The two most well-known fashion rules about wearing white both begin with the word never.
Never wear white after Labor Day and NEVER wear white to a wedding, unless of course, you’re the bride.
If you were to take a poll regarding the Labor Day time limitation, you’d find folks who swear by it as seriously as if it was the 11th Commandment, while still others would tell you it’s a bunch of bunk.
Wear white to a wedding however, and be prepared to be at the receiving end of some nasty, behind your back whispers, in your face dirty looks, and even an unpleasant confrontation with the bride if she’s imbibed too much bubbly.
Spring is here, summer will follow, and aside from those June weddings, if there is ever a time to wear white without consequence, this is it!
No color is fresher and more crisp than white and it goes with every color imaginable. White is also a perfect background for all of your fabulous, colorful accessories like jewelry and scarves.
There is nothing chicer or easier than pairing black and white together. It’s a minimalist’s go-to look that always looks equally bold and classic.
Pairing a tailored white shirt with a silver skirt or pants takes that same minimalist ensemble and gives it a sparklingly sophisticated edge, as does wearing a white suit or dress with a silver belt.
Wearing white from head to toe, results in an exceptionally stylish, high-impact look. For an interesting effect, mix two to three contrasting white fabrics to create an outfit. Pick a simple cotton button-down, blouse, bottom or dress and pair it with an embellished or textured counterpart such as lace, embroidered details or sweater knit.
Another way to break up a monochrome ensemble is by mixing different shades of white. Try wearing an ivory colored jacket over a white top and jeans.
A great-fitting pair of tight, white jeans is a wardrobe must have. You can wear them with simple styles, like tees, feminine, floral tops, or bright tunics. Pair your white jeans with nude heels and your legs will look longer than you ever imagined they could.
On the subject of shoes, with the exception of sneakers and strappy sandals, it’s usually best to avoid white. That is of course, unless you’re a nurse, or a June bride.
“White covers a multitude of sins.” Jonathan Milne
Photography by: Elodie Durand