Slimming white outfit
Photo: Sergio Kurhajec
  • Always match your underwear and bra to your skin tone. Leave lace, printed, and white underpinnings at home.

  • When shopping, put your hand behind the fabric to check its transparency. You might even ask the salesperson to let you take an item outside into the daylight.

  • A white dress shirt is always in style. You don't need to spend a lot for nice ones, but replace them seasonally—they have a tendency to yellow.

  • In the office, stick to sturdier, thicker fabrics (tropical wool; crepe). They look more professional than flimsier ones, like linen.

  • Unless you're a nurse, avoid white shoes. Match your skin color, or choose metallics or brights.

  • Apply perfume before getting dressed (to prevent staining); makeup after (to avoid smudging when pulling on clothes).

  • For the occasional spill, use Goo Gone Mess-Free Pen ($4.50) or a Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover Pen ($9 for three), which you can carry in your bag.

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