Fashion Trends: Head-to-Toe White

by Shaylin Carper

It’s been around for a while now, lurking in the background, just waiting to be picked up. Every spring we see the same thing: someone somewhere pulls off an amazing white-on-white outfit and suddenly the entire fashion nation is fawning over the effortless class of an all-white outfit. Yet this trend usually never sticks.

So what happened this time? How is it that all-white outfits are the “new” hot trend of the season, when celebs have tried their part at making it one for the past decade? It’s because it’s never been done like this before. Scared to try it for yourself, in fear you won’t get it right? Fret not – I’m here to save the day... and help you execute the most perfect white-on-white outfit this world has ever seen.

White is such a daring color to rock, especially when used monochromatically. Think about it: one wrong move and you could end up looking like an astronaut. It’s also important to think about where you’re headed before you decide on your color palette. If you’re on your way to a hot dog stand, I would try selecting a different, darker color, if you are picking up what I’m putting down. But other than these two minor worries, there’s not much else that goes into selecting the perfect head-to-toe white ensemble.

All-white is perfectly beachy, in a quaint, New England kind of way. When styling a look that borrows from these feels, aim for pieces that are as light and airy as the bay winds. Keep in mind that mixing textures and layering various shades is key when selecting the pieces in your look. Soft creams and light browns should be used as accent pieces to enhance the otherwise monochromatic outfit. Other than that, go for textures like burlap or crochet to create a chic masterpiece.

If boating isn’t your thing, and the city is calling your name, head in a slightly different direction. Black accents on an all-white look can go an incredibly long way. No one would deny that white pants and a white blazer aren’t super-chic, but try adding a black tote and/or black heels for that polarized balance every outfit needs. In a white tee and skinnies, add darker accessories to complete the perfect monochromatic look.

There aren’t as many limitations on wearing white as there used to be, so take advantage of it before it leaves again. Be bold. Step out of your comfort zone. And buy yourself an all-white, effortlessly chic monochromatic outfit for this spring.