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Breaking the rules: winter whites

by: Cherri-Lee Rhode - 5 June 2014

Before you say anything negative about this trend please be aware that Coco Chanel wore white all year round – and that is enough for me. Although many will agree that white during winter isn’t very practical (especially if you live in Cape Town), but that shouldn’t be your excuse for not trying this trend. One of the comments my previous post in my breaking the rules series received was ‘don’t mistake style or fashion for laziness’.

White during winter is both risky and chic, but these sensible tips can help make ‘practical’.

  • Make white and cream tops a wardrobe staple – they are seasonless.
  • Don’t limit yourself to an all white outfit. Try to mix things up by pairing a white shirt with dark pants to balance your look. If you’re not sure about an all white outfit, monochrome is the perfect alternative.
  • Avoid lightweight fabrics. Fabrics like linen are perfect for summer but not for winter.
  • Choose pants  made with winter-friendly fabric.  White corduroy jeans are a safe pick.
  • Pair your white jeans with other neutral pieces. A dark  grey textured knit can make white bottoms season-appropriate. Accessories-wise, a nude bag will add a touch of sophistication.
  • Try off-white hues. You can still look chic wearing similar tones.  A light cream coloured coat will provide the same effect in a more subtle way.
  • For a sporty, urban vibe play with volume by pairing wide leg pants with an oversized jacket.
  • A LWD (little white dress) is bold alternative to the LBD. Opt for a simple silhouette and pair it with knee high boots.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix in a pop of colour.
  • Wear a minimalist head-to-toe outfit with a bright coloured coat in a similar sleek style.
  • Invest in OMO or another powerful washing detergent to clean and maintain your white garments.
  • If you aren’t keen on this trend, white accessories are always a good way to incorporate this trend.


  • 12Black and cream handbag R159.99, Legit


PPart-LegitWinter-19White Dress R299.99, Legit

Sherpa-Cardigan-6009182677585Cardigan R499.99, Woolworths




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