On Trend- How To Wear White a la Gwyneth Paltrow and Kelly Rutherford
I’ll Have What She’s Having: White clothing tips to not look like a bride, a nurse, or the Good Humor man!
According to old school fashion rules, Memorial Day is the official time to finally break out the whites. There’s no need to look at calendar to see when wearing white looks right, if you know how to put it together!
There’s nothing hotter this season than white– albeit chalk white, off-white, weathered white, or a subtle tint of cream. Easy as wearing white sounds to be, too much of a good thing can absolutely be overkill.
Although white technically may be the absence of color, getting heavy handed with it has a tendency to have you look like a bride, a nurse, or the Good Humor man.
But mixed in the right way, white is fantastic!
Take for instance, Gwenyth Paltrow in her white blazer and shirt. She layered delicate chain necklaces to create some "texture" near her face and opted for tan slim pants and chunky tobacco platforms to create a casual and neutral palette.
Kelly Rutherford accents a cream sheath dress with a beige Kelly bag and nude pumps for classic chic. Both ladies are playing with the nuance of shades to create interest and keep it modern.
Here are my tips on how to wear white…
- First, find the shade of white that best compliments your skintone and teeth color… that right, TEETH. If you’re teeth are on the yellow side, opt for creamier shades or wear white on the lower part of your body while you run out and get yourself some teeth whiteners!
Consider texture like eyelet, ribbed T’s, heavier vs. featherweight fabrics to create monochromic interest.
- Use neutrals and nudes to add dimension, like the ladies above.
- Try a clean graphic approach by mixing crispy chalk whites with clear, bold colors like red, electric blue, or black.
- If you wear white shoes with a white outfit, try texture like suede or mottled leathers, rather than basic white, flat white.
- Sandals or shoes that show some skin are better than closed shoes when it’s a white on white combo.
- Use color, or the absence of color, to visually "shape" your figure and wear the brighter whites only on body parts that you want to emphasize.
- No matter what it’s about fit- a flattering pair of white pants will ultimately look better than ill-fitting black pants!
- Don’t forget your undergarments! Nude color bra and panies are best, unless you intentionally want your undies to peek out!
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Resident fashion expert & style mentor- With just about 20 years experience in the glamour industry as a New York-based photography fashion stylist, syndicated columnist, contributing editor, lecturer, on-air television/radio fashion expert, and founder / editor in chief of FocusOnStyle.com. Sharon Haver knows the modern-thinking woman wants easygoing style that suits her individual needs, spiced with just the right amount of flip and wit to make it personal.