White Out: The Trend, Tips & Challenge

Getting White Hot

The runways at the Spring/Summer ’11 collections around the world featured astounding amounts of white & cream. Mind-bogglingly, even more than color-blocking, whites, creams, and beige* were by far the most predominant trend on the catwalks. Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Reed Krakoff…heck, even the dark knight himself, Alexander Wang, went white this season! White can be flattering on any skin tone, and though it may be daunting at first blush, give it a try. Check out Harper’s Bazaar, Shine, Fashionologie, Teen Vogue, and Refinery29 for more inspiration.

*I prefer not to use the term nude because it generally implies that nude or naked skin is cream-colored, which, as we all know, is a load of crap.

New Assignment!

With that, the second assignment of the Bloggers Do It Better movement is going to be White Out. I can’t be any more excited to embark on a dreamy white adventure in the coming week, and I absolutely cannot wait to see your fabulous looks. (And don’t worry if you don’t have head-to-toe white pieces, just try to stay in the white/cream/beige color spectrum.)

I myself am going to seek out tonal dimension with whites + off-whites + creams for my look. And don’t believe the hype about white making you look heavier: going with shades of white all over results in a chic monochromatic look that will create a slimming effect that will make you look taller! And younger! And more beautiful! (Okay, okay, okay, I exaggerate just a teeny bit…but, go with slim silhouettes just in case, ‘kay?)

Tips: Wearing White

  1. Stick to slim silhouettes.
  2. Have a stain remover pen handy.
  3. Accessorize with color or keep it sleek and chic with beige (think neutral pumps, clutch, and makeup).
  4. …just don’t accessorize with bright lipstick (see tip #2).
  5. Add dimension and avoid looking flat & washed out by varying the tones: pair off-whites with bright white and creams.
  6. On the same vein as tip #5, layer, layer, layer! I know it’s getting warmer out there, so wear lightweight layers to stay cool, but the more layering you have, the more polished you look (and less like you threw on a swimsuit coverup and are headed to the beach bar)
  7. Don’t be afraid to go sheer.
  8. For paler skin tones, go really white or at least avoid wearing tones that are too similar to your skin’s natural tone, you will look washed out. For darker-skinned beauties, use cream colors to complement your skin tone beautifully.


Thank you for your incredible participation with the debut, colorblocking, last week. We turned a few heads (including that of famed Swedish retail giant H&M) and I’m super proud to report that over 100 bloggers linked up their looks. Let’s try and beat that record, shall we? If you can encourage your blogger friends to join the movement, I will promise you one thing: it’s going to be huge (can’t talk about anything yet but just know you are getting some amazing exposure to some very very influential names) and I’ll also make the thumbnail pictures bigger in the linkup from now on. Some of you mentioned wanting that in the survey and I’m happy to oblige!

See you next Tuesday at midnight central time (GMT -0500) when the link-up begins!

How to participate (the rules)

Click here for the rules if you need a refresher, or if you are new to the movement, because there are certain rules for participating!

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  1. 04.27.2011 / 12:11 am

    Oh I am very exited to test this one out! I don't think I have that many white things to be honest so I shall go and rummage through my closet and see what I can find.
    I am glad the last assignment was a lovely success 🙂 This is such a fun movement!


  2. 04.27.2011 / 12:15 am

    Good thing I'm switching my summer clothes from storage this weekend. Winter coats, be gone…bring on the white!!

  3. 04.27.2011 / 12:16 am

    I can't wait.. my first PSS event! Already had a white themed outfit planned, so I'll use that for this.

    xx Kara

    Sprinkles in Springs

  4. 04.27.2011 / 12:19 am

    YES YES YES! i LOVE the white-out trend! I am SO excited to pick out my next outfit!!! =) congrats on a successful movement…i'm thrilled to be a part of it!

  5. 04.27.2011 / 12:31 am

    I've been waiting to see what you came up with and I LOVE the White-Out Trend. Although I only own one pair of white pants, I will be on the hunt on my thrifting adventure this weekend to find me some white, creams, etc. and I can't wait to see what you and others will be wearing as well.

  6. 04.27.2011 / 12:51 am

    Ooh, this is going to be fun! I will have to dig through my top selection though, because I don't think I have anything other than a white button up and a white tee I only used for layering… but it's part of the challenge, and I'm excited!

  7. 04.27.2011 / 1:19 am

    I'm scared and excited all at the same time!

  8. 04.27.2011 / 2:24 am

    This will be my first time participating and I can't wait. I'll have to be creative with what I find in my closet. A la prochaine!

  9. 04.27.2011 / 2:32 am

    perfect! I have to dig out my white clothes 😛
    when I wear total white it's usually in the form of a dress=one piece

    but this time I'll try some layering

    p.s. something tells me I'll be wearing H&M again! LOL

  10. 04.27.2011 / 5:02 am

    I am all ready for it, but I am off to Berlin for a month on wednesday the 4th. any possiblility of doing it on monday???
    If not, I will link with you from there

    • 04.27.2011 / 11:42 pm

      Hi sacramento – the post containing the link-up widget will go live at midnight central time (GMT -0500) on Tuesday May 3rd. You can link up your post then!

  11. 04.27.2011 / 6:00 am

    yayyy this is going to be a fun one! i just posted on the same topic last week 🙂

  12. 04.27.2011 / 6:32 am

    This is exciting!! How in the world do you have time to do all this what with medical school and all? You're amazing!

  13. 04.27.2011 / 6:39 am

    I'm just starting out my blogging, and not doing outfit posts yet (broken camera, sad day), but I'd still like to participate (and connect with the more experienced bloggers!)! I was thinking of creating a polyvore set instead for now. Will I still qualify?

  14. 04.27.2011 / 7:32 am

    Ahh! I don't own that many white things! I definitely need to hit up some thrift stores this weekend (I'm kinda on a shopping ban…) All I currently have is some white tops and one white dress!

  15. 04.27.2011 / 7:50 am

    We are so ready to pick a few of our faves and post them on our blog! As well as pick a few whites and neutrals to share from our shop =) Bloggers really do, do it better!!

  16. 04.27.2011 / 8:52 am

    This is going to be a real challenge. I am usually an anti-white clothes wearer because I spill something on myself everyday and I always get makeup on my white tops….but I am determined to make it work!

    Yay for a challenge!!


  17. 04.27.2011 / 8:53 am

    Daggit! I just wore a white dress for Easter (latest post on my blog) but I went with bright accessories! Grrr. Alrighty, I'm up for the challenge. I love white…I have white pieces. It's on!


  18. 04.27.2011 / 9:01 am

    I found this on another fabulous blog last week and I am so excited to join in the movement this week! Can not wait! Pure epic genious!



  19. 04.27.2011 / 9:07 am

    YAY!! This is my first one and I'm super excited 🙂
    Cant wait!

  20. Lidi, Eclectic Flair
    04.27.2011 / 9:37 am

    Ooooh, I'm gonna have to start thinking about what to wear!! Challenging but I'm sure I can come up with something. 😀

    Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

  21. 04.27.2011 / 9:37 am

    I am soooo doing this challenge. All white everything (with a little cream/nude sprinkled)!

  22. 04.27.2011 / 10:04 am

    This sounds like so much fun! And I just remembered that my white current/elliott's are about a size too small…I feel a cleanse coming on, a very healthy one Dr… 🙂

  23. 04.27.2011 / 10:23 am

    Finally people will stop wondering shy I bought those skinny white jeans! I mean sure they were $10 but they are amazingly cute!

  24. 04.27.2011 / 10:35 am

    Great challenge and another trend I've been dying to try!! I think I already have my outfit in mind! Can't wait to see what you and everyone pulls together!! Now off to spread the word…

  25. 04.27.2011 / 2:55 pm

    Awesome! I missed the color blocking one, but i am for sure joining in on this one!!

  26. 04.27.2011 / 3:54 pm

    I am excited about participating and have the button on my sidebar, I am just confused about how to link my post and the frequency of the link-ups. Thank you : D

  27. 04.27.2011 / 6:53 pm

    loooooooookin' forward to it!!

  28. 04.27.2011 / 8:22 pm

    I can't wait to see what everyone whips up! I'm not usually a white wearer (for whatever reason), but I've been finding myself really drawn to lights and neutrals this year.

  29. 04.27.2011 / 9:14 pm

    I'm sooo excited to participate!! I missed it last week! This is going to be fun! I actually bought some white pieces today when I was shopping! I can't wait to put my look together and see everyone else's!! 🙂 Thanks for hosting this, Kristina!!




  30. 04.27.2011 / 9:26 pm

    I was just in H&M today and they had a ton of WHITE STUFF! I couldn't fit a darn thing though! i'm going to look around and see what i have! I hope i can find something! I love this challenge! Congrats on your success on this!

  31. 04.27.2011 / 11:15 pm

    SOOO excited for this! its my birthday this weekend and i'm wearing a stark white dress! 🙂 pretty thrilled

    • 04.27.2011 / 11:16 pm

      My birthday is this weekend too! May 1st 🙂

  32. 04.28.2011 / 5:47 am

    I love white for the summer and will definitly re-participate!

  33. 04.28.2011 / 7:16 am

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  34. 04.28.2011 / 7:23 am

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  35. 04.28.2011 / 7:27 am

    RT @FierceFabFit: ***I'm participating in #bloggersdoitbetter White Out: on Pretty Shiny Sparkly™ http://t.co/94rbO74 via @PrttyShnySpr …

  36. 04.28.2011 / 7:45 am

    REALLY excited to do my first #BloggersDoItBetter assignment – "White Out" – Planning already!! 🙂 http://t.co/LpoKxTB via @PrttyShnySprkly

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  38. 04.28.2011 / 8:31 am

    i can't wait to try this out. i wanted to join the first challenge but i found out about it late already. so i really can't wait to try this one out, i hope i could make it to the deadline!

  39. 04.28.2011 / 11:25 am

    This is a fantastic idea!! I have been on the lookout for white jeans but have yet to find my perfect pair. Hopefully I will for this challenge!


  40. 04.28.2011 / 1:18 pm

    White is the best color for summer…obviously, it looks lovely. Nice post, ~ xoxo

  41. 04.28.2011 / 1:45 pm

    Yay! Looking forward to this challenge! The last one was a bunch of fun!

  42. 04.28.2011 / 10:51 pm

    Awesome! I wore white today but will come up with another outfit for this one! Can't wait! 🙂

  43. 04.29.2011 / 12:38 am

    This is going to be so hard for me. The only white item I own is a shirt (and even that has a black bow) but I am going to see what I can come up with.

  44. 04.30.2011 / 12:50 am

    love love love this.
    Helen, X

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  46. 05.03.2011 / 12:11 am

    This will be really neat to see. I will not be able to participate this time because white and or beige hues is a color I don't have in my wardrobe. I will start searching out some key pieces.


  47. 05.03.2011 / 2:36 am

    One of the most popular colors for fashion this season is white – great if you love the classic Chanel look, but… http://fb.me/10P3lMCGd

  48. 05.03.2011 / 3:51 am

    How funny – and how random! Just found your LOVELY blog (I"ll be back) thru FBFF & I just happened to have done another all white post yesterday – but this time, it was self style. So I inadvertently took the White OUt the Trend Tips Challenge!


    If anyone wants to support a really lovely couple, I was gifted my dress thru Vagabond Van, it's really inexpensive and it's available online – it's all in the post – love the dress & love all white – I've been wearing it for years – decades – regardless of season.

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  50. 05.09.2011 / 5:30 pm

    I missed out on the colorblock challenge and the white out challenge
    (Boo Hoo) doesn't mean I still can't participate in my own way.

    I will catch up in the next challenge!!!


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