Ever since Coco Chanel invented it and Vogue prophetically said it would become the uniform of all women of taste, the little black dress has been a must have in any fashionable woman’s wardrobe. This summer, however, it seams like designers decided to turn tables and present us with the little white dress. Following the original concept, it is a dress that can be dressed up or down accordingly the time of the day and your mood. Though a number of celebrities have been seen wearing them really really short, you can go for knee length if you prefer. Just stay away of longer ruffled ones unless you’re the bride. This Calista Collar Dress for $85.00 is an example of what you should be looking for.
If you want to dress up, then this type of dress is usually worn with either black sandals such as these Rain Maker ones for $49.00 or golden shoes or sandals with sky-high heels as these lovely Betsey Johnson's Florence Wedges .
Personally, I’d wear every colour of shoes, and you can do so, too. Don’t forget your clutch and a nice fresh makeup. The only other accessory you must have if your dress doesn’t have any embellishments is a statement piece of jewellery, be it a huge cocktail ring or a very unique necklace (don’t worry, it can be fake jewellery), however limit yourself to only one.
If, on the other hand, you want to dress it down, use with gladiator sandals or even embellished flip-flops, a large bag, a colourful scarf and bangles.
If you are worried that white can make some problem areas appear larger, counteract that with the shape of the dress. If you are apple shaped, choose empire waist dresses as they can disguise your stomach area like this awesome Nomi Dress by Ingwa Melero. If you are wider on the hips and tights, go for an A line, knee length skirt. Check out this Velvet's Lenet Dress for $119 that is 100% cotton, what makes it very confortable. To ensure you will be able to wear your dress for many summers, choose clean lines so it won’t look dated and be sure to be careful when washing it so it doesn’t turn yellow or grey. Also, pay attention to the material you’re dress is made of. If you pick a dress made of silk, it can be a bit harder to dress down in case you need to.
The best thing about wearing white is that it compliments all skin shades and the tan you may have. However, very light pastel colours can work great too. Try off white, light beige, light baby pink or even light aqua since it will make you look fashionable just the same, but with a hint of something different and very attractive without going too over the top.
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