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It may be cold and dreary outside, but that doesn't mean your outfit needs to follow suit.
Style expert Denise Caldwell stopped by TODAY Friday to demonstrate how to switch out those dark, heavy wardrobe colors with something a bit fresher — winter white!
From skinny jeans to dresses, here are the staples (and tips!) you need to rock the look.
It's all about find the right cut and fabric, according to Caldwell. She suggests a mid-rise pair in a stretchy polyester or spandex blend so it appears smooth, not sheer. To achieve a slimming effect, find jeans that fall neatly at your ankles and round out the outfit with colors like taupe and beige to ensure that the look is appropriate for the season.
It doesn't take much for a pencil skirt to look slimming. That's its job, right? But to really accentuate your curves, look for a fabric that's sturdy, yet stretchy enough to create a smoothing effect. Two more tips from Caldwell: Belt the skirt to create a nice waistline, and pair it with a pastel-colored or gray blouse.
Sweater, $59.00, landsend.com; Skirt, $29.99, burlingtoncoatfactory.com; Jacket, $89.95, nyandcompany.com; Apt.9 belt, $16.99, kohls.com
If you thought white dresses were only appropriate in the spring or summer, think again! Pair an optic white shift dress with a nice outerwear piece, and choose a style with a column line to create a sleek silhouette. Afraid of going all-white? Caldwell suggests playing around with color-blocking and eyelet fabric to achieve a similar look.
Cropped capri pants are flattering on any body type, but it's important that they hit the appropriate place on your leg. Hint: The middle of your shins. For another fun option, mix white with taupes, grays and beiges to achieve a nautical look.
Sweater, $54.95, nyandcompany.com; Cropped pants, $59.00, landsend.com; Shoes, $79.00, aerosoles.com; Clutch, $19.99, burlingtoncoatfactory.com