What to Wear When the Invite Says "White Attire Only"

It’s natural to stress when a party invitation comes with a special dress code attached. Be it cocktail, beach casual, or festive attire, it’s not always easy to interpret. But there’s particular stress brought on when the RSVP reads “white attire only.” We assume the least clumsy and most bold-color-averse might like the challenge, but for anyone else, a dose of inspiration helps.

That said, the looks ahead offer several different ways to wear white from head to toe that feel creative and fresh. So whether your white-attire party takes place on a yacht, a chic hotel rooftop, or the basement of your favorite neighborhood wine bar, consider yourself thematically covered.

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Play up the ethereal vibes with a loose, lacy dress.

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Add neutral accessories to complement your outfit. A neutral coffee cup is cool too.

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This modern, anti-body-con silhouette and strappy heels feel totally effortless and chic.

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If you haven't considered styling a blazer over a pleated skirt, now's the time to start. 

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For an avant-garde look, layer white pants with black knee-high boots. 

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You're sure to adhere to the party's dress code in head-to-toe white—including your heels. 

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A sleek white suit is classic and endlessly cool.

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Even if your party calls for a basic color, you can still liven up your look with a few bold feathers.

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Layer knee-high white boots under a white midi dress for the perfect transitional outfit. 

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Mix textures with abandon within the same color palette.

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Minimalists can simply tuck their favorite white blouse into white pants for a sleek look. 

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These accessories are breaking all the rules. But maybe that's more your style?

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For cool comfort, pair your white dress with white sneakers. 

This jacket might be breaking the rules, but we think it's worth it. 

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Special details, like this major fringed collar, add something special to an otherwise basic ensemble.

Looking for more holiday outfit inspo? Try these looks that are sure to light up the night.