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Winter Whites

February 4th, 2013

Who says you can’t wear white after Labour Day?

In my opinion, a splash of white looks very natural in the crisp air of winter and is a great way to stand out from its sea of dark colors.

Here’s three examples of using white to infuse your winter wardrobe.

1. Crisp Denim


Slim jeans are the easiest, and most effective, way to add a dose of white to your winter wardrobe. They’re cool, refreshing and work with everything.

A great way to stand out from the crowd, without the “try hard” feeling of bold, in-your-face colors.


This winter has been unpredictable. One day it’s in the 30’s, the next it’s in the 60’s (Fahrenheit).

We shot this on a mild day, when a flannel jacket and silk scarf was enough to cruise around the neighborhood.


Two of my go-to combos lately:

Grey & Brown.

Flannel & Suede.

  • Grey tortoise shades by Matsuda ·
  • Burgundy paisley silk scarf Vintage ·
  • Brown stripe contrast collar shirt ·
  • Polka dot pocket square Vintage ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • White denim jeans by Helmut Lang ·
  • Brown suede Ring belt by Brooks Brothers ·
  • Brown suede boots by Massimo Dutti

2. Clean Frame


A white sweater offers an appealing contrast under a dark jacket. It also frames the face in a clean, non-distracting way.

I feel like I’ve written this a hundred times, but it’s important: simplicity is crucial in menswear.

My philosophy is that clothing should be used to improve the presentation of a person, not distract or disorient the viewer. What I mean is, when a person looks at you, that is exactly what they should notice: you. Your face, your eyes, your presence. Not your busy tie/pocket square combo, or your colorful layers, or your lapel ornament collection…you get what I’m saying.

Allow your clothes to complement your physique and present you in a the most favorable light by keeping your outfits simple. Most of the looks we present on Articles of Style consist of only 3-4 staple pieces in classic shapes and straight-forward color palettes.

Remember, less is more. Complement, don’t distract.


Okay, this turtleneck isn’t true white. It’s off-white or super-light-grey. Same effect though.

A turtleneck with a suit (or blazer) is a nice combo for a dressy event. It’s a mature and regal way to wear a suit in a non-corporate environment.


More suits and boots.

  • Grey windowpane suit ·
  • Off-white waffle turtleneck Ralph Lauren (Vintage) ·
  • Grey silk pocket square Vintage ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Black lizard belt by Trafalgar ·
  • Olive and Black leather captoe “corset” boots by Alexander McQueen

3. Antiqued Leather


A casual weekend spent kickin’ it with the guys doesn’t have to look sloppy or boring.

This is essentially your every man’s “t-shirt and jeans” look, just slightly updated. The fits are tailored and topped off with a wicked asymmetrical leather piece (that I found on a sample sale floor at 90-something percent off).


Not all jeans are made from denim. These are wool flannel and they’re one of my favorite pairs in the winter.

Lastly, black leather sneakers in a classic shape are a smart investment for weekends and nights out.

  • Distressed off-white leather jacket by Helmut Lang ·
  • Navy Organic Cotton Crewneck by Nudie Jeans via Mr. Porter ·
  • Necklaces from NYC Street Artist ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Grey flannel Jeans by Zegna ·
  • Black leather sneakers by Heutchy


Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier


Photography by Alex Crawford