On days you look and feel a little bloated, you’ve probably opted for black or dark clothing to slim that figure down. White was never an option, unless it was just a tee or a tank that occupied just a small portion of your body. It’s true that white can have a bit of a widening effect, but the degree to which it makes some parts look bigger is not as much as you think.
“But white makes you look fat.”
You might have been told that once or twice in your life. If we’re talking about white having the opposite effect of black, then yes, the statement would be true. However, color is not the only contributor to that “widening effect.” In fact, if you wear it correctly, white shouldn’t make you look fat at all. It would merely draw more attention to your figure.
Though it’s not just that “white makes you look fat” thing that makes people avoid the color. It’s a magnet for stains – drink spills, sauce splatters, you name it. And when it’s that time of the month, white is most definitely a no-no.
Yet, there’s something still quite intriguing about head-to-toe white. Thus, don’t let all that white intimidate you! In case of any spills, pack a stain remover in your purse.
So, you got the stain remover in case of emergencies, so what’s next? Now it’s actually putting together an all-white outfit. White dresses are obviously the easiest way to go about this, but what about your white separates? To create that Instagram-worthy #OOTD, here’s what you’ve got to do:
Wear it according to your body shape.
The cardinal rule for trying out any kind of trend is making sure it’s tailored to your figure. Whether it’s all-white, all-black, color-blocked or a combination of prints or patterns, the outfit would be unflattering if it isn’t fitted to your figure. Be mindful of which silhouettes look good on you, as well as the ones you should be avoiding.
Play with different textures.
If you’re afraid of appearing one dimensional in just one color, change it up by mixing different textures. For example, a lacy blouse pairs well with white denim. A pair of embroidered shorts can be matched with a white wardrobe basic on top.
Look for feminine details.
Ease up on all that white with feminine details, like an empire waist or an embroidered embellishment. The Backless Summer Dress is the perfect example of this, as all the details make the white ensemble much more appealing.
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Mix different shades of white.
The blank canvas look isn’t for everyone, let’s get that right. Instead of wearing just one shade of white, you could also go for a monochromatic scheme, offering you a palette of different whites rather than strictly one shade. Off-white comes in a bunch of varieties, from seashell and floral white, to ivory and eggshell. You’ve got plenty of room for some mixing and matching.
If your coverup or top is a little too sheer for your liking, you can always layer it over a nude, beige or light pink tank. These colors are subtle enough so that they don’t distract from your head-to-toe white.
Sneak in a bit of color.
If it’s too much white for you, you always have the option to add a color pop in your accessories (or your makeup!). A bright red lip will do the trick. Gold accents on your bag or jewelry will level up the sophistication in your outfit. A pink peep toe heel will add a fun factor to the final look. A thin, black waist belt will make the ensemble seem less like a one-piece. A silky scarf will give a Parisian twist to the style. Just make sure that you don’t wear too much of one color, since the main focus should be on the white outfit.
Go for interesting silhouettes.
It’s one thing to wear a white midi bodycon dress. It’s a completely different story wearing a white tee and skinny jeans. Both outfits have form-fitting silhouettes, but the latter is definitely an all-white ensemble you should veer away from. If you don’t have a mix of textures or a palette to work with, at least consider the shapes of your separates. There are tons of combinations you could create, such as palazzo pants and a tube top, an off-shoulder top with a mini skirt, etc. Our V-Neck Zipper Long Sleeve Blouse can be worn with white shorts. So, don’t limit yourself to the numerous possibilities in your wardrobe.
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Sheena is the lead fashion writer here at Pretty Me Philippines and has contributed articles for numerous lifestyle blogs and online publications. Other than keeping up with the latest trends, she loves baking and home DIY projects.