On & Around the Street

TREND ALERT: SUMMER WHITES

Whether you’re headed to the beach or the city streets this summer, there’s something about an all-white ensemble that is unfailingly simple yet chic, and undeniably fresh.

We could talk about white’s references to purity, virginity, holiness but the fact is that white is the ultimate colour of confidence. It’s the one colour that’s guaranteed to get her noticed in a crowd, whether it’s day or night, as light reflects off white more than any other hue and has the added benefit of imbuing an air of affluence because, let’s face it, there’s a lot of dry cleaning involved…

It’s every bit as flattering as an all-black look, but not always as easy to pull off. Matching your whites is the biggest hurdle. Our hot tip: team cooler and warmer whites together – never mix them.

Of course, if you’re not so keen on the all-white look, you can embrace separates. White jeans have long since lost their trashy stigma (you only need to look at the street style set in theirs for proof), and we think they’re an essential in every wardrobe, but the freshest way to wear white separates is on your bottom half – it goes against conventional wisdom, which immediately makes it cooler. A white skirt or pair of shorts teamed with a brightly printed top or denim shirt will look more modern than if the formula was switched.

Shop our edit of the best white pieces on Sloane Street below.

Joie embroidered top, £205 at Harvey Nichols
Alice + Olivia shorts, £225 at Harvey Nichols
J. Crew earrings, £58
Roberto Cavalli backpack, £1,455
Roberto Cavalli backpack, £1,455
Hermès Mini Bolide bag, £3,210
Chloe jumpsuit, now £5,109
J. Crew lace-up shirt dress, £108
Ancient Greek sandals, £140 at Browns
La Perla dress, £1,068
Dolce & Gabbana dress, £2,150
Rag & Bone tank top, £280
Saint Laurent sunglasses, £265
Self Portrait dress, £340 at Harvey Nichols
Three Graces dress, £370 at Browns
Valentino dress, £4,960
Aquazurra Toucan slippers, £390 at Browns
Tabitha Simmons sandals, £525 at Browns