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"Whiten" your wardrobe

White is the must-have color for Spring 2011. No need to wait until Memorial Day to incorporate these white fashion staples into your wardrobe. You'll be amazed by just how versatile white really is!

White lightens and brightens your look... and matches absolutely everything! Update your closet with these affordable white wardrobe pieces:

"Whiten" your wardrobeThe classic tee

You just can't go wrong with a classic white T-shirt. It's perfect with denim shorts or skinny jeans, yet adaptable enough to wear with slacks and a jacket for work. Or pair your tee with a floral skirt for a fun, carefree look. White T-shirts are available with crewnecks or v-necks, with short-sleeves or long, classic or fitted. You'll want more than one...

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"Whiten" your wardrobeA crisp, classic button-down blouse

Like the classic tee, a white blouse is something every closet needs. White button-downs can be perfectly tailored for the office, or loose and flirty for a picnic. Wear a long white button-down over leggings or a cropped, tapered blouse with a pencil skirt. Just about any bottom you wear will look great with a white blouse.

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"Whiten" your wardrobeWhite slacks

In an attempt to appear slimmer, many women opt for dark slacks, but you don't have to be afraid to wear white! White slacks, with the right fit and in the right fabric, can be incredibly flattering. And they're the perfect complement to tops and shoes in bright spring prints and colors.

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"Whiten" your wardrobeFlirty sundress

Nothing says spring like a flirty, feminine sundress! A flowy white dress is the perfect addition to your warm-weather wardrobe. With styles ranging from skin-baring to covered-up, you can find the white sundress that's perfect for you.

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"Whiten" your wardrobeWhite heels

There was a time when white heels were a definite no-no, but those days are long gone. Celebs like Paris Hilton have made white shoes uber-chic once again. White peep-toe heels highlight a gorgeous pedicure, while white pumps with wood heels will add freshness without going overboard. And white strappy heels will flatter your glowing tan and feel oh-so-summery!

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"Whiten" your wardrobeBright white handbag

Perhaps you've never envisioned yourself a big white purse, think again. One of the hottest handbag trends for Spring 2011 is the bright, white handbag. ??????N?o? ?m?a?t?t?e?r? ?w?h?a?t? ?f?a?b?r?i?c? ?y?o?u? ?l?i?k?e? ?-?-? ?l?e?a?t?h?e?r?,? ?c?a?n?v?a?s?,? ?straw, whatever -- it'll look and feel light and summery in white. ? ?A white handbag ?really pops against black, red??, red? and navy?? blue, blue, and it serves as a nice muted accessory for the season's popular tribal-inspired and floral prints.

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"Whiten" your wardrobePrecious Pearls

Is there anything classier than a strand of pretty pearls? You don't need to invest in an expensive set of fine pearls to capture the enviable style of Audrey Heburn and other old-time glamour gals -- costume jewelry has the very same fashion effect. Pair your pearls with just about any spring ensemble for a fresh and trendy look.

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If your whites aren't as bright as you'd like, follow these steps to get your clothes to look brand spankin' new.

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