Clockwise from Upper Left:  J. Mendel, 2018, Photo Courtesy of;  Assael Five-Row Tahitian Pearl and Sardinian Coral Necklace (Kellee, please note: Alison says to link to here:;  Six-Pearl Tahitian Pearl Bubble Ring by Sean Gilson for Assael;  Angel Skin Coral 42” Necklace by Assael;  ModaLisboa Fashion Week, 2017; Sardinian Coral Bubble Ring by Sean Gilson for Assael.

The Art of Stress-Free Dressing: Summer Whites

Nothing says summer like an all-white outfit. Whether it’s a Saint Tropez-style sundress or a structured linen suit, head-to-toe white exudes effortless polish (emphasis on effortless). There’s a certain calm that descends when pulling a white shift or a white shirt and jeans from your closet; you know you’ll look cool and minimal in a frantic world. The only challenge is choosing your accessories, the accent colors and textures that are all-important to your beautiful blank canvas. 

Summer in the City

Clockwise from Upper Left:  Assael  Tahitian Pearl Fanfare Brooch; Karla Spetic, Australia Fashion Week, 2018; Assael Tahitian Pearl and Bicolor Tourmaline Earrings; Ralph Lauren, 2018; Assael Tahitian Pearl Necklace with Carved Lavender Jadeite Clasp.

Clockwise: Assael Tahitian Pearl Brooch; Karla Spetic 2018; Assael Tahitian Pearl and Tourmaline Earrings; Ralph Lauren 2018; Assael Tahitian Pearl and Lavender Jadeite Necklace.

If you’re working towards the weekend, show them who’s boss. Try a white suit and underpinning with a jacket belted at the waist. Pin a brooch to your lapel and add a colorful silk scarf. Neutral mules and a top-handled bag complete the look; switch to a camisole and statement earrings for rooftop cocktails after work.

The Girl from Ipanema

When it comes to relaxing days at the beach or pool, consider a white one-piece with a short cover-up or long caftan.  In a sea of tropical prints, stripes, and gingham swimsuits, you’ll stand out from the crowd, looking cool and chic. (Check out OBP’s guide to wearing pearl and coral jewelry by the water, coming next month.)


Clockwise from Upper Left: Chanel Cruise 2018/19; Assael Angel Skin Coral 42” Necklace; Ralph Lauren, 2018; Assael South Sea Pearl and Aquamarine Earrings.

Clockwise: Chanel Cruise Wear 2018/19 ; Assael Angel Skin Coral Rope Necklace; Ralph Lauren 2018; Assael South Sea Pearl and Aquamarine Earrings.

Any time is the right time for a Little White Dress, rapidly approaching all-star status in all the best wardrobes. Wear yours with strappy high-heeled sandals or embellished flats. Want a touch of color? We love Assael’s red Sardinian and pink Angel Skin gem coral, both of which are ethically sourced. Or choose Assael’s South Sea Pearl and Aquamarine Drop Earrings. You’ll be good to go all summer…and beyond!


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