It’s perfectly fine to wear your white dress with opaque tights, leggings or dark heels. Ginnifer Goodwin, for example, wore black tights and shoes with her white Camilla and Marc dress while Kim Kardashian wore the same dress sans tights. Goodwin looked far edgier and gave the dress the full attention it deserved. Derek Lam’s white dresses were all paired with black stilettos as they strutted down the runway last September. Just remember that tank tops and sundresses are not cold weather appropriate!
This combination is a clever way to slim the figure, using the starker whites to emphasize your best assets and the darker shades on the areas you want to conceal.
Layering the different tones adds depth and is an easy way to pull this off. Blake Lively worked this look, wearing a stone colored sheepskin cape over her cream knit dress, brown tights and boots. Copying Lively and teaming the look with a pair of tan or dark boots and throwing on a pair of shades for the sun’s frosty glare, will give the look a touch of coziness and cool.
Fur, faux or otherwise, is pure luxury in the warmer whites, while tweed and corduroy are also worth considering. They’re fabrics that are warm, practical, and stylish, and are as suitable for lighter colors as they are the darks. The key to this look is mixing soft with fluffy with bumpy with smooth and wearing it all together.
However, sometimes sticking with what you know can pay off. Keeping it fresh and crisp, while adding your own stamp to the look with jewelry and accessories is usually the best way to go. Ann Taylor, GAP and Banana Republic are your best bet for shirts on the high street, while Topshop have a few more interesting styles from the granddad shirt to a 70’s inspired shirtdress for $76.00.
If all else fails your boyfriend’s shirt with a chunky leather belt á la Carrie Bradshaw circa 1998 remains a fun, casual and chic way to rock the look.
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