If You Aren't Wearing White And Cream Together, What Are You Even Doing?

Ever since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, fashion rules have gone out the window. People decided that they were going to wear what they wanted to wear when they wanted to wear it, regardless of any antiquated rules telling them they couldn't. Even the highly-renowned Emily Post Institute says it's okay to wear white after Labor Day now.

Another fashion rule that is finally being broken is the one that says you can't wear white with cream. In the past, white clothing items were often worn as separates or in matching sets to avoid risking wearing different shades. Thanks to the popularity of capsule wardrobes, monochromatic dressing, and people showing just how good it can look together, more and more people are ditching the matchy-matchy look and wearing their whites with shades of creams.

If you've avoided wearing these two colors together because you were afraid of breaking some outdated fashion rule, or you simply are looking for a bit of inspiration on how to put together some outfits, we're here to help. Because if you aren't wearing white and cream together, what are you even doing?

Tailored shorts and vest

This outfit shows you how easy it is to mix white and cream separates. A classic white blouse looks amazing layered under a creamy sleeveless vest, but the outfit is taken up a notch when paired with tailored shorts. Simple gold jewelry picks up the gold zipper accents on the shorts, and a small black handbag provides just the right amount of contrast.

With a luxe coat

A long, gorgeous coat is sure to elevate any ensemble, but when worn with a white and cream outfit, it gives a luxe vibe that can take you from daytime to night. These cream trousers pair beautifully with a crisp white button-up shirt, and adding a pair of boots in a darker neutral with a deep cream jacket is proof that you can never wear too many shades of the same color together.

Fit and flared

White tank tops are a summer staple — and if you want to create a look that can take you from a day at the beach to a night out with friends, try wearing it with a pair of cream wide-leg trousers. A bright white shoe goes with anything but works especially well with a casual outfit like this. A dark bag gives this outfit just the pop of color you want.

Lovely linen

If your summer look is all about being comfortable and chic, you'll love this cream linen shirt worn with crisp white shorts. The scalloped neckline adds a feminine softness to the outfit, while the linen-look fabric makes it ideal for warmer weather. Say goodbye to sacrificing style for comfort!  

Business casual

Wearing coordinating pieces — like this cute, fitted blazer and mini skirt — is a great way to ensure your separates match. This black stitching on this cream suit already creates a nice contrast, but adding a solid white tee under the blazer adds a bit of brightness to this entire outfit. The small black cross-body purse ties the entire look together.

Nautical chic

Neutral colors always look great together, and they also look fantastic when worn with contrasting neutrals. You'll look ready for lunch at the country club wearing this black and white striped shirt with a black blazer and white pants. An oversized cream scarf will keep you warm and add an effortlessly cool element to this look.

Top to bottom

Mixing white and cream separates allows you to add some depth and interest to your outfit while intentionally pairing pieces that don't match perfectly. This outfit shows that you can wear different shades from top to bottom to create a chic outfit. If you want to break up the neutrality of the outfit, adding accessories like this black belt is an excellent way to add color without distracting from the full look.

Cozy cute

Some wardrobe pieces are iconic, and a cream, oversized cable knit sweater is one of them. You could pair this sweater with anything from your favorite denim to black trousers, but when worn with white pants and white mules, you get a look that's both cozy and luxe and makes the sweater feel lighter.

Black, white, and cream

Black and white is a classic color combination, but when you add a bit of cream to the mix, you really create a unique and powerful outfit. You can't go wrong when you wear a basic white turtleneck with black pants — but adding a tweed cream blazer with gold buttons instantly transforms this outfit from fine to fierce.


How can you not love a monochromatic outfit? If lots of colors aren't your thing, you've probably rocked a monochromatic look more than once. And if you haven't, this look is sure to inspire you. From white to cream to beige, this outfit features various neutrals that work together. We often see shoes and accessories in contrasting colors, but this outfit proves just how stunning you can look when embracing the neutral trend from head to toe.

Oversized cool

If you're on the fence about wearing cream with white, this outfit will convince you how stunning the pairing looks. These fashionable wide-leg pants look bright when worn with a soft, creamy oversized sweater. The white tee sticking out of the neckline gives a hint of contrast around the face. Color-block flats and black accessories complete this look.

Summer lovin'

White linen pants are a summer staple but can sometimes be hard to style. We love how this model adds a cream crochet crop top to create a dimension in the two color shades and fabric. A cropped cream blouse and cross-body bag make this the perfect outfit for a sunny Saturday. 

Weekend brunch

Do you want a look that you can wear to the office or Sunday brunch? If so, this is the look for you. White strappy sandals and a white handbag work well with these slightly creamy, fitted pants. The square neckline of the cream shirt gives this outfit a bit of formality, making it a look that can take you from work to happy hour or dinner out.

Cute and cropped

Who says you can't wear white pants after Labor Day? A cream, cropped sweater is the perfect choice to wear with white tailored pants any time of the year. This look would be ideal for a winter holiday party. Complete the ensemble with a pair of black strappy heels for a chic finished look.


If you are unsure how to wear your white and cream separates together, try layering them to create a look as unique as you are. Wearing multiple shades of creams and white looks rich and is easier to wear than trying to find matching shades, which can end up looking too intentional. Follow the rule of three when layering to ensure you do so like a pro. 

Sunday funday

You already know white and cream make a gorgeous combination, but adding a rich brown piece to the mix elevates this outfit to the next level. Adding a touch of brown, whether on the top like in this picture or through accessories, helps create a warmth you won't get with other contrasting colors.

White jeans

You know the weather is getting warmer when the white jeans come out! White jeans are back in style this year (did they ever really go out?), and we love how this model has styled hers. A basic white tank pairs perfectly with these jeans for a classic summer look. The chunky cream cardigan is the perfect accessory for this cool girl aesthetic.

It must be the shoes

White accessories, like these shoes and bag, brighten up this stunning cream suit. Suits are a great way to wear a monochromatic look without mixing and matching your neutrals. Adding white accessories is an easy and chic way to add a bit of contrast without adding too much color.


Here's another example of how gorgeous white and cream look in the winter. It's amazing that we were once told that we shouldn't wear these colors for half the year! The cream beanie and matching turtleneck pair beautifully with off-white pants and a darker blazer — but it's the classic black handbag and white and green tennis shoes that really complete this look.

All about the vest

Vests are a great way to add a different vibe to your outfit while adding depth. This cozy cream-colored vest is the perfect outerwear to layer over a bright white sweatshirt dress. The look is casual yet chic. Cream lug sole boots are the only accessories needed for this minimalist outfit.