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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

How to wear white this summer

How to wear white this summer

It's officially the season to wear white, so as we all reach in our closets and pull out those white jeans and tops, it's time to reassess the rules of how to wear it successfully.
1. DO replace your blue ones with white jeans this summer
White jeans are a great alternative to your blue jeans, they're versatile enough to wear with just about anything!

2. DO wear white on white
Yes, you read that correctly. White on white is a DO. Pair white pants with a crisp white tank. Try white shorts with a sleek white blouse. Accessorize with white jewelry!

3. DO nude pumps
In my humble opinion only Mini Mouse is allowed to wear white shoes.  Nude pumps and heels look great year-round with any white outfit.  Two on Toast stock a great variety in their brand new shoe range

Kate Middleton is often seen in a white outfit with nude shoes.

4. DO mix textures
Various textures work brilliantly when wearing white on white. Mixing textures adds a sophisticated twist to your basic white on white.

5. DON'T wear white to a wedding
Unless you're the bride of course! You know the rules - you may have an adorable little white dress, but save that for date night, not for your friend's wedding.

 6. DO wear a LWD (Little White Dress) instead of a LBD.
Now is the time of year to trade out your LBD - put it away for a few months and swap in a LWD instead - after all, you have the rest of the year to wear that LBD, but only a few months to get away with a white one!

7.  DO wear lace 
Needless to point out that lace complements the all white attitude for spring and summer like no other fabric.

8.  DO the masculine look 
Playing upon delicate whites and a masculine inspired  tailored suit is another inspired way of approaching the trend. Seek for minimal-chic silhouettes, topped with daring cut-outs or bold appliques. To match a powerful and confident attitude come spring, build your outfits upon slightly oversized pants, boxy silhouettes and high heels.

9. DON'T shy away from sheer
Embrace the transparent side of fashion by rocking all-white see-through ensembles this season. Showcase just the amount of skin you are comfortable with and balance or complement your look accordingly. From the beach, all the way to an evening outfit, you can’t go wrong by emphasizing sheer fabrics this summer.

10.  DO accessorize
Perfect your white looks with the smart use of clear plastic accessories, metallic elements, neutral nudes or choose exquisite embellishments to draw more attention to your monochrome outfits.


Trend series:  White space
I'm currently doing a weekly trend series on Facebook  if you missed out on the previous posts.  I've also started a weekly online pop up shop on Facebook - so pop in regularly to view the bargain buy of the week!  (


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