White has been in the spotlight for several seasons now. All the old rules such as, “No white after Labor Day” no longer apply, and we are donning our ivories all year long. This summer, the trend went even further with a full-blown white-out from head to toe.
In a conversation with my friends, they mentioned that they weren’t a fan of all the whites and creams that had taken over the Gap and other retailers. I, on the other hand, wanted all of it for my own wardrobe. It is believed that white can be the most unforgiving of colors to wear, so I would understand someone’s trepidation in dressing in it from top to bottom. Also, some would consider it to be boring to wear one solid color. So if you find yourself intimidated and unsure about taking on this summer trend, it’s all white … er, right. Perhaps you will give it a second chance after taking a look at seven ensembles that you too can put together. See below for some tips and ideas that will take you from blah to beautifully en blanc!
1. Mix Your Textures
When it comes to monochromatic styling, the key is mixing your textures! This is especially important when wearing all white. If you’re wearing a sleek, tailored pant on the bottom, try a knit on top to keep things interesting and defined. And yes, you can wear sweaters during the summer! Look for shorter sleeve lengths and lighter knits like this hoodie style that I’m wearing. You can wear this out on a summer date night, and if you removed the hat, this look would be wearable to the office.
Purchase hat from Forever 21, $14.80 | Purchase sweater hoodie from Gap, $38.99 | Purchase similar pants from Gap, $45.99 |Purchase similar shoes from Zappos, $62 | Purchase similar necklace from Top Shop, $18
2. Juxtapose Your Pieces
When it comes to relationships, they say opposites attract. The same rings true in fashion! Don’t be afraid to pair unlikely pieces together. Sometimes they just might make the perfect match, like this heavier denim western button-down in cream paired with a light, airy, feminine, high-waisted pleated maxi skirt. It’s casual country meets fancy. Pull the two together by simply knotting the shirt right at the waist.
3. Add Nudes and Neutrals
There is no rule out there excluding you from adding different colors to the mix, but if you want to keep with the look of a mostly all-white ensemble, then add nudes and neutrals. I particularly like a nude shoe when I am wearing whites; it elongates the legs and lets the white shine bright. Neutrals would also include metallics such as gold and silver. These colors work well in belts and jewelry, such as this necklace that seems to go with just about anything.
4. Don’t Forget to Accessorize
Accessories can keep your whites from looking too basic and can take your look to the next level. As mentioned above, mix in neutral tones and don’t be afraid to go bold! You are practically a canvas, perfectly primed for pretty details. This chunky wooden bead necklace works tonally but adds weight to the top half. A hat is always a good idea, such as this floppy one with straw-edge detailing to break it up. Lastly, a clutch or a bag is a great way to add more pizazz to your look. I love the texture and look of this one; it works with all of my white apparel. Also, I should make an extra note that fit is also extremely important! Make sure that your pieces have good tailoring and fit you well for the most flattering look.
Purchase similar top from Francesca’s, $34 | Purchase similar jeans from Gap, $41.99 | Purchase similar hat from Zappos, $33.99 | Purchase similar clutch from Macy’s, $26.98| Purchase similar shoes from Shoe Dazzle, $49.95 | Purchase similar necklace from Etsy, $18
5. Mix Your Tones
I wish you could feel the texture of this fit-and-flare skirt; it’s a buttery soft pleather. The length is perfection and I’m particularly attracted to the shade with creamy undertones. When it comes to whites, not all shades are alike; there are a million tones to work with, so don’t feel that they all need to be the same from head to toe. From bright whites to creams to subtle grays, it’s important to mix it up! The insert of this top plays nicely off the skirt, making it one of my favorite of the looks.
6. Go Casual
White is great for casual looks. The boyfriend jean makes another strong appearance this summer, and the loose fit with a bit of distressing creates an easy-to-wear quality. A bohemian embroidered top pairs nicely and keeps the look laid-back cool. A tan sandal and a cream cross-body is all you need to finish off the look.
7. Dress It Up
Lastly, the white-dress trend has been white hot this summer! This dress has all of the elements you could want in this gorgeous floral cut-out pattern. Take it a step further with a bit of layering. I added a short-sleeved tailored top and buttoned it to the top. Add a patent leather belt to define the waist and create another textural element. Now you are ready for any dressy event … except a wedding, that is, unless you are the bride!