Dress for a White Hot Summer
by Holly Wilensky
Jul 15, 2010 | 18541 views | 0 0 comments | 785 785 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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White and neutral colors are fresh and perfect for summer styling.
With only 50 or so calendar days left to wear white, the pressure is on to wear all of our summer threads before the arrival of the dreaded doomsday when our summer wardrobes become obsolete. After Labor Day, white will be a color washed from our fashion vocabularies as we store our whites and unpack our fall jackets and jeans.

The language of color is created and maintained by Pantone (www.pantone.com), the company that dictates all colors in the commercial and manufacturing industry. Each year, Pantone produces an infinite number of colors, which are bought and sold to those in fashion, home furnishing, interior decorating and even car manufacturing.

Believe it or not, white, which is scientifically the absence of color, comes in hundreds of different shades. White looks great paired with any color, so show your natural beauty by wearing crisp, clean, pressed whites on top and bottom, pairing them with natural jewelry made from natural materials such as wood and colored semi-precious stones.

If vintage is more your style, try some brightly colored Bakelite bangles or an extra large pendant necklace to give your outfit a retro vibe. Rock a statement-making bag or shoes with an all-white ensemble. This pairing will compose a surprise “pop” that will draw the eye to the accessory first, then the clothes. Consider wearing head-to-toe white to create a blank canvas for emphasizing accessories, jewelry, makeup or hair styles.

For the opposite effect, electrify your whites by pairing them with neutrals, giving off that “white hot” vibe. A neutral-colored scarf or lightweight cardigan is perfect for the office or on the subway, when the air is usually cranked a little too high. If it's too hot to wear a scarf, it will always look fabulous tied around the handle of a bag.

EPONYMY in Park Slope (466 Bergen Street), hosts the remarkable all-white ensembles that mark the race to the end of the summer season. Labels here include Threads for Thought, Genetic Denim, Gestuz and Marni. It’s a perfect fashion pit stop for creative and whimsical treasures both new and vintage.

ASHAVEZA, also in Park Slope (69 5th Avenue), will stop you in your tracks as you're walking by with its gorgeous white dresses, designed in India and Bosnia. The impoverished women in the training programs responsible for creating the Ashaveza line are learning to rise above poverty and create a life of purpose and emotional freedom. Each garment embodies the maker's strength and talent with a fashion-forward awareness of trends and fabrics from all over the world. And it's all available to you, right here in Brooklyn.

When wearing whites and neutrals:

* make sure undergarments don’t show through - neutral or flesh-colored items are best.

* use gentle care when washing your whites – excessive washing can cause fabrics to look dingy and older than they really are.

* have your items laundered and pressed instead of dry cleaned. This will extend the life of your whites and keep them looking fresh for several summers to come.

* keep in mind that whites can you look larger, so be wary and choose cuts that are flattering to your figure.

For more bargain inspiration, style tips and shopping suggestions for the end of summer, please visit www.thedressrecycler.com.

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