Wear White to Work

I know, I know, advising you to wear white to work seems like the most impractical idea when it comes to office attire, but it’s so chic. I promise, if you avoid spaghetti at lunch you have a solid shot of ending the day as pristine as you started.

I love this white sheath from Dillards. The neckline is universally flattering, the sleeves are the perfect length, and the defined waistband will highlight your shape. It may not be the most appropriate look for all offices, but certainly creatives and entrepreneurs could kick the black habit now and then and opt for all white. Personally, I would wear this to a luncheon, or meeting with a private client or business partner.

Wear White to Work - White Sheath DressCoatJ. Crew Lady Day Coat, $365; DressCremieux Kenni Dress, $129; BraceletBaubleBar ‘Double Helix’ Pavé Cuff, $54; ScarfASOS Scarf, $45; BagAnn Taylor Mini Signature Tote, $98; ShoesNine West Margot Suede Pump in Medium Grey, $79

It’s not too tricky to make white work this time of year. You should just keep a few things in mind. First, pay attention to the white you wear. Look for “winter white” or “ivory.” They have a warmer saturation more appropriate for this time of year instead of the crisp, bright white you would wear in the warmer weather.

Second, consider the fabric you are wearing. While the summer calls for cotton and linen, the fall and winter calls for wool or a poly- stretch like in the dress featured.

Finally, it’s all in how you pair it. For this look, I wanted to ground it in seasonal colors and fabrics. The navy day coat, from J. Crew, is a workhorse in and of itself. It almost calls for a ladylike dress underneath. While I don’t subscribe to the concept of always matching your shoes and your bag together, there are moments it’s not only appropriate but called for. In this case, it works beautifully because it creates balance. Repeating grey several times throughout the look (in the bag, shoe and scarf) makes it look purposeful, rather than thrown together. Round out the look with your everyday jewelry and accessories like a strong cuff bracelet.

What do you think?  Would you wear white to work?

Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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