I always avoided white unless I had a tan but as I get older I find it can be (with a little healthy cheek blush) one of the most flattering of colours. My first rule of summer white? Keep it simple silly.
As a glance at any household paint chart will tell you, white is not just white. With a little trial and error we can all find a shade of white that suits our skin and hair tones. For me it’s ecru but whites range from cool ice-white to warm pale beige. There are really useful colour palettes and guidance on how to choose your shade in our book What You Wear Can Change Your Life.
I have pearls from my mother and grandmother. I feel against my bare skin they can be somewhat ageing but against a silk shirt they nestle with luminosity.
White trousers are scary to wear but these looser wide leg cropped version currently in Zara are flattering on nearly every shape. They are high-waisted enough to not shorten my legs by how cropped they are. The crop top (also Zara) shortens my waist and gives me the appearance of a longer leg, but this look can also work for short-waisted long legged ladies out there.
Keep it chic with a silver wedge. If you, like me, have cankles, fear not as the strap is so loose and the trouser leg so wide it will give the illusion of a racehorse ankle like Susannah’s.
This ecru skirt and shirt I bought on separate occasions at COS. I then discovered later at home they have the same pleated pattern so they now sit in my wardrobe hung together to be worn as a perfect ‘dress’ with sleeves, so rare to find in summer. I added the Taupe belt and a little leopard wedge to give the outfit more interest.
Are you, like Trinny, feeling white might be fabulous for summer? Here are some gorgeous garments we’ve picked to inspire you: