Shades of White

Good morning and happy Monday! Today I’m styling a monochromatic outfit in shades of white.

This sweater is yet another Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchase, and happily, it’s still fully stocked!

It was the first item I went for when I got to the store on the #NSale preview day. I had seen it in the catalog and fell in love. I love the relaxed styling and huge ribbed cuffs. It’s also suuuuper soft.

I’ve styled it a few times already, but this time I wanted to pair it with white jeans and taupe boots for a monochromatic look in shades of white.

Okay, so taupe isn’t really white, but work with me here.

There’s something I find so luxe and sophisticated about a monochromatic neutral look, but especially when it’s all light neutrals.

While booties are certainly having a moment, tall boots are another great option — especially when it gets colder.

It looks like we’re going to start seeing the over-the-knee boots moving out of vogue over the next couple of seasons, and knee-high and mid-calf boots making a comeback.

I read somewhere that to keep knee-high boots over skinny jeans looking modern, it’s important to wear high rise jeans and front-tuck your top (yes, even sweaters.)

These aren’t high rise jeans, so that’s strike one right there, but I’m still wearing them for now. And while I do like the sweater front-tucked, I wore it out for most of these pictures. I think it looks good either way, but a taupe belt would finish off the front-tucked look nicely.

The other tip to keeping knee-high boots modern is to wear pointed toe boots (as opposed to the rounded and almond shaped toes, which have been trending for the past few years.)

I’ve noticed more pointy toe boots and booties this season, and I’m liking them for a change.

These boots are from the #NSale, and they’re on sale again. Unfortunately this color is limited. I really like the cool beige hue — it has a lot of pink in it so it looks good with the cool tones I tend to wear.

I have a pair of cognac suede knee-high boots from a couple years ago, and while I like them, they look very fall to me, whereas I think I’ll reach for these a lot more during the winter months.

These are the softest suede and sooo comfortable. The 3″ block heel is very walkable. In fact, I wore them out on Saturday night and walked quite a bit, and they felt like they were already broken in.

They also come in a buttery black leather, which is a great option if that’s something you need to round out your fall wardrobe. The nice thing about leather is, you can wear them in inclement weather.

Also, these boots run TTS; I have the 8M.

Altogether, I think this outfit looks modern and chic, but not try-hard. Sometimes it’s hard to find that middle ground.

A lot of ladies say they don’t feel comfortable wearing white jeans in the fall and winter, and they don’t see them where they live. I don’t see them a lot here either, but I don’t care. I think it’s fun to be different and a little bit ahead of the trends.

As long as you pair your white jeans with boots and chunky knits that look intentionally fall, you won’t look like a fashion emergency. Just carry yourself with confidence and own it!

Outfit Details:

cowl neck sweater // similar white jeans // taupe boots // tote // similar earrings // sunnies

The Look for Less:

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photos: Alison Cornell