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White, it's Everywhere... How to Wear It - Angela WolfBy Angela Wolf on 6/8/11 3:17 PM

White, It's Everywhere ... How to Wear it.

Jil Sander, photo Style.com


Phillip Lim, photo Style.com
In case you haven't noticed white is all over the map this year. White shorts, capris, jeans, skirts, tops, tailored jackets ... you name it, right now it's available in white. On the plus side, white compliments so many other colors; unfortunately, white is also one of the most difficult colors to wear. Many complexions look better with a cream or off-white rather than bright white. If you watched American Idol this past season you couldn't miss the fact that Jennifer Lopez is absolutely gorgeous, not to mention she was recently named the "world's most beautiful woman" by "People Magazine". Jennifer wore white tops in quite a few of the early episodes and even with TV makeup, bright white washed her out terribly. My point, even the world's most beautiful woman has a hard time wearing white by itself. Here are a few suggestions for those of us that also have trouble pulling off one of the most popular colors of the moment:

White blouse
  • Add a jacket in one of your flattering colors or try a scarf

  • Wear the blouse open with a colored tank underneath


White tank or lower neckline stretch-T
  • Add a colorful chunky necklace


White jacket
  • Choose wisely the top you wear underneath , make sure it is one of your color
  • Add colorful hand trim to the edge of the jacket collar


  • White shirt dress
    • Add a colorful beaded necklace or belt



White Pants, Shorts, and Skirts

Angela Wolf Collection, photo Angela Wolf

Angela Wolf Collection, photo Angela Wolf


Prints and dyed fabrics are very popular right now, so you can easily add one of these trendy tops to white bottoms. When purchasing or sewing white pants, skirts, and shorts you should pay attention to a few details:

  • Check the thickness of the fabric
    If the fabric is lightweight - you might need to add lining

  • Choosing a fabric with a little stretch helps prevent wrinkles

  • Choose your seam finishes wisely in case it shows through on the right side

  • When purchasing a finished garment, be realistic in the mirror

  • Can you see the front pockets thru the fabric - if so you can easily remove them
    Check the back view - can you see through the pants?

  • I know I have said this before, but wear skin colored lingerie underneath white to prevent see through surprises. In other words, try to avoid wearing bright colored polk-a-dot panties


A Few Patterns for Ideas

This Vogue Pattern would look great in white with a contrasting trim.

Vogue Patterns 8677


This Vogue Pattern would look great with a colorful beaded necklace.
Vogue Patterns 8685


Another idea are these cute shorts from Burda.


Have fun with your new white project! Don't worry, if you don't like the white as a finished garment, you can sign up for my online fabric dying class and change the color!

Angela Wolf is the designer and founder behind ABO Apparel, Angela Wolf Ready-to-Wear and ABO Sport. An A-list clientele has given Angela more than fifteen years of experience dressing and fitting many diverse women and has enabled her to understand the different styles that compliment each individual woman.

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