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For a WC, I've always worn dark clothing. I think your WC is field trial rules, so you can wear white if you want, for better visibility. I think that light gray or another light color will be just fine. In other words, don't go out and buy a special white coat. You're just going 100 yards so your dog shouldn't "get lost" and you're not allowed to handle anyway. If it's raining, everyone will be in dark rain gear. If you need to, you can wave your arms, whistle, call your dog, encourage your dog, etc.
Most judges for a WC are pretty lenient in what they allow as far as running backward, calling, etc. but you should ask. Ask them all kinds of questions during the handler meeting before it begins. Then, after the test dog, ask more questions. I always ask if the judge is going to call "dog" or my number. I've also asked the question, "what are some novice mistakes that we should avoid?", though most of the time at a WC or JH test, the judges will go over that themselves. Again, depends on the judge or judges, but most are pretty open with advice and really want you to pass.
All that said, has your dog been on a live flyer? What about a nasty, bloody bird? If not, this might not be the best time for you. If you are planning on moving on to JH and beyond, I'd personally want a bit more control over these things to ensure a positive experience. If your dog is softer, the other issue is sending your dog out and failing, which can be detrimental for some dogs' confidence. AKC is not that great at allowing handlers to help their dogs out there. HRC, even during a test, will help the dog. So, that might be a question for the judge, "Will you allow us to help our dogs?". Has your dog been around blinds and gunners? Labs, of course, just go in the blinds to visit and steal stuff if possible, but I've seen other breeds (goldens and tollers, especially) become really spooked by them. Finally, has your dog been around gunshots? If not, definitely skip the WC.