How to get summer whites right

This season caused a whitewash on the catwalk, as the fashion gentry sent out milky washes and chalk whites to juxtapose perfectly against spring’s bolder counterparts.

Thakoon, Stella McCartney and Calvin Klein all hummed a harmoniously stripped-down, minimal tune as they played with crisp tailoring and languid shapes in clinical, crisp white – and it’s our favourite seasonal shade.

We particularly love how the colour has toughened up from cutesy to utilitarian this summer, with clean lines and metallic makeup providing a futuristic pop.

Needing little in the way of accessories and adornment – a metallic heel and a slim nude belt make the perfect partners to a trouser suit – layering white in different textures works beautifully by adding a subtle hint of definition to a dramatically dreamy look.

And for those preferring a more daring white venture? Step out with a bold lip, neon accents and statement sunglasses to add a harder edge to a heavenly look.

If you’re lacking a little light inspiration, take your pick from our edit of our halo-worthy white pieces below, clinically proven to be on-trend and practical…


3.1 Phillip Lim cotton-blend A-line pants, £320, available at Net-a-Porter. BUY NOW!

White denim A-line skirt, £25, available at Topshop. BUY NOW!

Marc by Marc Jacobs raffia tote, £359 £219, available at MyTheresa. BUY NOW!

ASOS Premium belted origami suit blazer, £85, available at ASOS. BUY NOW!

Beatrix Ong Potter brogues, £278 £180.70, available at BUY NOW!

Vero Moda Very Draped playsuit, £55, available at ASOS. BUY NOW!

Equipment white signature silk blouse, £239, available at my-wardrobe. BUY NOW!

Harper tie waist dress, £77 £38, available at French Connection. BUY NOW!

Chloe large leather wristlet bag, £545, available at MyTheresa. BUY NOW!

Alexander Wang Dakota lace-up booties, £599, available at MyTheresa. BUY NOW!

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