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How to Wear All-White Outfits, No Matter the Time of Year

Go monochromatic.

Claudio Lavenia

If you're like us New Yorkers, your version of "color" is black, light black, charcoal, and occasionally gray. Exciting, right? But before you call it quits on wearing color for good, however, here's a thought: Try a white-on-white outfit. White, which is technically the absence of color, is equally as versatile as black or gray, with the advantage of being particularly striking in the spring and summer (or on the deck of Kylie Jenner's yacht).

How to pull off an all-white ensemble, though? We looked to the streets for inspiration and took a page right out of our favorite fashion girls' books. For example, everyone's familiar with the traditional blue denim-on-denim look. Take this classic outfit and twist it, opting instead for white denim, an oversized white tank, and white leather mules for chill-girl dressing at its finest. Another all-white style tip we love? The LWD (little white dress) is a summer staple, so take a cue from your boyfriend's work wardrobe and invest in an oversized shirt dress that can be worn with white chunky sneakers and a belt for a look that is anything but boring. To complement your all-white outfits, accessorize with neutral pieces like sunnies, bags, or jewelry. These items add style without distracting the eyes from your crisp, clean ensemble.

Want even more inspo? Giving up your darker hues never looked so good with the all-white looks, below.

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1 The Fall-to-Spring Transitional Outfit
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We all know how hard it can be to decide what to wear for the transitional fall-to-spring or summer-to-fall period. Keep your winter white sweater out of storage for a little longer and pair with that sleek summer midi dress or skirt you've been dying to wear. This outfit works well with a pair of white boots that complete your monochromatic look for the office or for a coffee date in the park. Spruce up the ensemble with a pop of color, like a crossbody bag, and sunnies.

Shop similar: 1. IRO Pullover, $295; 2. Zara Dress, $70; 3. Le Specs Sunnies, $70; 4. Piper & Skye Crossbody, $475; 5. Dries Van Noten Bootie, $805

2 The Effortless Everyday Outfit
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When you're running late to meet your friends at happy hour or simply doing weekend errands, throw on this outfit. It's time to switch out your LBD for the LWD as your effortless summertime staple. The reason? This shirtdress matches with everything in your wardrobe, from a pair of dad sneakers to minimalist strappy sandals, and provides a good base for you to show off some of your brighter jewelry or bucket hats. If your shirtdress is oversized or borrowed from bae, try Emily Ratajkowski's fashion hack and cinch your waist with a brown woven belt. Top off with your favorite pair of sunglasses—you can be dressed and out the door in five.

Shop similar: 1. Jennifer Zeuner Earrings, $88; 2. Everlane Dress,$75; 3. Le Specs sunnies, $59; 4. Madewell Belt, $42; 5. New Balance Sneaker, $90

    3 The Model Off-Duty Outfit
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    Who doesn't want to take a page out of Bella Hadid's book when it comes to street style? This supermodel off-duty look is simple, easy, and absolutely effortless. Re-create Bella's look with these Levi's ribcage jeans and The Range gather tank. Maybe, just maybe, us mere mortals can mimic her sexy and sporty approach. Finish off the outfit with a matching white kitten heel and shoulder bag and you're ready for the city streets.

    Shop similar: 1.The Range Tank, $128; 2. Levi's Denim, $98; 3. Biko Pendant, $110; 4. By Far Bag, $374 5. Tony Bianco Sandal, $173

      4 The Classic Springtime Outfit
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      There's something unmistakably stylish about the silhouette of a woman in a classic trench. (This outerwear is also an essential staple to any woman's wardrobe.) What's a better way to brighten up that gloomy spring weather and look good while doing it than with this Bottega Veneta trench coat? Wear yours with everything from jeans to a curve-hugging dress for a classic springtime outfit. It's an easy look you can rock when you catch up with the girls or go on a well-deserved shopping day in the city. Pair your trench coat outfits with silver accessories for a eye-catching finish.

      Shop similar: 1. Bottega Veneta Trench, $2,540; 2. Ninety Percent Dress, $129; 3. By Dariia Day Scrunchie, $31; 4. Fendi Baguette, $770; 5. Proenza Schouler Mules, $995

        5 The Polished Outfit
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        When has Olivia Palermo ever not looked polished from head to toe? Answer: literally never. This fitted knit dress by Jonathan Simkhai fits perfectly with whatever style inspiration you are going for that day. For a tailored look like Olivia's, pair with a neutral cardigan, preppy loafers, and keep your accessories minimal and tonal. Repeat after me: Keep it simple, keep it chic.

        Shop similar: 1.Jonathan Simkhai Dress, $425; 2. Quay Sunnies, $39; 3. Eileen Fisher Cardigan, $298; 4. Timex Watch, $100; 5. Club Monaco Loafers, $200

          6 The Cool-Girl Casual Outfit
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          What does it take to dress like that so called "cool girl?" If I had to guess, it would be a mix of that laidback attitude when it comes to dressing up plus a whole lot of confidence. These RAEY "dad" baggy denim bottoms styled with an understated white tank are worthy additions to anyone's shopping cart. Pull this tomboy look together with an exaggerated leather belt and extra large tote to get all your weekend errands done in style.

          Shop similar: 1. TopShop Tank, $20; 2. RAEY Jeans, $150; 3. W.Kleinberg Belt, $145; 4. Jil Sander Bag, $1,490; 5. Aje Mules, $275

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