Sunday, June 1, 2008
White dresses are refreshing and summery. The colour white connotes purity, innocence and liberty. Wearing white dresses well, however, is a little more complex than the simplicity suggested by the colour. This article provides some pointers on wearing a white dress well.
Be sure that white suits you. White doesn't suit all people but it is a colour many can wear without problems (provided the fit of the dress looks good). Warm skin tones go well with white; if you have a tan or naturally dark skin, white looks amazing. If white makes you look washed out, avoid it.
- Place the dress up against the light.
- Hold a hand behind the dress.
- Look for your hand and see how obvious it is. If you can see the color and form of your hand, that dress is going to show everything underneath!
White has a "goody-two-shoes" image. It is recommended to show a little skin if you want to challenge this image a little.
- Never wear a white dress to a wedding; that's called upstaging, and the bride won't thank you for it. It is okay to wear a little white, perhaps a hat or belt, but never wear a white dress.
- Avoid patterned or bright colored underwear!
- Be careful wearing white during your period. Leakages are very obvious.
- In more traditional parts of the U.S., white is only to be worn between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Although this custom is observed less frequently than in the past, wearing white outside of this time period may be considered a faux pas, especially at more formal or conservative events.
- White tends to become see through if wet. While wearing a white dress, be careful of fountains, sprinklers, etc. If you know that there will be water where you are going and theres a good chance of you getting wet, you should reconsider wearing white.