White Party? Here’s What’s Right…

This week, I am going to a “white party” for a friend’s 50th birthday celebration. So basically everyone has to wear white, and everyone is freaking out (“I’m not tan enough,” “I didn’t buy anything white yet this season,” “what neutrals are ok to mix in?” etc, etc). I, funny enough, had already planned on wearing a new white strapless column dress, so I am happy as a clam. But I know that white can be tough…it can look very bridal-ish very quickly, can show every single lump and bump that you’d rather keep under (dark color) wraps, and does in fact look better with a tan. So…the remedy? I have found five gorgeous, all very different white dresses (ok, ok…four…one is a jumpsuit!) that have price tags that range from just under $30 to just over $300. You could shop just this selection and find one that works with any body type and is made from fabric that does not show anything you don’t want seen. And as for that tan…well, we all know self-tanner lotion is the safest way to be golden brown this summer. Just make sure you pick one that doesn’t turn you orange (I personally use Jergen’s Natural Glow in Medium Tan…it works beautifully, doesn’t smell funny, and costs all of 12 bucks at the pharmacy), and apply it at least six hours before you are going to wear anything light-colored at all!

So without further ado (and in low-to-high price order), here are my picks for your next white party…

Want short and sleeveless? While the front of this Crochet Tassel Halter Dress from Forever 21 has a fun deep-v triangle top, the back is what I’m really in love with. Completely open with gorgeous crocheted straps and an adjustable tie in the middle, this is so sexy while at the same time being super sweet because it’s white and has such a feminine full skirt. Oh, and it’s $28. TWENTY-EIGHT DOLLARS. Read that again. And then just go ahead and order one for everyone you know…

Want short but with a little more coverage up top and in the back? Check out this gorgeous Jadee Bell Sleeve Wrap Dress from Selfie Leslie. That wrap waist is insanely flattering (not to mention adjustable!) and the long bell-sleeves are a trend that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The detailing is subtle but statement-making, and the price tag makes me AND my bank account happy ($59.99!). I am a huge fan of Selfie Leslie and own maybe too many dresses from there…

More of a maxi dress girl than a mini dress lover? This Grecian goddess-style Heavenly Hues White Maxi dress from Lulu’s is downright amazing. With a defined empire waist, thick tank straps with the deepest v-neck & back, and a very high slit in beautifully drape-y georgette fabric, this is worthy of an EVENT. Heels, good jewelry, the whole nine. Yet at $84, you could also style this so it works at happy hour at a beach bar too!

Not a dress girl at all? No worries, I’ve got just the thing, for just a little more money ($138). Check out the Julia Jordan Cold Shoulder Eyelet Jumpsuit…it is both incredibly French-countryside-chic but also really innocent and girly. The fitted midsection paired with the cold-shoulder neckline is so flattering (your waist will look impossibly tiny!), and I would like to see it with big (BIG) platforms to balance out the wide leg look, coupled with some edgy jewelry to counter the sweetness of the white eyelet…

This last one is my personal favorite and is basically identical to a pale pink one hanging in my own closet. A strapless, blouson maxi, the Isadora Dress by Ramy Brook has beautifully contrasting embroidery and detailing reflected by the price tag ($325), and just makes me really fashion-excited. It is so easy to wear, crazy flattering, and works for everything from running errands with gold slides, to a fancy outdoor party with trendy cork wedges (see our previous article for the perfect pair!) and delicate diamond and white opal jewelry.

Now, if you absolutely must bring in some color, do it with one punch. Oversized tassel earrings in a hot pink or yellow. A bright green or purple clutch. But just pick one. Everything else should be nude, gold, silver, more white…you get the idea. Be mindful of what the white party host is requesting, but also always respect your own fashion sense and needs so that you feel amazing in whatever you put together.

~ Alison.

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