by Nabanita Dutt on 2019-05-22
What Exactly Is This `White’ Fashion Rule For Memorial Day?
Why This Rule?
Only people with money could afford to dress according to weather at that time, and have a light, white wardrobe set aside only for the warmer months. The working class, in contrast, wore dark clothes throughout the year.
Fashion magazines from the 1950s became the `white police’ that supported the idea of Memorial Day being the first day one could show up wearing white in polite society – and the idea soon became de rigueur.
5 Tips On How To Rock The All-White Look On Memorial Day In 2019
# 1: Combine Variations Of White: Don’t stick to the same shade of white in the entire ensemble. Mix it up with a hint of cream here or a splash of ivory there, and the effect will still be pretty monochromatic – without being boring.
# 2: Combine Variations Of Texture: The very best way to create a stunning statement in head-to-toe white is mixing up the textures!
# 3: Look For Natural Fabrics: Synthetics are a definite no-no in an all-white ensemble. The fabrics have to be high-quality and as natural as possible. Linen, for example, with a raw, nubby, handloom texture. Or cashmere. Or 100 per cent silk.
# 4: Beware Of Looking Washed Out: All-white looks amazing on warm, sun-kissed skin. If you’re afraid you may look too pale with your fresh-out-of-winter skin tone, there are two things you can do: add lots of drama to your make-up (think dark, smoky eyes or bold, bright lips) or choose a piece of accessory that brings the outfit to life with a smart pop of saturated color.
# 5: Don’t Be Afraid: As with any color, white is tricky to pull off in a head-to-toe ensemble. But, unlike bold colors (like the head-to-toe red trend from last year), white is decidedly more forgiving in scope. So play it mono or bring on the drama – and don’t be afraid. Whatever you do, you’ll still be standing out from the rest of the Memorial Day weekend crowd.
And that’s the whole point, isn’t it?
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