As soon as the calendar flips onto the first day of summer, every fashionista knows the clock is now officially running on how long we can get away with all white ensembles. Fresh, breezy, and light as air, wearing white in summer feels as good as an ice cream cone in July (but be sure to wear a bib so you don’t spill anything on your whites!). The Spring 2013 runways were all aflutter with whites, from gauzy and sheer to tailored and crisp, and we can’t wait to “white out” all summer long!
There are few wardrobe staples that can last longer in a closet than the white oxford shirt. Crisp, clean and virtually seasonless, the only time it needs replacing is after it’s been through too many washing cycles. This season — for a modern and decidedly more summery update — why not add a new look to your lineup of white button downs? We loved the look of the sheer button down that made an appearance on tons of runways this season, including this stellar top by Timo Weiland. Hike up the sleeve length and add a little lacy flare and Acne’s version is a more than suitable alternative. With peek-a-boo panels and silky sheer swaths, it’s comfortable, breathable and chic enough to make a statement on the hottest summer day.
As soon as those temps start to climb, we say all hail the maxi dress. The long, loose-fitting dress is literally the one piece that makes us wish sometimes that girls still have to wear skirts. In a stark, monochromatic white, maxi dresses bring “cool” to a whole new level. No heat is getting absorbed in one of these babies! And speaking of sheer, why not add a little pop of playfulness to your maxi dress this season? DKNY agrees, as their Spring/Summer 2013 runway boasted strategically placed sheer panels and a subtle yet sexy transparency in the skirt. We wanted to duplicate this diaphanous look and found a great match in BCBGMAXAZRIA’s aptly named Cut Out Maxi. Perfect for long walk on the beach or, you know, short walks to the club.
Ruffian is always a true master of incorporating menswear elements into even the most feminine of their designs. Take a simple white sundress: short, flirty and versatile enough for pretty much any occasion. For a more modern update, the dynamic duo behind Ruffian added some structure to their Spring 2013 collection, using long and lean lines to create a tailored look and a subtle, geometric print. Ark & Co. seemed to get the memo as well for the little white dress that challenges you to look closer, showing off the same subtle details that will do just enough to set you apart from all the other little white dresses in the room. Plus, you get the added bonus of knowing how much bang you got for your buck!
The old adage of not wearing white pants after Labor Day is about as outdated as the styles of pants it referred to. These days, white pants come in all shapes from slim cut and cropped to loose and slouchy, and they can pretty much all be modified for the later months in the year. The shape we’re dying to get our hands on these days in inspired by the one stop shop for all things prep, Lacoste. The label is so much more than those tiny alligators, and it proves it season after season with it’s clean, All-American aesthetic and simple layered looks. Their loose-fitting pants for Spring 2013 defined vacation wear for the summer, yet the length would probably be a bit of a challenge for those of us that haven’t quite reached 5’11. So we found an equally preppy looking pair in a cropped cut, courtesy of Chloe (on sale!). In a breathable linen and broadcasting the hottest color of the season, we’ll live in these pants — and the rest of these pieces — until long after Labor Day.
Look 1: Sheer White Shirt
Runway: Timo Weiland Spring 2013 RTW
Real Way: Acne Agatha Creased-effect Sheer Shirt, $645
Look 2: White Paneled Maxi Dress
Runway: DKNY Spring 2013 RTW
Real Way: BCBGMAXAZRIA Cut Out Maxi Dress, $368
Look 3: Structured White Sundress
Runway: Ruffian Spring 2013 RTW
Real Way: Ark & Co. Intergalactic Dress, now $49.00
Look 4: White Pants
Runway: Lacoste Spring 2013 RTW
Real Way: Chloé Cropped Linen and Cotton-blend Straight-leg Pants, now $194.98
– Alia Rajput
Runway Photos: WWD and NYMag
Image Layout: Second City Style
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