4 August 2011

All White?

Arguably this season's biggest trend; white was all over the Spring 2011 runways.  Whether in the form of the LWD (Summer is all about the Little White Dress, dahling) at Karl Lagerfeld and Calvin Klein, or as a flowing shirt dress at Stella McCartney, no show was without at least a splash of whitewash.  Dolce & Gabbana even braved an entirely white collection.  But while white may encapsulate carefree summer days on a runway model, what about the rest of us?  Will we still look pristine and super-cool when we've spilt our morning cappuccino on our new white dress in the rush to get to work?

Dolce & Gabbana SS2011

It all depends on how brave you are.  Or perhaps how accident-prone you are.  I myself cannot wear a white t-shirt for more than 2 hours without getting some form of food or drink on it, so I will be approaching the white trend with caution.  If you magically repel stains (or, you know, can actually maintain cleanliness like a grown-up) then you can easily look the epitome of fresh summer chic with an effortless white outfit.  White doesn't necessarily have to mean innocent either: summer is a great excuse to flash some flesh.  Or you could show off your figure with a waist-cinching belt.  Less is more on the accessories front though; we're keeping it ultra minimal and nude, mmmkay?  The power of white is that it focusses the eye on form and line so you can have fun with silhouette while keeping everything else simple.  Frida Giannini experimented with cutaways and layers on her LWDs at Gucci, while Tommy Hilfiger channelled Grecian goddesses on their maxis so try out a few styles and see which gets you in the summer mood.  Mix up the textures with different layers to complete your white look.

Gucci SS2011
Feeling less brave?  Go for a statement white piece.  How about a white blazer to complete your summer wardrobe as the perfect cover-up?  White reflects heat leaving you feeling super cool in more ways than one.  Or you could embrace two trends at once and try the 70s palazzo pant.  Perfect to keep you cool with flats at the beach or dressed up with wedges to complete the 70s look in the evening.  Failing that: every woman needs a white shirt.  This is your go-to item, which can be styled numerous ways; androgynous and buttoned-up, prim and tucked, loose and knotted: it's up to you.

The key to this trend is that its only constraint is the colour: the rest is entirely your choice.  You can't go wrong, hooray!  Go as far as you feel comfortable with and embrace the cool, calm composure that follows.  Just one last piece of advice: stay away from the spaghetti Bolognese.

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