Your Guide on What to Wear to a White Party
Posted on June 08 2016
From Rihanna and Amber Rose to Diddy and Kim Kardashian, the entertainment industry’s white parties are attended by celebrities and socialites in music, movies, and reality television from around the world.
White parties became “in vogue” in the early 2000s. However, the origins of white parties date back to 1985.
The original white party was the brainchild of Frank Wagner. He was asked by the Health Crisis Network (currently known as the Care Resource Organization) to stage a fundraiser that would raise awareness and support for HIV/AIDS research.
The White Party concept was born and brought to life with the help of ten volunteers. The color white was chosen because it symbolized a non-political and non-combative solidarity among attendants to the event as well as for purity and elegance.
This party continues to prevail and has since evolved into an entire 6 day extravaganza. It has been held at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens for more than 24 years and is the core of a week’s long effort to raise funds for the Care Resource.
As the fundraising party grew in popularity and attendants looked forward to the yearly fundraiser event so did the theme itself.
Hosting a white party became a staple for many celebrities and influencers and the theme continues to trickle down into parties and nightlife events hosted in Las Vegas, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City.
What to Wear to a White Party
Keep in mind that although the original white party is held in November the majority of trendy white parties are held during warmer months such as May, June, July, and August. Trendy white parties are often hosted outdoors poolside, on a pier, in a garden, or on a boat.
Take into consideration the weather and venue as you seek the most flattering white party attire and ensemble.
Your outfit should be comfortable to wear all night long, offer you a free range of motion, fit like it’s made just for you, and keep your body supported - a white midi dress is often a good choice here.
Poor quality white dresses and skirts are not recommended because they lose their shape and could have you resembling a cloud or appearing discombobulated by the end of the night.
The other need for a high quality outfit is to ensure your undergarments are not revealed and that the fabric integrity is never compromised.
In this simple guide we cover the variety of options you have when it comes to putting together the perfect white party look. From sexy white bandage dresses to chic jumpsuits - we cover the dos and don’ts of white party attire to help you get started.
The Reliable White Bandage Dress
A bandage dress is a figure hugging dress that is made of a strong and super elastic fabric. It is designed to wrap around your body in multiple bandaged layers.
A bandage dress is incredibly versatile so you are able to get more than one look from it. To dress it up or down simply change up your accessories, heels, hairstyle, and shoes. Here is how we styled our White Maxi Bandage Dress on Claudia last year.
Bandage dresses come in both midi (hits just below your knees) to short (3 to 4 inches above your knee) lengths. They also are available in various styles and designs including cutout, strappy, and mesh looks.
When it comes to white parties we recommend a white bandage dress because it is easily becomes a closet staple.
It gives your wardrobe a fresh new look when you need to get dressed in a pinch and confidence in your body because quality bandage dresses double as shapewear.
Bandage dresses are designed to fit snugly and shape or support your body. The majority of high quality bandage dresses are made from a blended fabric featuring rayon, nylon, and spandex for durability, sheen, and wrinkle resistance.
For your convenience, here is a guide on everything you need to know about buying a bandage dress.
The Sensual White Bodycon Dress
As the name implies it is a very body conscious style that traces your curves rather than hugs them like a second skin.
This one-piece dress is made to display your feminine proportions and give you a relaxed fit that is just as flattering and feminine as the bandage dress.
Bodycon dresses are known for coming in overlay styles that feature lace and mesh. They also come in various lengths, designs, and textures.
The Relaxed White Jumpsuit
The white jumpsuit is a playful and flirtatious entrant on this list.
Jumpsuits are very tricky and are recommended for the most fashion savvy and conscious women.
It is very important to find a jumpsuit that fits your body and is flattering to your body type. Avoid following trends with jumpsuits and rather opt for one that works for your body and style.
If you wear a jumpsuit that is too tight, you may unintentionally achieve a cat-woman vibe, and if you wear a jumpsuit that is too loose, you may completely lose your figure.
It is recommended that you go up a size and cinch your jumpsuit at the waist for your white party because a figure hugging white jumpsuit is not very forgiving. By going up a size you give yourself the option to freely move and bring to life a style that is chic, timeless, and classic.
When choosing a jumpsuit for your white party remember that if you are taller than 5’7 you likely are able to get away with floor-length pieces. However, if you are more petite (5’6 and below) consider the cousin to the jumpsuit - a romper that hits just above the knees.
If your legs are long and curvy consider a wider pant leg. If your legs are short and slim go for a slimmer leg jumpsuit.
The Undeniable Power Suit
There is always a diva at a party wearing a power suit—and white parties are no exception.
A trouser suit in all white makes a statement no matter how you style it. Power suits bring a timelessness to your style that is sexy, attractive, and bold.
A romantic blouse with ruffles, a chunky fashion necklace, and slick updo completes your power suit and ensures you attract the right kind of attention.
Another feminine and stylish alternative is a ruched top that drapes attractively around your shoulders, a belt that shows off your tiny waist, and cuffs that climb your arms.
White power suits are the perfect stage for red lips, bold eyeshadow, and contouring highlights.
The Versatile Two Piece Bandage Set
Two piece bandage sets are stylish, sexy, and designed to help you show off - everything.
Display a tempting midriff in cool cut-offs and crop tops or opt for short shorts to show off legs that go on forever for white parties being hosted at the beach. If the party is to be hosted on a pier or in a garden then a classic two piece bandage dress set is a go to staple.
White two piece bandage sets come in a variety of styles and our favorite is the pencil skirt inspired bottom.
The pencil skirt is easily worn with your favorite denim jacket, a feminine blouse, and sexy pumps for events and venues all year long.
Wear the top from the set with skinny jeans, a messy bun, and soft makeup for a relaxed girl next door look that is sexy and soft.
Style Tips for White Party Dresses and Apparel
Find your perfect white
If you thought that your color coordination woes were over because you are putting on white for these trendy parties - think again.
It is very important to choose a shade of white that actually works with your skin tone. A rule of thumb is that women with pale skin should stick to bright, crisp white shades while those with darker skin should opt for off-white and more ivory inspired tones.
Double check your undergarments
Another common challenge to styling for a white party is the undergarments you must wear to pull the look off.
A quality bandage two piece set or dress should feature thick and strong fabric so that undergarments are optional. Check out our post on what to wear under your bandage dress here.
For other styles be sure to test and check from all angles. Keep in mind that a thin white dress runs the risk of turning see-through in bright sunlight.
To get around fashion faux pas choose underwear that matches your skin tone or in bright hues that you would not mind showing off.
Use your hairstyle to finish your look
Gone are the days when hairstyles were used to keep your hair off your face. Hair is an intricate part of your style and so be sure to style it well for your white party.
There is so much you can do with your hair. Opt for a messy bun or light curls for that just-out-of-the-ocean look. You can also use your hair to accessorize your white dress by skipping all jewelry and just wearing a delicate rhinestone clip adorning your hair in a very streamlined up-do.
Choose your shoes wisely
Complete your look with silver, white, or gold strappy heels or elevate the look with classic pumps.
High heeled shoes and boots with a stiletto heel look great when paired with a bandage dress, especially for evening white parties.
Flat shoes or strappy sandals are a good choice when dressing down in a white bodycon dress for daywear.
Even the most practical-looking jumpsuit is completely transformed by a good pair of heels. For a boho flair, pair your white party outfit with a pair of gladiator sandals with straps that wrap all the way up to your knees.
Choose accessories that say something
For a chic appearance at an all-white party, pair a necklace with elaborate chandelier and filigree earrings.
Many dresses have low-cut or plunging necklines, so a long necklace, made from beads, or a chain with a large metalwork pendant is a good option.
For women wearing these dresses with bare shoulders and swept-back hair, long, dangly earrings with a splash of glitter or delicate, sparkling studs help flatter the outfit. For high necklines, use a short necklace, bold earrings, or even a face-framing hat.
A clutch with a shoulder or wrist strap is always the best white party purse because it keeps your hands free. Choose a nude, white, gold or silver purse. Go for sparkle, glitter, and other textures to give your look depth.
Belts are the perfect accessory to give your sexy little white dress various looks. A broad brown fashion belt will add a casual flair to the dress when paired with neutral sandals and a brown tote bag.
Add some color
This is also a great opportunity for you to add a pop of color to your dress—however, remember that any color you wear with white will really stand out so less is definitely more. Remember that it may be a white party but it is certainly not an all white party.
Put on makeup - and be careful
For most ensembles, the trick is to either amp up your eyes or your lips.
However, for a white dress, we recommend highlighting and contouring as previously mentioned. Choose lipsticks that match your skin tone for the best results.
As for your eyes and the rest of your face, shimmer is the way to go. Depending on your skin tone, pick gold, copper, or bronze shimmer dust to illuminate your face and give it a glow that ensure you do not look washed out in white.
Remember to put your makeup on prior to putting on your all white ensemble and be very careful when greeting other attendants with hugs at the party.
As white parties continue to find ways into every metropolitan nightlife scene it is important to be prepared all year long.
Stock up on a few of the style and dresses we have mentioned here to ensure you are ready and always sexy, stylish, and kewl. Other styles to look at are white sleeveless dresses, white v-neck dresses, a sassy white lace bodycon dress or a white pencil dress.
Have you recently attended a white party? Share your experience, style insights, and pictures in the comments below.
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