May 25, 2017 • STYLE, STYLE SCHOOL
Style School: How to Wear White All Summer Long
It’s almost Memorial Day, and y’all know what that means: Bring out your white dresses, tops, and skirts.
Wearing white, though, especially in the summer, isn’t always as simple as it seems.
Are you allowed to wear white before Memorial Day? Is wearing white-on-white a fashion faux pas or an effortless way to look pulled together?
And while we love a good barbecue or summer picnic — who doesn’t — what do you do when someone accidentally spills the baked beans or sweet tea down the front of your new white jean shorts?
What’s one thing everyone should know about wearing white in the summer?
KM: Don’t be intimidated by wearing all neutrals. So many times girls think white will wash them out, and in fact, I think it is the opposite. White is the perfect canvas to show off any skin tone and hair color. Throw on a fun lipstick and wear it all summer in confidence.
CB: Never underestimate the power and versatility of a little white dress like the Lace Payton Dress. This adorable item can be dressed up or down for nearly any occasion or event!
Anything you should avoid if you’re wearing a white dress or top?
KM: I’m a Pinot Noir girl, but I swap that out in the summer for a crisp, white wine.
CB: Any colorful sweets or drinks. Eating ice cream on a hot summer day wearing a white dress isn’t the best idea. Trust me 🙂
Say you just can’t say no to some red wine or ice cream… Do you have any secrets for getting those miserable summer stains out of white clothing?
KM: The Dreft baby stain stick gets any little spot out! I apply the stain stick then scrub with an old toothbrush as opposed to a cloth… Another trick is to add a teaspoon of lemon juice with your bleach in the washing machine. It will make your whites so much brighter. And never forget the power of a great dry cleaners.
CB: Cold sparkling water can work wonders on stains!
So that little rule about not wearing white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day… what’s your opinion on that?
KM: Absolutely not! I really don’t think there are too many rules in fashion now. I personally think it’s more important to just stay true to your own style and feel comfortable in whatever you are wearing. Besides, if Olivia Pope wore white all year, so can I!
CB: Definitely not! I wear white year round and never check the calendar before slipping on a pair of white jeans or a little white dress. White is such a clean, classic color, and it can be easily transitioned from season to season with the right accessories.
Any exciting summer plans?
KM: I’m just excited to experience all of my daughter’s firsts with her! She’ll get to go on her first plane ride, her first Fourth of July, her first barbecue, and first wedding.
CB: This summer I am looking forward to lots of beach trips and long sunny days by the ocean!