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The Ultimate Guide to Wearing White

Four easy outfit formulas to inspire your summer style.

A sandal, a tank top, a sundress, a handbag, a sneaker, shorts and a button-up shirt.
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A lot of people hesitate to wear white. Maybe it feels hard to pull off, or way too easy to stain. Add the fickle fashion rules surrounding the color and it’s no wonder we're more comfortable sticking to darker hues. Black clothes have a reputation for being universally flattering and easy to wear, but we’re here to show you that this contrasting counterpart is just as wearable and every bit as chic. Keep scrolling to see our favorite ways to wear summer’s favorite shade.    

A women's outfit with a white button-up, black tank top, tan shorts, sunglasses, hoop earrings and white sneakers.

Rock an oxford shirt

A button-up shirt pairs well with just about anything and serves as the perfect canvas for your accessories. Keep it crisp with poplin or go low-key with relaxed cotton—if the fit is right, you really can't go wrong.    

How to wear it:

 A white button-up looks effortlessly fresh with a fitted tank and pleated shorts. Leave it unbuttoned for a breezy look, or tie the front into a low knot to define your waist. Bold hoop earrings and sunnies heighten the style factor, while bright white sneaks add old-school cool.

Keep it short & chic

You don't have to go all in—wearing white as a foundational layer is an impactful way to ease into the trend. Then, add pops of color with a lightweight topper, shoes and accessories.

 How to wear it:

 White shorts make even the simplest outfit feel polished. To elevate a casual summer look, pick a pair with a high waist and a touch of tailoring. Top it with white tee and an oversized blazer—we went with pastel plaid for a preppy touch. Finish with a dark bag and sandals to balance the brightness.

A women's outfit with a purple plaid blazer, white T-shirt, white shorts, necklace, grey tote and grey sandals.
A women's outfit with a white tank top, white jeans, a white handbag, earrings and white high-heel sandals.

Take it head to toe

Nothing says confidence like wearing all white…plus, going monochrome makes getting dressed so easy. Play around with contrasting textures, delicate detailing or structured silhouettes for a refreshingly modern take.

 How to wear it:

 The classic combo of jeans and a tank looks good in any color, and white-on-white is especially striking for summer. We fancied up the formula with wide-leg denim and crochet detail on the top. The shoes and bag bring in some texture, and dangling earrings take the whole look to the next level.

Get dressed for summer

We all love the LBD, but this is the perfect time to lighten things up. We’re talking about going on the complete opposite end of the spectrum by appointing white dresses as the new go-to.

 How to wear it:

 This one-and-done piece does most of the work for you, so all that’s left to add are the finishing touches. And thanks to the blank-slate nature of the style, your options are endless. Wear your dress with chunky platform sandals for a sporty-sweet vibe, or style the same dress for date night with heels and a structured handbag.

A women's outfit with a white sundress, drop earrings, a black and white tote and black platform sandals.

Now that you’re armed with plenty of style inspiration, the most important thing to know is how to take care of your white clothing. From removing everyday stains to tips on how to preserve your favorite pieces, we cover it all.

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