We all love a little black dress – that’s undeniable. However, the little white dress or the equivalent in the form of separates might be the chicest look this summer. And really, white is simply more refreshing in hot weather, so in a way it is practical as well!
The little black dress may be replaced by the little white dress or the little ivory dress, for this summer at least. Try adding interesting textures like lace to mix it up a bit, or go a bit risque with sheer panels. Another option pick a piece that is simple and relaxed, like this Raquel Allegra t-shirt dress or this Rag & Bone wrap dress that evokes the feeling of wearing a men’s button-shirt that’s subtly sexy. Just add a great pair of sandals and perhaps some amazing earrings, and you’re all set.
White on Top
While we can never deny the appeal of a perfectly cut white button down, there is a wide variety of white tops that are available this season. It is definitely time to stock up on light colored tops. This gauzy white sleeveless wrap top by Elizabeth and James is the perfect summer staple.
White on the Bottom
Nothing is cooler than a pair of white linen pants or a long white maxi skirt, especially when paired with a white or pale neutral top. White denim is a great way to lighten things up as well, and these skinny jeans from the Gap are affordable and flattering. Swap out your black or dark blue denim for a pair of white jeans to immediately summerize almost any look.
Carrying the White
Don’t want to wear it on the top or bottom? Try a light colored handbag as a summertime highlight to a darker wardrobe. This perforated leather DKNY tote is striking and trendy, yet remarkable practical and neutral – making it an ideal alternative to the basic black or brown bags we know you’ve been carrying all year.
While white pumps may always have less than classy connotations, white sneakers are a perpetual classic that is experiencing a fashion resurgence at the moment. Go sporty yet traditional with a pair of white Converse as a casual alternative to flats or sandals.
Add a statement necklace, oversize earrings, or stack of bracelets in white or ivory to lighten up a dark ensemble, or to accessorize a monochromatic white on white look. These Kenneth Jay Lane chandeliers are the perfect addition to almost any look this summer, but would work particular well with a little white dress.
As you can see, white is perhaps this summer’s most refreshing hue. And whether you go for all white in the form of a perfectly little dress, or just accessorize with the lightest of shades, white might be hottest non-color of summer 2014. Don’t wait for Memorial Day! That fashion rule is outdated anyway.
1. Rag & Bone/Jean The Wrap Dress, $297
2. Raquel Allegra Boxy Tee Dress, $260
3. Elizabeth and James Lillian Silk-Gauze Top, $132.50
4. Gap 1969 Skinny Jeans in White Denim, $34.95
6. Converse All Star Ox Dainty Canvas, $39.99
7. Kenneth Jay Lane 5747 Earrings, now $62
– Jacqueline Zenn
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