Whiter Shade of Pale

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Neutrals may be your go-to fashion grab, but it’s doubtful you’re reaching for anything white on a daily basis. The reigning scream queen of non-colors, white evokes flashes of unwanted spills, post-Labor Day jeers, and VPLs. If you can get past all that, you’ll see that white is surprisingly versatile. Crisp and cool, a monochromatic white outfit can be styled to suit your mood: sleek, sporty, boho, or full-on avant-garde.

As with any solo color palette, it’s best to mix various textures and silhouettes to avoid looking like you’re donning a uniform.

Eyelet is a timeless choice for fabric, and you can’t go wrong with a good pleat or pin tuck detail. The most important tip to keep in mind is balance. (If you’re loving a white pencil skirt, choose a more voluminous top to pair it with, or conversely, a baggy pant with a more structured top.)

All things considered, there’s nothing quite as bold as a jolt of stark white against a sea of color. Just make sure to keep those whites bright – and your baking soda handy.


Statement sleeve blouse and beaded earrings, both available at Monkee’s of Wilmington; button-down maxi skirt, available at Tusc


Button-down shirt by Alexis and beaded earrings, both available at Monkee’s of Wilmington; shorts by Zimmermann, (stylist’s own)


Jumpsuit and statement earrings, both available at Monkee’s of Wilmington; polka dot duster, (stylist’s own)


Knit tank, silk bomber jacket, pants, and pearl earrings, all available at Oliver Clothing


MODEL: Greyson Webb (Directions USA)

HAIR & MAKEUP: Elisha Smith (Blush Haus of Beauté)

WARDROBE: Monkee’s of WilmingtonOliver ClothingTusc

LOCATION: Casa Blanca Coffee Roasters, 7409 Market Street


To view more of photographer Melissa Hebert’s work, go to melissahebertphoto.com


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Categories: Style