Let’s check out some winter whites

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I like this look best when I don’t wear white head to toe, but instead mix it up with other—mostly neutral—hues, because in the winter, a little bit of white goes a long way.  I’m especially enamored of this cardigan; I wouldn’t usually be a fan of pearl buttons, but they really work here.

I’d wear these spiff pull-on trousers from Vince with a big black crewneck sweater.

OK, these boots might be trashed after just one wear on a slushy New York City street, but I still think they’re pretty marvelous.

I consider off-white to be fair game here, and this sweet bracelet-sleeve boat neck sweater is so good and slouchy.

I like that this adorable jumpsuit isn’t too boxy.

A ribbed cardigan for throwing on over just about anything.

The deep neckline on this polo sweater is right up my alley.

I’d wear this denim jacket under a puffer for a cool layered look.

Same goes for this fleece shacket—it’s a good, lightweight layer.

This fleece jacket from Uniqlo is a remarkably good deal.

Such a polished-looking henley; here’s something almost as good and much cheaper.

A pair of not-too-tight white jeans is a cornerstone of this look. I also like the frayed hem.

A nice chunky cardigan that looks great as it’s shown here, with nothing (but maybe a cami) underneath it.

I feel like this cropped hoodie from J. Crew would go into very high rotation were it in my closet.

This half-zip cotton sweater is just so sportif.

I’m not tired of chore jackets just yet, and I kind of love this one, because it looks slightly oversized.

These sweats are so well-cut that you really could get away with wearing them out of the house.

Such a cute bubble sleeve tee.

Here’s a fleece jacket that looks like it’d be super-cozy.

And here’s another good pair of white jeans that aren’t too tight.

And finally: I dig the contrasting ribbing on this sweater.

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19 Thoughts on Let’s check out some winter whites
    Tamara
    22 Feb 2021
    8:39am

    That polo sweater…sigh…so tempting! But i’m trying to maintain my new years evolution to achieve a more sustainable closet and reduce not my jeans size but my carbon footprint size…and that means no shopping… except for running shoes which i consider to be consumable, lol. (and maybe a birthday present in June) Kim…how about a “shop your closet” styling post? Maybe you might start with one of your “most purchased” items and style it a few ways? Could be fun…

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    Heather
    18 Feb 2021
    11:28am

    I don’t need another hoodie in my life, but I agree that little cropped one from J Crew is very tempting.

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    Viajera
    18 Feb 2021
    12:48pm

    Lots of great stuff here. I don’t have any winter white, or any summer white. I sometimes look for white jeans but so far no luck. The V cardis look great but I can’t imagine paying that much even if I had it. Are you even allowed to pay a fair wage in China? How would anyone know what it was? I wonder if it’s considered counterrevolutionary. You wouldn’t think so theoretically, but, one wonders. Well … sorry for being a grump. It was still fun to look at them.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    18 Feb 2021
    1:14pm

    I’m continually drawn to the look of half-zip sweaters, but when I try them on, I always feel so confined. It might be my broad shoulders. I think I lost my neck somewhere along the line, too. I don’t feel bad about my neck, I just want to find it!
    ***Thinking of all of your TX readers during this hellish period of snow, cold, and power outages. Be safe!

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    Eloise
    18 Feb 2021
    10:17am

    I almost spilled something just looking at the pics. White is way too grown up for me.

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      suz
      18 Feb 2021
      5:18pm

      It may please you that I spilled tea on myself while laughing at your comment 🙂 White of any sort does not last on me either.

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    Mae
    18 Feb 2021
    10:49am

    White looks like a neon sign on me. I’m too sneaky to want to wear it.

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    LisaC
    18 Feb 2021
    3:28pm

    eBay is great for picking up things that are “out of style”, often NWT. As a shortie, I’m all for the mid-rise and cropped anything (as long as it’s not boxy on top). I don’t hold anyone’s high rise again them. 🙂

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    Betsy Palmer
    18 Feb 2021
    10:05am

    Love winter white. There is something so chic about it (or so my 18 year old self thought) and I still do. Thanks especially for posting the jeans. Good white jeans are nearly impossible to find. I do wish the high rise trend would JUST GO AWAY. They may not be universally unflattering, but they are bad on so many body types.

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      HickfromStyx
      18 Feb 2021
      11:43am

      Let me rise on my podium once again and say that all rises should exist because there is more than just one body type. If you choose to wear the wrong rise for you, please do not desire to take away the right rise for me. Mid-rise pants are plumber pants on me, but I do not wish for them to be burnt in a mid-winter ritual. I just buy the right rise for me, and everyone is happy: you, because you don’t have to see what no one should see, and me, because I am comfortable. All good! Body equality!

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        Jen M
        18 Feb 2021
        12:12pm

        I love high-rise jeans! They are godsend after having twins. And my high-rise, not-too-tight winter white jeans from Frankie Shop are aces. Love them. And love winter white mixed with camel. Now, if I only had someplace to go instead of in my imagination…

        I like midrise and some low rise from Nili Lotan too, but a bodysuit is a must. Thank god those are back, speaking of the things nobody should have to see! hahahahaha

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          Viajera
          18 Feb 2021
          12:50pm

          Frankie Shop!!! I am snooping around there now – it looks fun, thank you! I can’t remember if I’ve been there before. There are some very entrancing funnylooking shoes right on the home page.

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        Betsy Palmer
        23 Feb 2021
        9:28am

        Well said and I am firmly in agreement as long as other styles don’t disappear from stores when one style is ascendant like what happened when super low rise was in. To each body type her own.

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        D.Morgendorffer
        18 Feb 2021
        12:33pm

        I feel like a lot of our style challenges come from two fallacies: that certain body types should go in and out of fashion and that for one body type to be attractive, another must fall out of favor, with clothing corresponding to this setup. The only physical features I had healthy self-esteem about in the 90s were my eyebrows. Although every other girl I knew seemed to pluck, I was totally okay with my thick eyebrows. I also thought the girls who plucked looked nice. Eyebrows, pants’ rise, whatever it is, style shouldn’t be a gladiator whose victory depends on another’s defeat.

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          Viajera
          18 Feb 2021
          12:43pm

          Ditto, D. And I also don’t miss the women’s mags which propagated those ideas. (Lucky didn’t give off that vibe – at least not to me. Lucky had room for oddballs, I thought.) People’s bodies are not wrong, although clothing may be wrong for *them.*

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            Kim France
            18 Feb 2021
            1:00pm

            Well, Lucky was run by an oddball.

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          D.Morgendorffer
          18 Feb 2021
          12:52pm

          By the way, I hope it goes without saying that I don’t think anyone reading this is a holder of those fallacies. I think those fallacies are created by broader social-financial structures of faster, pussycat! economics.

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            Viajera
            18 Feb 2021
            1:05pm

            I agree again, D. – no, people just get frustrated when there is only one thing in the stores at a time. And from a business perspective, perhaps it may make some bit of sense. I have friends who like to buy new things regardless of whether they look good on, and maybe people like that do most of the shopping? They just like the novelty. I wonder what percentage they are. And at the same time, one worries about retailers going under.

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              Dawn
              18 Feb 2021
              2:27pm

              I love this forum! Really interesting dissection of retail trends. Viajera nails it–it’s not that we want these new styles to go away, but it is harder to find the rise, or whatever, that is not currently trending. I usually keep trying to find the right “fit” for me by trying different brands–by the time I find it, the trend is usually over lol.

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