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Shawna Nadelman is a Gemini vegetarian who enjoys long walks on the beach and curling up on the couch to take in the latest episode of, well anything on Bravo. The staff at Trader Joe’s (the Encinitas location) know her by name. She can spout off almost any celebrity’s dating history, refer to Friends episodes in daily conversation and would give anything to marry a man like Coach Eric Taylor (of Friday Night Lights). She’s never met a ruffle, oversized flower or horizontal stripe that she didn't love and though her entire wardrobe hails from J.Crew and Anthropologie, she'll never buy an item at full price (momma loves a good sale!). Sure, some may argue she's the whitest gal they know, but (surprise!) she's fluent in Spanish and left a part of her heart in Madrid, Spain after a summer abroad in college. Her family is her everything and she certainly does not deserve her friends. Left to her own devices, she could probably finish off a jar of peanut/almond butter in one sitting.

Fall 2012 Fashion Trend: Winter White

There are a multitude of unwritten rules in the fashion realm. Most notably “never mix black and brown,” “leggings are not the same as pants” and perhaps the most well-known, “never wear white after Labor Day.”

But some rules are simply meant to be broken. At least that is the case with this fall’s trend of “Winter White,” proving that there is life for your whites after the last long weekend of the summer. If you’re still a little unsure about donning your whites, ivories, creams and candlelight’s into October, November and beyond, here are a few tips to keep in mind when trying out this season’s trend.

Avoid that whole “ice cream suit” look by mixing your neutrals -go ahead, pair a cream and a true white, an ivory with an eggshell, it will give your outfit dimension. Choose rich fabrics like wool, lace and shearling that will hold up wear after wear and that will keep you warm in the cooler months. Finally, don’t be afraid to accent this monochromatic trend with the addition of neutral accessories -a brown belt or metallic shoe, a black velvet clutch or a rhinestone collar necklace. With a white canvas as your backdrop, the possibilities are endless! So start building your white wardrobe with a few of the following pieces.

Keep warm in this gorgeous cream maxi dress by Nicole Richie‘s line Winter Kate:

Revolve Clothing Winter Kate Long Sleeve Maxi

Winter Kate Long Sleeve Maxi | $465 | Revolve Clothing

The black piping on this pea coat from J.Crew offers an adorable and classic detail to a closet staple:

J.Crew Tipped Pea Coat

J.Crew Tipped Pea Coat | $298 | (Photo Credit: J.Crew)

Pair this Crocheted Skort from Free People with a pair of sky-high gold or silver peep-toe pumps and a loose fitting tee for a playful date night ensemble or with a cozy cable-knit sweater and a pair of worn-in booties for a lazy weekend look:

Free People Candy Love Crochet Skort

Free People Candy Love Crochet Skort | $148 | (Photo Credit: Free People)

Wide leg pants are always a staple no matter the season and these Michael Kors Wool Trousers would be perfect for the office:

Michael Kors Wide-leg wool pants

Michael Kors Wide-leg wool pants | $388.50 | (Photo Credit: The Outnet)

Top shoe designers have also embraced the “winter white” trend, as evidenced by these crystal-adorned stunners by Manolo Blahnik which would make a statement at any holiday party as well as be a fierce bridal shoe:

Manolo Blahnik Swan Embellished Satin Pump

Manolo Blahnik Swan Embellished Satin Pump | $1,295 | (Photo Credit: Neiman Marcus)

And these suede Platform Stiletto Boots by Brian Atwood:

B Brian Atwood Platform Stiletto Boot

B Brian Atwood Platform Stiletto Boot | $595 | (Photo Credit: Neiman Marcus)

Finally, swap out your bright-hued handbag for a neutral one this fall.

Cart around your essentials in this creamy white leather satchel by 3.1 Phillip Lim:

3.1 Phillip Lim "Pashli" Leather Satchel

3.1 Phillip Lim “Pashli” Leather Satchel | $875 | (Photo Credit: Nordstrom)

Or go out for a night on the town with this studded convertible wallet from Rebecca Minkoff:

Rebecca Minkoff Wallet on a Chain

Rebecca Minkoff Wallet on a Chain | $225 | (Photo Credit: Piperlime)

So however you decide to embrace this angelic trend, just be sure to stock up on bleach to keep those whites bright. And don’t forget to be mindful of Aunt Linda’s precariously situated glass of red wine at Thanksgiving dinner. Take that, fashion rules!

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