Wednesday, January 7, 2015

How I Wear My: Winter White

Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget).

Happy New Year! “How I Wear My” is ready to start 2015 in style and Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget) and I could not resist the glamorous charms of winter white for January.

We got so many wonderful photos for this theme that it reminded me of what street style photographer Bill Cunningham once said during one of his “On the Street” segments for the New York Times: “Women love white clothes.”

Bill’s words could not be truer, as this post proves. Enjoy!

Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget), above, my wonderful “How I Wear My” partner, writes, “Winter white is one of my favorite shades to wear. It’s so incredibly versatile and flattering on most anyone. This is my ideal winter time outfit - a big fuzzy sweater in winter white, skinny jeans, booties and a wool felt hat.”

Adrienne looks so northern California cool in this combination, especially out in the beautiful vineyards!

Jane of Toronto Shopoholic.

I do love a tone-on-tone look so I am a big fan of this cream cable-knit sweater over white pants that our friend Jane of Toronto Shopoholic is wearing. Her accessories are wonderful too, from the plaid scarf and camel ankle boots to the Rebecca Minkoff Morning After Clutch in lipstick red. It’s the perfect addition!

Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb.

Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb is wearing a fabulous wrap camel coat with her white Asos trousers and nude Aldo high heels. I also like that animal print beret and very unusual bag by Debenhams.

Ana of Mrs. American Made.

Ana of Mrs. American Made is wearing a lightweight ivory wool coat by Laundry, both vintage and made in America. She writes of it, “I wear it with many looks from casual jeans to date-night dresses. Here I have some tall boots, colored jeans, and a silk print top for a ready-for-anything look.”

Ana looks so fresh and wonderful in this ensemble!

Tamera of Tamera Beardsley.

Tamera of Tamera Beardsley says this stunning ensemble is “my favorite outfit right now. I love mixing monotones and textures together … and winter white is always my very favorite to work with.”

I cannot imagine a post on winter white without Tamera and I am crazy for the wow factor of this shot of her. The fur! The sunglasses! The glitz! The glamour! The draped overskirt leading a pleated underskirt! What?!? Amazing! Tamera looks ready to attend the Golden Globes this Sunday and I give her my personal award for best dressed of the night!

Nora of Jacket Society.

Nora of Jacket Society is wearing a Zara jacket with a Zara lace top, distressed jeans, Ralph Lauren booties, her favorite Prada bag, and gold and pearl jewelry.

You know I am crazy about lace so I really love this look on Nora!

Malia of Style By Malia.

Malia of Style By Malia says, “Winter white slacks are my Go-To when everyone else is in black. Add a fur wrap and I feel like a million bucks.”

Malia is wearing slacks by Lane Bryant and a wrap by INC and looks fabulous. I love the addition of those striped black and white high heels!

Susan of High Heels in the Wilderness.

Susan of High Heels in the Wilderness says, “I never, never wear white pants in winter. Not since I had a pair of winter white, wool trousers in the 80s. But I may do so this year. I just love this cream sweater from Gap. It’s long enough to cover everything that needs covering but doesn’t look, or feel bulky.”

I’m glad Susan changed her policy on white pants because this is such a great look on her. I love every bit of it, from the sweater to her Paige cropped jeans, Stuart Weitzman boots, Max Mara coat, and jewelry by Anne Marie Chagnon of Montreal.

Deborah of Fabulous After 40.

Deborah of Fabulous After 40 says, “I grew up, as most women my age, being told that white in winter was a big no-no, but now it’s quite chic, so I decided to give it a try.”

What a terrific tailored and elegant look on Deborah, featuring a double-breasted blazer with her merlot-colored cords by Fabrizio Gianni. And I love the snowy background, it looks so romantic!

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo.

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo writes, “I rarely if ever wear white. It doesn’t look good next to my skin. Instead I wear cream. It is softer and doesn’t wash me out as much. I will often wear a scarf next to my face to add some much needed color.”

I think Suzanne brings up an interesting point regarding white. Does anyone else out there shy away from it because you feel it doesn’t flatter your skin tone? I like what Suzanne has done here, by adding an olive vest over her white sweater, with a big colorful scarf over that.

Sheree of It’s Not That Deep.

Sheree of It’s Not That Deep joins us this month with a winter white offering from her shop. If any of you babes are in the market for a white blazer, head on over because Sheree is offering this one for sale!

Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40.

Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40 is wearing a white sweater from Simply Vera by Vera Wang and I like that she draped a black burn-out velvet infinity scarf over it because I never get tired of black and white.

Sarin of XL Cheap and Chic.

Our new friend Sarin of XL Cheap and Chic joins us from Finland! She writes, “I wear winter whites frequently and love the light colors for winter. This time I combined a white woolen sweater with a white/gray plaid shirt and gray jeans.”

White and gray is another of my favorite color pairings and it suits Sarin so well!

Trina of Tea Time With Trina.

Trina of Tea Time With Trina says, “This is how I wear winter white basically any given day by throwing on a comfy pair of winter white jeans and sweatshirt. This time Miss Molly joined in.”

Not only does Trina look so wonderful (love that embellished sweatshirt), but good golly Miss Molly, you are one adorable girl! Trina’s beautiful granddaughter is also in her winter whites which she paired with a print vest and pale pink boots. How’s that for terrific toddler style?

Karen of Fashion Tip of the Day.

Karen of Fashion Tip of the Day says she loves winter white and I love how she has added a pop of color under her oversized sweater. The red sleeves add an element of fun to the whole look.

My mother!

My mother wore this Ralph Lauren sweater dress to mass on Christmas morning. I love that she added a pearl necklace, a Christmas tree brooch, and wine-colored suede pumps. That’s her dachshund Heidi at her feet, who loves to make her way into outfit pictures!

Alice of Happiness At Mid-Life.

Alice of Happiness At Mid-Life writes, “This Loft sweater is a favorite of mine because it’s slightly longer in the back, which covers the backside and makes wearing leggings more comfortable for me. It’s not too heavy of a sweater which is perfect to wear under jackets in California’s mild winters.”

I like Alice’s striped and casual take on winter white!

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun.

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun is wearing a winter white crochet wrap she received as “a fabulous Christmas gift from my California Boho Santa!”

I love it when Santa knows exactly who we are and what we want, don’t you? This is a great look on Dawn Lucy!

In late 2013 Adrienne did a post that showed pictures of her wearing a lovely winter white blouse with black lace panels set into the sleeve. I immediately asked her where she got it and was surprised to hear it was from Target! But sure enough, I went to my local Brooklyn Target and there it was, and in my size too. Sold! Adrienne had warned me that the blouse was sheer and I’d have to wear something with it so I picked up a black tank as well, with a subtle shimmer to it. It fits perfectly underneath.

Love the lace panels!

The joke with me and winter white is that, while I love it, I do feel nervous wearing it since, between having kids and living in New York City, I feel like keeping it pristine is just not in the cards. So it probably won’t be a surprise if I tell you that I didn’t wear this blouse for a year! I brought it along on a recent trip to Virginia over the holidays, which it seems perfect for. It is longer in length, and really a tunic, so I kept the look simple with black pants from Gap and Nine West ankle boots. 

Do you go for it with winter white or do you have anxiety about it like I do?

For February, have a look through your jewelry box while thinking this: Could anything be more romantic than a long necklace? Whether you prefer an opera-length strand of pearls, a rope of jet beads, an elegant diamanté sautoir that a flapper would’ve worn, or a metallic necklace studded with motifs, join us for “How I Wear My: Long Necklace.” We can’t wait to see how you style them! Send photos to us at by February 2, 2015.

Do swing by Adrienne’s to see even more wonderful looks featuring winter white!

And thank you to all the fine foxes who participated this month!


GSL said...

Great pics all around and I do love winter white especially as it's minus 40 windchill right now.
Did Sheree have an encounter with a large dog?

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Fun collaboration, Jill...everyone looks lovely!

une femme said...

Great roundup, and everyone looks so elegant!

Anonymous said...

Jill, I can't believe you kept this beautiful blouse hidden for a year. So glad it finally made its appearance, it looks amazing on you. I love how you paired it with the black leggings and subtle black tank underneath.
Thank you, once again for including me in the party and this time for including Molly as well. I do know how time consuming this post must take so I'm sending you extra hugs as well.

A Labour of Life said...

some many great looks and awesome bloggers. I love this monthly post. Thank you for all your hard work and bringing us all into each others lives

Suzanne Carillo said...

I adore all of these looks but Katherine's made my jaw drop...LOVE it! Also I'm lusting big time after that crocheted vest from Dawn.

Thanks for putting this together ladies!


hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Winter white looks great on all these women which makes me think it is a universally flattering shade.
Oh and bravo to those who braved the cold and snow!

Catherine Summers said...

Thank you for picking my camel coat outfit, Jill! That coat is incredibly warm - it's become my go-to for this winter. And I've worn the white trousers so much more than I thought I would...!

LOVE the detailing on your blouse - it's so pretty. And OMG Tamera's white outfit - she looks like a movie star from the 1930s!!!

Thank you as always for your fabulous round up :)

Catherine, Not Dressed As Lamb x

Ana from Mrs. American Made said...

Perfect post to share today here as we have true Winter white outside the window!! Thank you as always for the work you do. Everyone looks great and looking forward to more HIWM looks this year,
: ) Ana

Nora Minassian said...

Everyone looks great!! Thank you so much for great month of How I wear My. Looking forward to next month!!

Citizen Rosebud said...

Hello lovely Jill, happy 2015! I don't wear white in winter, barely in summer (too messy?) but I love the way all the ladies look- very chic!

Dawn Lucy said...

What a bunch of wonderful winter white looks! And you look fab, Jill. Love your hair! Thanks so much for hosting such a fun round up every month!
Dawn Lucy

Alice Warren said...

Lots of great winter white inspirations! I am always reluctant to wear white as well since I seem to get it dirty within 10 minutes.


Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.