White: Hot or Not?
Head to toe white – I can hear some of you cry in horror. Even the most loyal trend followers are wary but don’t be too quick to discount. Yes, it may be a little tricky to wear at work without looking like you are trying to channel Miami Vice. It may also hamper your social activities for fear of red wine, tomato sauce or grass stains. But, white is fabulous for summer – it is elegant and sophisticated; and at the same time easy and relaxed.
Firstly, you need to choose the right shade of white for you. If your colouring is cooler you should opt for bright or silk white (off white). Warmer undertones will find ivory and cream more flattering. To determine the best shade of white for you, take a range of whites and hold them up to your face (this exercise is more accurate without make up). Flattering shades will be those that make your skin appear clear and even – the foundation effect.
It is best to create a medium colour contrast for work; it seen as approachable, collaborative and friendly. A medium colour contrast is the combination of two or more colours that create a noticeable difference in depth (i.e. light and dark). Contrast can be achieved through layering, pattern and as a single colour against your skin. Therefore, it may be best to add another colour into the mix to create the right level of contrast for you. Great combinations with white this season include cobalt, yellow and magenta. As always, black, navy and red are classic partners for white.
For work mix structured pieces with relaxed blouses and tops; this will keep your look polished and professional.
For play there are no rules (other than keeping a packet of baby wipes at hand) but if you want to add interest use a mix of textures such as linen, lace and sheers.
So yes, you will need to approach meal times with care and have your dry cleaner on speed dial, but you will look oh so stylish and on trend.