A refreshing hit of white is now the tonic to turn a palette of darks from boring and insignificant into something memorable and interesting. Consider Prada: what is it about those khaki or navy double-breasted military wool jackets that is so appealing, and that feels so now? Really, don’t we all have something similar in our wardrobes already that does that job? What we don’t have, however – but achingly need – is one that comes with that white cotton corset belt and the skewed white cotton collar.
And how about at Céline? What makes that beige gabardine big-pocketed jacket so next level? It’s the white cord drawstring – and yes, those white wide trousers as well, skimming along the floor. A bolt of white extends to accessories – and nothing says “I’m expensive” better than those.
It’s specifically those dazzling whites that catapult the look to fever-pitch desirability (although, granted, a packet of Wet Wipes will become your new best friend when it comes to removing the day’s dirt). For a starter pack: try a casual soft white tank top inside a black jacket, or a simple white polo neck under a V-neck or crew-neck knit. Or layer a white T-shirt under dresses with plunging necklines. One word of advice: keep it clean. This is an idea that won’t extend to anything other than whiter than white.