A white winter outfit is the perfect way to bring the unexpected into your cold-weather wardrobe. Contrary to popular belief, it’s actually pretty chic to wear white after Labor Day: you’re bringing in lightness to what can otherwise be heavier, bulkier outfits. You’re not sacrificing warmth, either, because you can swap out your linen and cotton from those summertime white outfits with thicker materials for the lower temps.
From the luxurious knit sweater that becomes your wardrobe hero, to the standout coat that has everyone asking where you got it, to some snow-ready boots, there are many ways to bring white into your wardrobe. It’s also easy to make an all-white outfit work underneath a fabulous statement jacket. Tonal dressing is chic no matter what time of the year, and white can be a fun and surprising choice when everyone around you is opting for brown and black.
If you’re still wondering how to make white work for you in winter, keep scrolling for some serious outfit inspo.
A Statement White Coat
Never underestimate the value of a statement coat! The trench is a cold-weather staple, but the more standard choice is tan or black. By opting for a white version, you’re making a surprising style choice for an item you’re going to wear all the time. You can prevent it from feeling too stuffy by going edgy with your shoes and bag. Strappy heels may not always work in winter, so try a patent stiletto boot instead.
All White Everything
If you really want to lean in on winter white, add a white coat or jacket over your already white outfit. Here, the coat and pants are part of a matching set—the tiny buttons on the cuff of the jacket match the hem of the pants—and the silky white tee underneath offers a tiny bit of textural contrast. To give the look some dimension and avoid looking too matchy, wear a boot or heel in a contrasting color (like these in burgundy).
A White Peasant Dress
Probably the most comfortable outfit in your wardrobe, a white boho dress can transition to fall with the strategic use of accessories. Black (Celine) sunglasses and black ballet flats—plus a tan trench and navy neckerchief—de-emphasize the lightness of the material and make the look feel more substantial. Plus, this dress is perfect for moving around and lounging all day, so why not wear it in the colder months, too?
White Base Layers
Another way to make your white outfit perfect for fall and winter is to pair it with leather. By itself, this is a lacy summer dress, but the heavy leather jacket and closed-toe ballet flats make it feel more suitable for the cold weather. When it’s really cold, ditch the flats and go for boots and tights instead.
Tweed doesn’t have to look stuffy! Here, a white-and-black jacket gets some textural contrast with white layers underneath. The contrasting cowboy boots feel modern and surprising. If you go with white tweed in fall and winter, get some opaque tights and boots to go under, and add a bigger leather jacket for contrast.
Wearing all white doesn’t mean you can’t still achieve a “busy” layered look. Keeping the color consistent but varying the shade, texture, and fabric is a fun way to easily experiment with layers. Here, there’s a cotton cardigan, lacy top, leather bag, and a long trouser-skirt combo with some strappy sandals, all in the same color family.
A White Sweater Dress
Olivia Palermo can take a classic outfit and put her own spin on it, meaning her looks are super fun to emulate. A white sweater dress is pretty basic, but opting for one with cutouts and layering it underneath a trench vest makes the look more surprising and unconventional. You may not have white combat boots, but you can opt for sneakers or tan boots instead.
A White Oversized Button Down
Leave it to Gigi Hadid to effortlessly pull off all-white street style (also known as the “vanilla girl” trend). The oversized white shirt is loose and casual, and the jeans feel relaxed. Black-and-white Adidas sneakers, a black belt, and black sunglasses give some contrast and help the look feel more transitional instead of beachy. Opt for a statement coat in the cooler months.
A White Skirt and Tights
Like with other layering outfits on this list, adding items with different textures helps keep the look interesting. The details are the stars here: the unexpected white gloves, and the patterned white tights-and-socks combo that makes us want to replicate this look immediately. Oh, and a fun hat is never not welcome.
A White Cape
Of all the dramatic pieces of outerwear, a cape (or cape-adjacent piece) is probably the most fun. This is technically a wrap top that drapes dramatically across the body in a very fun way.
Alternatively, you can grab a chunky scarf for a similar effect. Skip the sheer when it’s cold, obviously, and pick a maxi skirt instead to continue the dramatic sweeping vibe all the way to the floor.
White With Bright Accessories
When you have a standout pair of shoes (or, in this case, some Gucci corsetry), pairing it with a simple white top and bottom lets the color pop. The same applies if you have a colorful jacket: Let the base outfit underneath be muted so as not to detract from the louder item.
A White Canadian Tuxedo
An oversized white denim jacket and matching jeans might feel overly summery, but the black combat boots and brown bag help make this look feel more fall-ready. When you’re planning on a white Canadian tuxedo, keep the pieces utilitarian and oversized instead of fitted. Bonus: matching your outfit to the weather.
A White Pantsuit
The traditional white suit seems like it would never translate well to winter. And yet! Choosing one with an oversized fit, chunky belt, and heavier material — and keeping the length of the pants as long as possible—feels like an elevated version of a classic. Swapping black or blue with white (as in the case of a trench coat) puts a new spin on a traditional suit.
A White Maxi Dress
If a sweater dress doesn’t feel formal enough, try a wrap dress instead. A maxi length will elongate your body and feel more tailored. It doesn’t hurt to have a stylish white bag (Dior, in this case) to keep the “crisp” vibe going throughout the entire outfit. How gorgeous would this be with a plaid coat over top?
And finally, when in doubt, add sparkle. This matching jacket and pants are covered in sequins for texture and shine. The gemstone-adorned top is a little more appropriate for warmer weather, so swap it out with an animal print or stripes for the same type of contrast.
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