With Easter past us we are all anxious to pull out our summer wardrobes. But what about wearing white this early in the year?
If you live in the Northeast, the weather may still dictate that you wear darker colored clothing and footwear due to rain, sleet and snow, but in Tampa’s sub-tropical climate, white can be worn year round. How do you wear white without looking like a bride or a nurse?
The three keys to wearing white now are:
1. Show a little skin
Keep dresses and skirts above the knee and add a little glow to skin with a self-tanner to keep you looking modern and not “bridesy”.
2. Avoid going head-to-toe in white
White makes a great backdrop for bright colors and prints. Try pairing white with cobalt blue, persimmon or canary yellow, or a fun ethnic print.
3. Choose slightly darker, neutral accessories
By selecting accessories in a color close to your own natural coloring you can wear these items all year round with just about anything in your wardrobe, from pastels to bright reds and deeper colors. As an added bonus, a skin tone colored shoe can actually make your legs look longer.
When purchasing a neutral colored shoe, look for classic styles that can take you from summer, to fall, and back to summer again. A medium-height stacked heel is feminine enough for your delicate summer suits and dresses and weighty enough to balance heavier garments like sweaters and jackets.
Try to purchase coordinating accessories at the same time. Since dye lots can vary greatly from year to year and season to season, try to pick up a matching handbag or belt during the same shopping trip. In most cases, designers will offer several pieces helping to create a pulled-together ensemble. If you don’t find a coordinating piece during the same shopping trip, be sure to bring the shoes along next time you shop to ensure you get a good match.
Keep in mind the key is balance. You want to wear a shoe color that adds balance to the rest of your outfit. For example: Tan shoes work well with a white or cream-colored suit, as they are slightly darker but do not overpower the rest of the outfit. However, white shoes with a tan suit do not work as well as the shoes are lighter than the rest of the outfit, call attention to the feet, and look out of place.
So when the weather starts to turn and you are not sure what to wear, reach for your neutrals and you will always be appropriately attired.
Where to get the look in Tampa
Check out the latest selection of neutral shoes we featured in a previous article at http://hornface.com/fashion-and-beauty-in-tampa-bay/find-spring-s-sweetest-shoes-at-neiman-now .
Tampa Bay residents can find Neiman Marcus at 2223 N. West Shore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607 or log onto www.neimanmarcus.com.