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Don't forget your whites of passage, for the color is predicted to be one of the season's biggest trends.

Here Are Some Tips On How To Carry Off White Dresses

  • White is attention-grabbing and can make you appear bigger. Make sure your body is trim before slipping into that white babydoll dress.
  • Those with darker complexions can rejoice as they will look good in most shads of white including pure, virginal white. Those with paler skin should opt for off-whites or shades like ecru for contrast.
  • Be careful with your underwear. Choose a nude shade that is as close to your skin color as possible and watch out that panty-lines don't show.
  • Accessories: White looks good with primary colors, so make a statement with boldly colored gemstones and jewellery.
  • Add a funky touch with white or silver sandals to complete the look.

Something Borrow

Why look to boutiques for sartorial inspiration when you can raid your boyfriend's wardrobe? We show you how to borrow from the boys.

The Loud Shirt

You know that loud, printed shirt tucked at the back of his wardrobe? The one he claims was a drunken purchase from a wild night out with his buddies? Wear it as a statement piece. The shirt is perfect for a right out at cocktail bars or for games with the boys. You're guaranteed to look irresistible bending over a billiard table in this shirt.

The White Shirt For Day

One simple white shirt but what a multitude of style possibilities. If you're short, you can wear the shirt - French cuffs preferred - as a shirt-dress. If you're tall, slip on a mini-skirt or a pair of shorts to preserve your modesty. For a trendy twist, push the cuffs past your elbows and tie each side with a ribbon. Or accessorise with one of his ties. Pair it with some flat metallic sandals if you have nice toned pins, or stick to simple heels for a smarter look. The trick to carrying off this look is to not make it seem like you have spent a sordid night at your boyfriend's and are doing the walk of shame across town.

The Dress Shirt

Power dressing is no longer about 1980s shoulder pads. You'd be surprised how good a man's dress shirt can look on you at the office. Instead of buttoning the shirt up, wrap one panel over the other and secure it tightly with a thick belt. The high-waisted look is white-hot right now. Stick to a pencil skirt of the same color which will elongate your silhouette.

The Casual Shirt

Sarongs on the beach? So wrong, and so SPG. For the ultimate in chic, pull the man's linen tunic shirt over your bikini top, slip on some t shorts and beach sandals, and you're ready to go.

The White Shirt For Evening

Sharon Stone single-handedly immortalised this look at the Oscars in 1998, when she borrowed her husband's Gap shirt and paired it with a Vera Wang skirt. A certain amount of panache is the best accessory for this look. Tie a knot with the front ends of the shirt, fold up the sleeves, and voila - you have it. Don't forget a voluminous skirt with lots of movement to bring out your feminine side.

The Short Of It

If you think shorts are best reserved for wet market trips, think again. Judging by the recent runway collections of designers like Paul Smith, Hennes and Gucci, shorts are hotter than, well, hot pants. This is good news for either those with great gams or the whippet-thin fashion hounds who need relief from the humidity. But whether shorts, once considered a sartorial no-no, can take you from boudoir to boardroom really depends on what industry you work in.

Banker and lawyer types have the least leeway when it comes to wardrobe creativity. If it isn't black and white, it's stripes and checks. And then, these have to be either pantsuits or knee-length skirts.But for those in the creative industries, such as advertising and fashion, shorts can lend a refreshing tone to office wear. Nevertheless, it's a workplace, so certain rules have to be adhered to if you don't want to be sent home by your boss. So if you want to take the short route, here are some tips:

Shoes

There are the three cardinal .style rules to pulling off this lookheels, heels and heels. The higher the better. Never wear flat sandals or pumps if you are wearing this ensemble to the office. Heels not only elongate your legs, they lend an air of credibility to your shorts. Heels are the best accessory to convince your co-workers you're not wearing shorts because you missed your last laundry cycle and ran out of clean clothes to wear.

Length

As a general rule, ensure your hemline is not more than 5cm above your knee. If you're tall, you might be able to get away with a shorter version. Conversely, stick to knee-length pieces if you're short. This will elongate your legs and flatter your silhouette more. Shorts that are too short will make your body look like it's been cut in half.

Prints

Remember, it's an office, not the beach. Keep your Hawaiian-print, draw-string bermudas at home. Brocade and broderie anglais are quite the rage this time round, and they do lend an air of elegance to your outfit.

Tailoring

Shorts have received a subtle facelift this season, taking on a more tailored look. They are cut straighter, worn with belts and cuffed at the bottom. Be sure to keep them sitting low on your hips, or you'll risk looking like you're wearing bloomers from, gasp, last season.

Matching

Make shorts office-appropriate by pairing it with a jacket or a shirt. Feel free to wear a lacey or silk camisole on the inside for happy hours after work. But be prepared for the appreciative wolf-whistles from the male customers at the bar.

Don't forget your whites of passage, for the color is predicted to be one of the season's biggest trends.

Here Are Some Tips On How To Carry Off White Dresses

  • White is attention-grabbing and can make you appear bigger. Make sure your body is trim before slipping into that white babydoll dress.
  • Those with darker complexions can rejoice as they will look good in most shads of white including pure, virginal white. Those with paler skin should opt for off-whites or shades like ecru for contrast.
  • Be careful with your underwear. Choose a nude shade that is as close to your skin color as possible and watch out that panty-lines don't show.
  • Accessories: White looks good with primary colors, so make a statement with boldly colored gemstones and jewellery.
  • Add a funky touch with white or silver sandals to complete the look.

Something Borrow

Why look to boutiques for sartorial inspiration when you can raid your boyfriend's wardrobe? We show you how to borrow from the boys.

The Loud Shirt

You know that loud, printed shirt tucked at the back of his wardrobe? The one he claims was a drunken purchase from a wild night out with his buddies? Wear it as a statement piece. The shirt is perfect for a right out at cocktail bars or for games with the boys. You're guaranteed to look irresistible bending over a billiard table in this shirt.

The White Shirt For Day

One simple white shirt but what a multitude of style possibilities. If you're short, you can wear the shirt - French cuffs preferred - as a shirt-dress. If you're tall, slip on a mini-skirt or a pair of shorts to preserve your modesty. For a trendy twist, push the cuffs past your elbows and tie each side with a ribbon. Or accessorise with one of his ties. Pair it with some flat metallic sandals if you have nice toned pins, or stick to simple heels for a smarter look. The trick to carrying off this look is to not make it seem like you have spent a sordid night at your boyfriend's and are doing the walk of shame across town.

The Dress Shirt

Power dressing is no longer about 1980s shoulder pads. You'd be surprised how good a man's dress shirt can look on you at the office. Instead of buttoning the shirt up, wrap one panel over the other and secure it tightly with a thick belt. The high-waisted look is white-hot right now. Stick to a pencil skirt of the same color which will elongate your silhouette.

The Casual Shirt

Sarongs on the beach? So wrong, and so SPG. For the ultimate in chic, pull the man's linen tunic shirt over your bikini top, slip on some t shorts and beach sandals, and you're ready to go.

The White Shirt For Evening

Sharon Stone single-handedly immortalised this look at the Oscars in 1998, when she borrowed her husband's Gap shirt and paired it with a Vera Wang skirt. A certain amount of panache is the best accessory for this look. Tie a knot with the front ends of the shirt, fold up the sleeves, and voila - you have it. Don't forget a voluminous skirt with lots of movement to bring out your feminine side.

The Short Of It

If you think shorts are best reserved for wet market trips, think again. Judging by the recent runway collections of designers like Paul Smith, Hennes and Gucci, shorts are hotter than, well, hot pants. This is good news for either those with great gams or the whippet-thin fashion hounds who need relief from the humidity. But whether shorts, once considered a sartorial no-no, can take you from boudoir to boardroom really depends on what industry you work in.

Banker and lawyer types have the least leeway when it comes to wardrobe creativity. If it isn't black and white, it's stripes and checks. And then, these have to be either pantsuits or knee-length skirts.But for those in the creative industries, such as advertising and fashion, shorts can lend a refreshing tone to office wear. Nevertheless, it's a workplace, so certain rules have to be adhered to if you don't want to be sent home by your boss. So if you want to take the short route, here are some tips:

Shoes

There are the three cardinal .style rules to pulling off this lookheels, heels and heels. The higher the better. Never wear flat sandals or pumps if you are wearing this ensemble to the office. Heels not only elongate your legs, they lend an air of credibility to your shorts. Heels are the best accessory to convince your co-workers you're not wearing shorts because you missed your last laundry cycle and ran out of clean clothes to wear.

Length

As a general rule, ensure your hemline is not more than 5cm above your knee. If you're tall, you might be able to get away with a shorter version. Conversely, stick to knee-length pieces if you're short. This will elongate your legs and flatter your silhouette more. Shorts that are too short will make your body look like it's been cut in half.

Prints

Remember, it's an office, not the beach. Keep your Hawaiian-print, draw-string bermudas at home. Brocade and broderie anglais are quite the rage this time round, and they do lend an air of elegance to your outfit.

Tailoring

Shorts have received a subtle facelift this season, taking on a more tailored look. They are cut straighter, worn with belts and cuffed at the bottom. Be sure to keep them sitting low on your hips, or you'll risk looking like you're wearing bloomers from, gasp, last season.

Matching

Make shorts office-appropriate by pairing it with a jacket or a shirt. Feel free to wear a lacey or silk camisole on the inside for happy hours after work. But be prepared for the appreciative wolf-whistles from the male customers at the bar.

 

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