White has long been associated with glamour. Think Bianca Jagger on her wedding day in Saint-Tropez in 1971, or Kim Kardashian in that off-the-shoulder peasant gown on the 2017 Met Gala red carpet. A more recent arrival on the world’s red carpets, front rows, super-yachts, and private jets is champagne—we’re talking about the color here.
Yet it has quickly established itself alongside white in the luxury palette. Perhaps this pair of pale shades have achieved their high status because they both take a little effort to carry off: the careful grooming to stay never less than pristine, and the clever accessorizing to avoid looking washed out. That’s where we can help.
Create layers of texture to work the all-white look like a star. A finely pleated blouse worn under a wool gilet (both Nobi Talai) with Joseph off-white pants lavished with lots of glitz will create a sensation. Brooches are the on-trend way to jewel-up—this one’s from Mika, plus a giant bee brooch by Philippe Ferrandis. Confluence pearl and crystal earrings and a Versus Versace watch finish it off.
Pale, floaty layers recall the glamour of the Twenties. DAGMAR’s white jumpsuit is a boho dream when worn with a cream silk kimono from Lena’s Lovely Vintage. Lush embroidery cleverly echoed by this leafy statement necklace from Heidi Daus is the key ingredient. Enhance the sparkle with luxe jewelry like these earrings by Otazu at Cadenzza.
Again, texture is the key to keeping it cool with this creamy, fluffy V-neck sweater by ba&sh paired with pants in the same shade. It’s a classic, casually elegant outfit that can be dressed up for dining out with the addition of a little dazzle. The star piece is Nina’s stunning pearl necklace, teamed with Morana earrings and a ring by Giles & Brother at Cadenzza. Note the crystallized LUCIEN phone case—because now your tech is part of your wardrobe.
Crystal motifs are another way to add touchy-feely finesse to a clean slate. We love the shiny apple design on Aybi’s tee. An apple silk blouse worn under an off-white blazer (both Pallas) with off-white Mango pants keeps it looking super-fresh. Crystal-studded accessories in midnight-black make a dynamic contrast. Try an Éram clutch and lace-up pumps by Capezio.
STANSKA adds some exquisite crystal detailing to this jacket (from Galeria Mokotów). It’s an ideal lead piece when layered over the blank canvas of Nobi Talai’s bright-white sweater and off-white pants. PLATO H earrings, a Jean Paul Gaultier necklace (Galeria Mokotów) and a Whiting & Davis clutch pick out the crystal highlights.
Max Mara’s chalk coat shouts (very quietly) high-end style. Keep the luxury low-key when you keep it simple by matching with a perfectly plain dress from Alex Eagle by The Store. It’s easy to spot what gives this look its lift: that serpentine silver necklace by Delphine-Charlotte Parmentier is more than a statement—it’s a manifesto of chic.
Layer your champagne pieces to create a pale and interesting look. We’ve teamed a Pallas suit with a mesh turtleneck by Vladimir Karaleev and a body by Lana Mueller. A striking statement earring (go as bold as you dare) will put the fizz in your champagne. Try House of Emmanuele’s lone star—it shimmers in greens and rose gold (top tip: rose gold is champagne’s natural partner).
Or do both. Treat yourself to ERAL’s champagne quilted jacket over a white chocolate turtleneck by Raey—it’s the most delicious way to stay warm. And these bubbly cascade earrings by Misfit, plus handmade ring from Iskra Art, will keep you looking on the bright side during the darkest months of the year.