Accidental stains, unforgiving panty lines and the fatal illusion of a magnified rear end: for these reasons and so many more, some women hide from white clothing, shielded in year-round black, in fear of fashion faux pas. True: white clothing is the little black dress’s high maintenance big sister, demanding full attention at any given moment. But with summer heating up to full swing and an array of white clothing that works with every body style – and budget – why not take a chance to shine? White denim
A Hamptons essential, white denim – whether it be in a pant, skirt or patchwork purse – comes around every summer like a love story that never ends. Unlike its counterpart, the dark denim skinny jean, white denim needs room to breathe. When in doubt, go a size up – or risk an inevitable case of “Who brought the Twinkies to the party?”
These are not your grandmother’s bingo pumps: white foot wear is nouveau, fresh and wearable regardless of if it’s before Memorial Day or after Labor Day. Try white canvas espadrilles at a backyard barbeque with a floral maxidress, or white leather gladiator flats with denim shorts and a gauzy tunic. White accessories
Save tortoiseshell for the hares and slide on a pair of off-white plastic frames, which house black or brown tinted lenses equally well. Movie star? Maybe – but at least you’ll get to cut the line at the Shore Club. Pair with a long, white silk scarf woven around the waist of a knit dress to score extra points – and perhaps the bartender’s phone number.And as for those “accidental stains” that are not-so-accidental for the accident-prone? A Tide-To-Go stick, $3.99 at most drugstores, is a fashionista’s fairy godmother that fits into the purse or pocket of your liking.
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