By Laura Medina
Whether it is in Palm Springs, California or Palm Beach, Florida, consider yourself lucky to participate in the White Party Circuit.
It is no longer exclusively, seasonally parties. The circuit grows and moves wherever the climate is warm and sunny or sultry and stylish at night.
As a matter of fact, in non-traditional "White Party" cities, such as Hollywood, the White Party gives people the excuse to dress it up and practice some form of deportment. Hollywood's White Party provider, F.A.M.E. LA's London Moore always include instructions in how to dress for his White Party...as in please, wear flesh-toned undergarments due to the sheer nature of some fabrics. His may be the first to launch the season but his is not the only one in Hollywood, in the United States or the world to celebrate White Parties. In Miami, you know it is Winter when there's a White Party.
For my White Party go-ers, here are some refreshingly new way to dress white, without drowning in a sea of cloned cotton eyelets and lace.
In fact, the hottest trend is satin. During the African Channel's Music Awards/White Party, white satin was rocking in various and unexpected forms..;and the dudes were still prepping it.
Above, make it like Jecca Craig and do it African Safari style. The style is casual enough to survive Summer's humidity. The cut-off jeans are wallet-friendly and back-of-closet attainable. But, that white satin button-down shirt makes it sexy and figure-enchancing, not slutty or predictable. Then top it off with a white bush/cowboy/fedora hat to shield you from the sun, sporty sexy-this is nice. However, don't make your cut-offs too tight or too high. Just because it's sticky sweat, it never means it is hot.
If you insist on something more prim, again bust out of the eyelet and go pouf with strapless cocktail dress with pouf skirt or a lean and mean evening gown-again in sleek satin.
The African All-White party offers a plethora of all-white menswear, ranging from European Dapper to All-American prep to African camp to traditonal dishiki.
Left, layer it on with lightweight v-neck, sleeveless sweater over white button-down and necktie, rocking that East Coast Prep. Or on the right, go Euro in all-white, lightweight, three-piece suit. Both used a dot of black to accent their outfits.
Too much effort? That camp/safari shirt on the left is travel-ready, from Miami to Vegas. Good wardrobe investment for both men and women.
Another option that the ladies can steal from the boys-the traditional African shirt/tunic, the dashiki. If your man is too chicken to don this breezy tunic, steal it from him and wear it either as a shirt or a mini-dress. Two outfits in one-proves him.
Too old to wear a miniskirt or too young to know how to wear a miniskirt? No fear, the fine purveyors of West Coast preppiness-this is not an oxymoron (more on this later)-Franklin & Gower is here for the rescue. They knew, as preppies, that androgyny is economically-sensible style that women have been using since they have fathers, uncles, brothers, and sons. For the sporty but chic girl, Franklin & Gower took the man/boy blazer and shorts, streamlined them for a girl-friendly fit then redid the whole ensemble in lightweight white.
Now, you can show off those legs...without showing too much.
Now is the time to hit Calypso for Target. Their beach-t0-bar limited edition collection hits all the right price and party points.
Other publications swoon on the double-duty over these all-white pieces.
The ruffle wrap dress makes for a time-saving but elegant cover-up. Spend all day at the beach then wrap this dress over your bikini, you're ready to hit the bar.
This adorable ruffle camisole is actually a pajama set that is cute enough to pair with white jeans for the other night activity-white partying it.
You can wear the white bikini set under the ruffle wrap dress and nobody will know while you can pair the ruffle camisole with these pair of white beach trousers.
Calypso for Target got you covered.
Want to stretch your White Party wardrobe beyond Summer and the white parties, here's a crisp white, cowl neck, wrap sweater that can keep you snug when Autumn's chill breezes in.
Level 99's white jeans become Winter White and makes a great and glamourous choice for the holidays with a blazing white or silver sequinned or bedazzled top.
There are aplenty of ways to play white, not just for Summer, not only for White Parties but beyond those, way into the Winter's White Parties.