White Hot Picks for Summer!


by Linda Castillo

I love and dread (yes both at the same time) wearing white in the summer. I love the way white pops against tan skin and it makes any look feel fresh. On the other hand, I dread wearing white because it is just so hard to maintain and pull off. It never fails that every time I wear white shirt I drop some ketchup or mustard right smack in the front of the shirt.

If you are going to venture wearing white then summer is the season to do it in because it keeps you cool and you look cool wearing it!

Here are a few of my tips to help you wear and care for your white wardrobe:

  • Neutral Underwear a Must: So people are looking at you and not the purple bra peeking through your shirt, it is best to wear nude colored bras and panties under any white clothing. Unless you are in Vegas and want that pink thong to show!
  • White is Not Forgiving: White clothing tends to highlight many of imperfections so it is best when purchasing white shorts or pants to go up a size so that you have a little wiggle room.
  • White Blazer: A white blazer makes any outfit crisper but to keep it from looking dingy or getting stains throughout the day roll up your sleeves past your elbow to avoid any smudges from working at your desk.
  • White Accessories: White accessories are the perfect way to ease you into wearing white.  A pop of white can brighten up any outfit.  Some easy white accessories to add to your wardrobe include sunglasses, a purse, or bangles.
  • Washing White Clothing: 1) Wash only whites together in cold water cycle. 2) Treat stains immediately and if the stain is still there retreat. The stain will become permanent if you let the garment dry or if you use hot water. 4) Do not use bleach because it could cause the fabric to turn yellow. It is better to use oxygen based bleach such as OxiClean. 5) Dry white clothing outside because the ultraviolet rays will help brighten the piece and it is better for the environment. 6) Use caution when using the hot iron as it may damage and burn your whites so try a steamer instead.

Here are some of our favorite white looks for summer:

Style Maven Tee Dress Barn

Decree Emma Wedge Espadrilles

JCP Liz Claiborne Leather Bucket Bag

Note: Some of the images are courtesy of www.JCP.com and www.DressBarn.com.

Linda Castillo is the Founder and Executive Editor of http://www.modernlatina.com/. She writes on topics that empower and inspire Latinas including art, motherhood, green living, culture, travel, and issues transforming the Latino community. Linda has earned a B.S. in Business and a M.S. in Mass Communications from San Jose State University.