Updated: Jul 6, 2020
As seen in the Sunshine Coast Daily Life & Style Magazine
White is a wonderful winter staple, yet one so often saved for warmer months. Old habits have us reaching for darker pieces as the days become shorter, but when you know how to white for warmth, you will wonder why you didn’t earlier.
We recently discussed layering, now I invite you to try your new layering skills with only a white palette, it is perfectly wonderful to stack on your whites and when done right is a definite head turner.
Don’t subscribe to the old ‘white makes you look larger’ rule, yes in certain combinations the illusion may be there but as with any ensemble, it’s all in the way you style it. If ever a look is not quite right you’ve found a fabulous reason to reach for accessories.
Call on your collection of belts to cinch in that waist, if you have a white one brilliant it will help keep your clean lines, otherwise metallic accessories will compliment white really nicely, giving you just the right amount of sophistication.
Try a stark white tailored suit with a bodysuit beneath, still warm but caring for your contours. I’m a huge fan of pencil skirts with a cropped jumper. You can even wear a cosy white knit beneath a pair of overalls a pinafore and of course you can sling one on with your favourite white jeans.
If you wear your whites all in the same tone it will help with fluidity and flatter your shape but don’t be afraid to experiment with different tones. Try crisp white pants or a skirt, with a vest and coat in an off white. Find which white is most flattering for you and aim to keep that closest to your face, then rotate all the other whites for the rest of your ensemble.
How to work out your whites
Remove makeup and jewellery, tie your hair back and find a mirror in a room with the most natural light. Or if you can, take your mirror outside.
Pull some white and off-white pieces out of your wardrobe. Hold each up to your chin while looking in the mirror, take notice of your complexion and eyes, some will brighten your face and others will make you appear drawn and unwell. You won’t have trouble noticing the difference.
Collect more of the ones that compliment you and less of the ones that aren’t as pleasing.
Remember each piece is a building block, so to keep in looking super cute, pay attention to every piece you put on and how it is working in with the others. That way you will find it easy to whitewash whenever the mood may strike.