Stylist Rachel Zoe dishes on how to wear white

Break up the all-white dress with a black
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Break up the all-white dress with a black (or colorful) belt. Here, Ann Taylor's halter sundress, $139, and wide leather belt, $49.50; at select Ann Taylor stores or anntaylor.com.(Credit: Ann Taylor)

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It may require a tad more attention to detail, but with care just about anybody can wear white at just about any time of the day or year.

We asked celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe to weigh in on white, with an eye toward women not convinced it can be a wardrobe staple:

We all have a Little Black Dress, but can the Little White Dress or outfit be just as versatile?

Absolutely! I treat white the same way I treat black, unless I'm with my children. I would so much rather see a pop of white. It's so much happier. I love it all year round.

Are some women afraid of wearing white? Should they be? Is it perceived as too bridal for every day?

I wouldn't recommend necessarily wearing a long white flowy dress to a wedding. But on a daily basis, a white sundress, or white denim. I love white denim. I love a crisp pair of high-waisted white trousers with a T-shirt or just a button-up. I love a white suit. By day it's not bridal at all.

Is it just as easy to go from day to evening in white as it is in black?

Yes, absolutely. I think it's as easy wearing a white dress in the evening. It's amazing. I love it with a messy topknot and a bright lip.

Can all body types and ages wear white?

It certainly goes across all age groups, so the answer is definitely yes for that. For body types, there's no doubt that black is more slimming than white, but I don't think you should shy away from white because of your body type. There's ways to wear it. There's a lot of variables. There's different silhouettes.

What is your best advice for wearing white, for women who might be intimidated by the color?

You have to try. You have to experiment and see what works best for you. It's always about what's your favorite part of your body and always accentuate that part. Obviously white is much less forgiving and typically white shows more. People are scared their skin is too pale, you know, white is not good on their skin, but there is a white for everybody.

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