4 Ways to Wear White with High Impact

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Marsala, an earthy wine red, is Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2015 yet white seems to be changing the status quo much more this season. Black never goes out of favour, but more and more, white is recognised for its absolute qualities. Coco Chanel (who never goes out of style either) seems to have known this: “Women think of all colours except the absence of colour. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.”

Familiar by now with the transcending power of the white button-up shirt and racer back tank, we have four fresh ways to wear white. The runway, streets and red carpet provide gorgeous inspiration:

Layer, layer, layer

Structured pieces have an impressive, polished effect (perfect for an important business meeting) while relaxed drapes, fringe, and drawstring elements with open-toed flats is laid-back (but never sloppy). Layering is usually associated with winter dressing, and for warm weather the trick is lightweight add-ons. An elongated vest is work-appropriate, while sheer or mesh fabrics keep you cool – literally and well, aesthetically.

Make it fancy

Gwyneth Paltrow has been doing it for a few years, and Emma Watson is a quick learner. Stripped down white for evening wear makes sure all eyes are on you (for obvious reasons, don’t wear this to a wedding that’s not yours!) Keep accessories to a minimum; pull off a bold lip and radiant glow instead.

Harness its power

We talked about black and white independently; in partnership, they’re a wicked combination. This isn’t news, but what’s exciting is S/S 2015’s emphasis on strong graphics with interesting placements. Extra points for trying the leather harness, seen here on stylist Georgia Tal (via Tommyton).

Go for sheer pleasure

The white lace dress is summer’s big trend – how you make it your own is in the styling. Rough it up with a sneaker, or throw on a few metallic bracelets or strappy sandals for an urban-nomadic vibe. When matching sheer and solid separates, high-waisted skirts, bloomer shorts or culottes give you good coverage. Killer aviators, Olympia Le Tan’s book clutch or a hat make the look feel less precious.