Monday, August 31, 2015

What to Wear | White Party

It's the time of year when people are starting to throw end of summer parties.  I vacsilate between being ready for scarf weather and crying into my sundresses because summer is almost over. One of the most popular themes for these shindigs is a White Party.  It can be daunting to come up with an all white ensemble, so I've included a few tips and lots of pictures to get the wheels turning!

One of the hottest "white parties" in Indianapolis is Yelp's White Night in the fall.  I couldn't attend last year because I was wearing a different white outfit that weekend, but I'm excited for this year's bash!  1,000 Hoosiers joining together to enjoy some of Indy's best local food and drink.  I've been thinking about my all white look for a few weeks now, but here are some ideas for you last minute party goers!  

1. Now is not the time for a "pop of color".  A white party is a place for an entirely white look.  Save the brightly colored shoes and accessories for another time.  It's kind of like wearing white to someone's wedding- just don't do it, okay?
white party, white outfit, Kinsey, white dress

2. Get fancy!  White parties are all about the atmosphere and mood, so don't be afraid to be bold.  A white suit or bold tulle skirt are always good ideas.  You paid too much for that wedding dress to only wear once ladies!  (I kid.. sort of.)
3. Going casual is fine too.  As long as you're wearing all white there are really no other rules to this game.  Pairing a simple white tee with white denim is a way to ensure you're comfortable all night.  Look how chic a simple tee and jeans can look when they're all a stark white.
4. Cotton is your best friend.  Light and airy, linen is the perfect fabric for a White Party.  Since the parties tend to be held in the late summer, you'll stay cool in the sun but won't freeze when the sun goes down.  Plus it's easy to care for so you won't have to run to the dry cleaner if you spill some red wine on your pants.
5. In a pinch beige and cream are usually okay.  Some white parties have a very strict dress code, but more often than not showing up in something like ivory or cream won't be a problem.
Beige outfit, white cream, kinsey

6. Play with texture to create interest in a monochromatic outfit.  Worried that an all white look will be boring?  Mix it up by wearing two completely different textures like leather and lace.  You can also vary your textiles by including something sheer.

7. Make sure everything is really clean.  This may sound obvious, but when you're mingling with guests you don't want them to be distracted by that old mustard stain or dirt on your shoes.  Make sure you have properly laundered your clothes before arriving!


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