Wearing White for Summer Is Nothing New—But These 15 Outfits Are Fresh

Florals for spring, whites for summer—groundbreaking, we know. But let's face it, there's a reason we keep coming back to these staples season after season. It's because wearing all-white outfits for summer is a style move that's as classic as ever. Even in the most oppressing of heat waves, all-white outfits promise to keep us cool. So since those dead-of-summer days are right around the corner, there's no better time to start thinking about fresh new ways to style the monochrome look.

Disclaimer: You won't find tried-and-true outfits in the below slides, but you will find 15 brand-new ways to wear white that you probably haven't thought of before. If you plan on wearing a monochrome 'fit this summer, think about experimenting with volume, texture, and varying shade of off-white. Go on to see the all-white outfits that have us extremely ready for summer.


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Instead of head-to-toe optic white, pair your whitest whites with other natural tones like cream and beige for a nice neutral palette.


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Three words: breezy white dress. This summer, look for creative updates on the style staple, like puff sleeves or a lace-up detail.


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Just like with any tonal look, playing with fun textures like smocking really makes your outfit pop.


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Rethink your all-white outfits in terms of volume and proportion to create a brand-new kind of silhouette.


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Teaming a crisp poplin shirt with chunky-soled sneakers creates a winning combo.


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Our one rule of thumb when it comes to wearing white pants of any kind is to err on the more relaxed side.


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Invest in a stylish white top to upgrade your tired blouses.


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Go for all white and add in one major pop of color.


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A matching set always looks cool and this beige version is doing the trick.


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Mix your true whites with off-whites and creams.


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Silver metallic shoes make an all-white outfit really shine.


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Professional tailored pieces are given new summery life via a tailored suit.


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One word: Eyelet. Double down on this delicate texture to make sure you'll never be bored of the color.


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It's so simple, but a good quality (and breezy) white button-front shirt dress is an office and heat wave–friendly piece everyone should have on lock.


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Fuse elegant pieces like a satin skirt with a classic pair of white sneakers.

Now you're ready to wear your post–Memorial Day whites all summer long.

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.