White dresses of all shapes and sizes are a huge trend every summer. And each time summer rolls around, I so badly want to partake in this trend, but I find myself hesitant for more reasons than one. My internal monologue goes a little something like this: "Yes, wearing nude undergarments seems only natural, but what kinds? Should I have more coverage under there or less? Are slips an option? How should I style these all white garments? And what if I spill something on it midday?"
Instead of letting these worries get me down and prevent me from becoming the owner of a white dress of my own, I decided to reach out to four very well-respected celebrity stylists to see how they prep the stars for wearing the wardrobe staple that is the white dress. With the advice from stylists Emily Current and Meritt Elliott, Cher Coulter, and Jamie Mizrahi, I finally feel confidant enough to rock this summer trend, and hopefully after reading their tips, you will too.
Scroll down to see what these three top celebrity stylists have to say about the matter!
"Wearing all-white has fewer rules than it used to. An all-white outfit nods to two aesthetics we love—Victorian and hippie-esque. While a nude slips or undergarments are always a safe and subtle bet, bold black layering can be internationally edgy in the best of ways. We recommend hand washing or dry-cleaning as whites can show wear and tear more than usual."
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Wondering which undergarment colors are best to wear underneath a white dress? "Nude, and go for a big full brief or boy short and full coverage bra," Coulter told us. She also said it's important to steer clear of "lace and sheer details over body areas we don't want publicized."
More coverage is better than none when wearing something all white.
How can you make your white dress look more interesting? "I like the detail to be in the fabric or use of fabric," Coulter says. "I'm not into a white tight sleeveless dress. I like cotton rather than a stretchy material. I also like pairing white sneakers with a white dress or tan leather sandals."
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A round of applause for the sandals that go with everything.
Caring for a white dress can be tricky. Coulter's advice? "Just be careful and invest in a good stain remover stick," she told us.
A life-saver for all of your white dresses and beyond.
"It always helps to have a little color when you're wearing white, use a little bronzer or tinted moisturizer. A good underpinning is also crucial—the perfect bra and underwear or slip."
Investing in a good slip will solve outfit malfunctions for days to come.
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