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.
White is my favorite with a great spray tan. Is it still the rule no white after Labor day? Whie should be year round thoughts?
My Tide stick is an absolute lifesaver.
Great tips! I’m so clumsy I definitely need a tide stick no matter what color I’m wearing.
i really love cameron diaz’s dress!!!!! LOVE! i like skinny white jeans…but i don’t think i can pull them off.
These are really great tips…. things you don’t always think about!
Yes, I’m curious as well, my friends and I do go back and forth on whether white is allowed after Labor Day. I think I would have a hard time pulling off my white jeans in September, but in AZ it makes sense and it will be hard to give them up, I love them! Great tips, particularly about the shoes!
I love the white skinny jean look! And those Sam Edelman sandals are super cute!
I love white jeans, I’m just not sure I could stuff enough Tide sticks in my handbag to this clumsy girl spotless!!!
Almost bought a pair this weekend but refrained. I am so returning to department store land and snatching those bad boys up!
I have always avoided white anything. I think a purse is my most daring. I don’t want to accentuate anything.
Hey, it’s Arizona. We’re so laid back here with fashion…anything goes. White after Labor Day? When has it really been an issue here?
I dont know wat to wear on labor day ……wat should i wear?
Jane Labor Day is yours for the choosing… from a sweet little sundress, to the J Crew outfit that we posted a few weeks ago under Project Runway and More post. Technically it’s the last day of summer but in AZ we know othewiser, most importantly if you are outdoors …wear your sunscreen!
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