How to wear the little white dress

Now that we are enjoying some warmer weather, our wardrobes are getting a bit of a revamp, and one surprising addition is the little white dress. Fast becoming a staple for summer, celebrities are also taking to wearing white, as it not only enhances a natural tan, but on certain figures can actually be quite slimming.

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There are a few fashion rules however, when it comes to wearing white, as different skin tones suit different shades of white. If you have a cool skin tone (undertones of blue or pink) then you can wear the brightest whites. Warm toned skin (golden or yellow undertones) should stick to a creamier shade or even ivory whites. If you have darker skin such as olive or ebony, you can mix and match with either bright whites or ecru.

To find out what tone your skin is simply take a piece of standard white paper into the sunlight and compare it against your skin.

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There is also the material to consider when choosing an all over white dress. Is the cloth transparent? If it is you should make sure you are wearing underwear that is the same colour as your skin tone, so go for nude or beige bras or darker depending on the colour of your body. Don’t make the mistake of choosing white underwear as it can be quite visible even under a white dress.

Lipsy Sequin Top Flair Shift Dress £70 has an embellished sequin neckline for extra sparkle.

Lipsy Sequin Top Flair Shift Dress £70 has an embellished sequin neckline for extra sparkle.

Also think about the texture of the fabric. Cheap and clingy materials will not look as flattering as a better quality cloth such as linen or heavier cotton. It is best, unless you have a model like figure, to opt for floaty or dresses that flow, or are immaculately tailored; after all they are designed really for the summer season.

Reiss Pam PANELLED FITTED DRESS £195 is perfect for paler skin tones

Reiss Pam PANELLED FITTED DRESS £195 is perfect for paler skin tones

If the white seems to be swamping you somewhat, add a little colour. For instance, team a white tailored dress with some blood red court shoes, or stick to the natural and neutral theme by choosing accessories like bags and hats in muted shades like beige, camel or browns.

tfnc Sleeveless shift dress with lace neckline £26.40 is a prefect example of a gorgeous summer floaty dress.

tfnc Sleeveless shift dress with lace neckline £26.40 is a perfect example of a gorgeous summer floaty dress.

As for jewellery, bright white team up well with silver accessories, whilst warm whites lend themselves to gold or even wood. If you have more colourful jewellery try to match the colour with another accessory such as a handbag.

Topshop Macrame Lace Shift Dress £75 is both sexy and demure.

Topshop Macrame Lace Shift Dress £75 is both sexy and demure.

Whilst the colour white is a great summer colour, there are a few occasions when it is not practical. if you are attending a party and you have children it can be hard to keep your white dress clean, likewise, it is not a good colour for work, as it is not a ‘business’ colour and deemed to be too frivolous for the work environment.

ASOS Vila Drape Top Dress £30.00 is a good choice for a flattering fit and warm skintones.

ASOS Vila Drape Top Dress £30.00 is a good choice for a flattering fit and warm skintones.

Finally, white is associated with purity and goodness so if you want to vamp up your image a little more, choose a dress with a higher hem that shows off your legs, or flash some other flesh.

Pictures courtesy: justdailythings.blogspot.co.uk

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