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What to Wear Where: An All White Party!

Ladies and Gents, it’s about to be that time of year again. The countdown is on to the 2015 OCEAN Style Fashion Showcase Weekend. As we eagerly await this fun and fashion filled weekend in the sun, surf and sand, we can’t stop thinking about what we’re wearing to the Friday night All-White Party.

Yes, even though the namesake showcase event takes place on Saturday evening, the ultra-glam All-White party has become an epic sartorial event in its own right. You see, there is an undeniable appeal to an all-white affair that never gets old – partly because, like freshly fallen snow, optic white always looks so, well… new. Just as the LBD has achieved classic status, a cool, crisp white outfit should always be a wardrobe mainstay.

Here’s the catch though, while unblemished white is a vision of beauty to behold, it’s notoriously difficult to keep clean. Luckily, if you’re a shopaholic like me, it’s the perfect excuse to keep shopping! So in case you’re combing the department stores or browsing online for a show-stopping ensemble for this year’s party, check out some of my picks. You’ll be sure all eyes are on you.

WHITE ROMPER1

A chic white romper.

 

Rompers/Playsuits
Although the name suggests something more casual, rompers and playsuits can take on a decidedly sophisticated look with the right fabric and cut.

A hit of gold enhances the sleek lines of this jumpsuit.

A hint of silver enhances the sleek lines of this jumpsuit.

Jumpsuits
The more mature older sister of the romper, jumpsuits work well for those who are looking to accentuate one feature—a plunging neckline or a low cut back or even a striking silhouette—rather than show off a lot of skin.

A little white dress is a must have in any wardrobe.

A little white dress is a must have in any wardrobe.

The LWD
Just like its famous black counterpart, the little white dress wins style points in spades. Lace embellishments and crochet knits were seen all over the fashion blogs this year, contrasted with a number of refined, more tailored offerings by designers with a minimalist chic aesthetic.

A flowing white maxi dress designed for movement and flair.

A flowing white maxi dress designed for movement and flair.

 

The White Maxi Dress
Nothing says, “I’m a goddess come kneel at my feet,” like an ethereal, flowing white gown. Movement is key here and a carefully hidden side split (or two) is a nice touch, particularly when revealed as you float on by your humble admirers.

Four points of advice on picking out your white outfit:

  • Wear flesh-toned undergarments. Many people mistakenly assume that white is the best choice.
  • Check for opacity in a range of lights. What looks opaque in regular light might look translucent or even practically transparent in the sunlight, or in our case, against the glare of a paparazzi’s flash. Make sure that your sheer look is deliberate or you may end up showing off more than you bargained for.
  • We all love a bargain, but obviously cheap fabric and a poor fit are friends to NO ONE.
  • Stay away from anything too “bridal,” (unless, of course, Solange Knowles is your fashion muse).

And lastly, once you’ve picked your perfect garment, stay away from curry and red wine. But you already knew that. See you in October!