Did You Know? The theory for the fashion rule to wear white after Memorial day started at the height of its popularity, the color white signified upper class and refinement. You wore white at summer resorts and society events, while the masses wore drab colors as they labored away. “By the 1880s, in order to tell who was acceptable and who wasn’t, the women who were already ‘in’ felt it necessary to create dozens of fashion rules that everyone in the know had to follow…That way, if a woman showed up at the opera in a dress that cost more than most Americans made in a year, but it had the wrong sleeve length, other women would know not to give her the time of day.”
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YAY! ALL WHITE EVERYTHING!
I love wearing white. The color is fresh, clean, young and classy. I feel like white is a perfect color for any occasion and is definitely a go-to for me.
I used to fear white. I either risk my outfit getting dirty (hello spray tan) or wearing a fabric that was see through & revealing of all my precious undergarments.
However, I fear no more! Mostly because I don’t care if either of those accidents happen, but also because I’ve mastered avoiding them.
How I Wear White, Mistake Free:
Start with the White Dress:
I wear white shorts & pants all the time, but dresses are also an easy option. To avoid anything see through or too revealing go for a flowy style or a piece w/layers. I avoid maxi dresses that are white & super long because that’s more fabric to get sabotaged by dirt or stains.
Add Bright Shoes:
The fun part about white is that it matches everything. I’ve been known to pull out my hot pink heels when I wear white because the pop of color adds dimension, if you ask me. It takes away from concentrating too hard on the dress. If you’re trying to be a little more casual, white also looks classy & pretty with a nude shoe.
And A Bright Lip:
You’re either doing a bright lip, bright shoe, or both! This lip stain does NOT move. Once it’s dry, you really don’t have to worry too much about getting it on your outfit. And a bright lip really pops when you’re wearing all white. I love that combo on anyone! OoOoO la la
Classic Gold Jewelry:
Subtle gold jewelry, tan skin, and a white dress?! Yes! To keep it smooth & classic, go for these skinny chains. Subtle, but the perfect detail for pulling all the pieces together. I realized when you add a simple piece of jewelry it shows effort. HA! I used to always skip little jewelry, too lazy.
Oil Up w/Avocado Oil:
This one & my next are the biggest secrets. I’ve been using Avocado Oil as moisturizer lately, it’s not very greasy & soaks in the skin just right. I would typically recommend a bronzing lotion because I’m obsessed with fake tans but when you’re wearing white that can be a little risky. Avocado Oil will shine perfectly on your bronzed skin to help you glow – without risking stain. I put oil on any skin that’s showing! Also, if you have a spray tan, make sure you do 1 day & 1 shower before your big white moment. That ways the tan is super stuck on your skin & won’t make your dress brown. You get it.
Never Skip the Highlighter:
The key to life throughout the summer? Highlighter. Who doesn’t want to glow?! I put it on my shoulders & collar bone, if they’re showing. It really helps everything POP!
And Finally, Makeup:
Less is more when it comes to wearing makeup while you’re wearing white! Especially if you’re in a hot weather area where make up tends to slide after a while. There’s nothing worse than foundation marks on your fresh white clothing, right?! That’s my nightmare, looks cheap & high maintenance to me. So, I do my face routine that I do for work days – concealer, highlighter, maybe blush & a little bronzer, then my eyes. But that’s it! You don’t want to risk touching your face & having the product transfer to your clothes.
Welcome Memorial Day & the summer heat! Welcome! Today, I walked outside my apartment & actually had a hard time breathing because the humidity & heat was so thick it felt like I was breathing under water. (Dramatic?) Anyone else feel me?! NOT a hot person, most definitely dreaming of a thick snow storm.
Also… note, Last Man Standing was canceled. I found out the news yesterday. I’ve only watched the entire season through about 4 times on Netflix so I was really depending on fresh, new seasons to start soon. Anyone have other light comedy sitcoms to share? I’m totally open to cheesy.
Have a great weekend everyone! Be thoughtful,