tops on white bottom garments are key, 2.) be conscious of the materials the garments are made of that you select. What’s appropriate you ask? Cashmere, heavy cotton/cotton blends, polyester and corduroy are what you should look for in order to wear white after labor day. Because, while we are all for breaking this ancient fashion rule- the white linen pants that you love during the summer months are strictly summer-wear.
Now, for accessorizing, as I mentioned earlier, for the main garments of the look, you want to keep it white on white, however, when accessorizing and jazzing up your look- go for contrast. For shoes, black is key in setting off the trendy look. For accessories- fur (faux or real) is very in, along with any baroque era- inspired jewelry or embellishments that look like you are borrowing them from grandma.
So, now that you know how to style and embrace this rule-breaking trend, following are some pieces found throughout the nation’s capital to get you in your winter white wear.
From Urban Chic Georgetown located at 1626 Wisconsin Ave NW, you can find this Shoshanna Diana Dress in Winter White, perfect for work when paired with a white blazer or any holiday party!
At Wink Boutique located at 3109 M Street NW, you can find this White Lace Dress with a black contrasting collar.
From Undeniable Boutique located at Fairfax Corner at 11891 Grandcommons Ave in Fairfax, you can find this White Faux Fur Vest, tying in two of this season’s hottest trends- white and faux fur! From Caramel Boutique located at 1603 W Street NW, you can find this Neesh White Zip-up Vest with an oversized collar that will make a major statement when paired with any white trousers!
For the staple pieces: you can find a white blazer from Urban Outfitters that has two locations in the DC area, in Georgetown (3111 M Street NW) and Chinatown (737 7th Street NW). For white pants to complete a white on white suit for day or night, J Brand’s Zoey Corduroy Skinnys have contrasting black embellished pockets.
J Brand can be found at many local or national retailers around DC, Nordstrom has the largest selection of J Brand bottoms, you can purchase these pants from Nordstrom at 5333 Wisconsin Ave NW. Finally, for the classic white trouser, you can purchase these “Monique Slimpant” from BCBG Max Azria in Georgetown located at 3210 M Street NW between North Potomac Street and North Wisconsin Ave.
A 21 year old Maryland Native and Senior Fashion Merchandising major at Stevenson University fashion has consumed Kelsi’s life from a young age and continues to as she travels to experience the fashion scenes from various cities across the world. Kelsi is thrilled to be back in the DMV and help bring to light the rising fashion scene right here in DC.