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February 17, 2017 5 min read

white cocktail dressWhether you’re on Spring Break, enjoying a beautiful day outside, or having a girl’s day in, there’s no rule that says you can’t wear a pretty white cocktail dress whenever you want to.

In fact, white has a way of making you look sophisticated, youthful, and full of life. It has a way of brightening up any party or event without having to try too hard. It certainly has a way of turning a few heads in the right direction.

However, as with the benefits associated with wearing a pretty white cocktail dress, so are there things you need to look out for in order to avoid looking a little bit trashy or out of place. White, when worn correctly, can do wonders for your skin tone and overall appearance, but it can also create lasting memories that you’d rather forget.

When choosing to wear a white cocktail dress, keep the following do’s and don’ts in mind to look just as beautiful as you may feel. Ready?

  1. Wear white undergarments

Regardless of how see-through your white cocktail dress is, you absolutely always have to wear white undergarments matching the shade of your dress. Remember, there are various variations of white, so it’s important to match your chosen shade to your underwear, and vice versa. The last thing you want is to have your underwear show more prevalent than it should.


  1. Choose the correct shade

As mentioned above, white isn’t just white. You may come to find that when speaking of white, you could be referring to ivory, cream, eggshell, Navajo white, diamond white, and vanilla. So it’s important to match your skin tone to a particular white. Some women can wear any white, while others look washed out if wearing the wrong shade. Always get to know your skin’s undertone first before looking for a white cocktail dress.


  1. Add one element of color

Wearing all white was highly in fashion a couple of years ago, however, it’s time to add a little bit of color to break the cycle. You can either choose to add a different shade of white in order to give a little bit of definition, or you can add a hint of bright color; depending on your preference. Both look stunning paired with white so go with what your heart tells you.


  1. Match your heels and purse

The key when matching color with your white cocktail dress is to ensure that you don’t get too carried away with different shades. Add one color, preferably, and match your shoes to your purse. It’ll create a unified, sophisticated look and bring out the best in your white ensemble. Give it a try. You’ll look beautiful!


  1. Choose the occasion wisely

As you can wear a white cocktail dress to various occasions on many different days, there are certain times when wearing white simply isn’t appropriate; such as funerals and weddings, possibly even to church depending on how see-through your white dress really is. Although, Spring Break or a lovely day out on a picnic is perfect! So enjoy your online purchase fully, but be sure you’re aware of what’s appropriate and what simply isn’t.

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  1. Wear white to a wedding (other than your own)

One of the golden rules of choosing to wear a white cocktail dress is knowing that you shouldn’t wear it to a wedding; regardless of how beautiful you look. Etiquette states that you shouldn’t upstage the bride. By wearing a white dress, just like the bride, that’s pretty much what you’re doing; even if you don’t mean to. So rather leave it for a different occasion and go with another beautiful dress suitable for the occasion.


  1. Go all white all round

Although white is bright and beautiful, the last thing you want is going completely white; especially if you’re wearing the wrong shade. Remember, it can either make you look absolutely beautiful or wash you out completely. So instead, break the white a little bit by adding a little bit of color where you want the eye to be drawn towards. It’s a great way to divert the attention away from some of your ‘less desired’ curves.


  1. Wear it too tight

White never looks good on anyone when worn too tight; especially if you’re wearing silk. Not only does it accentuate every curve and undergarment contour, but it really can bring out the worst in your curves. So be sure to choose a white cocktail dress that, although may be fitting, isn’t too tight. You’ll only do yourself an unjust.


  1. Choose it for a photoshoot

White doesn’t look great on its own for a photoshoot or if you plan on being in front of the camera in any shape or form. Yes, it can be brought into your outfit by pairing it with a different type of material and color. Even better, you can easily make your white cocktail dress look beautiful in front of the lens by adding a color to it, as explained in the do’s. However, avoid simply choosing all white when having your photos taken.


  1. Forget to check if it’s see through

White can be deceiving. Depending on the type of material and shade, white can easily be see through; especially on African skin tones. Always check to see if your chosen white cocktail dress is see through or manageable. This is the main reason why you should always pair white undergarments with your white cocktail dress; preventing any obvious mistakes by wearing pink panties underneath your see-through white dress.

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Remember, white has a way of bringing out the best in you if worn correctly. By following the above-mentioned tips, you can easily go white for the day and make a positive statement. Remember, you don’t need a big budget to make a big impression. You can easily find affordable white cocktail dresses by shopping at an online clothing boutique; taking your body shape and curves into consideration.

The perfect white dress online can become your best friend, so don’t forget to keep your options open and shop in the comfort of your own home. It’ll be the best purchase you’ll ever make. Remember, white is as timeless as you. Never forget that!


zenka hattinghZenka Hattingh. Marketing Manager & Content Developer, Growth Hacker.                          I help startups and established companies build brand reputation through SEO-friendly content and growth hacking techniques. Find me onLinkedIn or follow me onTwitter.

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