Rihanna attends the "Okja" screening during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 19, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)

These Are The 11 Greatest All-White Outfits in Fashion History

It's officially summer, which means it's time to stunt in this look.

by Emma Specter
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May 24 2019, 7:24pm

Rihanna attends the "Okja" screening during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 19, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)

"No white after Labor Day," goes the old saw, but guess what? You can actually do whatever you want all the time, because you have free will, and nobody can take it away from you. (Also, technically, it's always after Labor Day. Whoa.)

An all-white summer look is tricky to pull off unless you've got the effortless poise of Natasha from Sex and the City (or a beaded bag full of Tide to Go pens); after all, this is the season of hot dogs with mayo and ketchup, of cherry Popsicles, of lying down in the cool Prospect Park grass with a Sally Rooney book over your face and drifting into pleasant unconsciousness while Brooklyn kids named Sage and Lavender fight all around you.

That said, if you're truly committed to keeping yourself clean enough for the all-white look, we've rounded up some fashion inspiration for you; sit back and enjoy with a cold white wine (the easiest liquid to remove from fabric.) Please enjoy a list free of Marilyn Monroe.

Rihanna in Dior.

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Rihanna attends the "Okja" screening during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 19, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)

This is no look for mere mortals—this is for Queen Rih and Queen Rih alone—but surely her new Fenty in Paris line will deliver something crisp, white, and regal.

Britney Spears in the 'Oops I Did It Again' video.

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The cropped turtleneck and miniskirt! Space age, but make it extremely early-aughts.

Early-2000s J-Lo.

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Jennifer Lopez and Sean Puffy Combs arrive for the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards September 7, 2000 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by George DeSota/Liaison)

2000 was truly a banner year for the all-white outfit—first Britney, then J. Lo (remember when she dated Diddy? Time is a flat circle, etc.)

Aaliyah and her backup dancers in the 'Rock the Boat' video.

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Screengrab via YouTube.

Aaliyah wears color in the rest of the video, but the scene where she and her girls dance on a yacht in white tops and bottoms, midriffs proudly exposed, is indelible from the collective cultural memory.

Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz, and Drew Barrymore on the Charlie's Angels red carpet.

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Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu & Drew Barrymore during Premiere of Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Weeks/FilmMagic)

Okay, fine, Drew fucks it all up with a black bikini top, but you get what they were going for.

Chanel's lesbian brides.

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Models walk the runway at the Chanel Spring Summer 2013 fashion show during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week on January 22, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Chris Moore/Catwalking/Getty Images)

Karl Lagerfeld wasn't perfect, but he took a strong stand in support of gay marriage in 2013 when he sent two female brides holding hands down the runway at Chanel Couture.

Diddy at literally any of his White Parties.

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We stan a family man.

Regina King at the 2019 Oscars.

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Regina King attends the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/Getty Images)

Break up with all other colors, Regina King is bored.

Lauren Santo Domingo at her wedding.

The Moda Operandi co-founder's wedding was the "wedding of. the year" in 2008, in no small part because the bride hacked off the train of her Olivier Theyskens-designed gown (with Theyskens's blessing) mid-reception.

Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy at the 1954 Oscars.

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Actor, Frederick March, and actress, Audrey Hepburn wearing a Givenchy gown, during the 26th Annual Academy Awards in New York City, on March 25, 1954 (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

A dress for all seasons.

Yoko Ono at the Rock of Gibraltar.

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Beatle John Lennon and his bride, Japanese-born Yoko Ono, hold the marriage certificate following their registry office wedding here on March 21st. Providing the background in the picture is the famous Rock of Gibraltar. This was Lennon's second marriage and 34-year-old Yoko's third.

This was after her and John Lennon's courthouse registry wedding. Nobody has ever been, or will ever be, as cool (except maybe Rihanna. See top of list.)

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