#40plusstyle inspiration: 12 white outfits for summer

by Liz Hands

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There’s something about a white ensemble that looks effortlessly chic for summer. Here are 12 fabulous white outfits to give you some inspiration, whether you’re looking to style white pants or a white dress.


What could be more summery than a white dress teamed with orange and worn with gladiator sandals? While orange can be a tricky color to wear, opting for an orange accessory is a great way to wear it. There are more tips in this how to wear orange article.

How to style a white dress | 40plusstyle.com


The off-the-shoulder trend has been big for the past few summers and is showing no signs of going anywhere this summer. A stylish Bardot-style dress is paired with a pink bag, silver flip flops and over-sized sunglasses.

White dresses for summer | 40plusstyle.com


Such a classy way to wear a white blazer or cape, here it is teamed with skinny denim, cats eye sunglasses and statement jewelry.

How to wear a white blazer | 40plusstyle.com


Who says white is just for vacations? Here a workwear look is worn with white heels and a red tote bag. But, this dress would be equally at home with sandals for a casual look.

Striped dresses for summer | 40plusstyle.com


Another look which shows that white and orange goes beautifully together, a floral shirt is worn underneath a white pant suit.

White suits for women over 40 | 40plusstyle.com


While biker jackets may traditionally be worn in darker hues, this white moto jacket looks stunning in white. The look here is monochrome with the jacket worn over a black maxi skirt and teamed with tassel earrings and square sunglasses.

Wearing a white biker jacket | 40plusstyle.com


This look shows that you don’t need a pop of color in every outfit to make it interesting. Here, the texture lifts this outfit through the use of embroidery and tassels, and the print on the pants adds another stylish element.

white tops for summer | 40plusstyle.com


Broderie Anglaise is another look which provides an instant summer vibe. Here, this hero-piece top is teamed with jeggings and nude sandals.

White smock tops | 40plusstyle.com


Layering a dress over pants is a 90s look which is bang on trend again. A shirt dress is worn over white jeans and finished with red loafers. There are more ideas here on how to wear tunics or short dresses over pants.

Wearing a dress over pants | 40plusstyle.com


Simple, yet supremely elegant, a red cardigan is worn over a white midi dress. Oval sunglasses add glamour, while embellished mules add interest. There are more ideas here on how to wear red with white.

Pairing red with white | 40plusstyle.com


The beautiful embroidery on this blouse is picked up with the tassel detailing on the cropped pants, while the straw bag and lace-up sandals perfectly finish this look.

Embroidered tops for summer | 40plusstyle.com


Here, a white shirt is given added interest with polka dots, while pops of bright primary color are provided by the blue pants, red booties and yellow tassel earrings.

How to wear polka tops | 40plusstyle.com

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There are more ideas here in this ultimate inspiration guide to wearing white.

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1 Diana Gabriel

Love seeing so many great summer styles. Thank you for including me in my biker jacket!

2 Veronica

I love this article with white dress. I have many white dresses from trying find right to wear to my sister all white wedding. I found beautiful white dress from target. I found some brautiful white sleeveless dress. Ivory palzoo pants . My favorite look is off shoulder white dress. I have beautiful similarl off shoulder white i got for vacation never wore the dress. It kind reminds me dress the namoi character on moms family wore. I also love the white pantsuit with orange shirt and green bag.i got winter white pantsuit i can wear i dont have orange shirt but i have beautiful pink shirt. I could even wear it with beautiful green lace blouse i have my green purse. My third choice is blue jeans white tank and white blazer and costume jelwery .This is simple and easy way wear my white blazer. Also ladies if you got white pantsuit like me and lady in artile wearing orange shirt and green purse. Wear the white blazer with your white tank top and your blue jeans. For diana look with black long skirt and tank top. I dont have long black skirt. But i have a long spegatti maxidress. If youbdont have motocycle jacket wear. White blazer from your pantsuit . Take white blazer put it over long black maxi dress blazer and put with white belt at waist wear with black &white heels ,purse and. Black white earrings.

3 Veronica

When i saw thias aeticle about 12 ways to wear this summer. I actually have items in my closetor similar. For example 1. Sleeveless white dress i have sleeveless eyelit white dress dress i got omline from walmart.com in 2011. 2.The off shoulder dress i got similar verison mine is maxi length similar to dress naomi from tv show mom family wore. The dress i necer wore. I got war on vacation than husband we broke up. I gpt off sholder dress and eyelit dress same time. 3. Blue jeans white cami and white tank top. I recently got pair size four misses jean from cato for eight dollars.i have tank and white blazer. 4. I got white cap sleeve dress.5. I got white pantsuit blazer and jacket i can wear pink or red instead orange blouse or even green blouse and green purse. 6.I dont have long maxi skirt. I got long black spaghetti convertible knit dress i can wear white blazer abd belt. I dont hace white motocyle jacket. I can even use same white blazer from pantsuit. 7. I can wear long sleeve white shirt and my dickies size 4 capri pants. I have beige and brown ferdo. 8.i got white lace shirt blue jeans ican wear my nude sandel.9. I can wear my red tuni shirt over my white jeans .10. I have white v dress i can wear my red shrug and my red and 11. I can wear my wide leg black capri and white. black shirt. 12 black and white shirt i can wear with white jeans or even my blue jean skirt or blue pants. These all items i have in my closet. I dont have go shopping. I just needed to see the items.Like mist woman i have closet full clothes some new and never worn. Some i feel to dressy for work or church or i be over dress. I decided to wear my clothes when i die i cant take anything with me. Iam going to start wearing my clothes. Im slim tall have model built. Iam going to enjoy my life and my clothes . Thanks for this article it inspired me to dress up again. To use the clothes i have in my closet.

4 No Fear of Fashion

I saw some great outfits which give new inspiration. Although I am already pretty good in this field. At least I mastered that haha.

5 Julie Caron

I love white for summer. I especially love doing either a monochromatic look with different shades of white or pairing white with navy or chambray. A large portion of my wardrobe is made of those colors.

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