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The dos and don'ts of wearing white in the winter

Go ahead, break the 'No White After Labour Day' rule. Here's how to wear your whites all winter long.

We've all heard the age-old rule that says you can't wear white after Labour Day. But some rules are made to be broken — especially when they prevent you from wearing that fresh pair of white sneakers you bought just as the leaves began to fall. So, here are a few dos and don'ts for wearing your whites all winter long:

(Sweater: Club Monaco, Pants: Black and White)

DO wear white pants — in a seasonally appropriate fabric 

So many women are afraid of wearing white pants, but it can be done, and it can be flattering! The key to working white pants, like our model above, is making sure the fit is impeccable. White pants show every nook and cranny on your body, so you want to make sure nothing is pulling or riding. With that in mind, wearing nude underwear is also a must for this look. For cold weather, choose a heavier fabric like a thick cotton, denim, or wool — don't bring out lightweight linens. And, if you don't have the legs of a supermodel, go for a wide-leg pant that will help elongate the leg. 

DON'T overlook your favourite pair of sneaks

White sneakers are huge this year, and yes, you can wear yours into the winter months! These days you can pair your sneakers with anything — even a fancy dress. 

DO pair a true white with off-white

Most people are afraid to pair a true white with an off-white, but we think it's an unexpected combination that we've been seeing everywhere lately.. The colour instantly brightens up your complexion (because it reflects light, it doesn't cast any shadows on your face). You don't want to go overboard with the accessories for this look, but do take the opportunity to wear your crazy leopard shoes or bag — and have it really pop.

(Purse: Tory Burch, Nordstrom)

DO bundle up 

You can still be warm and wear white! A lot of heavier winter garments, like the jacket with faux fur and wool turtleneck sweater dress pictured above, are being made in white and off-white this season.

DON'T be afraid to mix in some colour

The burgundy boot is the new black. Adding a pair to your rotation will bring an unexpected hint of luxury to your winter wardrobe. 

DO play with texture

When it comes to wearing white, play with different textures and colours to make your look less matchy matchy and more casual cool. The tights, as shown above, add even more texture, bringing this look to the next level.

(Coat: Sentaler, Scarf: Alexander McQueen)

DON'T shy away from fancy pieces

This coat (above) is by Canadian brand Sentaler. Kate Middleton and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau are huge fans of the brand (in fact, Sophie was recently photographed wearing this exact coat). This can be a scary look when you're lugging around three kids or walking to work in the dead of winter, save this coat for special occasions. You're not wearing this one to the grocery store.

DO contrast with black

Adding a silk scarf, like the one pictured above, will definitely lessen your chances of getting makeup all over your coat. This scarf in particular is great because it has pops of black which tie in with the boots. You don't have to go head to toe white! In fact, the contrast of the black boot helps ground an all-white ensemble.