What to Wear When the Invite Says "White Attire Only"

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It's a summertime fantasy for the ages: lounging on a rooftop with a tropical drink in hand chatting it up in a sea of crisp, white outfits. Summer soirees are a dime a dozen, but there's always an air of sophistication when it comes to an all-white party.

It’s natural to stress when a party invitation with a special dress code attached hits your inbox. Be it cocktail, beach casual, or festive attire, it’s not always easy to interpret exactly how to look. But, there’s particular stress brought on when that RSVP includes a specific “white attire only" outfit protocol. We assume the least clumsy and most bold-color-averse might like the challenge, but for anyone else, a dose of inspiration helps.

That said, the looks ahead offer several different ways to interpret the famed white from head to toe dress code from a creative and fresh perspective. So whether your white-attire party takes place on a yacht, a chic hotel rooftop, or the basement of your favorite neighborhood bar, consider yourself thematically covered.

With craft-core's big splash happening right now, an elevated crochet pant set feels just right.

Shop the look:

Miguelina Kela Crochet Top ($350)

Miguelina Inez Crochet Pants ($375)

For an avant-garde look, layer a playful crop top with textured high-waist shorts.

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Cult Gaia Gail Top ($378)

Coperni Pleated Shorts ($450)

This modern, anti-body-con silhouette and strappy heels feel totally effortless and chic.

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Jonathan Simkhai Alex Cutout Detail Long Sleeve Poplin Shirtdress ($395)

Proenza Schouler White Label Smocked Waist Poplin Dress ($198)

Frame Le Malibu Flip Flop ($228)

Matching sets always come in clutch for big party moments.

Shop the look:

Devon Windsor Amara Top in Off White ($168)

Devon Windsor Devon Windsor Aster Skirt in Off White ($202)

Bp. Cat Eye Sunglasses ($15)

Pull out a cool pair of pearls to dress up a simple knit bralette and high waist trousers.

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525 525 Cotton Bralette in Bleach White ($68)

Nasty Gal Tailored High Waisted Turn Up Hem Pants ($25)

Gorjana Parker Pearl Necklace ($75)

Special details, like this wrap effect and skinny straps, add something special to an otherwise basic ensemble.

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Amanda Uprichard Amanda Uprichard Juvenna Dress in White ($198)

Schutz Galle Sandals ($98)

This floppy hat might be breaking the rules, but we think it's worth it.

Shop the look:

Norma Kamali Diana Top in White ($145)

Amanda Uprichard Amanda Uprichard Taryn Pant in Ivory ($194)

San Diego Hat Ultrabraid Xl Brim Sun Hat ($61)

You're sure to adhere to the party's dress code in head-to-toe white—including your heels.

Shop the look:

Wilfred Desire Vest ($98)

Wilfred Basel Bustier ($70)

Open Edit Quincy Sandal ($50)

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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