Michael Kors Fall/Winter 2012 Collection.

Think white is a summer-only shade? Think again! The classic hue was made for the crisp, cold days of winter and we’re rounding up some stylish ways to wear it no matter how low the temperature plummets. From cozy coats to sweaters you can wrap yourself up in, there’s more than a few ways to wear white this winter.

1. Cardigan
There’s nothing better in the winter than wrapping yourself up in a cozy, oversized sweater. Stay warm in style when you slip into this long, draped silk-cashmere cardigan by DKNY ($190) that not only kills the chill, but does so in a way that doesn’t add bulk. Wear with leggings or skinny jeans with knee-high boots and over slim-fitting dresses.

2. Shift dress
One of the most flattering dresses that work on most women is the classic shift. The hourglass shape creates a flattering silhouette and the style is timeless so you never have to worry about whether it’s “in” or not. Don’t have one in white? We suggest this one by Topshop ($300) with winter-ready long sleeves and satin panels down the side.

3. Belted asymmetrical coat
One of the only good things about winter is being able to show off our outerwear collection. We’re currently coveting this chic GUESS white wool blend coat, featuring side-swept funnel neck, epaulets, decorative domed buttons and removable belt ($198). We love the off-kilter design and easy elegance of this winter-ready piece.

4. Satchel
Every purse collection should contain a satchel and we suggest snapping up this glossed white patent leather piece by the Cambridge Satchel Company (£120). The structured design and high-gloss finish make for an eye-catching winter accessory and one that can easily accompany any colour coat.

5. High-waisted skirt
Switch things up at work by trading grey or black pencil skirts for something in on-trend winter white. This high-waisted stretch skirt by 3.1 Philip Lim ($375) is not only ultra-comfortable thanks to the addition of stretch, it’s also versatile. Whether you wear it with a slim-fitting sweater and flats, or a printed button-up blouse and heels, the result will be stylish and sophisticated.

Jessica Padykula is a Toronto-based writer and editor who regularly covers style, beauty, health, travel and lifestyle trends. When she’s not writing or researching a story she can be found planning trips to places near and far in a never-ending quest to travel the world. You can follow her on Twitter @JessPadykula.

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