Wearing White is, for the most part, is easy to pull off. But, at the same time, it can be a challenging colour to get just right. The first thing you need to know is that there is more than one shade of white. This means you need to find the right shade for your skin tone. White is among the easiest colours to wear. And, yet, despite this, there are a few myths around wearing white which I’d like to tackle.
Many people believe there are just too many rules that go with wearing white. This is why they feel far more comfortable choosing colours such as black, navy and grey on the neutral scale. For the longest time, black has been thought of at the universally flattering colour and I want to change that. I want to show you how wearing white can be equally as flattering and I want you to break the “rules” when wearing white.
Common Myths About White
- It’s unflattering – No, there is such a wide spectrum of white to choose from you’re bound to find the right one after only looking for a few minutes. Think crisp white, off-white, cream, bone, eggshell; you’re really spoilt for choice when it comes to white.
- It’s boring – No, white is refreshing. White brings an element of life to your wardrobe.
How to wear white
Many of my clients find that they are actually intimidated by white clothing choices. My advice to them is simple; you don’t need to go in all guns blazing and step out in an all-white outfit. It is alright to start with a few classic pieces. The white business shirt is a great place to start. This is a classic piece that can be worn formally or informally. I believe in having at least two of these in my closet for business meetings or lunches. White works great as a contrast to blue jeans for a more casual look and will never go out of fashion.
If you’re feeling a little more daring, try those white shorts or pants. Pair these with prints or solid light colours such as pink or teal. Then, if you’re willing to give it a go, try an all-white outfit. Remember you can break these up with fabric textures which will give your outfit an element of contrast. If you are planning on an all-white outfit, you absolutely have to accessorise.
Find the right white
The best shade of white for those with a cool skin tone would be crisp white/brilliant white, ivory, and soft off-white. These have the ability to compliment your skin tone. If you have a warm skin tone I suggest wearing white with a warmer undertone, such as Oyster, and light beige. And, if you have a neutral skin tone, you can never go wrong with choosing shades such as vanilla or cream. Check out my guide on finding your skin tone here.
When not to wear white
- At a wedding. Please leave that for the bride.
- On a rainy day. Does it look like a downpour on the way? Maybe reconsider your white outfit.