Lighten Up: A Different Winter Color Palette

Winter can be depressing. And that often manifests itself in wearing darker colors. It seems like once it gets cold, everyone starts wearing black. However, I’ve always thought there was a place for lighter colors in the winter months as well. If darker colors match our winter moods, then brighter shades naturally complement the crisp air and leafless trees. Here’s an example of how to incorporate a different kind of color palette into your winter style.

Winter Whites - He Spoke Style

| WEARING | Al Bazar double-breasted blazer, Uniqlo turtleneck, J.Crew jeans, QG Custom pocket round, Tateossian and L. Jonas bracelets, Timex watch, To Boot New York double monk strap shoes | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

A pair of slim white denim is one of the easiest ways to add a dash of winter white to your style. It stands out elegantly, as opposed to the “look at me” splash of something brightly colored.

A turtleneck under a blazer is a great combo. It’s refined, mature, and occupies an “in-between” place on the formality scale. Dressier than a button-up, but not quite as formal as a button-up with a tie. Perfect for low-key business functions or a date with someone special.

Winter Whites - He Spoke Style

Though it’s been absurdly cold lately, when we took these photos it wasn’t all that bad. My winter-weight DB blazer from Al Bazar with my quilted Montezemolo topcoat was all I needed.

And since in addition to winter whites, we’re dealing with greys and browns here, be sure to check out our article about shifting into neutral.

Winter Whites - He Spoke Style

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style


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  • Levitate Style

    Yes totally looking forward to Spring! The light grey and white is a perfect transition

    • Brian Sacawa

      Cheers. Thanks for reading.

  • Ben Heath

    Great look Brian, it can be quite difficult to balance lighter grey and white tones with brown but it works perfectly in this outfit. I’m all for wearing lighter shades in Winter!

    Ben |

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks, as always, for the support, Ben!

  • Tailor and Barber

    Great post, Brian! Some days, when I feel like I’ve been in a winter rut for too long, I’ll intentionally wear some lighter colors or use spring/summer colognes or shaving supplies. The scents won’t last that long because of the cold, but they’re enough to brighten me up to face another snow storm.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Great! Thanks for the comment, guys!

  • Michael

    Really like the colour palette, especially the light grey jacket with the white jeans :)