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Friday Fashion: How to put together a memorable post-Memorial Day outfit

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Traditionally, Memorial Day marks the start of the summer season for the fashion world. This means that from the last Monday in May to Labor Day, it is acceptable to wear white.

We all know that finding the perfect pair of white jeans is nearly impossible and that a white cotton sundress is timeless. But fashion is about making styles your own, so here are some ways to stick to the dress code while standing out in the crowd this summer.

A white dress is a warm weather staple no matter who you ask. It looks great against sun-kissed skin and has a light, airy feel to it. However, without some sort of personalization, you will blend in with the crowd. Adding a printed belt to your outfit will accentuate your waist as well as providing you with a pop of color perfect for a backyard barbeque. Find a cardigan with a bold print to add some creativity to this closet staple.

When shopping for white jeans, the fit is extremely important. This is not a forgiving pair of pants, so make sure you absolutely love how they look. A higher waist tends to flatter most body types. If you’ve got curves, I recommend styles with a flare at the bottom. For leaner body types, try out straight-leg or skinny jeans. You should be able to sit and stand comfortably. You’ll definitely know when you’ve found the right pair.

White linen shorts are also a classic summer piece. These can be paired with almost any top in your wardrobe. For a daytime look, wear them with a pastel colored T-shirt or an airy, loose tank top. At night, white shorts worn with a black blazer and wedges will make you look effortlessly chic.

Adding a white blazer to almost any outfit will give it a nautical summer tone. It’s an unexpected way to incorporate white into your summer style. Try pairing it with a printed maxi dress or bright colored mini dress. You can also wear it with a pair of dark wash jeans and silk blouse to the office or for a night out.

The great thing about white clothing is that you can wear it with anything. Every print, color and texture compliments white in a different way. Floral prints make an outfit sweet and feminine. Color blocking with neons or primary colors will give you a playful look. Mixing materials and textures will also create interest in any white outfit.

Experiment with different styles to find what suits you best. The rules of fashion are meant to be broken. So if you feel like wearing black this Memorial Day, go for it! Maybe you like cream better than stark white — that’s OK. Your style is all about you, so this Memorial Day, wear white the way it works for you.

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