There’s an often-quoted rule in America that one should never wear white after Labour Day, which traditionally falls on the first Monday in September.
But at the Mary Poppins Returns premiere, which took place last night in Los Angeles, several of the stars chose all-white outfits – and they looked amazing.
Actors Emily Blunt (who plays Mary Poppins) and Emily Mortimer both wore gowns in the pale hue while Ben Whishaw was dapper in a white suit which looked it had been drawn all over.
These stylish stars have got us wondering why we tend to abandon white once summer is over, especially since they’ve proved that it works so well for formal occasions. And with party season just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to give it a go.
Inspired by the Mary Poppins cast and some other recent red carpet appearances, here are five ways to wear white in winter…
1. Pick a princess dress
Emily Blunt looked sweeter than a spoonful of sugar last night in her stunning Yanina Couture gown, which combined a plunging wrap front and voluminous sleeves.
Holly Willoughby also went for the princess look at the Pride of Britain Awards in a beautiful tulle-skirted gown with a floral silver bodice.
But how do you stop your ivory gown looking too much like a wedding dress? Sparkly embellishment helps, or look for unusual details like Blunt’s puffy sleeves.
2. Bring some vintage vibes
Emily Mortimer, who plays Jane Banks in the film, chose a Jenny Packham look for the premiere, telling the Hollywood Reporter she thought the 1930’s-esque dress was appropriate for the red carpet (the movie is set in 1935) and Christmas-y enough for this time of year.
She’s right – a vintage-style white column dress always looks chic, and when you add a velvet clutch bag it’s perfect for party season.
3. Mix up the monochrome
At the Mortal Engines world premiere earlier this week, actor Leila George chose a stunning gown with a voluminous white floral skirt, the black velvet bandeau top of the dress making sure it still felt modern.
If you’re unsure about an all-white ensemble, add some black into the mix with accessories or shoes to break up the effect.
4. Add a pop of red
TV and radio presenter Vick Hope chose a softly tailored look for the Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald premiere, posing on the blue carpet in white wide-leg trousers and a diaphanous frilled blouse teamed with a scarlet mini bag.
The 29-year-old even matched her lipstick and nails with her bag, proving that a dash of red looks fabulous with head-to-toe white.
5. Go for a sleek silhouette
At the other end of the spectrum from the princess look, Michelle Rodriguez made the case for minimalist white at the London Film Festival in a cape-sleeved gown with cut-out detailing.
Chic and sexy, this kind of dress needs little in the way of accessories – just add simple gold or silver jewellery and nude heels.