How to wear white like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle this summer

Wearing all-over white in summer is like florals in spring – it’s hardly groundbreaking. And yet, it can be daunting to approach and you may feel like you can’t pull it off. However, inspired by Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle’s recent looks in white, we say you totally can rock white – and in more ways than one.

On 22 June, the Duchess of Cambridge attended the unveiling of the National Windrush Monument at Waterloo Station, alongside husband Prince William and Baroness Floella Benjamin. Kate rocked an all-white suit, complete with white top, court heels and a white handbag.

Kate Middleton white suit
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The Duchess of Cambridge has stepped out in two other head-to-toe white outfits recently, giving us the perfect masterclass in how to wear white. One was a tailored coat dress, which she paired with a large white headband, white gloves and a black clutch.

Kate Middleton
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The other outfit was more of an off-white look, and it comprised of a matching tailored jacket and midi skirt, which she teamed with coordinating shoes and a clutch, as well as her much-loved Monica Vinader pearl necklace and earrings.

Kate Middleton
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Meghan Markle made an appearance alongside husband Prince Harry at this year’s Invictus Games wearing a chic white belted jacket. She teamed it with blue jeans, showing us all exactly how to do smart-casual.

Meghan Markle
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Inspired by the two fashionable women, YOU’s fashion stylist Joanne Toolan has put together four key looks that demonstrate the most on-trend, yet easiest, ways to wear white this summer: the white suit, the white dress, the white shirt and white jeans.

The white suit

Go head-to-toe white but add another of this season’s favourite colour, a zesty orange, for a fresh twist on a classic look.

white blazer
Massimo Dutti

Blazer, £99.95, Massimo Dutti

white smart trousers
Massimo Dutti

Trousers, £69.95, Massimo Dutti

orange T-shirt
ZARA

Orange top, £17.99, ZARA

black sandal
ZARA

Sandals, £32.99, ZARA

The white jeans

Ultimate effortless style with a slouchy striped knit and silver chains aplenty.

striped knit
Mango

Striped jumper, £35.99, Mango

white jeans
Next

White jeans, £42, Next

white flatform sandal
Marks & Spencer

Sandals, £35, Marks & Spencer

silver chain necklace
Pilgrim

Necklace, £39.99, Pilgrim

The white shirt

We all have a go-to white shirt for the office, but did you know a lightweight white shirt is a must have in your poolside wardrobe, too?

white oversized shirt
H&M

Shirt, £24.99, H&M

black swimsuit
ZARA Home

Swimsuit, £49.99, Zara Home

pouch
Jigsaw

Pouch, £65, Jigsaw

dune black sandals
Dune

Sandals, £90, Dune

gold bracelet
Pandora

Bracelets, from £150, Pandora

cat eye sunglasses
Sunglasses

Sunglasses, £10, Monki

The white dress

Summer dressing in a nutshell: pair your floaty favourite with raffia textures and fun accessories.

white dress
Marks & Spencer

Dress, £35, Marks & Spencer 

crochet bag
H&M

Bag, £17.99, H&M

embroidered trainer
Converse

Trainers, £60, Converse

daisy stud earrings
Toolally

Earrings, £35, Toolally