We’ve managed to emerge from the blacks and grays that take over our wardrobes every winter, and now that spring is perking its head up, many of us look for a breath of fresh air. Magnolias on the trees, daffodils on the ground, the world is returning to color. If like me, you’re still feeling a tad color shy, not yet ready for pastels galore (or if it’s just not your style), never fret. An all-white look might be the chic alternative you’re looking for this spring.
But with the decision to try your hand at all whites comes a whole other set of dilemmas. Do I really want to tempt fate, wear an all-white outfit and inevitably have something spill on me? There’s living on the edge and then there’s a stratospheric dry cleaning bill. If, unlike myself, you are an actual adult woman capable of going a whole day without spilling food or drink down her front then firstly, congratulations, secondly not so fast. You may be free of spillage but how do you wear all white with your lingering winter complexion and not look like a pasty ghost straight out of a horror film? While fake tan is always an option (segue- have you ever noticed the further North you go the more suspiciously golden people look in winter), you may be terrified of accidentally turning yourself into an Oompa Loompa, or staining your sheets, your towels and the inside of your jeans for good measure.
Fear not my fashionable friends, I have successfully developed the perfect formula for a stress-free all white look. Firstly, if you are applying fake tan do it far in advance. As in forty-eight hours, had two showers and went and worked out without my sweat turning my t-shirt orange, far in advance. Then the secret is that an all-white outfit doesn’t exactly have to be pure white. The key is for your top and bottom to be mainly white. I paired this ribbed white top with cream straight leg jeans, black boots, and then threw my check longline blazer on top. I like that the cream denim and white top don’t match perfectly, I think it keeps the outfit from looking too sterile. Texture is your friend as it will help to hide any muss that might happen over the course of the day. Not to mention, any opportunity to dress like an extra from Clueless sounds like a win to me. To contrast the dominant white and make it stand out, accessorize with a neutral or neutral adjacent color: think camel, metallic or oxblood. Thicker fabrics are the best bet as they will keep you warm in the mercurial March weather and smooth things over for a streamlined look. Et voilà, an all-white look without the hassle.
Of course, you could just wear all white and be carried around on a chaise lounge all day, that works too.