Summer Dressing – How to Wear White with picks from House of Fraser

One of my favourite things about going on holiday in my 20’s and 30’s was getting dressed up for the evening out in something white to show off the progressing tan. Whilst those days are long gone and the tan is achieved in a much safer manner from a tube (St Tropez Every Day) I still love to wear white during the summer and especially on holiday – it works so well in bright sunlight. This season it’s been mixed with flouros and brights, soft neutrals and the ever chic black and white combination – big on the Armani catwalk. White is a great capsule wardrobe basic to build outfits around.

So far this year there haven’t been many opportunities to break out the white section of my summer wardrobe, although today I am being brave in white linen trousers which I may come to regret later. Because of this there are still plenty of lovely white pieces in the shops, many of which are on sale. So here is a quick roundup of ideas for work and leisure, timely with Wimbledon on this week.

A great summer office dress – just add a cardigan or jacket if it needs to be a little bit more formal:


Label Lab Motif back dress from House of Fraser was £80 now £60

I love the combination of a waist tie shirt with cropped jeans and wedges – it’s the perfect riviera outfit with big shades and a basket for your market shopping.


Therapy Cut work collar blouse was £35 now a great bargain at £18 There are some great crop jeans in both soft and bright colours, these from Oasis down to £32 from £45 come in coral, stone and a mint green. Paired with these toning snake espadrille wedges a fantastic bargain reduced from £140 to £56.

A white skirt can be a bit of an indulgence – you have to be vigilant when eating – but it looks so fresh. A pencil shape with a neat jacket would be perfect for a smart event, or as I have shown below with two summer trends a peplum top in a sugar candy colour. A fuller skirt is great for casual holiday and summer days and I love a red/white combination.


Printed peplum top from Vila at House of Fraser £30 and pencil skirt in linen with cutwork detail by by Coast at House of Fraser reduced from £95 to £39
Red and White stripe to by Linea at House of Fraser down to £17.50 and embroidery hem skirt by Phase Eight at House of Fraser reduced from £69 to £34.50

Image top left Dress by coast was £110 now £39 and Fascinator by Coast reduced from £45 to £25, bag by Ollie & Nick £25 Shoes by Nine West £95 all from House of Fraser.

Have your white pieces made their way out of the wardrobe yet? How are you wearing them?