What to Wear With a Long White Skirt

Go for a bare look on top to contrast with the long lines of the skirt.

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If you're getting married, a white bustier might be just the thing to top off your white skirt. Otherwise, avoid the white, and go wild with color instead. A long white skirt is the ideal backdrop for any number of show-stopping fashions. That's not to say you need to drop a bundle, though. Chances are, the items you need to complete your look are already in your closet.

Crop Top

A long white skirt takes up a lot of visual space and can give you a sloppy appearance when topped with baggy blouses or other large unstructured tops. Don a crop top and show off those abs you worked so hard for above your skirt. These tops work especially well with dropped waist skirts. A close-fitted crop top will give you the leanest line, although less structured pieces work well as long as you allow more than an inch of middle to peek under your top. Wear a strappy pair of sandals to complete your bare look.

Tank

Look to your wardrobe of tank tops for the perfect solution to your dilemma. Tight-fitting tanks work with long flowing skirts, fitted skirts and everything in between. Wear one solo or dress it up with a chunky belt and bangles. Slip on a pair of sandals or pull on your combat boots -- the tank allows more versatility than you'd ordinarily get. Chilly outside? Throw on a fitted jean jacket or biker's leather for an incongruent, eye-catching look.

Cardigan

Give your skirt a demure look by wearing a belted cardigan. Layer the cardigan over a tank top in a matching color, button two or three buttons in the middle, and add a skinny belt. This look works best with long skirts that are more structured -- think denim or a long pencil skirt with a deep slit up the back. Naughty librarian, anyone? Wear a pair of flats in a color that complements the cardigan to complete your look.

Caution

Wear a breezy white top with your long white skirt and, at best, you'll look like a bride wannabe. At worst, the casting director for "Ghostbusters" will be giving you a call. Avoid long tops, unless they are very fitted, as they will add pounds to your figure regardless of color. Pastels don't do much visually when combined with a white skirt, although they can work if they are well-accessorized. Be careful with black, as well. While black and white can be dramatic, they can also bring to mind images of waiters and penguins.

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