In order to be at peace with yourself in white, here are a few fashion hints: Head-to-toe white is tough to pull off, so if you're dying to go all the way, try mixing different shades and textures of white, so you don't look like a nurse!
And if you're worried about looking like a great white whale, shy away from all-over white altogether and avoid shiny fabrics; they can add pounds. Stick to sharp silhouettes -- tailored shirts, flat-front pants and trench coats.
To minimize looking large in white, Jeffrey Kalinsky, owner of Jeffrey New York says, "Black on the bottom or a darker color on the bottom and white on top. I think that's easier for a lot of people to digest."
Not only does white and black have a slimming effect, but it is "the" most chic combination of the season for all sizes.
The classic white shirt is still a seasonless staple, but it's got a new twist. The advice? Update and invest!
"The new white shirt might have texture, might have an eyelet pattern to it or it might be made of lace," says Jeffrey.
Wear any of the new white shirts with rich browns or denim and you're incorporating another huge trend this season -- the safari look.
"The safari look would be white with khaki... White with chocolate brown is brilliant, so white goes through all the trends," says Jeffrey.
So what doesn't white work with? Not much.
InStyle Magazine's Hal Rubenstein says, "White works. It works all year round. It's not a matter of in or out -- there it is. And if you can stand the upkeep that white entails, because it does, then you should do it!"
And when it comes to accessorizing with white, keep two key tips in mind:
- Never wear white accessories with an all-white outfit; it cheapens the look.
- Do wear white accessories with a dark outfit, like a black suit, to add a feel of instant summer.
Where to buy:
- Jack Rogers Thong Sandals ($75)
Store: Jildor (various: Great Neck, LI; Southampton, LI; Woodbury, NY; Cedarhurst.)
Contact: 516-487-6464; www.jildor.com.
- Rodolphe Menudier Sandal with Cork Heel ($375)
Store: Intermix, 125 Fifth Ave., NYC
Contact: 212-533-9720; www.intermix-NY.com.
- White Elastic Belt with Silver Closers ($22)
White Cotton Braided Belt ($24)
Store: Liz Claiborne. Department stores nationwide.
- White Sunglasses
Store: Calvin Klein, Madison Avenue & various department stores.
- White Canvas Bag ($258)
Store: COACH, 516 W. 34th St., NYC.