Posted: Dec 17, 2013 8:00 AM
The rule about not wearing white after Labor Day flew out the window years ago, but you can't simply recycle your favorite summer staples. Avoid being a fashion faux pas with these tips for wearing winter white.

Black and white is fashion gold

Wearing white in winter- black and white

Contrasting black and white is uber-trendy this winter. The combination is clean, aesthetically pleasing and brings white's flirtation with summer fashion into the cold weather months. A bold, geometric pattern crisscrosses the Graphic Ponte Pencil Skirt, which comes in both regular and petite sizes (White House | Black Market, $118). If you love white and black enough to wear it every day, consider splurging on the floral BRIEFCASE (Tory Burch, $595). The two-tone velvet pattern on an ivory background, combined with the boxy shape of the bag, is a bit of vintage-inspired fashion you'll want to keep around for years.

wearing white in winter- Seasonless wool one-button blazer

Keep warm in white with winter-weight fabrics

A key to wearing white in winter is finding items in warm fabrics like wool. The Seasonless Wool One-Button Blazer is every bit as classic as your favorite black blazer (Pendleton, $228). Layer it with a lightweight sweater during the day and pair it with a slinky tank and your favorite slim pants for an evening out with the girls.

White outerwear is chic against the snow

wearing white in winter- outerwear

Wearing white in a variety of shades adds depth to the look, while keeping the monochrome style polished. Black trim on the Faux-Leather Trim Walker is a modern touch (Macy's, $230). Paul & Betty boots in textured leather aren't made for sledding, but the warm ivory shade would look lovely with the coat (Yoox, $295). Finish your winter white fashion statement with the Wool Winter Conductor Hat in cream, from Ralph Lauren (Lord & Taylor, $45).

Winter white calls for fur trim

wearing white in winter- fur trimmed

Fur trim is a definite statement that your white fashion pieces are designed to be worn in the cold. Hunter designed these fur-trimmed boots for J. Mendel (Nordstrom, $595). No one will mistake the special-edition boots for your summer wellies! If you prefer your fur to be the faux variety, this cozy Fur-trimmed Cable Cardigan will help keep your neck warm (Gap, $58).

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