When/How to Wear White

A basic white shirt should be in everyone's wardrobe.
A basic white shirt should be in everyone's wardrobe.
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You love the color white, as evidenced by your home d├ęcor. Layers of white adorn pretty much every surface in your house. White walls, white rugs, white slip-covers and white bedding. But when it comes to your wardrobe, there's a serious dearth of white, because you just don't feel like you've ever been able to pull it off.

We know that white doesn't suit all skin tones. Lovely ladies with dark hair and olive skin or a good tan seem to wear it best. But that's not to say that pale skinned blondies and redheads can't rock a white look as well. And yes, it's true that if you're not built like a fashion model, white can make you look a little heavier than you actually are. Just keep in mind that while white skinny jeans may not be the right choice for your frame, you may find that a boot cut is considerably more flattering. Let's get down to the brass tacks of pulling off white in an ensemble.

White isn't the most forgiving color when it hugs your curves, especially when it's something made with a breezy fabric, like a summer dress. Flowy is the name of the game when it comes to selecting white apparel. A gauzy cotton dress shouldn't be clingy or fitted. And if you want to avoid others being able to identify your underpinnings, stick to bras and undies that match your skintone. When it comes to shoes and accessories, white is best paired with a palette of natural colors. Sure, you could wear red pumps with your crisp white shirt dress, but that's a little '80s, don't you think? Instead, choose camel or brown sandals. White also looks great with metallic sandals, like silver and gold. Same goes with jewelry; opt for a wooden bangle or oversized wooden beaded necklace, or a simple metallic chain and earrings.