Well I think I’m through with all of my year in review posts for 2018, and it’s time to look forward. Since 2019 is a new year and a clean slate, I thought we’d start out with an all white ensemble. Today I’m sharing how to wear all winter white.
Did you know that you don’t have to wear all black to sport a monochrome look that is slimming and elongating? Sure, darker colors will always slim your silhouette more. But when you wear top to toe of any color, you potentially create a longer, flattering look.
I tried a little front tuck in these first two photos, and I’m not sure I like it on me. But I thought I’d give it a go! What do you think?
The tricks to wearing all winter white are the same as the ones I shared in this post about white jeans. I used to think that when you wore one color top to toe, that color needed to be exactly the same throughout – all matching. In fact, the opposite is true. You want to use whites (or whatever one color you’re wearing) of slightly different shades, adding subtle interest to the ensemble.
Second, you also want to incorporate various textures so the outfit doesn’t “fall flat.” Here, I’m wearing a thick, soft cashmere sweater with polished dress pants and faux snakeskin pumps.
You can also add interest to a monochrome outfit by wearing some pieces that fit close to the body and others that are looser. After looking at these photos, I’ve decided my ankle pants are a little roomy on me. I love these pants and want to get plenty of wear out of them, so I’m considering having them altered slightly. What do you think?
Other than being a tad large, these are great ankle pants. They’re not lined (and I’m glad), but they’re constructed in a rich, thick polyester blend that holds its shape and looks elegant.
I know some of you gals love your heels and others of you can only wear more comfortable shoes, so I’m showing two options here. I’ve gone from a 2 1/2″ pointy toe pump to flats, but anything in between would work well with these ankle pants, too.
That’s the great thing about ankle pants. You really can wear them with any heel height. Keep that in mind when you’re selecting new pants.
Because the neck on the sweater is a wide mockneck, I decided not to add a necklace. but I added dangling gold earrings and a gold bangle. Pearl jewelry would add another lovely dimension of white to the outfit.
Also, you may have noticed in the first few photos that I showed two different handbags with this look. I carried a faux snakeskin clutch, close to the shade of the pumps, but not quite, in one photo. In the others I carried my leopard foldover clutch. I think both work beautifully, but I’d probably go with my leopard print next time. What do you think? Choices, choices!
I guess the moral of the story is that pulling off a monochrome look is not as difficult as it may seem. Everything does not need to match exactly. In fact, you’ll look more sophisticated and contemporary if you combine pieces of slightly varying shades and definitely different textures. And all winter white is truly classic and alluring. I’d wear this outfit to church, out for a celebratory dinner or to a winter retirement party, for instance.
Do you wear winter white? What about top to toe? Tell me what you think about this outfit. Or let me know if you have any questions.
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Blessed for My Day
In an age where anything goes and “everyone does it,” it’s difficult to live against the grain. I’ll confess, I slip into worldly patterns of speech, behavior and thinking as easily as the next gal. And really, what’s the big deal?
Well, the big deal is Jesus Christ and the salvation He offers to all. God has called those who know Him intimately to live differently in this present age so that we appear as lights in a dark world. But notice that Titus 2:11-12 doesn’t call us to be stuffed shirts, miserable old hags or judgmental jerks. It simply calls us to live sensibly – think twice, make smart decisions – righteously – in a way that is pleasing to God – and godly – demonstrating His character in all things. And remember, His character is love.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age… ~ Titus 2:11-12