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Tips and tricks on the modern way to wear white

The white dress gets a makeover in classic black and white.
Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images for IMG

While white nail polish was the new it color last spring, the hue has moved into clothing. All white outfits are appearing in magazines, on the runway, and in the street. Why wear white? White makes pale skin look tan and rested. White also is fresh and beautiful on darker skin tones. It can be tricky, so here are some tips and tricks so you'll look your best in white.

  • Give monochromatic looks a try. When wearing white from head to toe, choose one piece as a focal point. It might have embroidery, piping, or asymmetry to make it stand out. Try a loose tank and an asymmetrical skirt in white and incorporate accessories in your favorite hues. White goes with everything, so you can use everything from pastels, to bold brights, to classic red or black.
  • Cream is not white! While an all cream outfit can also be chic, it can look like a mistake if you mix and match white and cream in the same outfit. Instead, combine camel or saddle with white. The color will be just deep enough to look like you're wearing it on purpose.
  • Continue to mix hard and soft. If you've found a fantastic fit and flare eyelet dress, style it with a white motorcycle jacket for a tough vibe. Replace those ladylike heels with a perforated, dotted bootie.
  • Remember to keep your smile bright! If you're wearing white on the upper half of your body, even the whitest teeth can take on a yellow tinge. Avoid this by using a flattering lip color in a pink based nude, clear bright pink, or true red. Orange lip colors can make teeth look yellow, so wear orange with other outfits. Another fix is to wear a colorful chunky necklace or scarf near your face.
  • Rock white accessories if you're not in the mood for white from head-to-toe. Mix textures so that your accessories go instead of match. You might try a laser cut leather purse in a floral or geometric pattern with espadrilles. You could also pair a barrel-shaped purse with white platform cork heels.
  • If you only buy one white accessory this season, purchase a white purse. It will make your old outfits look fresh and it matches everything.

The one rule about white that still is relevant is this: Don't wear an all-white outfit to a wedding. Ever. Even if the bride is wearing cream. You've got every other hue to wear during wedding season.

Have fun in white!

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