Does it even bear mentioning how next to impossible it is to look presentable these dog days of summer? If you caught my recent gig with Maggie at the Biltmore for Haute Summer Nights, then you get my drift. If not, it was a fab evening of dishing out beauty and fashion tips, but that dreadful combination of heat, humidity and misters created the perfect storm onstage and no amount of blotting tissue was going to restore the hot mess that we were enveloped in.
I arrived in my usual black dress looking about as dark as midnight and Maggie so poised and graceful arrives like a cool breeze wearing an ever so crisp pair of white jeans, a fabulously fitted top, oversize stone necklace and gorgeous summer flats….in the words of Rachel Zoe…I die! Not a bead of sweat gracing her forehead while I seem to be depleting the Kleenex box at an astonishing rate.
This all brings me rather in a roundabout way to my decades long love/hate relationship with white…. I adore a good white blouse, skirt, tee, or jeans just as much as the next girl and this season – Hello skinny white jeans!
Everyone from Audrina Patridge to a pregnant Ellen Pompeo is sporting them as they look instantly pulled together and fresh but as a makeup artist I learned long ago that white + makeup kit = un-washable un-bleachable ground in chaos! It is against my better judgment to dip into this realm – but darn it all I am throwing caution to the wind! I mean, how about Cameron Diaz in that darling Valentino receiving her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame??? I just drooled over that little lace number!
So if you are willing to take the plunge before we hit season’s end here are a few things to keep in mind:
White from head to toe looks dated (remember that Celine Dion mess when she tried the white tux thing?) but is au tre’ chic when paired with other neutrals like black, camel, navy, silver, gold etc.
White is not slimming – it may look body hugging fabulous on Emma Watson or Angelina but this is definitely the time to check your alter view in the 360 mirror!
Drapey white fabric is only going to enhance any bumpety spots so stick to slimmer cuts but not skin tight unless of course you are going for those stuffed sausage comments.
White shoes can also make those size 8’s look more like hooves than delicate tootsies so stick to slim heels and skinny straps. I highly recommend mixing it up with a neutral, metallic or a bright color like Cameron did. These Sam Edelmans are one of my fav summer sandals. Available at Amy, inc Scottsdale.
Be sure to ALWAYS wear nude- colored seamless undergarments to blend with the skin’s tone. White under white always shows VPL (visible panty lines)– so déclassé darling. Get yourself a great pair of Spanx or Commando’s
We’ve all been there and done that with Starbucks a time or two, pop a Tide stain stick in your bag it will be your best go-to buddy in an ooops! moment.