It may be one of the hardest looks to pull off: the all-white outfit. Unless you’re a doctor or researcher wearing a long white lab jacket, all-white outfits can very easily become FashioNitsa “don’ts.” However, if you follow these tips, you can make the all-white outfit work for you.
- Make sure your whites match. This may sound silly; white is white, right? Wrong. Just check out the white paint section at your local hardware store if you think that all whites are the same. White clothes come in a variety of shades (pure white, ivory, cream, winter white, etc.), and your own white clothes may change over time to be slightly different shades from what they once were. If your white shirt is slightly pink or slightly yellow, it doesn’t matter if you wear it with jeans or another color. But if you wear it with other whites that it doesn’t match, it’s distracting.
- But feel free to mix up the textures. Try denim on the bottom and chiffon on the top, or a silk skirt with a chunky knit sweater. Playing with texture helps keep an all-white outfit from being too flat.
- Pay attention to shape and balance. If you wear something long and flowing on the bottom, pair it with something slim-fitting on top, or vice versa. Too much loose and floaty clothing can look like a set of sheets hung out to dry, while too much tight clothing is rarely appropriate.
- Add layers. Another way to add depth to a monochromatic outfit is to complement the different textures with different lengths and layers. Try a long tank top with a short sweater.
- Add some color. Wearing all white doesn’t mean that all other colors are forbidden. Use shoes and accessories to provide a surprising pop of color. Adding a bright color like red or yellow provides drama, while adding a neutral like gray or brown provides sophistication.
- Don’t forget the bronzer. Since no one wants the skin damage that comes from being in the sun, invest in a high-quality bronzer or fake tan spray. An all-white outfit can make pale skin look washed out.
- Have confidence! Like any bold look, the outfit only looks as good as you feel.