The trend I'm looking at today is (duh) white dresses. It's not groundbreaking, it's very commercial, and it's a summer staple that comes back time and again. The simplicity of the white dress is like a blank canvas, just ripe for accessorizing or embellishments such as bows, ruffles, and lace accents. You can go easy breezy with the most basic of white slip dresses and some flat gladiator sandals, or you can don something so over-the-top feminine that it makes you feel like Audrey Hepburn.
(Audrey dancing with Fred Astaire in Funny Face.)
If you're shopping around for a white dress this season, consider a knee-length number with feathery or floral embellishments. Feeling crafty yet cash-poor? Instead of buying a new dress, accessorize your current dress with a storebought silk flower corsage a la Carrie Bradshaw, or make your own corsage/pin with some craft store goodies. I like the look of these embellishments pinned to the shoulder or at the hip.
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You can also pair a white dress with a brightly coloured layer. Try wearing a colourful cardigan, bolero jacket, or cropped short-sleeved blazer on top of the dress. Feeling more adventurous with the layering? Try a bright halter or racerback tank under a strapless dress to mimic the look of Narciso Rodriguez's white and orange dress.
When in doubt, pair your dress with a Panama hat, multi-strand necklace, big sunglasses, maryjanes, or a wide belt. They're such classic accessory choices that you can't go wrong as you inject a bit of attitude into that sweet white frock.
3.1 Phillip Lim