Gracey Wears: Winter White and Winter Blues

I know that blue and white is considered a quintessential summer combination, bringing to mind, as it does, all things nautical, but for some reason I’ve really been feeling the combination for winter.  Especially the pairing of pairing winter white with my winter blues:

Gracey from Fashion for Giants wears polka dot skinnies, a winter white sweater layered over a white shirt & plaid scarf Gracey from Fashion for Giants wears polka dot skinnies, a winter white sweater layered over a white shirt , brown boots & a plaid scarf

Now, is winter white is basically just cream with a little less yellow in it?  Probably.  But whether you call it cream or white, it does work well for winter.

That is not to say, of course, that you can’t wear white-white during the winter.  I actually like to pair white-white with winter white and blue.  I did it in this outfit.  And below, you can see that I’ve layered this winter white sweater over a regular white tunic:

Gracey from Fashion for Giants wears polka dot skinnies, a winter white sweater layered over a white shirt , brown boots & a plaid scarf

I know, I know.  I’m committing a fashion faux pas a minute.  But, the world kept spinning after I wore this so I figure it’s okay.


Get the Look

Lou & Grey sweater (similar)
Gap tunic (similar)
Wit & Wisdom jeans (similar skinny) (similar straight)
Kohl’s scarf (similar)
Nine West boots

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Inspired Outfit: Artful Obi

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Deborah of the blog Stylish Murmurs is a master of proportion play, and here adds an on-trend obi to her artful layers. Also love the accents created by her light blue earrings and lush red lips. Check her original post for details about this inspired outfit!

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