All-White Outfits for Spring and Summer
One of the coolest, hippest spring and summer trends is all-white outfits for women. And, I love this look because it reminds me of those gorgeous 1970’s clothing styles and all the fun we had during the John-Travolta-filled days of disco.
And, just in case you haven’t worn white for a while, I want to remind you that all-white clothing looks truly amazing next to your sun-tanned or faux-tanned skin. I mean, when you think of summer outfits, don’t you conjure up images of short, white halter dresses? Or, maybe you think of nautical styles with white polo shirts, white slacks, and crisp navy blazers. White is as summery as a vanilla ice cream cone.
White Outfits for Summer
And, white is not just for vacation. You can wear it as: Casual clothing (for the pool or the back porch) Gorgeous evening looks (eye-catching cruise wear) Women’s Business attire (cool suits)
White Is More Than a Color
In Western cultures, white is the color (or should I say non-color) of purity and happiness. Yes, in some countries, white is the color of mourning, but American and European women associate white with bridal gowns, baby bonnets, first communions, and little white anklets. Bright white is the color of new beginnings and fresh starts… a happy, positive symbol.
White Goes With Every Color Known to Womankind
You don’t have to wear white from your hat to your shoes to be trendy. And, adding color to your white outfit is like painting on a gesso-covered canvas. Everything goes with white. And, that’s one of the great things about this most perfect of all neutrals; it works with the bold, new colors. It brings balance and calm to those bright hues that could so easily make you look like a glowing op-art painting… or a circus clown.
So, if you like Mod, add some color blocking. If you like boho, add a paisley scarf.
The “scarf trick” works like magic when bright white or another trendy color is hard for you to wear. For example, if you discover a hot orange dress on sale and you love the way it looks, but the color is too harsh for your face, tie a pink scarf around your neck and, voila, the dress will look great on you. And, most of the time, a hat in a flattering color will help.
I’m sure you’ve been wearing white since you were a baby and you probably have a white, button-up shirt or two in your closet, but here are some ideas about bringing your white outfits into the 21st century:
- Look for feminine details… ruffles are big right now.
- Wear white clothing with volume.
- Try sheer, white tops (made of gauze) over white tank tops and sleeveless dresses if you have a plus-sized, curvy body.
- Choose white tops and dresses with laser cutouts or floral appliques for a fashion-forward look.
- If you’re young, get a white shorts suit. If you’re over 40, get a white pantsuit.
- Look for clothing made of pearlescent fabric.
Fashion Tips for Wearing White
After living through the white-pantsuit trend of the 70’s, I know some of the pitfalls of all-white outfits:
- Make sure you don’t look like you work in a medical lab or a hospital neonatal unit.
- Look for fabrics that are heavy enough that you can’t see the pockets or the hem through the fabric. It’s especially tacky to see the white pockets on white jeans or trousers.
- Avoid flowered underwear.
- There are a thousand different shades of white. Some go together (shades don't have to match) and some combos look a bit off. You have to look at the colors outside in the sunlight to know for sure.
Just like you need to have various garments in black, you probably should have several items (accessories, dresses, separates) in white because it’s such a fab neutral that can be worn so many ways… in so many different situations. And, after a while, black can become so very boring.
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