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Want to Pull Off the Classy All-White Look? Here’s How to do it



I was literally spell-bound when I saw Tiwa Savage‘s outfit for the Miss Nigeria 2013 Finale. She wore a beautifully fit Bridget Awosika suit paired with clean barely there make up, gold accessories and patent pumps. Her look had the perfect amount of everything and got me thinking – How can  we wear all white without it looking overdone? Well BN stylistas it’s time for another edition of how to.Tiwa-Savage-in-Bridget-Awosika

The all-white look has this classy and sophisticated appearance especially when it is a full outfit. So how can you wear all-white? Use these simple rules as a guide and I’m sure you will get the hang of it.

Try a Uniform Tone of White
First of all, when you want to create an all-white ensemble, try going for a uniform tone. This pulls the outfit together and creates continuity. If you cant create one tone, then you can add different tones like ivory and white or off white and bright white in other fabrics or textures. For example; Tiwa Savage decided to wear a sheer collared top underneath her suit. The top’s colour is brighter than the rest of the outfit but it still gives the outfit a balance.

Use your Accessories to Create variance
When you pair accessories with your all-white outfit, use them to create the variance the outfit needs to stand out. For your accessories, any colour would go but I would advise gold. The gold look would compliment the outfit. With shoes, always go for something that either stands out or compliments. Wearing gold, silver, nude, black, white or shiny shoes would compliment the outfit; while red, yellow or any other colour would stand out.

Like Patricia from the MomentsofStyle fashion & beauty blog who has paired her white outfit with gold accessories and black high heel shoes, you could do the same. The accessories are minimal but they still go great with the outfit.

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Patricia of Moments of Style

Do not Layer
When it comes to wearing white you do not want to layer on too much. You could try wearing a dress and pairing it with white shoes or wear a white top with white denim trousers. As is with every other trend, there is a limit to how many pieces you can wear at once.

Try a Pop of Colour
Try adding a burst of colour to your outfit. Sometimes colour can take away from the all-white look, but with the right accessories you can pull it off like Shirley B Eniang of the Meek – N – Mild blog with her white and red ensemble.

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Shirley B. Eniang of Meek-n-Mild

Pay attention to Detail
Sometimes, to be safe in your outfit choice, you may want to wear a white dress. But in doing this also go for making a statement and try something different. White can be a bit boring sometimes so it’s always nice to amp it up. Try a detailed dress with an open back with crossed straps like Yvonne Nelson or some embellishments that will really make it pop.

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Yvonne Nelson

Also, you could go understated sexy like Rita Dominic and get a dress shirt that says “business at the top but party at the bottom”.


Rita Dominic

Use simple Make Up
When it comes to wearing make up with your all-white outfit, always keep it simple. If you like colour, limit it to only one part of your face like your lips or eyes. Too much make up would take away from the classy look you are going for.

In the photo below Rita Dominic has chosen to go for dark eyes and red lips while Yvonne Nelson has toned hers down with a light pink lipstick and understated eyes.


Now, there are a lot of rules as to where you can wear all white to, but this time the trend is going everywhere. From weddings to the beach, the all-white look has the ability to make you feel timeless, chic and still on trend on any occasion. Check out these fashionable people who have rocked the trend to different occasions, and rocked it well.

You can wear all-white to a Wedding

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The Beach
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Official Events

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Estelle of Estellelamode

The all white trend suits any style and all you have to do is add your personal touch to make it truly express your personality. Check out these style inspirations on how you can also white-out.

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Jennifer Hudson

Doreen of the Stylish Forever blog

Doreen of the StylishForever blog



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Fisayo Longe of Mirror Me

Still drooling over Tiwa’s look? Then check out how you can recreate her chic all white look with our BN Style inspiration section.

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Get a structured white blazer like this Crepe blazer from TopShop. You can make it look edgy by rolling up the sleeves to your upper wrist or elbow. Also you can add a broche to give the blazer some personality.

Buy here TopShop

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Up next, pair the white blazer with some nice textured pants. The colour is ivory to give your outfit a varied look without it being too distracting. Try a comfortable pair like the Premium Peg leg trousers in ivory from TopShop. Make sure it is your size so you can get a really tailored look.

Buy here: TopShop4

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After you’ve gotten your blazer and trouser, get a sheer blouse that has a common colour with one of the pieces of clothing you already have. This Box Pleat Blouse from TopShop is in ivory and goes really well with the peg leg trousers above. Another reason why the blouse should have colours in common is so that you can always rock the outfit without the blazer.

Buy here: TopShop

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I love it when an outfit comes together; especially when it’s with a nice pair of patent nude shoes from Asos. It blends well with the outfit and adds a little shine to your feet.

Buy here: Asos

So, have you ever tried the all-white trend? Don’t forget to share all your tips and tricks with us.

Photo Credit: Mirror Me | FunmiOgunja | StylishForever | Urprettyhaute | Estellelamode | Momentsofstyle | Mocchachica | Eurweb | Starpulse | Naijadeevas


  1. Hurperyermie

    July 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm


  2. Mrs H

    July 18, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    i’m sure u meant crossed straps not stripes.

  3. Godfreak

    July 18, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    i love the Beyonce look, very girly and simple

  4. Hian!

    July 18, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    And if we want to get the actual tux from Bridget Awosika, where can we get it? Address and Phone number would be highly appreciated. Thanks BN

  5. Global

    July 18, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Na wa o Mrs H! With all she wrote, that’s the ONLY thing you got???????? *sigh*

  6. CarliforniaBawler

    July 18, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    I’m a big believer is feeling the prettiest I can feel every single day and white just doesn’t do it for me. Firstly white washes out my skin tone, for some weird reason my shade of “yellow’ (esp. my face) just looks off in white so I wouldn’t wear white tops.Secondly, with hips like mine, I don’t venture near white bottoms ’cause they end up making my bottom seem to go on forever (maybe they actually do hehehe). I guess that rules out an all white attire for me…blehh.

  7. Pearl

    July 18, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I love it but is it cool to wear white at a wedding ? Il love to as a guest but is there some sort of “rule” that says white is for the bride alone :/

    • hmm

      July 18, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Yeah ..its just so that the guest does not upstage the bride….as per all the attention should be on the bride that day …..and an all white ensemble usually stands out in a wedding but it also depends on how you accessorize it ..

  8. Dora the explorer

    July 18, 2013 at 5:34 pm

  9. HRS

    July 18, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Me likey! On them sha o… Cause If I wear white, I would avoid everyone and everything! I have a fear of being stained when I wear white…. 🙁

  10. Bey

    July 18, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    I have always loved white and I enjoyed reading every bit of this post..Thanx Bella naija

  11. Chic

    July 18, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    You can carry off all white very nicely without getting dirty unless someone smears you with makeup or spills a drink on you in the west but in Africa and other developing countries not so much even if you are driving around the probability of bumping into a dusty surface and ending up with brown spots on your outfit is very high. Sidebar I absolutely love Patricia (britpopprincess) and Shirely I love their YT channels!

  12. Mma

    July 18, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I honestly think that this all white look is not for every shape, but when worn well it looks amazing!

  13. birdieblue

    July 19, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Not to sound bush oh but seriously are ladies now following the rhianna/ miley cyrus route and wearing belly baring cut off in broad daylight? I honestly cant think of where that would be appropriate apart from the beach.

    • Hot sumtyn

      July 19, 2013 at 7:55 am

      Then don’t wear it!

  14. nene

    July 19, 2013 at 11:53 am

    sorry but tiwa and rita’s gown and one of the other blogger girls (don’t know her name) shouldn’t be on the list.

  15. @ajiriavae

    July 19, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Let me add that different shades of white suit different skin tones better. Best to hold the white against your face in very good light to see if that top or dress will make you look drab or fabulous.

  16. Buford Walton

    July 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    White pants are good summer staples. They are versatile, and their brightness makes any outfit pop. However, white pants tend to be a bit see-through under bright sunlight. Save yourself the embarrassment and take the time to pair the right type of underwear with white pants.

  17. eby

    July 20, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    beyonce’s dress is [email protected]@ and not white. Nice combos with white though

  18. Pretty Haute

    July 23, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Thank yo so much for this feature. 🙂

  19. VisualTherapyNY

    March 31, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Love the look with the white blazer! Way to rock a white look.

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