“You can wear white in the winter now. Michelle sent me a Glamour magazine article that said it was totally okay.”
That was a conversation I heard at church a couple of weeks ago. I immediately rolled my eyes and briskly walked to my car. I had had enough of that conversation. Lucky for you, it pulled me out of my blogging hiatus.
I am a bit of a traditionalist (that might be an understatement) and my Southern roots go down deep. One thing that has been instilled in me, is that you put your white away after Labor Day, and you don’t take it out until Easter rolls around. As a child, every Spring I’d not only get a new dress for Easter Sunday, but a new pair of white shoes to pair with it.
*side note: I wore pantyhose to church even in the summer, well into my middle school years. Thanks, mom.*
First of all, let me be clear. Winter white is an actual color. It is a creamy white and by no means stark. If you were to walk into my office wearing creamy, dreamy pair of cords, that would be a perfect example of winter white. Have you ever seen bright white corduroy pants? I didn’t think so. There’s a reason for that. You’re not meant to wear white in the winter. To tell poor girls that white is suddenly acceptable in the winter because there’s a new hue called winter white is just plain sad. But it’s equally as sad that they actually eat that information up.
Second of all, you will never see me wear white in winter, no matter what magazine “grants” me the ability. (Not to mention, my grandmothers would roll over in their grave if I did). One thing that I love about the South is its tradition. The unwritten “white” rule is just one of those.
So to answer my question “what the heck is winter white”, it’s a color that has been around for a while and accepted in the southern society. It’s nothing new and it certainly isn’t as stark as what some fashion publications are portraying.
But don’t take my word for it, just take a look at history. Some of my biggest fashion inspirations are Audrey and Jackie O. (surprise, surprise). Take a look at them. Did they wear white in winter? The answer is simple: N-O. The reason they are still relevant today is because they weren’t trendy, they were classic. Something that is currently trendy is wearing white in the winter. I rest my case.
Now go shine up your white shoes and make sure your white sundress hasn’t yellowed. Easter is 71 days away.