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THE COLOR WHITE
|The color white is the absolute opposite of black: while black is considered the absence of color, white is achieved by blending together all colors of the visible spectrum. The debate is still out on whether or not white is truly a color, but regardless of its strict definition, white enjoys a very popular role in fashion, culture and special events.
White is often regarded as a symbol of purity and unblemished cleanliness, and many religious figures are often depicted in white robes and clothing. In Western cultures, brides wear white as a symbol of virtue and to stand out from the crowd. Interestingly, in Eastern cultures white is the color of mourning, while red is favored for bridal wear. The authoritative and elevated status of white clothing is also evident in the coats of doctors, scientists and nurses, who wear the color for both the precautionary method of identifying errant hazardous materials and to connote a sense of education and respect.
In the physical world, the color white acts as a reflective surface, directing light and heat away from itself. White is a very popular color for cars due to this effect, and also has lead to the emergence of white as a "summertime" color. The saying "Don't wear white after labor day" accurately describes the use of white in fashion and its association with warm weather. From the classic "tennis whites" to traditional Seersucker suits, white has influenced fashion in a multitude of ways. As a neutral background, white can be a base which is further accented by livelier, brighter colors, or can lend a flourish of pure, colorless texture to an already vibrant outfit.