Style Smart: How To Wear White In A Polluted City | Clozette

It's a shame that articles like these need to be written nowadays. From the unpredictable weather to air pollution, the world is not the same as it was before. Yes, we have to deal with the changes in a practical way, but there's also something we can do to reduce our carbon footprint and live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Now going back to our topic, if you're living in an urban area, chances are you encounter air pollution on a daily basis. Previously, we talked about anti-pollution skincare lines geared towards protecting and repairing the skin against the detrimental effects of air pollution. This time, let's talk about how to keep light clothes, especially white items, pristine even after a long commute in the city. Ahead, our top tips.

P.S. Here are steps you can take to help reduce air pollution. 

Wear a bold outerwear

The easiest way to keep your white clothes looking pristine is to wear bold outerwear to serve as a cover-up while you go about your commute. Why a bold third piece instead of just a plain one? To jazz up your style, of course! While neutral shades such as beige are the most intuitive choice to pair with white, this ensemble does have a tendency to look boring. But a bold black jacket or even a printed long cardigan can amp up your style in a jiffy. 

Layer on

Another easy trick that you can do is to layer a vest, bustier or sheer clothing under a white top. Not only does it give your look a more interesting detail, but it will also keep your white clothes from getting dirty. All you have to do is mix and match to see what looks right for your personality.

Go for off-white or floral-printed pieces

If wearing crisp white makes you feel too conscious, you can try off-white pieces or white clothes with prints instead. The off-white hue and the little printed details can divert attention from any small smudges or discolouration. Top it off with eye-catching accessories, and you're done.

Get ruffled

Like prints, wearing white items with ruffles, pleats and eyelets are also good options to camouflage any discolourations or stains that you might have gotten during your commute. When wearing these flamboyant clothing designs, always remember to keep everything else simple so you'll still look sleek and elegant. 

Pick light fabrics

Light fabrics like tulles or chiffons are less likely to accumulate dirt from air pollution. And if they did, you will have an easier time washing the dirt off come laundry day. Pair them with other cutesy pieces for a whimsical look.

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Move over, hair clips and bedazzled barrettes — another ‘90s hair trend is making its comeback this year: the scrunchies. That’s right. Your go-to childhood accessory is taking over Instagram, bigger and better than ever. Surprisingly, this new wave of colourful cloudlike hair accessories didn’t come from the more popular fashion brands that instantly draw hype. Instead, it all started with a humble store called Room Shop Vintage based in Philadelphia. Aside from selling vintage pieces, the shop creates sustainable products like these oversized hair ties made from recycled fabrics. Luckily for us, Room Shop Vintage ships internationally, so we in Asia can get our hands on their products, too. If not, DIY-ing is an option if you’re into crafts

Want to ride on this nostalgic giant scrunchie trend? You won’t go wrong with these vintage chic styles.

A classic tail

You can never go wrong with wearing a basic ponytail. Wherever you go, and no matter the occasion, this look would perfectly give your outfit some girly sophistication. Not to mention, having your hair up gives quite the relief from the heat.

Roll it in a bun

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Want to inject a little elegance to your evening out? If you think the giant scrunchie trend can be too overwhelming, try using it to tie your hair in a bun for an understated look. Pair it with a simple monochromatic dress so your hair becomes the star of your ensemble.

Braid it up

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Don’t think that the giant scrunchie trend is good enough in a simple style, however. Try to experiment at times, too. For days when you’re feeling a bit fancier, have fun and try braiding your hair a dozen ways to mix things up. 

Bubbly ‘do

If you’re not a braids person but want to switch up your usual ponytail anyway, opt to wear your locks in a Bubble ponytail instead. It’s fancier yet easier, as you just have to tie another elastic every few inches to create a new section. No need to tug your strands in between for volume, because the giant scrunchies give it that already. 

Cut it in half

Have short hair? Don’t worry — you can still work the giant scrunchie trend. Separate the upper half portion of your hair and tie it in a knot at the back. The oversized hair tie makes for a completely whimsical look.

Colour code

So as to not make your statement hair accessory clash with your whole outfit, opt to coordinate the colours of your ensemble. Keep it a bit more minimalist by wearing exactly the same muted shade, or at least choose within the same colour family.

Hand it over

There are times when our scalp feels tired and suffocated from having our tresses pulled in a tie. But at the same time, we also want to keep our hair tied to feel fresh all day long. For those days, the best option is to keep our hair ties accessible when we absolutely need them. What’s great about these supersized scrunchies is that they make good accessories for our wrist as well. Talk about multi-tasking and eye-catching! 

(Cover photo from: @roomshopvintage)

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