Washing machines at the ready, white is the hottest colour of high summer. Here’s how to wear this season’s trend for super-bright whites
Wimbledon may be over for another year but game, set and match goes to all-white as the ultimate look for summer.
The colour Brits instinctively pull out of the closet once the weather heats up has so much more than just sunshine appeal.
No longer relegated as an accent, this season white can be worn as a bold head-to-toe statement – and you can achieve the look by layering varying fabrics and textures together.
Or take your lead from the runways: spring/summer 11 catwalks were transformed into a virtual whitewash, with Fendi showcasing clean minimalist lines, Max Mara flaunting clinging body-con and Dolce & Gabbana championing floaty lace frocks.
From minimalist to girly-girl, whatever your style, let the white spirit intoxicate you this summer.
Crisp, clinical elegance is in vogue – and for this look, fussy detailing is redundant. A clean silhouette is the modern way to wear white this season.
“Think about the fabric; different materials create different effects,” says Fiona Wellins of Colour Me Beautiful (www.colourmebeautiful.co.uk). “If you want to create a bolder look, go for stiffer fabrics, such as crisp cotton and tailored pieces.”
WHITE WISH LIST: Cotton shirt. The go-to item in your wardrobe you can style up or down – wear androgynous and loose, prim-and-proper tucked in, or relaxed, knotted at the waist.
Channel this season’s purest take on the colour with flirty broderie Anglaise and peekaboo lace.
Wellins suggests: “If you want to achieve a soft, romantic look, choose pieces in Indian cotton, linen, chiffon, lace or soft knits.”
The colour may have connotations of innocence but your silhouette can still have sex appeal.
WHITE WISH LIST: Lace dress. Summer’s refreshing alternative to the LBD, the lace white dress (LWD) can look both ethereal and innocent or sexy and suggestive, depending on how you wear it.
Embrace white in your casual wardrobe with draping pieces and loose tailoring.
“Your white garment will attract the eye, so think about how and where you wear it,” Wellins advises.
“If your hips are your problem area, then wear white jeans with a tunic that covers that part of your body. If you want to steer attention away from a bigger bust, avoid clingy, translucent or crisp white tops and go for deconstructed draping fabrics.”
WHITE WISH LIST: Slouchy palazzo trousers. Wear with flat sandals for beachy daytime chic or transform to evening glamour with wedges for a hippy Seventies vibe.
How to wear white
Being such a bold solo act, top-to-toe white doesn’t need much in the way of accompaniment. A tan belt or pair of nude shoes are all the accessories you need.
White has varying shades. To see if the shade suits you, hold it up to your face. Buy if it makes you look healthy and ditch if it washes you out.
If you have warmer undertones in your skin, stick to softer whites, such as ivory or cream (which generally suit most people). Icy whites work against skins with cooler undertones.
If white feels too garish, build up your confidence with one key accessory, like a white bag or scarf.
Ensure your pieces look fresh, white and not even rem otely yellow or grey. Washed-out whites will instantly let down your look.
Beware of dry cleaning bills. Whites may need more attention in the wash, so ensure you read the care labels and avoid hand wash or dry clean unless you’re committed to the aftercare.
Beware of tell-tale fake tan and foundation stains. Tide marks against stark white is never going to be on-trend.