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What NOT to wear this winter:

As the leaves begin to change colors, you should take a hint and begin to change clothes. This list should be particularly helpful for folks hailing from South Florida where there is but one season. Welcome to winter. Now unwelcome these seasonal mishaps: 

1. Non-winter whites.
If there is one rule about seasonal dressing that even your grandmother in her surgical shoes knows, it is that you do not wear white shoes between Labor Day and Easter. Sarah Jessica Parker and her white pumps (always considered a fashion "no" until donned by the goddess of New York) toned this rule down substantially last year, and now all sorts of designers offer white shoes in their winter line-ups. Marc Jacobs even made his white mod boots the center of his collection.
But stop right there. That doesn't mean your white heeled sandals should not be sent home until April. "Winter white" is the key concept here. When in doubt, as yourself: Would I wear this in May? If the answer is yes, the answer is no now. Fabric is the primary differentiator in seasonal whites. Wool, leather, velvet, fur (real or fake--your choice--don't get riled up), satin or silk (lingerie-esque) all work for winter, whereas cotton and linen are no-nos. A white puffy jacket is a popular look this year and a nice way to bring white into your wardrobe sans snow days.  

2. Bare legs.
As it continues to get colder and your legs continue to get whiter (talking about real color here), your legs should go into hibernation. This year in particular, with all the exciting opaques, fishnets and patterned hose, there is no excuse to be scaring small children with your goose-bumped paleness. Don't start stressing; you have until the beginning of November before this becomes full-on faux pas.

3. Open-toed shoes.
...With closed-bodied clothes. Nothing looks odder than a body gloved, hated and turtle-necked that is paired with open-toed shoes. Regardless of how nice your pedicure is, when your toes are blue, the look is all wrong. The only exception (of course): going out clothes when, let's be honest, large segments of your body aren't covered anyway.

4. Juicy terry.
The reason Juicy Couture (and Juicy-inspired labels) make more than one type of "sweat suit" (they are not actually sweat suits, so please do not wear them on the StairMaster) is so you can be seasonally appropriate. Save the terry cloth versions for beach weather and bust out the velour, cashmere and more traditional sweatsuit material (with "Juicy" across your butt, be prepared) versions this season.


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