This past Saturday I was one of the lucky 600+ socialites attending Saratoga Bridges’ Annual White Gala. I know my posts are usually focused on tips and tricks for my readers, and I promise, this one will get there. But first, a little about this event and my fabulous weekend! If you follow my blog, at this point you probably know I am originally from Upstate NY (no, not Westchester, think more like Albany). Every year, for 6 weeks, people flock to Saratoga to witness strong, muscular, sweaty males try to finish first. Get your head out of the gutter!!! I am talking about the Saratoga Race track and the gorgeous horses! The White Gala raises money to fund programs to assist the developmentally disabled and their families. I am so happy I could contribute to such a great cause and attend such a wonderful event.
This summer, I am sure I am not the only one out there attending a white party. Planning an outfit for a white party seems simple, right? Wear white. When everyone else is wearing essentially the same thing, it is important to think about the details in order to stand out in a crowd.
Accessories are key for a white party. When wearing monochrome, create visual interest with accessories. Try a shoe in a pop of color, or a statement necklace. For this year’s White Gala, I chose to wear a pair of statement earrings, zebra calf hair clutch and tons of bracelets.
The biggest trend of this year’s party was the WCD… the white crocheted dress. I saw all different varieties long, short, with sleeves and without. Remember the WCD I featured in this past post? The WCD solves some of the most common white outfit failures (think- boring, see through, exposes every flaw, too dressy… ). Reasons why:
It has visual interest within the dress and requires minimal accessories. The intricacies of a WCD have enough going on that simple earrings and a pop of color in a clutch will suffice.
- As a result of its design, the dress is lined, sometimes twice. Your worries of your outfit being see through are eliminated.
- The WCD has texture because it is lined, it won’t cling to your every dimple, bulge, or bump. The crochet design will help to smooth out imperfections and will certainly hide the lines of any undergarments (which is a whole blog post in itself!).
- The crocheted design makes the dress casual enough to wear to a girls brunch or dinner with flats, but can also be dressed up for a white party with a great pair of metallic heels.
If you are unsure what to wear to your white party, try the WCD! But, if you don’t have it in you to wear all white, choose a print with a white background and accessorize with white!