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 a 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 the color white from head-to-toe that feel creative and fresh. So whether your white party takes place on a yacht, a chic hotel rooftop, or the basement of your favorite neighborhood wine bar, consider yourself thematically covered.
Play up the ethereal vibes with a loose, lacy style dress.
A hint of a colorful accessory, as long as it's not overpowering, is okay in our book.
This modern, anti-body-con silhouette and strappy heels feel totally effortless and chic.
Choosing neutral accessories is a pretty safe bet.
For an avant-guard look, layer white pants and a white skirt.
If your party allows, err on the more eccentric side with a printed top and sparkly bottoms that mostly feature the color white.
A sleek white suit is classic and endlessly cool.
Just because your party calls for a basic color, liven up your look with a bit of frill.
If an all-white party look feels too plain for you, turn up the volume of your silhouettes.
Mix textures with abandon within the same color palette.
Minimalists can simply grab their favorite white dress, add a pretty dangly earring, and be on their way.
These accessories are breaking all the rules. But maybe that's more your style?
While your party look may be all white, play around with a darker beauty approach like a smoky eye or deep wine lipstick.
For a casual event, mix your everyday essentials—like a light turtleneck and a wide pair of pants—for an easy party look.
Special details, like this major fringed collar, add something special to an otherwise quite basic ensemble.