Even if you do not use Memorial Day as your fashion green light to wear white, there is something about this unofficial first day of summer that makes you reach for crisp whites. Look effortlessly chic when you follow some basic guidelines. The do's and don't of summer whites are offered as a friendly reminder.
Do freshen up your whites
Nothing looks worse than dingy whites. If your white sundress is yellowing freshen it up with a dose of Oxyclean or Borax in addition to your regular laundry detergent. If this does not work, it may be time to retire the outfit or dye it another hue with a package of Rit dye!
Do mix tones of white
A subtle mix of neutral tones creates a sophisticated look. While dingy gray or yellow stains are not part of the color scheme, oatmeal, linen, ivory, eggshell, creamy white and sharp white all have mixing and matching potential.
Do wear the right undergarments
I trust that you know this fact but it is worth repeating, white underwear under white pants is a huge fashion don't. Choose undergarments that are close to your skin tone to create a seamless look that will not shine through and reveal more than you desire.
Don't wear white shoes
Not a hard and fast rule, but for the most part white outfits call for footwear in light neutrals. Wood soles, strappy metallic sandals, and canvas and cork espadrilles all look modern and appropriate with white outfits.
Don't be afraid of white
An all white pantsuit creates a sleek line that is more slimming than you may imagine. When the sun is blazing, a white dress looks and feels fresher than black. As in anything though, be sure to wear the right size. A pair of too tight white pants will not flatter; instead it will highlight every lump.
Don't be afraid of color
Adding bold accessories can transform a white outfit. A wide red belt, bangles and colorful pumps pair perfectly with an all white dress. Take your white outfits for what they are: blank slates to accessorize. Easily create entirely different looks with either a small touch of pink or a pair of fun colorblocked shoes.
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