Student Fashion: Warm Weather White Out

by Rachel Yeomans | May 16th, 2012   
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By Jenn Bussell

The Duchess of Cambridge aka Kate Middleton stepped out in this stunning white cream Roland Mouret gown Tuesday, May 8 for the Thirty Club dinner at Claridge’s in London and it had me thinking, ‘Wow. She could make a burlap sack look refined and glamorous.’

It also had me thinking I need to whiten my wardrobe a wee bit more. And that I need to marry a prince.

Kate Middleton Student Fashion: Warm Weather White Out

Historically I’ve shied away from wearing white for two good reasons: 1) I am rather pale, and 2) I spill.

But ‘white’ is having a serious fashion moment this spring, so embracing its crisp, colorless cool is a must-do for your work wardrobe. The key to creating a look that’s more business and less bridal is to skip the head-to-toe, white-on-white ensemble. Unless of course you possess the same sleek figure, incredible bone structure, and megawatt smile as the Duchess…then by all means go for it!

For the rest of us Commoners, I suggest strategically using separates and accessories to hit the same style mark.

By now you’ve probably added a classic white button-down to your closet. If not, head over to L.L. Bean or – believe it or not – Chico’s for an excellent selection of fabrics, sleeve lengths and fits that are expertly tailored for a woman’s shape. Bonus: Many are even no-iron, perfect for the new career girl-on-the-go.

chicos white blouse Student Fashion: Warm Weather White Out

Pairing your button-down with a pencil skirt in an unexpected color like coral or cobalt keeps you from looking like Nurse Nancy.

For fellow ‘spillers’ like me consider an oversized, faux diamond-encrusted watch as a standout piece and pair it with an LBD and cute cardigan for day.

white watch Student Fashion: Warm Weather White Out

For the brave commuter I suggest swapping out that dark, heavy tote you’ve carried over from winter for a lightweight, whitewashed version like this quilted one courtesy of Ivanka Trump.

Ivanka Trump Quilted Bag Student Fashion: Warm Weather White Out

Any of these pieces – alone or paired together – will perfectly brighten your existing, multi-season work basics. So go ahead and whiten up.

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