Wearing Your White Dress with Neutrals

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Wearing Your White Dress with Neutrals

Quote of the day: “Life is very interesting…in the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.” Drew Barrymore

I realize that we’ve been programmed to believe that the Little Black Dress is the “it” dress! And of course I have one of those in my closet (and the three of us did a blog series on it—for the summer (here) and fall (here)). But what if we looked at the opposite end of the color/non color spectrum? Do you think that a white dress could be just as versatile?

I know I tell everyone that I’m a sucker for white, so of course, I’m biased about this subject! But to me, wearing white will make other colors look so much brighter. And in saying that, ironically I start this series by pairing our white dresses with neutrals! But hey…I thought that the many women who are afraid of color, would be able to relate with this coloring combination easier! I did try for a variety of neutrals in this post. Mom is wearing the browns with animal prints. Nancy is styled with metallic, and I went with grey (I know I am showing a little black too, but that color be it’s own category in the last of this series!!)

And for the sake of the argument, that white doesn’t look great against some complexions (I’d argue that black may not either), there are variations of white. In this lineup above, you can see that Nancy’s dress is more ivory than mom’s & mine!

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: Okay, so I cheated with the bright pink bag, but in my defense, we were celebrating my husband’s birthday.

I thought it livened up the look since the mood was celebratory (These pictures show us out for the start of the birthday eating fest beginning at a French pastry place for breakfast)!!

white dress for women in the ages of their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

This white dress is the second piece I won from VacaStyle through Sandy’s blog.

The company’s idea is to have a mix and match wardrobe for your tropical travelling. It’s an interesting idea and perfect for those women who do not enjoy planning on what to pack! This dress comes with a full white “slip” that is cotton but not attached. Therefore it makes it such that you can wear this dress as a beach cover up also, without the slip.

white dress for women in the ages of their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

white dress for women in the ages of their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

The sneakers are my DIY Silver sneakers (check out the instructions here) that one of my wonderful readers made for me!

Never in my right mind, would I have thought that they’d be so versatile! I think because they aren’t as stark as white sneakers, yet not as dark as my grey ones—that they compliment so many of my outfits!! Thanks again, Jude—you’re so creative!!

white dress for women in the ages of their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Dress: VacaStyle (here)~~Vest: CoVelo-thrifted (similar here with panels)~~Shoes: DIYed by Jude!! (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here with lapis)~~Purse: Charming Charlies (similar here)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: Nancy didn’t have a white dress in her closet, so a shopping trip was orchestrated!

We actually lucked out at Target after trying on 6 different white dresses! This one fit so perfectly and didn’t need alterations (and the best part? It was under $15)!

white dress for women in the ages of their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Nancy’s not much of a belt wearer. Her stature is considered short waisted so she feels like they don’t compliment her much!

However, in this case, I think it adds a nice touch. And the silhouette of this dress is so flattering!

white dress for women in the ages of their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

white dress for women in the ages of their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

We added in quite a few metallics with her outfit.

It may be hard to tell in the pictures, but the belt is a bronze, the shoes are a pink gold, and she has on a yellow gold bracelet. I know, the rule used to be not to mix your metals, but that’s gone away along with the white after Labor Day rule.

white dress for women in the ages of their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Dress: Xhileration (similar here with short sleeves and here sleeveless)~~Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar here)~~Belt: H&M (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here with a leather cord)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here in a cuff version)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: We picked this scarf for mom to wear with her white dress , so it would cover the buttons.

You’ll see the wonderful buttons in the last post of the series, and they stand out in my opinion. Thus I thought it’d be better to “hide” them for these other posts.

white dress for women in the ages of their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Mom made this dress a couple years ago.

I love that she’s willing to try different styles (like this hi-lo hem) in her clothing! It’s a perfect summery dress since it’s a lightweight cotton material. She added in those holders for a belt, but since they are the same color of the dress, I don’t think it’s terrible to not use them, and leave them open?

white dress for women in the ages of their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

white dress for women in the ages of their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

white dress for women in the ages of their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Dress: Mom made it (similar here as a sleeveless version or here in a long sleeve version)~~Shoes: Socialite (similar here opposite colorway or here as a slingback)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here super cute)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

That’s our showcase of a white dress with different neutrals added in! Maybe you noticed that I didn’t use black as the predominant neutral in these outfits. That’s because I saved it for another post!!

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So, of course, I’m going to give you options of different white dresses—today the white dress shall be sleeveless:

  • Kathleen McDermott

    I love white everything. These dresses just look so fresh and cool for summer. Very nice and soft paired with neutrals. Nancy looks particularly lovely in ivory. Charlotte’s dress is a favorite of mine. Love your bright pink purse with your outfit – it’s only a small “cheat” and looks so cheerful.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I almost think white dresses are a must have for the summer!! I used to have 4 different ones, but I finally paired it down to 2!!
      XOXO

      • Kathleen McDermott

        I forgot to tell you. I am now the happy owner of silver Keds. Once I saw yours, I had to have them. Abandoned my plan to make my own when I found them online at TJ Maxx. Color me happy (with cute feet).

        • Jodie Filogomo

          I think you’re going to be so surprised at how they go with everything!! I can’t believe how much I wear mine!!

  • PetiteOver40

    You’ve made the Little White Dress totally accessible with all three of these looks, Jodie! I can already see from your examples how flexible a white dress could be. Your adorable sneakers with the cute coordinating vest is a perfect way to make it casual. That bag just adds a sweet pop of color that makes the whole outfit festive for the celebration! (Happy Belated Birthday to Rob!) I could see Nancy wearing her outfit to an elegant tea or luncheon. The belt here gives her a beautiful shape–I’m so glad you added it. And your mom’s outfit could fit in a variety of places, from casual to a little dressier. She definitely looks smart and comfortable at the same time. I love the flowy, summery look of her dress.

    – Sherry
    http://www.petiteover40.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do love my white pieces Sherry (except lab coats—I abhor those) ! For some reason they seem more approachable and fun!

  • I love both Black and white or cream. Black doesn’t love me anymore, white I can get away with separately. Cream, now that’s right up my street. I love Nancy’s dress and I love your Pink bag Jodie.
    http://www.vanityandmestyle.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I usually look better in less of a stark white too; however I haven’t been good about staying away from it.
      Thanks for stopping by Laurie!!

  • A LWD is so versatile! I love that you paired them with neutrals! All great looks!

    Andrea
    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Andrea!!

  • I love little white dresses! I recently bought one of my own at Francescas and love it! Thanks for all the dress inspiration today!

    Nina
    aworldofdresses.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’ve gotten a couple fun ones at Francescas!! They have a great selection without the steep prices!! Thanks for the love on FB—that just made my day Nina!!

  • Jodie, your outfit looks so cute on you. I’m such a clutz that I will never wear all white. I know I’ll spill something on it or trip or get splashed by mud lol White is just not for me lol Thanks for sharing with us at #SimplifyWednesdays Pinned Tweeted Shared

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I am always surprised when women say this—because I feel like I spill on everything I wear–ha ha! And I’ve found that bleaching my white pieces is sometimes easier than getting stains out of the colored items!! Of course it depends on the stain—chocolate is easy—it’s the tomato sauce that is a bugger!!

  • Girl…you look so young and carefree in your outfit!! #love it The thrifted vest and shoes make the look. Well…plus that pink bag!
    Yes, that belt really adds to Nancy’s dress.
    Oh! I can’t wait to see what is behind your mom’s scarf!!
    http://whosaprettygirl.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the kind words my fabulous friend!!
      And of course I was carefree—it was an eating fest day!! (Thus the shift dress–ha ha)

  • Who doesn’t love white dresses?! This is such a sweet post. I love the photos and the ladies totally rocked the dresses. Have a great day!
    – Elise XO
    http://www.thewaterwanderer.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Elise!
      I think the same thing, but you know how many people say to me that they can’t wear white because they spill on it? Craziness!!!

  • Your mom is talented! I wish I could make clothing. I love a pretty white dress in almost any style!

    Brooke
    pumps and push-ups

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t she great? Needless to say I don’t make my own clothes…yet…but it hasn’t been as hard as I thought to alter things. Especially with Youtube!!

  • Oh I love and adore the little white dress. And I love white, I have more white in my closet than any other color. I am so crazy for Nancys sandals and I want them bad!
    http://www.iamchiconthecheap.com/

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know the feeling Lydia—I think I have 3 other white dresses in my closet—and one for winter!!
      Aren’t Nancy’s sandals so darling—and they are comfortable—I think because so little strappage means less rubbing!!

  • I adore little white dresses, especially during the warmer months. Your mom;s hi-lo hemline immediately caught my eye – so stylish! Nancy’s dress is really pretty and so flattering. I like the lace and addition of the belt, as I think it draws to the eye to her smaller waistline. Your polka dot vest and silver shoes are too cute with your white dress! Love the pop of pink, too. Looking forward to seeing more of this series. 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jennie!!

  • One stylish momma!!! I love the high low hem, so on trend!!! A white dress is pretty at all ages, you ladies proved it!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tamara!!

  • love that mom made her dress! so cute! great looks all around!

    kelseybang.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t she so creative? Thanks Kelsey!!

  • Stevie Turner

    I like the hi-lo hem!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Stevie—I’ll tell mom you said so!!

  • Oh I love a good white dress! This will be a fun series. You all look great!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Love these looks, Jodie. I agree, I think white is just as versatile as black and can be worn in a similar fashion. Love your sneakers. I have that pair of gray Keds that are in my posts every so often that came with bling on them. Nancy’s dress is the perfect fit and I like that you mixed up the metals. I love the leopard print scarf with the white. Such a pretty contrast. Wonderfully done! – Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy….and don’t you find those Keds are so versatile? I’ve really been surprised at how much I wear these—even more than my dark grey ones!

      • Amy D. Christensen

        Yes, Jodie! I’ve been wearing mine all summer. I have a few other pairs of Keds, but I always go back to the sparkly gray ones when I am not sure what to wear.

  • Ornate Splendor

    Hi Jodie
    So enjoyed this post!! Love love that your blog focuses on fashions for women in their 50s, 60s, 70s. All three of you are gorgeous and oh-so-fun!!
    Catherine (newest follower of your blogging adventures!!) 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Hi Catherine—thank you so much for your lovely comment and following along!!
      I really appreciate it!

      • Ornate Splendor

        Hi Jodie,
        Thank you for letting me know that my Pinterest follow button did not work. I’ve corrected it!
        Thanks again,
        Catherine

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Glad to help!!

  • Everyone looks so pretty in white! Really loving it with that animal print scarf 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tara!

  • Even though the end of summer is on it’s way, I am still wearing white non stop. Love all of these white dresses. They are a classic piece for summer

    http://www.michellespaige.com/

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I love that it’s fine to wear the color all year long—now if I can only get other older women to believe it—ha ha!!

  • Judy Gramith

    Very pretty! There’s something about a white dress that is just so feminine and summery.
    I love the way you picked up the silver of the sneakers in the tones of your vest. Both add a sportiness to your outfit.
    Nancy’s belt and necklace are a great pairing. The dress fits her beautifully and enhances her hair color so well!
    Charlotte’s amimal print scarf is an unexpected accessory and adds some pizazz to her look.
    Someone needs to take you all out for dinner!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Dinner, lunch—I’ll take any food offering—ha ha!!
      I do think the white dress is very summery–which makes me want to transition it into fall even the more! I guess I always love a challenge!!

  • I love a nice white dress – I always seem to spill something on myself whenever I wear one though!! You all look great!

    Laura
    http://www.blackcoffeebeautiful.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s true—it’s like there’s a magnetic pull to white pieces in my world. But someone told me recently, that it’s easier with a white piece because you just wash it with bleach!!
      Thanks for reading, Laura!

  • Mother Daughter

    I love a white dress. I usually put mine with brights, usually bright pink to be exact. lol I like all three of these looks.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s my first impulse too Victoria!! We’re kinda doing that on Thursday!! Thanks for the love!

  • Nequéren Reis
    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much!!

  • Laura

    Every woman needs a white dress! They are so versatile! You are inspiring me to pull out one of mine again. They have been sadly neglected. I don’t think I’ve tried mine with neutrals. I typically go for darker colors or brights. I need to though because I love the way these outfits turned out!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I agree that every woman needs one, Laura!! (or two or three in my case)
      And I’m like you—my first thought is to add color (that’ll be Thursday’s post!!)
      Thanks for the love!!

  • Anna Parkes

    Much as I love your casual spin on this theme, my vote this week has to go to Nancy with the cute style of the dress really suiting her frame so well and also I’m a sucker for metallics too. Another fab post ladies!
    Anna x
    http://www.annasislandstyle.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t her dress perfect for her Anna–she’ll be tickled to hear your comment!! Thanks for that!!

  • You are so right Jodie, white comes in all shades and black can be just as harsh as some white. Nancy’s ivory dress is so demure and the thin bronze belt is perfect. I too am short waisted but thin belts do work and hers gives just that visual interest.

    Happy birthday to your husband – you are so allowed to cheat with the pink bag!

    http://petitesilvervixen.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m glad we bought these belts for Nancy–she had given all of hers away a couple years ago because she never wore them. I think the right size and right pairing can definitely work!
      Thanks for the bag love—I’ll tell Rob you wish him well!!

  • I think all you ladies look fantastic! Love Jodie’s layered look, Nancy’s dress looks like it was made for her, love the metallic mix! And loving Charlotte’s touch of leopard scarf!

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Luci!!

  • We think so often alike! I am wearing white with neutrale on my Friday post! So funny! I love your mothers dress, I always love a high low hem. But Nancy s and yours are fabulous too! I like. Did you win this dress? That s fantastic! And a late congretulations to your husband!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I can’t wait to see your white dress!!
      I used to think the hi low hems were slightly off—but the more I’ve seen them, I can appreciate the uniqueness!!
      Thanks for the nice words, Nancy!! I’ll tell Rob you say that!!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    White dresses are so fun to wear in the summer and they keep you cool. And, you can style a simple white dress SO many ways. You all did so great and I am really impressed. I love the slip on with yours and the vest!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Carrie!!
      I think you are so right—they really go with everything!!

  • Really loving that Target dress. I need another white dress for summer because they’re such a great classic.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I so agree Laura—I’d love to see if we can transition this dress to the colder months!!

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    Sparkly sneaks…yes please! Love, love, love your vest! And Nancy’s dress is perfection. I think it’s extremely cool that your mom went for a high/low hem on her dress, she’s really becoming a little fashionista, isn’t she?
    Debbie
    http://www.fashionfairydust.com
    ps…we’re doing some massive redecorating/cosmetic home improvements and I swear the ups man has been here almost daily for the past week and a half leaving piles of packages…lol!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the nice words Debbie!
      I think the UPS guy should be thanking you for his job….without you guys there would be no job security!! Ha ha!
      It’s a love/hate relation with home improvements—-they are great & fun but it’s such a disruption in my little world!!

  • Lovely dresses, I always love a white dress. I would totally love to wear Nancy’s whole look the dress and sandals are amazing!

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!!
      I think her dress is my fave! The silhouette is so perfect and it was such a great deal!!

  • Queen of Rods

    I particularly like your vest, Jodie. I never think to wear a vest with a sleeveless item, but your outfit looks great 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Janet–My mom was just saying last week she doesn’t like a vest over short sleeves—and I was quite puzzled? I guess I never think of whether it’s sleeveless or not…I just love my vests!!

  • Love how these are styled! I never think to wear a white dress!! 🙂
    Jaymie

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jaymie!
      I love white so much more than black!!