Trust me, girls, you just can't go wrong in white
HOW hot did Michelle Obama look at Tuesday's state dinner at The White House to honour German Chancellor Angela Merkel? She wowed the world in a white sleeveless gown by Naeem Khan, embellished with white sequins and silver beads.
Michelle's been wearing a good bit of white this summer. In London, she dined at Buckingham Palace wearing a long white Tom Ford column dress, with long white evening gloves.
And the queen herself has been partial to a bit of white, both when entertaining at home in London, and on her epic visit to Dublin, when she wore a white evening gown to the State Dinner in Dublin Castle. The dress was decorated with over a thousand tiny, white fabric shamrocks, stitched on to the bodice and showed off those amazing crown jewels to perfection.
In fact, since Kate Middleton dressed her sister and flower girls in pure white, I've noticed the colour is undergoing a bit of a renaissance. Suddenly, it's cool to wear white. It's elegant, flattering and terribly on-trend.
A girl in white always gets noticed. Think of everyone from Elizabeth Hurley in her trademark white jeans to Pippa's infamous bottom in that McQueen frock. White, it seems, is the new black.
At the Oscars, white won out. Gwyneth Paltrow chose a liquid, metallic white Calvin Klein gown to launch herself back into the sportlight with great effect, while Michelle Williams was 'all white on the night' in couture Chanel.
Meanwhile, when it came to our own Oscars, the VIP Style Awards, Irish celebrities went bonkers over white this year. Jennifer Maguire, Cecelia Aherne, Nadia Forde, Pippa O'Connor and Stephen Ireland's fiancee Jessica Lawlor all drew admiring glances, although Jordan ... well, let's just say Mrs Brown called for you Jordan, and she wants her crochet doilies back.
I first clocked white's supremacy amongst the fashion pack when Dolce e Gabbana sent models down their spring/summer runway wearing the prettiest white lace dresses.
Cute, fresh and young, they were a blessed relief from the stern, stuctured looks in other collections, and a great contrast from the acres of dark shades that we Irish rely on far too heavily.
The high street stores were quick to follow suit. French Connection has a simple white cotton and crochet dress that is a summer holiday staple, while Oasis and River Island have great festival-fit options.
White's the smart option this summer in both senses of the word ... it's very easy to make something simple look incredibly smart, and with some fashion-savvy accessorising, you can make one white piece go a long, long way.
It's fresh, optimistic and flattering, especially with a light summer tan and a sunny disposition. Women look feminine, relaxed and approachable in white, the same of which can certainly not be said of those shrouded in black.
If we women could do one thing to brighten our spirits and raise morale this summer, I reckon it's to ditch the dark and try a lighter shade of pale. I guarantee you'll get noticed, and most certainly admired. For starters, Angela Merkel couldn't keep her eyes off Michelle this week. Just remember the one golden rule ladies, don't wear white underwear beneath white clothes; wear nude to stop embarrassing show-through.