Awesome ways to wear white

5.4.11

From trenches to layers to full skirts, find out how white can change your wardrobe this spring.
 
"7 New Ways to Wear White" // Model walking Bottega Veneta runway wearing a full skirt in white and gray top, Diane Kruger in white skirt and black top // Photo: Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images, Spread Pictures/Fame Pictures
Make Your White Skirt a Full Skirt
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Brighten your spring wardrobe with pieces of white: the color dominated spring runways, and celebrities were quick to embrace updated ways to rock the timeless hue. To start, put away your pencil skirts in favor of one that's full and white. Pair it with a skinny neutral belt and loose tank blouse, as seen on the Bottega Veneta runway, or try a lightweight skirt like Diane Kruger.

"7 New Ways to Wear White" // Model wearing Alexander Wang white outfit, Leighton Meester in white outfit // Photo: Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images, Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Layer it On
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White looks just as good as a single item as it does on an entire outfit, as shown here on Leighton Meester. On the runway, Alexander Wang layered white upon white upon white and finished the look with white hair accessories, a white purse and white shoes. Think it's too much? Not this spring.

"7 New Ways to Wear White" // Model wearing Derek Lam white gown, Gwyneth Paltrow wearing Emilio Pucci white gown // Photo: Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images, Michael Williams/startraksphoto.com
Keep it Minimal for Evening
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Long white dresses aren't just for bridal gowns anymore. The elegant look is streamlined and stripped of extras in favor of sleek silhouettes with long sleeves. Gwyneth Paltrow mastered the chic, minimal look in an Emilio Pucci gown and Derek Lam showed off his version on his spring runway.

"7 New Ways to Wear White" // // Photo: Chris Moore/Catwalking/Getty Images, Amanda Schwab/Startraksphoto.com
Show Off Sheer
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Spring offers a way to wear sheer for all styles. For a full-out sheer look, D&G showed off a whimsical see-through dress, layered over a bra top and bloomer shorts on the spring runway. Meanwhile, Natalie Portman tried a more attainable approach, with sheer sleeves on her white frock.

"7 New Ways to Wear White" // // Photo: Nathalie Lagneau/Catwalking/Getty Images, Alexandra Wyman/WireImage
Wear it Tailored
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Precisely tailored white jackets and pants appeared on the runways, as shown here at Stella McCartney. Wear tailored white top-to-bottom, like Heidi Klum (in Ann Taylor), or mix and match your separates to vary your outfit options.

"7 New Ways to Wear White" // // Photo: Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images, Katy Winn/Getty Images for IMG
Trenchcoats Move Beyond Khaki
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Sure, a good khaki trenchcoat is a wardrobe staple. But this season, try the same cut you love in white instead. Michael Kors designed a great belted version with a wide lapel and celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe was recently spotted in her own white trench, which she cinched with a wide black belt.


"7 New Ways to Wear White" // // Photo: Chris Moore/Catwalking/Getty Images, Gilbert Flores/CelebrityPhoto.com
Add Some Shine With Metallics
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Turn a casual outfit into something party-worthy with shades of metallic, especially silver. Balmain showed off a tailored white blazer and camisole with fitted silver pants, and Glee star Lea Michele tucked a white blouse into a silver and white printed skirt by Jenni Kayne.

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