All white on the night

Tory Embroidered Tunic, £52, and Sascha black Midi Skirt, £48, FatFace.

Freshen up your wardrobe with summer’s standout hue as white gets ready to take centre stage, says Amy Norbury.

LIGHT, bright and fresh as a daisy; the hue which dominated across the SS24 catwalks was the least colourful colour of all. That’s right; the runways were awash with a sea of white as far as the eye could, well, see. 

When it comes to sophisticated, sharp dressing in the summer months, there’s no hue that does it better than white.

Effortlessly chic and endlessly wearable, white is the perfect style palate-cleanser, and a great antidote to the bright, brash hues and bold prints which also proved top of the style pops across the spring runways. From crisp tailoring and summer dresses at Proenza Schouler to collection standout pieces at Gabriela Hearst and Tory Burch, white was the way to go for designers across the board.

And it’s no secret as to why; white is hands down the most versatile hue around. Forget bridal chic (although there was plenty of that around too in the form of party-ready dresses and heavily detailed gowns), white is the perfect way to make a smart style statement.

So let’s start with the basics; a tailored white shirt in a luxe fabric is a wardrobe must-have, whatever your style. Team with your favourite jeans and white trainers for summer street style smarts, use it to balance a statement print skirt, or embrace the head-to-toe look by pairing with white suiting – you really can’t go wrong. 

Add some variety into your denim by opting for bleached versions of your favourites; white jeans are a summer must-have, while a bleached-out denim jacket makes for a perfect cover-up throughout the seasonal transitions. 

And as we get into summer proper, pure white dresses will become your fashion go-to – from mini to maxi, beachy to fancy, it’s time to embrace a veritable feast of wall-to-wall white. Find the right white dress and it promises to be a wardrobe staple for years to come; opt for a floaty maxi for chic holiday style, or reach for a crisp white shirt dress as the ultimate ‘throw on and go’ outfit for occasions aplenty.

All that’s left is to step into your fave footwear – trusty white trainers or paler-than-pale leather sandals will cover most bases – and grab your bag (white, of course) and you’re ready for wherever the season takes you.