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Special Paris Edition: How to Wear White in the Winter

SS 121012 How2WearWinterWhite COVER Rain, sleet, snow, muddy puddles and every other winter weather element you can imagine aren’t exactly conducive to wearing white in December. Yet, I love the idea of an ivory dress, fluffy white sweater or a pair of snow colored skinny jeans in the heart of winter. White is crisp, clean and classy.

I was able to spend a few days in Paris on the Savvy Sleepers Euro Tour. On my last night in Paris, I wore an off white Calvin Klein dress paired under an ivory trench. Here’s my top 3 tips for wearing white including a bonus ‘dress altering’ trick that will make you the hit of the holiday party, plus I can guarantee no one else will have your Look! 


1. White Fur is Best Saved for Details ~ White faux fur is fun, but if a jacket that’s entirely white fur gets the slightest bit dirty, you’ll look like road kill. This trench has a removable white faux fur collar so it’s just enough. White faux fur hats, mittens, ear muffs  or shawls are also fun.


2. How to Alter a Basic White Dress ~ I found this Calvin Klein dress at TJMaxx and it had a weird, unflattering built in cami. I cut it out for a more revealing Rhianna-ish neckline that’s appropriate for any holiday event with a few strategically placed hair extensions. I also had it altered near the hips. (Sidenote) If you spot a dress you want to alter, make sure it doesn’t have difficult seams or zippers and have your seamstress on speed dial. Don’t settle for a dress that doesn’t fit you perfectly when a $25 trip to the tailor can have you looking like a professionally styled celebrity.


The Opera House in Paris


3. The Easiest Color to Pair with Winter White is Black ~ It’s a classic winter combo that makes me feel a little bit Coco Chanel even if I’m in a 5-year-old Bebe trench. If you’re wearing a white dress, add black heels, a black handbag, clutch, a brooch or statement necklace. Black + White = Classy


<DETAILS by Dale> Trench (old) ~ Bebe (similar black & white version here), heels ~ Zara (recent), dress ~ Calvin Klein (Similar here)

Do you have a favorite ‘Winter White’ staple in your closet? 

 (Sidenote) Thanks for following throughout the Euro Tour and I’m announcing a GIVEAWAY this week with a fashion accessory straight from Italy that I picked up after seeing TONS of European fashionistas wearing them….Stay Tuned

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6 comments on “Special Paris Edition: How to Wear White in the Winter

    You look wonderful in that white coat! Paris is such an enjoyable city


  2. Kim says:

    Dale, you looked absolutely gorgeous! I love that coat and your heels. You always look like a star. These tips make so much sense. I love winter white and feel it can look amazing when done right. Gorgeous pics.

  3. You look great! that white outfit is very nice. Love white for the winter
    Enjoy Paris :)

  4. Anna says:

    oh my goodness, you look stunning, hun. Love this!

  5. Elle Sees says:

    gorgeous pictures and gorgeous lady!

  6. Marina says:

    STUNNER!!! In love with all the photos so chic and just fab.

    <3 Marina

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