This Expensive-Looking Trend Is Seriously Chic (If You Avoid Coffee and Kids)

At least once a week, I like to live dangerously. And by that, I mean I slip into a chic head-to-toe white outfit despite the fact that a) I have one seriously messy toddler and b) I drink a copious amount of tea and coffee. Call me crazy, but sometimes when it comes to fashion, the heart wins over the head! An all-white outfit is sumptuously sophisticated and inherently expensive-looking—even if you haven't spent a fortune on it.

A flurry of all-white outfits sashayed down the S/S 2020 runways this year—from billowy lace dresses at Alexander Mcqueen to sleek, relaxed tailoring at Tory Burch. If that's not enough to get you excited, Instagram's style set has been showing us a myriad of cool and easy ways to wear the tricky trend, proving that there's no better time than summer 2020. While we are mostly staying home and less risk-averse to stains, why not give a head-to-toe white outfit a whirl? (Although, I do advise to keep coffee and messy kids at a safe distance!)

The key to pulling off the trend this summer is to play with textures, layering, and volume which will keep your look interesting. Also, don't be afraid of breaking up the look with contrasting accessories from black sandals to gold jewelry. And if an all-white outfit feels a little daunting, mix it up by adding buttery neutrals. Below I'm sharing some seriously cool all-white outfits to help you take on the trend this summer.

Asymmetric Top + Tennis Skirt + Tube Socks + Sneakers

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@laurencrowe88

Lean into the preppy tennis trend we're seeing all over the 'gram this summer and pair a tennis skirt with a chic asymmetric tank top. Finish with of-the-moment crew socks and crisp white retro sneakers.

Milkmaid Top + Linen Pants + Headscarf + Hoops

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@sophiabrenn

Milkmaid-style tops are having a major moment this season. Try a white one with a relaxed pair of high-waisted linen pants and complete your look with gold hoops and a hair scarf for one charming summer ensemble.

White Tee + White Jeans + Flip-Flops + Straw Bag

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@pernilleteisbaek

There's nothing more simple and effortless than a crisp white tee and jeans. Pair it with a summer-ready straw bag and sophisticated flip-flops.

White Bikini + Button-Down Shirt + Gold Jewelry

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@lefevrediary

As sunbathing weather hits, opt for a minimalist-chic white bikini paired with an oversize white button-down. A smattering of gold jewelry will add interest to the look. Classic yet chic.

White Maxi Dress + Sporty Sandals

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@matildadjerf

Nothing says summer quite like a dreamy white maxi dress. Pair with contrasting sporty sandals and a biscuit hued cardi for cool summer nights.

Long Shorts + Blazer + Tee

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@anoukyve

Relaxed short suits were all over the S/S 2020 runways. Opt for long shorts and a blazer in lightweight fabrics and break the look up with a contrasting black tee.

Slip Dress + Sporty Sandals + Crochet Bag

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@naomielizee

All-white outfits don't need to be complicated. In fact, a chic white slip dress and sporty sandals are striking in their own simplicity. Finish the look with a white crochet bag.

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