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7 Easy Ways To Wear White Before Labor Day

The time to wear white is right now. When summer’s personality shifts gears, does your wardrobe lighten up? You may be brainwashed into thinking you should avoid wearing white and light colors because they make you look bigger. Old school rules don’t apply anymore. Using “optical illusion” style tips to psyche yourself out (and others), is an easy way to always feel confident about how you look in your clothes. Be a lover, not a fighter, take what you’ve got and work it. Here are six tips to get you into the fast lane with white.

Get In Shape If you’re a bit larger below the waist – tummy or hips choose a fit-and-flair or full skirt style dress; have larger thighs or calves? Pick out a white maxi dress. Shifts work great if you have more of an athletic shape or if you’re thicker in the torso.

Erica Stretch Lace Dress by Newport News $99 (available up to size 16)
Erica Stretch Lace Dress by Newport News $99 (available up to size 16)
Free People Fiesta Dress $118 (available up to size L/12)
Free People Fiesta Dress $118 (available up to size L/12)

Enter the Arms Race If you’re uncomfortable about your upper arms, look for tops and dresses that have cold shoulder or off the shoulder silhouettes.

White Light Top by alight at Sonsi $36.00 (1x-3x) Relaxed shape, with tie
White Light Top by alight at Sonsi $36.00 (1x-3x) Relaxed shape, with tie
Gypsy Off the Shoulder Top at Kami Shade $38.00
Gypsy Off the Shoulder Top at Kami Shade $38.00

Go For The Throat Look for white tops and dresses with a neckline that is the most flattering for your body type. This keeps the focus on your upper body. Work it with a bold color lipstick Try this seasons trend colors and pick one up at the drugstore, you can always return it.

Boho Peasant Blouse at Old Navy $26.94
Boho Peasant Blouse at Old Navy $26.94

Block It Out Color blocking is one of the best tricks for cheating with white! Choose items with dark panels on the sides to create a slimmer, sleeker you.

Soprano Color Block Plus Size Sleeveless Sheath at Macys
Soprano Color Block Plus Size Sleeveless Sheath at Macys

Hemlines Are Headlines The summer social scene calls for a LWD, “little white dress.” Choose a white dress or top with style features like an uneven hemline: handkerchief, shark hem or fishtail. This breaks up the body and creates a focal point. Plus the architectural aspects of an uneven hemline make you appear more interesting. Prefer separates? The horizontal break of a pant (or skirt) hemline covers everything. Evaluate your leg length and shape. If you have wide calves, find a crop pant  (So Slimming by Chicos Slim Stretch Pull-on Crop at Chicos  $85.00. Streamlined design delivers strong and smooth lines. The collection boasts Hidden Fit™ Technology for solid control.) that stops just below the widest part of your calf (consider letting out the hem to get it just right). Wider thighs? Choose either a skinny leg and wear a tunic length top, or find a skinny boot cut, to balance out the leg (INC Slim Bootcut Jean at Macy’s, $48.99,Petite sized up to 16P). Don’t be afraid to give a crisp city short a chance, especially if your stems shout look at me!

Link It All Together All it takes is one great accessory to pull an outfit together. A super sexy sandal or bold bracelet to draw in a crowd. Give your admirers something to talk about.  Must have sandals at Zappos  Loving these peep toe white flats!

Nail the look White lipstick is just too sixties. But white nail polish (on Kim Kardashian) looks really fresh. Splurge for a polish change, white nail polish is hard to apply evenly yourself.

DIYTIP  If you do it yourself, plan to let the polish dry 30 minutes between coats. You’ll have a better chance of getting even coverage.

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  1. I’m not a fan of head to toe white…Jackie O could pull off the all-blinding white look, but I’m no Jackie O. I like color, especially in the summer.

  2. Hi Cara, None of us are, that’s why we gave tips on using color blocking, tops and accessories as the easiest way to wear white. Thanks for your comment!

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