Fashion rules tie people in knots. They get angry, anxious and exasperated by the idea they shouldnt wear something because its not proper.
Heres one we dont have to sweat: The official wear-white season is upon us with Memorial Day on the horizon. The no longer mandatory dont-wear-white-till-Memorial-Day rule has a practical explanation: White bounces light and absorbs less heat, just what you need in hot weather.
In the spring and summer, its all about light and bright fabrics to beat the heat, such as airy linen sundresses, cool crocheted tops and delicate white silk tanks, JustFab style expert and E! Fashion Police co-host George Kotsiopoulos said in an email interview.
Head-to-toe white is a hot trend this summer. The key to this look is mixing textures to give your look dimension and interest.
Elegant white is the backdrop for glamorous parties, chief among them Sean Combs opulent annual party and charity fundraiser. He began hosting The White Party at his homes in St. Tropez, Southampton or Los Angeles in 1998, inviting Hollywoods A-List.
That inspired party promoters Chuck Henson and T. Brookshire Harris, whose All White Attire Affair ( alistnc.wix.com/aw2013) is expected to draw 3,000 people to the Raleigh Convention Center on July 27.
Partygoers spend months finding just the right whites, said Henson, who hosted the first party in 2004.
People dress up rather than just throw something on, he said. Some of them go back to their rooms and change during the party and come back in another white outfit.
Henson had a white suit custom-made one year and has worn white pants and a vest or a pristine shirt and bowtie to others.
Wearing white is a challenge, he said, and finding something white is a challenge.
Kotsiopoulos agrees. The main thing to fear is spilling coffee on your whites, and be careful where you sit, the celebrity stylist said.
I love this look for guys who want to amp up their summer style, he said. The full suit look is tough to pull off, so try pairing a white blazer with a colored checked shirt and rolled-up jeans.
If you go with white pants dont go too tight white jeans and slacks will show every flaw if theyre too tight, he said.
Whats just as important is what you wear under (white). Make sure your underwear is flesh-toned, not white, or itll show!
Sheon Wilson (Sheon@SheonTheStylist.com) is a personal branding expert, writer and N&O Refresh Your Style makeover specialist.