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How to Wear White

Catherine Bloom

April 21, 2015

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White encompasses more than a single color. Just witness any paint-chip display. The fashion options this spring range widely-from dazzling optic whites to shades of eggshell, ivory, and cream, even into flax and sand.

Mixing is modern. Creams and pure whites looks beautiful together. And don’t forget camel-so sophisticated and superchic teamed with bright white. If you’re not sure whether two shades are compatible, test them in different lights. are they harmonizing, or is one so bright it makes the other look dirty?

Dior Spring 2015.
Dior Spring 2015.

Play with textures. For all the classic appeal of a freshly ironed shirt, there’s more to white than crisp cotton. The spring runways were filled with romantic boho looks in white (and cream and ivory) lace. And every wardrobe needs at least one pair of perfect-fitting white denim jeans.

There’s a flattering white for everyone. Yes, even if you’re very fair. Skin tone is a good guideline: If you have yellow undertones, wear a warmer ivory or cream, especially next to your face. Conversely, those with cooler undertones opt for brighter whites. When trying on whites, don’t forget to smile. The right shade won’t make teeth look yellow or dingy.

Let white be a blank canvas for showing off your accessories. The same white shirtdress that looks office appropriate with black pumps and a wide belt can go casual with natural leather gladiator flats or out to dinner with a swipe of lipstick, a bare sandal, and a bright bag.

Isabel Marant Spring 2015.
Isabel Marant Spring 2015.

Use white as a creative accent. Paint your nails white, or carry a white smartphone case. Even small doses can create big visual impact.

Don’t forget what’s underneath. Match your bra and undies to your skin, unless, of course, you’re intentionally pairing a black bra under a white shirt for effect – trés Francais.

Be Prepared. Nothing is worse than spilling coffee on your just laundered clothes – even worse when they’re white. Tuck a few stain-remover wipes into your handbag for on-the-fly spot cleaning.

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