Styling a white dress is possibly one of the easiest things you can do. However, there are many people that face difficulties in finding the most suitable accessories or shoes. And sometimes it can seem daunting, if you don’t know the essentials. But worry not, we are here to help you find the best way to style a white dress, depending on the occasion and accessories you have at home.
The first step is to understand that the white dress can serve both as a statement piece and as a basis for other accessories to shine. Since white is such a versatile colour, it can easily be dressed up or down with the proper techniques. For example, if you pair it with some colourful jewellery, the white dress can easily make their colour pop. On the contrary, if you have many colourful accessories like a patterned scarf, bright-colored shoes and a fashionable bag, white can be the statement colour that brings it all together and makes it all work. But how exactly to go about all that without it looking messy or out of hand?
Start with small, simple accessories
The best thing you can do is style it with monochrome sandals or pumps (like black or gold) and an elegant purse. You can never go wrong with this combination. The white is simple enough to help carry other colours and the clash between black and white will create drama and visual interest.
Add some colour with an accessory
If you feel confident enough with the black-and-white combination, you can begin adding colours. Here it can get tricky, as not all white dresses are white. Some have a cooler undertone, while others lean more beige. So, the trick is to look at the dress under as many different lights as you can to figure out its true undertones. Then, simply pair it with a colour that has the same undertones. For example, if the dress leans more to the warm side, pair it with a red bag or an orange jewel. Think about what accessories you have and simply try it out! Don’t be afraid to experiment!
Tone it down with a jacket
If you still feel like bold accessories are too much, you can add colour with a simple jacket. The best friend to any white piece of clothing is the denim jacket. The other one is the classic rocker leather jacket. Both of them will tone down the accessories you put and will transform any classy outfit to a casual daytime-friendly one.
Try out a red lip
If you feel classier, you can alway amplify the style of any white dress with a bright red lip. It adds drama and an unparalleled level of style. Bonus tip: add some shades, pick up a croissant from the local bakery and add a neck scarf for a true French girl look.
Go for an all-white outfit
We know you have heard of all-white parties, where the dress code is, well, nothing but white. This step is for those intermediate stylers who have already had their way around a simple white dress and know what goes well with it, what doesn’t, what they like, and what they don’t.
There is a certain philosophy to the all-white outfit, a poetry even. It should be balanced perfectly between cold and warm tones and it should include a minimal amount of colored items, preferably in beige and other neutral tones. For example, you can go for a simple white dress with a white blazer, paired with a beige bag and white or black shoes. That way you will still maintain the visual interest without risking the clash of colours to be too much.
A white dress is a staple in every wardrobe. It is versatile, classy and the best basis for experimentation. Once you make your way around the basics, you can easily build up and find styling patterns that fit your aesthetic and that look good in your eyes. Because at the end of the day - good fashion is an attitude and a sense of comfort. So, once you have them, you will look good in any clothes.