White & Hot Pink for Winter

Fashion over 40: White & Hot Pink Winter Outfit

If you followed my Trunk Club unboxing, you’ve seen this sweater and these booties, but not together. A reader actually suggested this outfit combination in the comments on that post, and I loved it so much that I decided to style it for a photo shoot!

When I initially tried this sweater, I envisioned it with different shades of blue jeans for casual everyday, and maybe with grey or black jeans for a different look, but the white jeans didn’t occur to me. As it turns out, it’s a great combination.

White jeans are becoming more accepted as a valid winter wardrobe piece, but they still look fresh and unexpected, which makes them fun to wear this time of year. A lot of you said you got sick of white jeans last summer, so you packed them away. If you haven’t tried the white-after-labor-day thing, this is a great time to bring them out, dust them off, and give the look a try! Pair them with any bright colored sweater and neutral booties, and there we go, another casual outfit formula for women on the go! 🙂

The bright pink on top is so bright and cheerful, and then the grey suede booties make the whole outfit look intentional. (If I’d worn ballet flats, people might think I was getting confused on the seasons.) I can also see this outfit with my Sorel snow boots with the hot pink laces.

How to Style a White & Hot Pink Winter Outfit

How to style a White & Hot Pink Winter Outfit

If you’re still on the hunt for a great pair of white skinny jeans, I highly recommend these Paige Verdugo Ankle Skinnies. They’re nice and thick so they’re not see-through, and the fit is fantastic. FYI, I did size up in these.

Outfit Ideas: White & Hot Pink Winter Outfit

I’m really pleased with these booties. They’re my 2nd or 3rd pair of Vince Camuto booties, and they all have a really nice quality to them. The stacked heel is on trend right now, and the geometric cutouts on the topline and heel are a fun detail. The way they dip in the front makes them really easy to wear with skinny jeans. Sometimes I struggle with how to wear my jeans with the ankle boots that have a higher shaft.

White & Hot Pink Winter Outfit

White & Hot Pink Winter Outfit

For my bag, I carried this grey faux leather tote. This is such a great bag for a budget-friendly price point, and I thought the light grey made a nice accompaniment to the outfit without being too matchy-matchy.

White & Hot Pink Winter Outfit

Because the sweater is so long, I set the waistband at my hips, where I like my shirts to end, and then I let it drape. I love how it has a slouchy look without being too bulky the way a chunkier knit might be. Normally I pull it down a little lower than it is in these pictures. I didn’t have a mirror, so when I got out of the car, I just had to place it where I thought it felt right.


The length of your top can make a big difference in your overall balance and proportion. The shoes and pants you wear also factor into the equation, of course, and maybe with the white jeans and grey booties with 3-inch heels, I could have worn the sweater a little bit longer and pull it off, but ideally, it should create that 1/3 to 2/3 ratio that is so pleasing to the eye.

How to Style a White & Hot Pink Winter Outfit

I wanted something in the neckline that makes a nice statement since the outfit is pretty plain on its own, so I wore this monogram necklace. A layered look would be nice to with this too. I stacked on some beaded bangles from Alex and Ani, and then I added simple pearl earrings to complete the look.

I realize this sweater is spendy, even at 40% off, so I tried to find something similar for less. I couldn’t find the hot pink, but I love this Halogen version in the super pale Pink Smoke, and how gorgeous is that Green Lake for spring. It would be stunning with white jeans and neutral booties. Another great option is this orange v-neck sweater at Ann Taylor, also 40% off right now. It’s a great wear now-and-later piece.

Finally, I also went to a little extra trouble and combined three lipstick colors to come up with a pink that matches the sweater. I am learning that changing up my lipstick for different outfits is an accessory of sorts. It really gives the look a finished, cohesive appeal.

Hot Pink Sweater for Winter

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Equipment Cashmere V-Neck // Paige Verdugo Ankle Skinnies (similar for less) // Vince Camuto Fritan Booties // Chelsea28 Faux Leather Tote // monogram necklace: 3XL // bracelets c/o Alex and Ani

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33 Responses

  1. Hey…we’re on the same page, Jo-Lynne!! I’m just editing photos that the 3 of us took for a winter white series. And the last one is how white jeans can really pop other colors!! I think that’s why I love this combination so much!
    And I really like how you showed the proportions of that sweater—for us short girls, I do that a lot!

  2. Hi JoLynne,
    You look gorgeous in these colors!! I love the whole outfit. What size is your necklace , I want to order a slightly smaller one.

    Thank you for all your hard work!


      1. Haha….just quickly scrolling through the comments and brought my finger to a dead stop….what in the world would tiny Jo-Lynne wear in an 3X????

  3. Very pretty! Thanks for showing both pictures of the sweater. Great visual of what works and what doesn’t. Have a good weekend!

  4. Love this look, JoLynne and that pink on you is just gorgeous! This outfit is perfect for chasing away those winter blues. Love the booties. I never really thought to wear booties with ankle pants, but this look is so cute, I’m going to have to try it. I do that with my sweaters and tops too if they are really long. I like a bit of a slouchy look as it keeps the outfit casual and comfortable. Thanks for sharing and for hosting the link up. – Amy

  5. I’m loving your casual outfit formulas for mums its hard to feel chic when its freezing and the school run has to be done but thank you i’m enjoying copying your ideas with stuff from my own wardrobe!

  6. I absolutely love this outfit! Kudos to the woman that suggested you wear this. I am going to get my white jeans out of the attic today and see what I can style with it. Thank you for showing how the placement of the sweater hem can make such a difference. I see that placing it higher and letting it blouse some shows your cute shape more.

    Have a blessed day!

  7. This outfit combo looks gorgeous on you! The sweater looks much better on you than it does on the model. That pink is just stunning! I also love your hair. It really has gotten longer, and looks so pretty.

  8. I love the pink! So pretty and cheerful! I’m wondering what the denim jeans you are wearing in the pictures are? I’m on the hunt for some new jeans and love the way those look! Thanks!

  9. Love this combination!
    I am not familiar with the
    “1/3 to 2/3 rule. Can you explain
    further for this fashion blog newbie?
    Thanks for all the great posts.

  10. you are just so stinkin’ cute!!!! 🙂 p.s. I hope you kept the red dress from your trunk, too.. I don’t care what anyone else said … it looked amazing on you!!! 🙂

  11. Hi……I really enjoy all of your posts. We have similar body types so I’m excited everyday to read all about your fashion style.
    Could you recommend a great short sleeved vneck t-shirt?

  12. Jo-Lynne, thank you for introducing the 1/3 to 2/3 rule. The link that you provided is a wonderful explanation. I have never heard of this rule but now I understand why some of my outfits just don’t look right.

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