Your Guide on What to Wear to a White Party
Last updated on : May 10 2017
In this guide we cover a variety of options for putting together the perfect white party look. From sexy white party dresses to chic jumpsuits - plus the dos and don'ts of white party outfits and lots more.
The Reliable White Bandage Dress
White bandage dresses fit snugly while shaping and supporting your body and are perfect white party dresses. High quality ones are made from a sturdy and stretchable fabric blended from rayon, nylon, and spandex. This fabric is comfortable to wear and has a sheen like silk, spotlighting your perfectly feminine curves.
Available in both midi (just below your knee) to short (3 to 4 inches above your knee) and in various designs including racy cutout and mesh looks that show more sexy skin. They are versatile dresses allowing you to easily get more than one look from them. To dress up or down simply change your accessories, hairstyle or shoes.
For our white party dresses we love to wear white bandage dresses. They are closet staples and provide a fresh new look when we need to get dressed in a pinch. Also they provide ample confidence with their curve moulding fit, doubling as shape wear and enhancing that fabulous hourglass shape.
If you're looking to learn more about these incredible dresses read our guide on everything you need to know about buying a bandage dress.
The Sensual White Bodycon Dress
Bodycon dresses trace your curves while bandage dresses hug and shape them like a second skin. Just as sexy, they show off your feminine proportions in a relaxed fit that is different but just as flattering as a bandage dress.
White party dresses in this style are usually made with a lycra, silk or polyester blend and cut tightly to mirror your shape. They do not have a lot of stretch, getting their shape from the cut and lines of the dress itself. They are known for coming in overlay styles that feature lace and mesh and in various lengths, designs, and textures.
The Relaxed White Jumpsuit
A white jumpsuit is a playful and flirtatious entrant to our all white party dress list. However they can be tricky and recommended for the most fashion savvy and conscious women.
It is important to find a jumpsuit that fits your body properly and flatters your body type. Avoid following trends with jumpsuits, instead 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, wear one too loose and you may completely lose your figure.
If you're concerned go up a size and cinch your jumpsuit at the waist, this allows the fit to be more forgiving. Before going out, ask a friends opinion too. 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 at your white party.
If you are taller than 5’7 you will be 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. They make good alternatives to white party dresses if this is the look you want to show, and we say go for it!
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. Consider choosing one as a bolder solution to a white party dress.
The Versatile Two Piece Bandage Set
Two piece bandage dresses are stylish, sexy, and designed to show off everything, and so are good choices for white party dresses.
Display a tempting midriff in cool cut-offs and a bandage crop top or opt for short shorts to show off legs that go on forever for white parties at the beach. If the white party is at a pier or in a garden then a classic two piece bandage dress is a go to staple (take a white swimsuit along too).
White two piece sets come in a variety of styles. Our favorite is the pencil skirt inspired bottom. This type of skirt is easily worn with your favorite denim jacket, a feminine blouse, and sexy pumps for white party dress 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.
How to Wear White According to Your Body Type
The secret to making a white party dress work for you is to know which outfits suit your body frame and which work to highlight your best features.
A curvy figure is perhaps the most sought-after figure today. If you are curvy-figured and not sure about wearing a white party outfit then put your doubts away. Give the look a shot with these tricks. The goal is to dress clever to balance out your shape.
Avoid wearing white on white, instead play around with shades and textures. Opt for flared jeans with a horizontal band to draw focus to the curve of your waist or go for a white party dress with vertical seams and darts. A tight bandage crop top paired with a light shrug or jacket in another color looks chic.
If you have a thin, athletic frame then white may accentuate your angular lines. But this doesn't mean you can't wear a white party dress. There are plenty of ways to make the color work for you.
Go for different textures and clothes with embellishments to achieve a softer look and the illusion of curves. If you wear a top with pants, tuck in the top to create the illusion of a feminine waistline, longer legs, and larger bust.
Bottom-heavy or thick waisted
Wearing a white party dress is easier as you are able to add layers without creating a bulky look (unlike other colors). Layers allow you to camouflage your midsection in clever and stylish ways without losing your shape.
Try a white party outfit that has two separate pieces. An A-line skirt that skims the hip gracefully or skinny jeans work great. Either will give a sleek and polished look to your appearance. When you wear a little white dress, opt for one that wraps around or with draping to avoid additional attention to your tummy area.
If you are fretting over your petite bust line, fret no more. Make a white party outfit work to your advantage by wearing white tops with ruffles or details on the neckline. This body type is excellent for these styles, even on dresses. You are able to wear embellishments on the chest area without the fear of being too bulky.
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 wearing white for these trendy parties - think again.
It is important to choose a shade of white that works with your skin tone. Women with pale skin should stick to bright, crisp white shades while those with darker skin should opt for off-white party dresses and more ivory inspired tones.
Double check your undergarments
Wearing white underwear with a white party dress is out of date. Match the shade of your bra and underwear to your skin tone for a neat, seamless look. The lines of your undergarments may still show, but skin toned colors will be less noticeable. Choose seamless pieces if you have options, and leave those lacy bras for other days.
Note that a quality bandage dress will 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, test and check from all angles. A thin material runs the risk of turning see-through in bright light. Check the material of whatever you are buying by placing your fingers under it. If it is too transparent or flimsy to carry off with confidence, ditch it. Fabric integrity is everything when wearing a white party outfit.
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 look and needs to be styled well for your white party dress.
There is so much you can do with your hair. Opt for a messy bun or light curls for a just-out-of-the-ocean look. Or use you hair to accessorize your white dress by skipping jewelry altogether. Wear a delicate rhinestone clip in a streamlined up-do instead.
Check out our article on how to match your hairstyle with you dress neckline for more information and ideas.
Choose your shoes wisely
For a summer inspired or beachy white party outfit choose wedges or sandals in skin tones. If understated elegance is your style, nothing works better than a pair of strappy heels or pumps in nude or beige. Silver pumps or stilettos do the trick when you want to add a touch of glam to any white party dress.
We recommend staying away from white footwear because it can make you appear shorter. If you can’t forego your white sneakers, add color to your outfit (such as a white top paired with denim shorts) rather than sticking to an all-white theme.
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
If you love accessorizing, wearing white is the perfect canvas to display your latest buys. However, be careful to balance your look from head to toe.
Necklaces and earring - For a chic appearance in an all-white party dress, pair a necklace with elaborate chandelier and filigree earrings.
Many white party 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 sporting bare shoulders and swept-back hair, long, dangly earrings with a splash of glitter or delicate, sparkling studs will help flatter. For high necklines, use a short necklace, bold earrings, or even a face-framing hat.
Choose your bag wisely - 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 white party 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.
Scarves. There is no accessory that provides as much versatility as the humble scarf. It is an excellent way to accessorize your white party outfit. Throw a scarf of any color casually around your neck for a stylish, elegant addition to your outfit.
The key to pulling off scarves is to experiment. Play around with colors and patterns depending on the occasion. Try tying one around your waist as a striking belt for a playful look. If you love a little retro style, try a colorful scarf as a headband.
Metallic Jewelry. Metallic accents are one of the hottest trends around. Adding a shiny or glitter accented bracelet, necklace, or clutch in metallic hues will provide a soft femininity that is stylish and chic.
Try a stack of gold bangles on one arm or experiment with bracelets of different sizes. A statement necklace or chandelier earrings in gold works for a bold, stylish look. Just remember when wearing white less is more; one statement piece is good enough.
Add some color
It may be a white party but perhaps not an all white party? This is great opportunity for you to add a pop of color to your dress. Any color you wear with white will stand out so less again is more.
Put on makeup - but be careful
Choose makeup wisely. The trick is to either amp up your eyes or your lips.
For a white party dress, we recommend contouring your lips. Choose lipsticks that match your skin tone for the best results.
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. This will ensure you do not look washed out in white.
Apply your makeup and perfume after you have finished putting on your clothes (protect with an old tee shirt or towel if necessary). This will avoid any messes with lipstick or mascara. Otherwise, ensure that the product you are using has dried completely before putting on your top or dress. Do not hurry or your white party dress may not remain all white.
It is a good idea to use deodorants that prevent sweating in the armpit area, then you don't have to deal with sweat stains on pristine white (especially on hot, humid days).
Add comfort to the equation
Your white party dress 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.
Poor quality white dresses and skirts are not recommended because they lose their shape. The other need for a high quality outfit is to ensure your undergarments are not revealed and that the fabric integrity is never compromised.
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 styles we have mentioned here to ensure you are ready and prepared for the next one.
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 to August. Many are now hosted outdoors, around pools or on a boat where in addition to a white party dress, white swimwear might be required.
Also, refrain from wearing all-white at weddings, no matter how tempting the dress. It is the special day for the bride, so let’s not take that away from her (unless you are the bride or part of the bridal party). If you must, consider wearing on your top only and break up the tone with other colorful pieces.
History Of White Parties
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 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 color white was chosen because it symbolized a non-political and non-combative solidarity among attendants, as well as for it's purity and elegance. And so the white party dress was born.
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.
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.