6 Fresh Ways to Style Your Summer Whites
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If the phrase “summer whites” conjures images of Nicole Kidman’s character in Nine Perfect Strangers or those family Christmas card photos where everyone is matching in colorless clothes, stay with us: Summer whites deserve a rebrand. So we came up with six new ways to wear them this season—none of them culty, all of them cute.
DRESS TO IMPRESS
Take the tank-and-tailored-shorts set you bought for vacation, add a trusty black blazer, and voilà: You’ve got an outfit that works both on the clock and off. To keep the look more business than pleasure, finish with black accessories and a sleek gold chain.
An eggshell-hued tank and daisy-white trousers are something of a sartorial blank canvas: Add a bit of color, dimension, and contrast (in this case, maroon sandals, a mohair cardigan, and a lip stain that gives you that just-ate-a-Popsicle pout) and the result is creative expression at its cutest.
TRY A TREND
Maxiskirts are seemingly everywhere right now, and this palate-cleansing poplin one is a nice way to try the trend. Wear it with something soft or streamlined up top, then round out the look with more-masculine accessories, like Marni’s signature trunk bag or thick-soled sandals.
White jeans go with almost anything, but they’re especially chic styled with other light neutrals. Our picks? A sandy vest knit from exceptionally soft cashmere, cream Birks that prove comfort can be stylish, and the beautifully minimalist taupe bag that’s topping wish lists around the world.
ADD A POP OF COLOR
White bottoms, like the Mizuki jeans or the Zander shorts, are a solid base for bright colors. Take this French-blue button-up, for instance—with or without the marinière on top, the look is très mignonne, non?
Last but certainly not least: the all-white outfit. While you could go for separates, the quickest way to pull this off is by pairing a simple one-and-done piece, like this flowy Maria McManus shirtdress, with off-white accessories—they keep the look tonal without feeling too matchy-matchy.