Our take on winter white is a very mixed-media approach,” says Zoe Chatfield-Taylor, senior director of merchandising of NIC+ZOE, which opened its first retail location in the state in Westport’s Bedford Square. If you stick to a neutral palette, explains founder Dorian Lightbown, add layers and texture to give the outfit dimension.
Consider the Lace Essence Top, with a knit body, lace panel over the shoulders and chiffon trim; it’s one of Chatfield-Taylor’s favorite pieces. Using cashmere, silk and cotton in a variety of white shades, such as milk and bone, creates a quietly elegant look.
“We ask, ‘What are the neutrals we’re designing into?’ We make a point to incorporate those neutrals into patterns,” explains Chatfield-Taylor. The brand, which manufactures its own prints, focuses on incorporating interesting colors and patterns to take the guesswork out of dressing.
So, don’t fear color. “One of the pillars of NIC+ZOE is color that is wearable and comfortable,” says Lightbown. “In our knitwear, we may incorporate a thread of soot or blue to pull the piece back to the pants or denim.”
Whether with rich wine or dusky pink, the pieces are wearable for real women in real life and versatile for day or night, work or weekend. 7 Church Ln.; nicandzoe.com