How to Use White to Look Put Together and Polished

Silvana Patrick
by Silvana Patrick
10 Minutes

If you want to learn how to look put together and polished, then it’s wise to consider the colors you wear.

If you’re asking yourself, “What color should I wear today?” the answer is most likely white.

White fur coat

Not only is a white outfit luxe but it’s also a mood lifter in the winter and a welcome change from the dark hues we’re so used to gravitating towards.

In the summer, it’s a refreshing, feminine touch. White outfits are infinitely more chic and elegant than other monochromatic ensembles.

I’ll be sharing with you some no-failure ways to master the art of wearing white. 

Tip 1: Pick the right white

Because there are different whites, it’s important to consider your undertone before you pick yours. 

Picking the right white

Pure white has a cool undertone. They’re normally more icy, so if you have a cool undertone around your face, that’s the one you want to choose.

Picking the right white

If you have a warm undertone, pick off whites that have a gentle warmth to them.

Tip 2: Which pieces to invest In


1. Coat

An opulent white coat has the allure to take your outfit to the next level.

Whether it has texture or not, pair it with pants or a party dress for the ultimate impact.


2. Separates

Having white separates is the fastest way to put an outfit together with no effort.

Creating suits, whether a pantsuit or a skirt suit, has staying power that’s hard to ignore.

You can wear it in total white or you can add metal or animal print. 


3. Pants

Relaxed, tailored wide-leg pants are the epitome of elegance.

Style them with neutral heels for a sophisticated look you can wear all year round.


4. Skirts

A white skirt is a fresh and feminine addition to your wardrobe.

The most popular styles are the pencil skirt and the A-line skirt, pleated or not. 


They look equally great with other neutrals like camo or gray tops, or you can contrast them with a black top.


Flowy styles with chunky sweaters are cozy and sophisticated.


5. T-shirts

There’s no other piece that counterbalances statement and trendy pieces better than a white t-shirt.

I like T-shirts that shape my body instead of being chunky or square, but that’s a personal choice.


If you tend to pair your t-shirt with jeans, try a denim skirt for a more elevated look.

Polish it off with pointed-toe slingback heels and a statement necklace.


6. Turtlenecks

Turtlenecks can make any ensemble look expensive. Style yours with relaxed silhouettes 


7. Blazers

Blazers are sophisticated staples you need in your wardrobe.

Wear it with another staple such as a striped tee and black pants or over a black slip dress.

It can also dress up your favorite jeans and sneakers when you want to look polished without trying hard.


8. Dress

Typically reserved for hot days spent poolside or vacations, the white summer dress can and should be considered during the cold months. 

Dress layered under coat

Instead of packing it away, layer it under a voluminous coat with knee-high flat boots for a winter-friendly outfit.

Top it off with pearls for an elegant finish.

Maxi dress

Alternatively, a wide maxi dress is easy to dress up or down and it’s a great investment for seasons to come.


9. Jumpsuit

Pause the depression of having to give up your beloved summer rompers and jump to the next best thing: the joyful, white jumpsuit.

Tip 3: Adding depth to a monochromatic outfit

Mixing textures

1. Mix textures

Mix knits with shimmering silks or leather.

Wearing different shades of white

2. Wear multiple shades of white

Don’t worry about looking sloppy or unintentional when wearing multiple shades of white.

That’s exactly the intention. Create a gradation of shades that add interest to the outfit.

Pants with boots

3. Pair pants with boots

When wearing a tonal white look, white boots are becoming more and more classic. Style it by tucking a pair of white jeans into them.  

Neutral tones

4. Pair with neutral tones

Whites go best with other neutral tones, such as oatmeal, khaki, off-white, ivory, chocolate, and caramel.

These are great if you’re worried a whole white ensemble will wash you out.

Pairing with netural tones

Additionally, gray pieces accent your look nicely. 

Making a statement with black

5. Make a statement with black

Stay away from the neon and flashy shades that compete with the brightness of your whites. Instead, make a statement with black.

How to look put together and polished

Regardless of the season, white is such a refreshing and pure way to welcome it in.

I hope you enjoyed these tips on how to look polished and put together while wearing white.

Let me know which tip is your favorite below!

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