26 July 2013

Do's and Don'ts of Wearing White

Timeless and classic, white is a key colour for Spring/Summer 2013 after first being seen on designer catwalks such as Topshop Unique, Robert Cavalli and LaCoste. When done right, it epitomises luxury chic, therefore here’s my guide for the do’s and don’ts of wearing white.

Do wear a white evening dress to a prestigious occasion.

Follow in the lead of actresses such as Juno Temple, who wore a stunning Stella McCartney floor-sweeper at this year’s BAFTAS, and Charlize Theron, who wore a structured Christian Dior Haute Couture gown at this year’s Oscars. Team your fabulous white number with silver jewellery and accessories for a look that’s worthy of Hollywood royalty.

Don’t wear head-to-toe white.

Instead of looking chic and fabulous, this ends up looking dramatic and overdone. If you want your whole outfit to be white then that’s allowed, but add another colour in the accessories to break it up a little.

Do keep it simple and classic in a crisp, white shirt.

The beauty of a classic white shirt is that it can be dressed up or down. Whether teamed with tailored trousers and a blazer for work, or jeans and heels for a casual occasion – it’s versatile, elegant and almost certainly a wardrobe staple.

Do pair white with black.

Monochrome is one of the hottest trends of the season; wear it in the form of graphic prints and replicate the edgy geometrics of the sixties, seen on catwalks such as Marc Jacobs and Tommy Hilfiger, to create a bold style statement. Alternatively, use black and white separates for a classic look that’s effortlessly cool and fashion-forward.

Don’t wear white, knee-high, heeled boots.

This rule always applies; unless you’re wearing seventies fancy dress. It looks cheap, dated and isn’t very flattering. Sorry, Kim Kardashian!

Don’t wear white to an occasion where food is involved.

It might be self-explanatory, but it’s worth mentioning. It’s inevitable that you will spill food on your sleek white number, and then it will become impossible to get the stain out of it meaning that you’ll never be able to wear it again! Not to mention that you have to walk around for the rest of the event looking like you fell onto your dinner - not a good look!

The do’s and don’ts of wearing white can be tricky; but white, undeniably, looks the most elegant when complimented with silver or gold accessories. It also makes a statement when teamed with a colour that pops. Try to embrace its power and let it do the talking, in the form of a white dress for a formal event, then tone it down for casual occasions with denim and different coloured separates. Remember, above all else, avoid wearing white for meals out! It will only end badly.

(How do you wear white? Thanks for reading! Katie-xo)

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