The perfect white suit (and a few styling ideas)

07/02/2014

Karolina Kurkova stars in Max Mara Spring/Summer 2011 campaign photographed by Mario Sorrenti
Can we talk about the white suit, one of the most beautiful classic pieces and a golden ticket to being impossibly elegant? If it wasn't then neither MaxMara nor Ralph Lauren would choose a perfectly tailored white suit to be one of their signature pieces. 

Reiss white suit spring 2014 collection | how to wear white suit | outfit ideas
For me it means perfect summer, holidays somewhere in French Riviera, Marlene Dietrich, day to night versatility and a bunch of bills from the dry cleaners. And even though it really is a high maintenance garment, I still want one, especially now I know it's a part of Reiss Spring 2014 collection.

I saw it back in November, but resisted sharing for everyone was too excited about the holidays and chunky jumpers and my perfect suit would not get the attention it really deserved. 

Isn't it beautiful?

The versatility part becomes obvious when you think of all the outfits you could create with these two pieces. I won't be telling you how to wear a white jacket, well, not just yet, but the trousers can be worn on their own as a transitional winter to spring piece, with a chunky sweater, then - light cashmere or silk jumper that you can swap for a mariner top, t-shirt or a tank as the weather gets warmer (and the skin develops a bit of a natural tan).
Max Mara Spring 2006 campaign  | how to wear white suit outfit ideas
Kylie Bax in white leg trousers and chunky knit sweater photographed by Patrick Demarchelier and styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele in Marie Claire US October 1998 fashion editorial
Kylie Bax in white leg trousers and chunky knit sweater photographed by Patrick Demarchelier and styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele in Marie Claire US October 1998 fashion editorial
Vita Sidorkina wearing all white look in L'Officiel Singapore March 2012 fashion editorial photographed by Wee Khim and styled by Johnny Khoo
L'Officiel Brazil July 2007
Erin Wasson in white suit photographed by Mario Testino and styled by Carine Roitfeld for Vogue US February 2001 fashion editorial

You can also change the look by using different kind of jewellery - wooden or tan leather cuffs, handfuls of pearl necklaces or something dainty and delicate instead.

Kate Moss photographed by Patrick Demarchelier for Marie Claire US June 1995 fashion editorial
As for the footwear… Go with what you love the most - brogues, ballerinas, sandals, Converse or even Nikes or, if you love your heels, chunky sandals (you know a bit of cord or raffia here and there isn't going to hurt), classic pumps or espadrilles.

Madgalena Frackowiak wearing white suit and Converse trainers Vogue Spain March 2012 photographed by Giampaolo Sgura and styled by Geraldine Saglio
Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington photographed by Arthur Elgort for Vogue US February 1992 cover
Constance Jablonski wearing white suit and nike trainers photographed by Nathaniel Goldberg and styled by Clare Richardson for he Shape Of The Season fashion editorial in Harpers Bazaar US April 2013
Oh, yes, before I forget… The sunglasses. And a hat. Something small, made of straw, for the day and big and fabulous for the night. Just to make it even more unforgettable. If you are not a big fan of hats, a silk scarf can make a fashionable and very chic statement, too.

Sophie Holmes in 1920s retro inspired editorial in Elle Germany June 2011 photographed by Pasquale Abbattista and styled by Kathrin Siedel
Sophie Holmes in 1920s retro inspired editorial in Elle Germany June 2011 photographed by Pasquale Abbattista and styled by Kathrin Siedel
Photo source: Max Mara Spring/Summer 2011 campaign (photography: Mario Sorrenti), Reiss Spring/Summer 2014 Lookbook, Max Mara Spring 2006 campaign, Marie Claire US October 1998 (photography: Patrick Demarchelier, styling: Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele), L'Officiel Singapore March 2012 (photography: Wee Khim, styling: Johnny Khoo), L'Officiel Brazil July 2007, Marie Claire US October 1998 (photography: Patrick Demarchelier, styling: Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele), Vogue US February 2001 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Carine Roitfeld), Marie Claire US June 1995 (photography: Patrick Demarchelier), Vogue Spain March 2012 (photography: Giampaolo Sgura, styling: Geraldine Saglio, Vogue US February 1992 (photography: Arthur Elgort), Harper's Bazaar US April 2013 (photography:  Nathaniel Goldberg, styling: Clare Richardson, Elle Germany June 2011 (photography: Pasquale Abbattista, styling: Kathrin Siedel) 

34 comments:

  1. Wow, I love these white outfits!!!
    xoxo
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  2. Amazing post.... I love all these white suits.. so elegant!!!!!
    Happy friday doll!!!!

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  3. You did right to wait before sharing the look, now it got my attention even more. Love white suits too, there is nothing more chic and polished. Especially love white trousers in winter, I like how you suggested to pair them, for sure will keep your tips in mind!:) Have a great weekend Natalia! xo

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  4. Love the total white, is so classy and elegant! :D
    xxx
    S
    http://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.it/

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  5. I'm not a fan, but I really enjoy it.

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  6. I want one too, although I will probably end up combining the separates with something else, like the trousers with a vest on the bare skin and flat shoes, or the jacket with jeans and heels.

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  7. Winter White is a staple (except for eyebrows, I don't like a winter white eyebrow.) Love the picture of Kate Moss, she looks incredible.
    xoxo,
    Behind the Mirror

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  8. Love this! Gotta get myself a white blazer now :) x

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  9. wow, great oufits! I am looking for white fluffy pants that are NOT transpart...and I wasn't successful so far!
    Greetings from Paris!

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  10. Je trouve que le blanc c'est tellement classe !!!
    Bisous
    Vanessa
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  11. I have dreams of a white suit. A less traditional one, perhaps - mine would likely include white denim pair with a blazer - but still. Just like the black suit, the white suit is the perfect classic piece, the perfect starting point for so many gorgeous outfits. In my dreams where my basics all come from MaxMara, I wear beautiful clothes like the ones in these photos.
    xox,
    Cee

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  12. There is something so impossibly chic and cool about a white suit. Love the styling in the last pic.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  13. Gorgeous! You truly have a great style! Have a wonderful weekend sweetie!

    Diana
    www.ManhattanImageandStyle.com
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  14. For me a white suit is the embodiment of elegance! I would love to wear a white suit, but I fear always that I will make this suit dirty ... but after your wonderful inspirations I will honestly thinking about :)

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    www.dressedwithsoul.blogspot.de

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  15. white clothes are the best for me for summer; off-white are the best for summer and winter!
    kisses Gi.
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  16. Perfect advices!:)*
    white suits are truly one of the mostly favorite of mine!
    And indeed,it's so important to choose the correct shoose,jeweleries and so.....
    Oh,how much I like the last one image here by you....this cute comby pearls,white classy suit and those tipe(mans) shoose! SO perfect")))*

    Greetings from rainy Amsterdam,
    ***Violetta***

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  17. omg i so need a white suit! these are stunning, thanks for the inspiration!

    x

    ♥ Ellen
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  18. It takes a lot of confidence to pull off a white suit this well! Hope you have a wonderfully relaxing weekend!

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  19. I agree, the white suit is supremely elegant and versatile ,
    Great post!
    XX, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com

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  20. Babe! I adore your blog soo much!! I just started following you on Bloglovin' :-).. I would appreciate it and would love it if you can follow back!

    Love,

    Noor
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  21. It always looks so sophisticated and powerful! Love it with pearls. Outstanding post Natalia!
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  22. yes, that all in white-outfits look great!

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  23. Oh my I would so love a white suite and I am loving the white for winter trend and the white trend general. Now all I have to do is win the lottery! Great round up.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com

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  24. white perfection, pretty! xxxxxxxxxx

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  25. I agree that the white suit is beautiful and elegant! I don't know if I'd be able to pull it off, but it's so chic. I adore the suit in the second photo!!

    xox,
    anna-lamode.blogspot.com

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  26. Aboslutely need a white suite now for Spring...so beautiful!

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  27. I love these! They're so beautiful.

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