Every year, as soon as February arrives, I find myself tired of the same old gray and black color palette that inevitably overtakes my wardrobe. I start pining over light and bright tops that let air and sun touch my skin as much as possible. But alas, even in California, the weather isn’t so nice as to allow for such a wardrobe change so early in the year.
My compromise? White pants. And more specifically, white jeans. White jeans in the winter give a certain airiness and brightness to an otherwise gloomy wardrobe color palette.
It took me a while to figure out how to wear white jeans in the winter without feeling completely out of season. I have compiled a few tips below to help!
Keep the entire outfit light colored
Part of the challenge of wearing white in the winter is that the rest of your winter wardrobe is likely dark and deep hued. White pants can look “off” if paired with a top that screams winter. An easy solution is to keep the entire outfit light-colored when wearing white jeans. I love a mix varying tones of white and grey or white and camel.
Shop the Look:
Or…create contrast with black and white
On the opposite spectrum is creating purposeful contrast. Black creates such a sharp contrast to white, and gives the outfit a more crisp, formal tone. Depending on your work environment, it may even be office appropriate!
Shop the Look:
Be mindful of fabric weight
The color should be just about the only thing that’s light in your choice of white pants. To make white pants work for winter, they need to be made of a material that is heavyweight and warm. Think wool, denim or velvet. Cotton is just too thin to pass for a winter wardrobe staple.
Winter-ify your outfit
Last, make sure to add a little winter to your look by throwing on a chunky scarf or a pair of boots. Or both! This little touch will ensure that your look says snowbound, not beachbound.