Whiteout: 3 Ways to Wear Summer’s Favorite Neutral

It goes without saying: white is a summer staple. It’s crisp, clean (at least in the morning), and – when worn with bold pops of color and texture – anything but boring. Here are three ways to work it into your wardrobe, stat.

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Lady in red (& white): Red is alluring on many levels. Pair this hard-case clutch with old-fashioned beading for a striking juxtaposition.

All mod: Black and white is as timeless as it is modern. As is leather and lace. Go with ankle-strap pumps for extra height and a one-shoulder dress or asymmetrical hem for added dimension.

Keep an arsenal of belts: Nothing breaks up an outfit quite like a belt. And this ribbon belt in particular could just as easily double as a head scarf.

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By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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July 19, 2013

Holy Humidity: How to Outfit Summer’s Hottest Hours (Bedtime, Too)

Unfortunately, not every summer soiree includes an easy exit. Sometimes, you have to stick it out – rain, shine, or impossible humidity. So before you head to that next dinner party, take a few hot-summer cues from us.

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For Men
It’s hot and muggy out, and you’re going to sweat. Wear a T-shirt, right? Wrong. The Art of Manliness implores you to choose a button-front or polo on sunny days before reaching for the tee. Even a long-sleeve button-front (made of natural fibers) will keep you cooler than a cotton-blend or polyester tee. Not to mention the versatility factor. You’ll seldom feel underdressed.

For occasions that call for a sport coat, wear light colors and fabrics (like white and linen). Heading to a patio or beach-front party? Roll up those pant cuffs and swap out oxfords for boat shoes.

For Women
We’ll admit it – women sweat, too. (Guys, deal with it). A few things to avoid when hitting the party circuit: cap sleeves, too-short shorts, doing your hair, and the color gray. Go with a billowy off-the-shoulder dress. You’ll stay cool while still showing a little skin. Since you’ll have to bring a bag for those touch-up essentials, make it a big, bright one that’s still slim enough to tuck under your arm.

For Kids
Shorts, tees, stripes, anchors. It’s hard to make them not look cute. Heading to a kid-friendly party? Make sure they’re comfortable – or you’re in for an early night. And don’t forget hats. Even if it’s not an outside event, they’ll probably end up in the yard anyway.

For Home
Not unlike your wardrobe, your summer bed requires cool cotton and linen fabrics for maximum comfort on humid nights. Satin and silk may sound appealing, but they’re not as breathable. Swap your heavy winter comforter for a lightweight duvet in a creamy white or nude hue.

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By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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July 17, 2013