How to wear white pants in fall and winter

Bonjour, bonjour,

A bit shy to write those words considering how long I was gone.
To be honest, it is difficult to explain why I have been away from the blog for such a while.
As you may know (I really HOPE you do know ^^) I have published a book (that you can buy from me here). It was published last may. And… it kind of sucked all my writing energy . After it, returning back to the blog felt so hard. I had lost the “good habits” to publish once a week.

And everyone seemed to be on instagram. And I do not like instagram so much but hey, so easy right?

Are there still people reading blogs now in soon to be 2019 I wondered?

Also, to be honest, I make almost no money here. My incomes come from my clients.

So I postponed and postponed.

I received messages asking me when I would post again and if I will.

Reading your feedbacks, is really what encourages me . I like to feel you are actually listening here 🙂

So there I am, facing a blank web page. Or a “white page” as you say in french.

To start again I therefore chose a white topic: the white pants.

Hope you’ll enjoy it.  Looking forward to read you again in the comments section.

White pants are a great autumn wardrobe staple.
They come off as french and unexpected (even if seen everywhere this year. Well at least in Paris).

They confer softness and light to the usual autumnal palette.

And if they may get dirty, there are no fragile item. A little mud stain may be part of the deal, no one will resent you.

I/ What white pants

They can range from crisp white to off-white.

1. White jeans

The perfect autumnal pants.
If you choose them with quite a stiff fabric, they won’t have any transparency to them and resist rain and wind.

You may wear them skinny, straight or slightly flared.
Full lenght or cropped.
I may say,cropped is a good trick to stay away from the potentially wet ground 🙂

Eventually add a belt to structure the top of them. Black, navy blue, brown, beige, kaki, gold, snake, leopard, burgundy, dark green, your belting options are endless.

2. White trousers 

I am talking tailored pants, cigarette or carrot shape.

A cropped style is a good idea as you do not want them anywhere near the ground 🙂

Again, you could add a belt to structure the upper part of the pants.
You can choose this belt with a dressier leather (smooth or shiny).

II/ What colors and prints to wear with?

Having already written an article on how to wear white jeans quite a while ago, I will focuss on an autumnal take on this question.

I love to mix white with other shades of it, warm neutrals or warm shades as well as with dark colors.

As for prints, I think animal ones are its best mates. Along with warm colored tartans! You can also do a transitioning print trick by choosing a print that contains some white.

1. With shades of white and beige

Just as I described on my articles on how to wear head to toe black or colors monochromes, when you are doing all over white, try to use different fabrics and textures.

You can liven up the outfits by adding some jewels, either delicate or statement.

A dash of details matching a fluid white blouse with crisp white jeans

Unknown stylish lady sporting a beige textured oversize knit along with another shade of white on her own head. 

2. With warm colors

Ranging from warm neutrals such as beige and camel to autumnal burgundy reds and mustard yellows.

My lovely client trying on a autumnal outfit I composed mixing cream pants, a rose gold top, a burgundy coat and a purple scarf

On the Polder lookbook from a few years ago the model is radiant with a mustard yellow sweater paired with white chinos. The almost black green belt adds some structure to the look by creating a dark color punctuation between the top and the bottom.

3/ With kaki’s and soft green

The softness of green shades always blends nicely with the whites.

Irina Linovitch, spotted by Style du monde is wearing a blend of natural shades including kaki green. A hint of red snake boots making the whole look pop. 

4/ With mild colors

I.e colors that are not too saturated.
Like they have a bit of white or grey to them.

Here Aymeline Valade, probably the most stylish girl in France, spotted by @thefrenchystyle on Tagwalk, wears a mild blue sweater surrounded by off-white, beige and brown along with a pop of gold on the ear lobe.

6/ With navy blue

Navy blue and white have a typical sailor vibe that is perfectly appropriate for winter layering (what if there is a storm huh?).

I, mixing navy blue coat, breton top and snake cowgirl boots with my white levis (Midwest meets Bretagne that is the spirit).

7/ With black

White on black may look waitressy, but good news, black on white does not.

Sophie Fontanel sophisticating her black and white workwear outfit with some gold accessories and perfect poppy red mani. And showing off her grey crown of glory.

8/ With snake, leopard or turtleshell print

Those animal prints have a warm autumnal feel to them.

In my opinion the white liven up the otherwise conventional cosiness or sexyness they usually convey.

Snake shoes and dark colors on this look captured by Collage vintage.

Camille Charrière’s bag may be next to her but admire how the turtleshell complements her all white look

9/ With plaid print

The plaid feels like you could hang out by the fire and fall asleep on the cat’s lap (or opposite).
White will give you some energy to go through the work’s day without a nap.

10/ With a transitioning print

What I call a transitioning print is a print that contains one of the colors of the piece it is matched with, allowing a nice blend into the outfit.

See Jeanne Damas blending the white flowers of her black top into her high waisted white jeans. 
She even does leopard on her carry on leopard bag (shall we talk about that leopard print though? Ugh, she consciously went all “mauvais goût” – bad taste – about it)

III/ What occasion are they for?

I recently heard the “no white after labor day” american mantra from a client. There is no such thing in France and I am happy to go to parties with my white Valentino top or with a white T-shirt.
I think I would with my white jeans too eventually. Pairing them with maybe a frilly top.

(EDIT: apparently the rule is “no white after Labor day capital L, which means no white after the first week of september. Which does make sense. I’ll keep my paragraph on white at night nonetheless. Extensive info there).

Or more sophisticated satin pants and again something delicate on the top. Like Bella does here. (Note that I DO NOT support that outfit. But it gives you a feeling and that is the best I found.)

Here is what you could do: this silver sequined top + those white pants + those white boots

I soooo regret I can’t create outfits on Poylvore anymore (polyvore being very much dead, how do I do collage without spending hours on them now? Taking any tips, merci.).

Daytime use is quite obvious as we have just seen above, white pants may be work both for casual and workwear.

Voilà mesdames!

I hope this tempted you to keep your white pants around for Christmas month 🙂

Collage de couverture: Marie de Into your closet, Pull Samsoe Samsoe.

68 Responses to “How to wear white pants in fall and winter”
  1. Useful information. Fortunate me I found your website accidentally, and I’m shocked why this coincidence did not took place earlier! I bookmarked it.

  2. Chris says:

    I LOVE THAT YOU ARE BACK!!! Your blog is such a game changer for me. I am fashion lazy, but your blog makes me wanna play again. Thank you for returning!!!!

  3. Jennifer says:

    I am so happy to see you are blogging again! I too detest Instagram. It is so fake and like one big advertisement. I have deleted it. I think blogs are authentic and are going to stay relevant -especially when the creator has great content like you do. As for collages- could you possibly use the Stylebook app? Kindest regards and thanks for blogging.

  4. Fiona says:

    Cleaning out my bookmarks and found you’re back, Aloïs. Thank goodness! Following your blog over the years prompted me to buy your book, by far the best style book I’ve read. Your blog is education, Insta only emulation. (Besides Insta=Facebook so I closed my account.) Love all the ideas here.

  5. R says:

    I wear white jeggins and jeans year long and would never stop wearing it just because of silly conceptions. I mean, how could one not wear white at winter? In a snowy landscape? It looks so elegant and fresh!

  6. Valerie says:

    So glad to see you posting again. I bought your book several months ago and it’s excellent.
    I love wearing white jeans in winter (when the streets are dry!), with shades of camel, cognac, and beige, and sometimes a touch of leopard print.

  7. Audrey says:

    So happy to see you back posting again!! I look forward to many, many more posts in future from you!

  8. Violette.b says:

    Je suis passée au blanc depuis 2 ans et avec mon âge , 55 , ça me réveille , merci de ces idées de look et conseils de style

  9. Shannon says:

    So glad to see that you are back! I’ve missed your wonderful advice!

  10. Margot says:

    Merci Aloïs !!!
    Tu nous avais manqué !

  11. A says:

    Your book is an amazing inspiration and I love it but missed your blog am SO glad to see your new post. Merci!

  12. Ines says:

    You have one of the most intelligent and informative fashion blogs. Thank you so much!

  13. Catherine says:

    Un pantalon blanc en hiver ! Je n’ai jamais osé mais avec vos conseils, je vais essayer. Merci pour votre inspiration. Contente de votre retour. Vous m’aviez manqué.

  14. Lise says:

    I love your blog and am also so happy you are back. In only discovered your blog just before you stopped and promptly read all your previous posts. Love your writing style, the way you explain style tips and supporting photos. I certainly appreciate it and was constantly popping in to see if you had updated. Thank you so much!!!

  15. Laura says:

    Glad to see you update your blog again! You have great perspective and a great writing style – I feel like I’ve learned a lot from reading your old posts (and your book), but glad to see you will continue to post new content here. 🙂

  16. Joëlle says:

    Youpi !! un nouveau post, du double style Aloïs (mode et plume) !! Tu n’as pas d’équivalent sur le net, les autres m’ennuient 🙂

  17. Kat says:

    Thank god you’re back! I’ve missed your posts. Interestingly I was about to compose an outfit for tomorrow wearing white cropped pants and a denim duster hoping you would have something posted on your website. And voila – how to wear white! Seriously, please don’t disappear. You are a highlight for me.

  18. Meredith says:

    Yayy!!! I am so happy to see you posting here again. I love your blog – it is so informative and I love the way you break down whyyyyy certain looks work and whyyyy they don’t work. So useful because you can follow what seem to be easy outfits and they just don’t work. Also, I always have the courage to avoid the half silk tops now after reading your post about them. It’s true they never work.

    I didn’t know you wrote a book! But I will look now.

    Thank you for posting again.

  19. Rita says:

    Welcome back! I, for one, love reading blogs, especially the ones that are informative and useful like yours. I don’t really like Instagram much at all. Your blog actually teaches something whereas instagram photos of wannabe models do not. I did not realize you publishes a book (oops!). I’m going to check it out now.

  20. Elaine says:

    So glad you are back Alois. I’ve read every one of your posts and they’re so inspiring and helpful. You always make me smile too. I’m going to pull my white jeans out if the storage box and try some of the outfit suggestions. Thank you for all the work you put into your wonderful blog.

  21. Nadège says:

    Ravie de te retrouver.
    Je ne portais jamais de jean ou pantalon blanc jusqu’à l’achat de mon premier jean blanc l’été dernier.
    Après avoir aperçu quelques look sur le net, je me suis finalement décidé à le porter aussi en automne mais uniquement quand il fait beau.
    Avec un manteau beige, c’est tellement plus doux que le combo gris/noir que l’on voit trop souvent.

  22. Anne says:

    Bonjour Aloïs,
    J’ai eu beau chercher sur le net dans tes intervalles silencieux, je n’ai trouvé aucun blog comparable au vôtre. Que je me sente ou non directement concernée par le sujet, j’apprécie très sincèrement la langue choisie, l’esprit et la créativité… vous êtes très inspirante, merci pour tout.
    À bientôt

  23. Fran says:

    I missed your posts so much! Unfortunately I am not a big fan of white pants, but I hope you will come back soon with more styling ideas, since your’s are the BEST!
    Welcome back from Allemagne

  24. Elizabeth says:

    Hello and welcome back. I have been reading your blog for awhile now and it extremely informative and interesting. I also enjoyed your book, but I have been missing your blog updates and am happy to have them again.

  25. Ruth says:

    I’ve missed your posts, as they are always enlightening, and this was has given me renewed interest in finding new ways to wear my white pants in the winter. Congratulations on your book!

  26. S says:

    Finally you’re back!! I bought your book and it’s great but the additional tips on this blog are soo missed!

  27. Julie says:

    Heureuse que tu sois de retour, perdant espoir, j’étais sur le point de supprimer ton blog de mes marques-pages, je suis contente de ne pas l’avoir fait !

  28. M de Montréal says:

    Tu nous a manqué, merci pour ce post, parfait comme toujours. Merci!

  29. MABdePARIS says:

    Double plaisir aujourd’hui: d’abord retrouver -enfin – ta plume et ton regard acéré. Ensuite, le thème du pantalon blanc en hiver!
    En plein dans mes recherches cet automne: LE pantalon droit blanc ou écru (pas un jean, pas un velours, pas en coton) donc plutôt tissu laine mélangée et si possible avec doublure pour éviter toute transparence. Je cherche depuis des mois.sur le Net, dans les boutiques.Rien qui corresponde!. Si tu as des pistes, je suis preneuse.

    • Aloïs Guinut says:

      Alors là… je n’ai rien vu de tel vraiment. J’en ai trouvé un de chez Forte Forte qui correspond à ta description l’autre jour mais dans un outlet…
      Bon courage et merci pour le commentaire 🙂

  30. Nicky says:

    So happy to have you back!!!

  31. I’m so delighted to see you back on your site, and blogging! I have really missed your posts, which are always educational and beautiful to look at.

  32. Archana says:

    The way you styled your client in that burgundy coat and a purple scarf is just : wow. This is why we all need advice from you in-spite of the existence of a pinterest full of outfit pictures.

  33. V says:

    Merci pour ce post et le temps accordé pour la rédaction de chaque billet…sincèrement.
    Tu regrettes que Polyvore ait disparu mais le look de ta cliente est tout aussi parlant …pour ne pas dire époustouflant ( je suis fan ).

    Pour faire suite à ta demande, je me demande si ces sites conviendraient :

    Une belle soirée

  34. Cathy D. says:

    So happy to see you again. Your posts are so useful to me. I love white jeans and pants, and will follow your suggestions. Thank you for the advice, and welcome back!

  35. T.A.E says:

    So happy to see you back and such a timely post as I’ve just bought white uniqlo jeggings to test out if I want reintegrate white jeans into my wardrobe. Thanks for posting!

    As for Polyvore, seems to be a good alternative. They have been working closely with former polyvore users to provide similar surfaces. And I also miss polyvore because I definitely used it for organizing my wardrobe.

  36. Ann-Charlotte says:

    Welcome back! We’ve missed you!

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