White is the New Black – How to Wear White to Add Style and Sophistication

How to Wear White - Elisa In White Blazer

If there is one color that adds instant style and class to an outfit in 2021, it’s the color white. Growing up, I remember a fashion rule that one should never wear white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day. But ladies, that adage has long lost relevance. In this post I outline stylish ways to wear white this year and share some of my favorite outfit combinations.

If you haven’t yet noticed, nothing in white is off limits in 2021. For example, I don’t believe I’ve seen people truly embrace white pumps since the 1980s (think Princess Diana in her white 80s pumps) until now. Not only is the color white trending in home décor for kitchens and bathrooms, look for white shoes, white boots, white bags, white pants, white jeans, white dresses, white blazers and so much more this year as well. And, the only thing that adds instant class to an outfit as well as black is… you guessed it… white.

“White is not a mere absence of color; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black.” – G. K. Chesterton

The color white can be casual or formal and worn in winter or summer. The power and flexibility of white are simply unparalleled. Here are a few amazing outfits I’ve curated for you that prominently feature white.

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Sleek and Sophisticated – White on White

Club Monaco White Silk BlouseHow To Wear White - Club Monaco White Silk Blouse

Make a stunning entrance in all white. The luxury of silk charmeuse meets the sophistication of a classic cowl neck in this sexy blouse from Club Monaco that will make you feel like a princess.

Club Monaco Pleated Pants

How to Wear White - Club Monaco Pleated Front PantsPair it with soft flowing Club Monaco pleated front trousers with a high waist and straight cut. These are such a modern look for this year!

Amazing Snake Print Loafers

This outfit is all about the feels, and in the spirit of feeling amazing, I recommend these black and white snake print loafers by Dr. Scholl’s. That probably took you by surprise. Dr. Scholl’s, you ask with raised eyebrows? Yes, Dr. Scholl’s. I have two pairs of Dr. Scholl’s shoes featuring their BE FREE Energy technology. These are the most comfortable shoes EVER and they look great, too. After you try one pair, you’ll start scouring the internet for more styles. Fact.

Silver and Gold Link Earrings

How to Wear White - Club Monaco Mixed Link EarringsSince we’re embracing textures with this outfit, give it that final bit of polish with these sophisticated Mixed Link Earrings in silver and gold. Who says you have to choose one or the other? I’ve always been a silver kind of woman. I love these earrings that include both metals, since it lets me throw a little gold into the mix and still matches everything else in my jewelry box.

All Business: Blue Dress and White Blazer

Navy Dress by J. McLaughlinHow to Wear White - J. McLaughlin Bargello Jacquard Dress

If you’ve never tried a J. McLaughlin dress, you are truly missing out. The fabric fits your body in the most flattering way without being too body con. This dress has just the right amount of stretch, the fabric is thick enough so that the lines of your undergarments don’t show through, it’s super comfortable and… wait for it… it has functional pockets. This dress is a solid blue color, but J. McLaughlin also carries a fabulous array of bright patterns, as well.

White Calvin Klein Blazer

I personally own this white blazer. It’s Calvin Klein and it was a GREAT find on Amazon. The white blazer is so versatile it can be worn with just about anything from a dress, to slacks, to jeans. You could even pull this blazer off with a pair of classic chino shorts, a tee and espadrilles.

Comfy Aerosoles Pumps

The tan Aerosoles Macrame pumps in this photo are unbelievably comfortable. The high loafer-style vamp does not pinch or rub, the heel is a comfortable height, and the sumptuous padded insoles sooth and pamper your feet.

Lapis Earrings

For a bit of added sparkle, add another pop of blue to this outfit. Finish this gorgeous look off with bright silver drop earrings in blue Lapis by Kendra Scott.

Cool Summer Vibes – White Pants, Taupe Sweater and Platform Sandals

How to Wear White - DKNY Wide Leg PantsDKNY Wide Leg Pants

This fun white cropped wide leg pant is very soft and the perfect thing to add to your spring wardrobe. These DKNY pants keep you comfortably stylish with a relaxed fit and button fly.

Bohme Button Up SweaterHow to Wear White - Taupe Cherie Sweater by Bohme

To complement the pants, try this sophisticated Cherie button up sweater top from Bohme in stunning taupe. This cute top features a cropped fit with button front detail.

Steve Madden Espadrilles

The perfect shoes for this spring ensemble are these Kimmie Espadrille Wedge Sandals by Steve Madden. Not only will these look great with this outfit, you’ll end up wearing them with everything this summer!

Stylish Gold Layering NecklacesHow To Wear White - Four Chaing Layered Necklace Bohme

To finish off this outfit, add some stylish gold layering necklaces to highlight your summer tan. You’ll look gorgeous in this for spring and summer!

Cool Casual – Iconic Levi’s, White Striped Bodysuit, Cream Cardigan

Levi’s Wedgie Jeans

If you’re going to buy one pair of new jeans this spring, make it a pair of iconic Levi’s Wedgie Fit Straight Leg Jeans. You’re probably wondering why on earth you would want jeans that give you a wedgie. And, of course, you don’t. I don’t really know why they are called that, except that they are specifically designed to highlight your posterior assets, which is a good thing. And, they are great jeans!

Sexy Striped BodysuitHow to wear white - Bohme White Striped Bodysuit

Couple the jeans of the season with this sexy white Sana Stripe Essential Bodysuit by Bohme. Body suits are such a great way to wear something slim with a straight leg of baggy jean style. The contrast of a fitted top and relaxed fit pair of jeans is flattering and comfortable.

Portia Button Up CardiganHow to Wear White - Portia-Bohme Cream Button Up Cardigan

This outfit needs a second layer to give it a more sophisticated look. Top it all off with this stylish Portia Button Up Cardigan in cream.

Old Skool White Vans

Add a pair of ultra cool Vans Unisex Old Skool Classic Skate Shoes and you have an outfit you’ll look and feel great in! These crisp white shoes are perfect!

Business Chic – Black Sheath, White blazer and Black & White Pumps

Calvin Klein Scuba Crepe Sheath DressHow to wear white Calvin Klein Scuba Sheath Dress

Classic black and white is one of my favorite combinations. A black and white color combination is dramatic, chic and never goes out of style. Add sophisticated dimension to your workweek style in this Calvin Klein Scuba Crepe Sheath dress. This sleek silhouette is undeniably flattering.

Modern DKNY BlazerHow to wear white - DKNY White Blazer

Top the dress with this modern DKNY white blazer with a gold-toned hardware clasp. The white of the jacket looks crisp and polished against the black sheath. The sleeve and clasp details make this a standout jacket that really adds something special.

Classic Black & White Pumps

How to Wear White - Rachel Zoe Black and White PumpsTo pull this outfit together, add these fabulous white and black colorblock pumps from Rachel Zoe. These shoes will always be in style and they are on sale now. Don’t miss out!

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