Summer white: Clean, crisp, cool

It's time to take back the white from blushing brides.

No, you don't have to outfit yourself in a frothy concoction of tulle and lace. Instead, think heat-shielding cotton, slinky jersey knits and comfortable linens.

White on white is a daring move, no doubt, given that the chances you'll come out of the day unscathed are almost nil, but we say throw caution to the wind and tuck a pack of Shout Wipes in your purse.

It's a Statement Look that women of all ages can pull off (think Diane Keaton in that great dinner suit in "Something's Gotta Give").

The sexy 60-something always looks amazing and even goes head to toe white in her L'Oreal ads. And Ellen DeGeneres' best tux outfit of the night at the Academy Awards was the chic white number.

From man-style shirts to cuffed walking shorts to simple T-shirts, white abounds this time of year in the stores. And who can survive without a drawer full of white tank tops to get us through another long hot summer?

We've paired our favorite choices with metallic accents, both gold and silver, for a rich, minimalist look. If you ever wondered what you should do with that sequin top you barely wear, think about pairing it with white jeans or under a tailored jacket.

Tone down the effect and instead of metallics, choose earthier accessories such as chunky wooden bangles and sturdy woven leather sandals. Basic black or a splash of color changes the look entirely and can move you easily from night to day.

Makeup can go minimal; think glow rather than full-force coverage, or opt for a shock of color with red or pink lips.

With white, the possibilities are endless.

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