Hey everyone, Allison here! When it comes to putting together a look that is sleek and sophisticated, I often find that going heavy on the neutrals and light on the brights works best. While many ladies swear by their collections of black basics, I think an all-white ensemble makes for a much more refreshing statement. It’s easy to feel intimidated when putting together a monochromatic look—especially one that’s all-over ivory. But if there’s ever a time to tackle this fashion obstacle, it’s now.
The Spring 2013 of collections of The Row, Stella McCartney, and Alexander Wang showed white in the form of pantsuits, separates, and gauzy gowns, thus predicting that adding white to your wardrobe is a must this upcoming season. If these designer duds aren’t convincing enough, take a peek at my 3 style tips below…
If you’re still bundling up this time of year but you’re dying to brighten up your look, don’t be afraid to “white out.” Pair a white structured coat or jacket like the Ruched Blazer from LC Lauren Conrad with white high-waisted pants. Then add darker accessories like riding boots or a fur scarf to keep the outfit cold weather appropriate. Try incorporating white into cozy textures that are made to be worn in the winter, like wool, cashmere, and cable knits. Don’t pull out your linens and silks until the spring or summer. As long as the warmth of your outfit is suitable for that season, the trend will translate and transition beautifully.
2. Cream dream.
If you have more cream than white in your closet, you can still achieve the same monochromatic effect. I love the idea of pairing a milky-hued tuxedo jacket with cream silk pants on days when the air is crisp and chilly but the spring sun is out to play. Cream can also give off a softer vibe than bright white if you’re an avid follower of the “no white before memorial day” rule. Keep the rest of your look neutral with a metallic clutch and nude heels.
3. Take the plunge.
Once the spring has officially sprung, feel free to pull out your eyelets, lace, and linen. Mixing and matching textures works well with whites—lace and cashmere looks just as chic as an all-white ensemble that is 100% silk. I would suggest grounding your monochromatic look in springtime with a pop of pastel, like a pair of mint green flats or a robin’s egg blue cardigan. But when summer hits, adding white accessories to your outfit is totally a must.
There’s really no excuse not to try this trend, since it transitions gracefully from season to season. Now the only question is…
How will you try the white out trend?