7:00 PM on a Friday: Decide to wear a white dress to dinner (apparently I was feeling skinny, tan and flawless).

8:00 PM on that same Friday:
Spill red wine on said dress followed by a phrase of unseemly curse words such as, “Damn, holy sh** with a crap in the middle.” (The phrase my friend, Abi, and I created at age 10 that represented the worst of the worst when it came to cursing, and must be sung to a tune as to not seem overly crude).

The aforementioned scenario has happened to me more than I’d like to admit, and, if you’re anything like me, you too are weary of wearing white on any given day. Hath no fear women of the world, the fashion gods have given us the go-ahead to sport this classic achromatic color with (less) fear than we would normally conjure – by accessorizing in a great white way.

Handbags: Alabaster handbags made a splash in several summer ad campaigns including Yves Saint Laurent (recently re-named, Laurent Paris). Wearing a white shoulder bag or clutch with any summer outfit adds a note of sophistication and classic beauty.

Jewelry: Pairing white bangles, cuffs and statement necklaces with a brightly curated summer wardrobe, makes whites even whiter. Editor’s Tip: Chose a large cuff like the one featured below and kill two trends with one bracelet.

Belts: Choose white belts with gold or sliver embellishments if you’re interested in a more edgy look.

Eyewear: Because the future’s so bright, and because nothing says summer like a ridiculous pair of white sunglasses. Admit it, they are quite ridiculous, and quite fun.

White AccessoriesHermès (Price Upon Request – hermes.com) | Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC Bag ($195 – shopbop.com) | Alexander Wang Square Frame Sunglasses ($390 – net-a-porter.com) | Kenneth Jay Lane Cabochon & Crystal Satin Gold Necklace ($176 – shopbop.com) | Kate Spade New York ‘Spade’ Hinged Bangle ($88 – nordstrom.com) | Sequin Extra Large Pavé Coral Enamel Bangle ($78 – nordstrom.com) | BALMAIN White Studded Leather Belt ($1,246 – stylebop.com)

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