What Color Shirt and Shoes Go With Winter White Pants?

Lauren London wear shades of black and gray to winterize her white.

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No white after Labor Day? Puh-lease. These days, the silly fashion rules of yesteryear are so -- well, last year. Winter white is totally acceptable now, and not just acceptable, it's truly fabulous. That doesn't make it easy, though. You still need to carefully consider your top and shoes when wearing winter white pants in order to make the look a snow-white "do."

Shoes: Don't Go White

For practical purposes, white shoes are a no-no during winter. When trudging around in snow, ice and slush, your white shoes will quickly turn a murky and unpleasant shade. Even if winter doesn't involve snow and ice in your corner of the world, white pants on white shoes is just a little "blah." When working winter white pants, you'll want shoes that make more of a statement.


White pants are the new LBD for winter time. Pair them with a white top, something soft and knit with texture to create interest, with metallic accents like sequins or beading. Add metallic shoes to match and you've got an outfit perfect for New Year's Eve or any fancy evening out.

Jewel Tones

Keeping winter white grounded in the season is easy when you pair it with deeper jewel tones such as emerald and amethyst. These richer colors keep the look from seeming too summery. Choose a top and shoes in different hues to keep things interesting. For example, try a sapphire sweater and ruby red flats. Feel free to add in even more colors in your accessories.

Nudes, Neutrals and Browns

Every fall there are at least a few designers who choose a palette flush with blush tones, nudes and chocolate-y browns. Working autumn's natural browns with winter white pants creates the perfect transitional look. Try warm, fur-lined brown snow boots with winter white pants and blush-toned top. Add on more accessories in earthy hues to complete the look.

Black and White

Black and white is the more wintery version of a transitional brown-and-white look. With white pants, wear black knee-high boots and a black top. On the other hand, a heather gray or charcoal shirt can work even better, as it creates more variety. Texture is important here, because a variety of textures can substitute for a variety of colors. Try mixing suede, silk and wool, for example.

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