We can fully live out our fantasies of dressing in head-to-toe white all season long with the somewhat archaic no-white-after-Labor-Day rule null and void. Plus, we're feeling doubly inspired by the Fall 2012 runways, which certainly showed serious signs of a monochromatic takeover courtesy of Derek Lam, J. Mendel, and Tibi. Here's why it works: there's something outright dreamy — in a specifically wintry kind of way — about an all-white ensemble. It immediately transports us fireside, looking out onto a rustic snow-covered landscape, while Christmas music idles in the background and a cedar-scented Diptyque candle fills the room. With us still? Now, insert yourself into this cozy scene, layered up in a chunky ivory-hued knit sweater, flowy cream-colored maxi skirt, and an angora wool scarf to play the Winter white part. Cabin getaway aside, going the neutral route frees up your styling palette to focus on textural plays and color contrasts elsewhere (read: a great red lipstick). We're in the mood for a Winter romance, and this might just be it.
Clockwise from top left: J. Mendel Fall 2012 runway, Marc by Marc Jacobs Geraldine Pullover Sweater ($174), Ali MacGraw in Love Story, J.Crew Wool-Angora Snood ($60), Diptyque Paris Feu de Bois Candle ($60), Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick in The Red ($12), Michael Kors Nugget Pendant Necklace ($95), Macha Alabama Ring ($670), Lanvin Draped Satin Maxi Skirt ($4,260)