White is one of the handiest colors when throwing together an ensemble. It matches absolutely everything and absorbs light, so naturally, it lightens and brightens your look, too. Despite what the old fashion rules say, you can wear white before and after Labor Day. Check out these must-have little white fashion pieces.
The classic Tee
While the debate between V-neck and crew neck rages on, one thing about the white t-shirt is never up for debate: It's a fashionable classic with staying power. Pair it with jeans for a casual look, black slacks and a blazer for the office, or tucked into a floral skirt to look a little flirtatious. This V-neck from Forever 21 is a steal at a mere $3.50.
Crisp, classic button-down
The go-to for professionals everywhere, the classic white button-down is serious business. Invest a bit of money and tailoring in this closet staple. For instance, consider this three-quarter-sleeve version from Nordstrom for $69. It's not going out of style anytime soon.
Bright white handbag
One of the biggest handbag trends for spring 2011, a white or off-white handbag is perfect for those sunny spring and summer days. Snag this Michael Kors gem at Macy's for $298.
Though they've gone from fashion taboo to ultra-chic staples, white heels are an unexpected pop of freshness to an otherwise conservative outfit. Break up the whiteness with a wood-heeled pump, such as these $75 Gabriella Rocha finds on Zappos.com.
Nothing else is a bigger testament to the versatility of white than pearls. The classic mollusk-perfected look conjures images of Audrey Hepburn and other old-time movie stars but still looks fresh and modern. Try this freshwater strand from Target for $80.
Available in a wide range of styles from skin-baring to covered-up, flowy sundresses are cool, feminine, fun and classic. This JC Penney number for $100 will let you soak up those rays.
Many women steer clear of white slacks in fear of the "light colors make you look bigger" theory. With the right fit (and perhaps some tailoring), though, white slacks are nothing to fear. They look great with a bright-colored or printed top and are the perfect style addition for when you just can't take any more black or grey in your work wardrobe. Try this BCBGMAXAZRIA pair on for size, available for $138 at Nordstrom.