It’s heating up out there! With the outdoors starting to finally look and feel like summer, it’s time for our closets to celebrate the rising temps. And what better way to beat the summer heat than wrap yourself in the chicest and most heat reflecting color in the spectrum: easy, breezy summer whites.
The great thing about wearing white in the summer is you can have as little or as much coverage as you want for an equally stylish look. Summer calls for peekaboo swaths of skin, from the pool to the patio. For a tasteful take, we love the bare shoulder trend that was seen all over the Spring/Summer 2015 runways. Lela Rose, the queen of romantic and ultra feminine fare, paired a creamy midi skirt with a structured off the shoulder crop top and we immediately needed to get our hands on a similar look. This boho-inspired top from Socialite is the perfect piece for any outdoor weekend adventure.
For the more modest mavens, feel free to bare a little ankle with the summer white trend, in the form of a crisp pair of pearly pants. Labor Day is still far off in the distance so white pants continue to reign supreme. Phillip Lim got the memo, as he included a pretty, pleated pair in his S/S 2015 3.1 Phillip Lim collection. This summer staple can be found pretty much anywhere in a variety of lengths, styles and sizes, but we love the effortless fit of this pair from Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet which will last you many seasons to come.
There’s nothing quite like the feel of a lightweight fabric against your bare skin on a summer night. That’s why a short and simple slip dress needs to be a mainstay in your seasonal wardrobe. Equal parts elegant and effortless, this milky sheath is one of the biggest no-brainers to ensure the perfect summer style quotient. Thakoon tucked his version under another trend this season, the robe. But until fall creeps around the corner, we want this piece to stand on it’s own. For a fun and flirty version (at an absurd price!), Old Navy’s Gauze Shift Dress will allow you to fill your closet with every color in stock.
The last element of of summer whites to be explored this season is movement. Floaty layers that whisper as you walk turn every sunny summer street into a runway. Zimmerman swathed their models in tiers of ethereal fabric for a luxurious looking take on street style. A staple that can be dressed up or down, this confection can be paired with a tank and shell for work or polished with pearls for a summertime wedding. For a budget-friendly and wildly comfortable option, check out this Mesh White Skirt from ROMWE.
1. Off-The-Shoulder Top
Runway: Lela Rose Spring 2015 RTW
Real Way: Socialite Crochet Off the Shoulder Top, $38
2. Cropped Pants
Runway: 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2015 RTW
Real Way: alice + olivia Stacey Slim Pants, now $122.50
3. Slip Dress
Runway: Thakoon Spring 2015 RTW
Real Way: Old Navy Women’s Gauze Shift Dress, $19
4. Layered Skirt
Runway: Zimmerman Spring 2015 RTW
Real Way: ROMWE Elastic Waist Mesh White Skirt, now $18.33
– Alia Rajput
Runway Photo: WWD, NY Mag
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