Summer Whites For All Ages
By Erin Donnelly
You love bright hues as much as the next girl, but the season’s blinding rainbow shades are giving you a Technicolor overdose – and the mere suggestion of baking under the hot summer sun in black is enough to make you break into a sweat. So why not opt for white? It’s classic, it’s unfussy, it looks great on everyone, and it’s one of the coolest colors of the season. From romantic eyelet dresses to tan-accentuating bikinis, we’ve rounded up stylish summer whites for every age group. But feel free to mix and match – you’re only as old as you feel, after all.
Dress: Who says simple can’t be sexy? This strapless Susana Monaco Pocket Tube Dress can go from the barbecue to the bar.
Top: While you can never go wrong with a classic white tank, this Ted Baker Silk Chiffon Double Layered Top is a gorgeous, ethereal-meets-edgy choice.
Swimsuit: Make like Honey Rider in this ring-accented Glam Bikini from Nina Swimwear.
Bottoms: For a more sophisticated take on short-shorts, look to the Baird McNutt crisp linen cuffed short (in sea salt) from J.Crew.
Handbag: Cynthia Rowley’s hip and roomy Hilary Patent Tote is the perfect bag for summer.
Dress: This Black Halo Jackie Dress has two things going for it: 1) its trendy one-shoulder cut, and 2) its sexy and confident (without being too revealing) design.
Top: Give the menswear trend a romantic twist by wearing this Newport-News Seersucker Vest over their delicate and ultra-feminine Floral Lace Blouse.
Swimsuit: Revel in the retro glamour of Poko Pano’s Copacabana one-piece. The front features a classic halter, while the laced-up back provides a tantalizing surprise.
Bottoms: Want to show some leg without venturing into Daisy Duke territory? Slip into Cache’s Cotton Sateen Bermuda Shorts. Wearing a high heel will help lengthen the appearance of your legs.
Handbag: MICHAEL Michael Kors Ranger Wild Venus Large Hobo combines utilitarian function (gotta love those extra pockets!) with a fun, modern design.
Dress: It’s all in the details with Catherine Malandrino’s stunning cut-out Knit Dress. The beautifully detailed knit is sure to invite plenty of compliments.
Top: This Velvet Ruched Top’s skillful draping conceals the belly while offering a sexy but subtle hint of cleavage.
Swimsuit: Make a splash in St. John’s tasteful (and tummy-concealing) Pleated Swimsuit.
Bottoms: Pair Nanette Lepore’s Barrier Reef slim-fit capris with a bright tee and your favorite sandals.
Handbag: Kate Spade’s Nob Hill Flat Serena hobo contrasts pure, snow-white calfskin with a funky red strap.
50s & Up:
Dress: Turn heads in this lovely cotton eyelet sheath dress from Ann Taylor.
Top: Keep your cool in this lightweight Lauren by Ralph Lauren V-Neck Eyelet Top, accented by a pretty lace trim.
Swimsuit: A sheer striped overlay gives the Anne Cole First Class Swimsuit a glamorous edge.
Bottoms: Stay cool and comfortable in Spiegel’s Washed Linen Walking Shorts.
Handbag: Coach’s Ergo Pleated Frame Tote in gleaming white makes for must-have arm candy; it’s spacious but stylish and modern.
Shoes: Woven details – like on this Cole Haan Mara Woven Wedge – were made for summer.
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