How to Wear White for Every Summer Occasion

SUMMER 2017
By Kristen Bateman for Modern Muse

White is one of the most seasonally appropriate colors for summer. It can completely brighten up an outfit and even a touch of it can make your entire look feel new and fresh. There's nothing better than wearing your favorite little white dress or a crisp, white button-down on a summer day, but white can also be one of the trickiest colors to wear head-to-toe.

Here's your ultimate guide on how to wear the tone for every occasion, with tips directly from celebrity stylist Dawn Del Russo:

White Gets Formal

Focus on creating contrast between white and off-white to add some extra dimension to your typical monochromatic look. A color-blocked top can also make your outfit more graphic, which is perfect for a formal event in late summer, like a fancy dinner or night at the ballet. Del Russo, who has worked with Whitney Port, Hayden Panettiere, and Rachel Bilson, adds that the color gold can really make your #ootd shine. "For a night out, try a white cropped top with little gold sequins and finish it with a simple gold bangle," says Del Russo.

Casual Brunch with Friends

"For a feminine, flirty feel, do an off-the-shoulder white dress, which is so in style right now," says Del Russo. For a fun, daytime brunch you can really experiment with accessories, like a straw hat and pretty silk ribbon tied around your waist as a belt. "Simple black flats tie it all together."

White Athleisure with Pops of Pink

White has a natural place in sporty, athleisure-inspired fashion looks. Whether you're just observing courtside at a tennis match, or heading to a workout of your own, white feels fresh. A baseball cap is a cool, authentic spin on workout wear, and adding in a pop of pink mades it feel modern. "This look is casual enough to be the cool girl working out," says Del Russo.

White Night Date

"A white dress is a great option for trying out a summery white look," says Del Russo. "It's easy to do without too much thinking involved. Find a style that fits your body shape — not too loose or too tight." For a date night, the look is more fun and less formal than your favorite LBD. If you can find a little white dress with a textural detail, like the one above, you can even forgo jewelry for a more minimalist look. "Add black strappy heels to dress it up," suggests Del Russo.

The Color of Summer

Whether you're at the beach or on the French Riviera, choose lightweight, breezy separates like shorts and a button-down top. White is ultimately the chicest color you can wear for a summer getaway, as it naturally lends itself to looking casual and cool. Plus, as Del Russo explains, the look is also "ideal for a weekend day-to-night look, paired with flats for the day and heels at night."