Making an all-white fashion statement work is a daunting task. After all, it’s not necessarily the most practical of ensembles, given its propensity to stain, but it’s a look that’s just too chic to pass up this summer. Most people avoid white, however, simply because they’re not quite sure how to pull it off or they think it’s too high maintenance. These concerns are warranted, but that doesn’t mean we can’t convince you otherwise—we can assure you the pros of an all-white outfit far outweigh the cons. Check out our simple style tips that will make wearing all-white as easy as a summer breeze.
Ease into it with eggshell
Stark white can be extremely harsh. Creamy shades, such as eggshell, are much more forgiving for the beginner trying to assemble her first entirely white outfit. Pair a white t-shirt with cream-coloured silk pants for an effortless look.
Mix and match textures
For a more varied look, mix and match textures to create dimension. Don’t be afraid to experiment with white silk, lace, denim and chiffon. For a low-key head-to-toe look that’s perfect for summer, pair a flowy white skirt with a soft cotton tank. Accessorize with a belt to define your waist and create an hourglass silhouette.
Layering is your friend
Layering is another way to add dimension to a flat outfit. If your all-white ensemble seems to be missing something, it might very well be a jacket or blazer. There’s nothing more sophisticated than a tailored white blazer, so experiment and see what you come up with. A lightweight scarf can also make a great layering piece that can elevate your look entirely.
Purchase a matching set, dress or romper
If you still find yourself unsure, leave it to the professionals. Matching sets are no longer just for kids under the age of 6. Find a great two-piece at your favourite retailer and wear it with confidence knowing it was meant to match. A white dress or a playful romper won’t steer you wrong either.
Add neutral accessories
This is often where a perfectly good white outfit can go awry with a click of a clashing heel. Accessories may seem like an afterthought but, believe us, they can make a huge impact on an outfit. Neutral accessories with white almost never fail, so if you’re unsure, a nude heel or flat, or even brown, grey and black accessories are always safe bets.
Proportion is key
This is a rule that applies to style in general. Pairing white with white can be a tricky affair to begin with, so take extra care to ensure proportions are correct. For example, volume should typically be paired with something slim and fitted. Long is also often best matched with short.
Walk with confidence
Sometimes a little confidence is all you need to convince everyone that all-white is the only way to go this summer.