Tribune senior correspondent
February 24, 2011
Got the blahs? Who doesn't! Gray days. Cloudy skies. Everybody's asking: Where's spring?
Sure, we can whine and whimper about the weather or we can do something positive — like go shopping.
If you're sick of winter, perk yourself up with something a little illogical: the color of snow and ice.
Buying something white or "winter white" — another name for ivory/cream — is the perfect pick-me-up and can transition smoothly from now into spring, when, incidentally, the fashion gods have declared that we will be wearing a huge amount of white.
To join the whiteout trend doesn't have to cost much more than a season's worth of SPF 45. All but one of the items shown here are priced less than $40.
Much of the white clothing and accessories now in stores is on sale and that includes clothes lightweight enough to work now and well after the flowers bloom, too.
"Winter white looks extremely elegant and very sophisticated … and teams beautifully with black, gray, camel, navy blue," says Gregg Andrews, a fashion director for Nordstrom.
"Mixing your whites is very chic. … The key to it is, you have to mix your texture," Andrews explains.
"The nice thing about whites is you can layer them. They don't have to match," says Susan Swimmer, fashion features editor for More magazine. "White gets more interesting when it's layered." Consider, for example, a flouncy blouse like the one on this page, layered beneath a sweater and over a lace-trimmed cami, all in varying shades of cream.