Summer is on its way, and that means white has come out to play


I’m going to be honest with you here, the thought of wearing all white sends shivers up my spine.

For a number of reasons, one being I always (and I mean always) spill things. I am extremely clumsy.

It’s a very rare occasion that I don’t spill red wine down my front, or that ice-cream melts all over me, and secondly I worry my fake take will run everywhere (first world problems) and thirdly, can I pull it off.

Will it make me look ridiculous? Will my knickers/bra show?

White with a pop of colour always works well.

Here’s the answer, it’s all about the fabric (and not being clumsy!) great underwear (think neutral here) and good slips.

I always have a slip, or half-slip in my wardrobe, they come in handy and can save you from a multitude of problems.

White looks fresh, especially in the height of summer. It’s a classic and teamed with great jewellery and sandals is a fashion winner.

A white coverup looks great and can take you from the beach to lunch. Just add bag, sunnies and a great pair of slides.
Top tips
  • Always wear suitable underwear, neutral is best
  • Have a neutral slip handy (Kmart, Target, Myer, DJ’s all sell them – you don’t need to spend a fortune)
  • White looks great teamed with coloured accessories or neutral tones. I saw a woman in white wide-legged pants, a singlet, flat slides and chunky gold jewellery– she looked amazing
  • Don’t wear white after applying a fake tan (you are just asking for trouble), or to a wedding (I know this sounds old fashioned but it’s just rude)
  • Be careful where you wear white, in the city with lots of car fumes, on the bus or train, you take the risk of getting very dirty
  • Make sure you take care of whites; wash them separately, use a detergent specially for whites
  • If you want a beach coverup, an oversized white shirt is perfect. Pair with a big hat, flat sandals, sunscreen and you are good to go

White is perfect in summer and suits pretty much everybody. White is alright! Go for it.

The co-founder of 50SoWhat has been in publishing for most of her working life. She was general manager of successful boutique media publishing house in New Zealand for several years and boasts an impeccable sales, marketing and management background. When she’s not road-testing the latest cosmetic procedures, or investigating the hottest lifestyle, travel, fashion and beauty trends for over 45’s, Jo is often back home catching up with family and friends, or working on her golf swing!


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