Wearing White in the Summer and the Ageless Style Linkup
Wearing white in the summer seems perfect and apropos, and yet I probably don’t wear it that much at least monochromatically. So when Paula suggested a summer whiteout as the theme for our ageless style group, I was psyched. Yet if you’re anything like my mom and I, white white doesn’t look great on our complexions.
Quote of the day: “What I do today is very important because I’m exchanging a day of my life for it.” Lynn Ramthun
That’s why both of us changed it up ever so slightly. I talk about it in the tips and tricks section towards the bottom of the post.
I have always loved my white pieces no matter how challenging it is to keep them clean. Yet in reality, I tend to lean towards the bright colors like we wore recently. In fact, I probably wear my white jeans more in the winter time to try to brighten up my outfits.
Yet I will tell you that every time I wear this outfit with a variety of different shoes and accessories, I will get compliments. This day, it was my male neighbor next door—shocking!
Jodie’s (50+) Outfit
Culottes: WHBM (similar here)~~Sweater: Sundance-thrifted (similar here)~~Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar here)~~Earrings: Modern Sage Designs (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)~~Purse: Aldo-thrifted (similar here)
Why I Wore This Outfit
It’s not just white. I am not a huge monochromatic outfit lover unless it’s a dress or jumpsuit. However, I was inspired by Mahryska, earlier this year to put these pieces together. The first time I copied the outfit, I did wear black shoes. This time, I wanted to change it up and keep the shoes more subdued.
The purse was one of my recent finds on our thrifting expedition. I could see the argument that it’s too big for me, yet, there are times I need to store my camera and all the paraphernalia in it while we are shooting. So let’s call it a business bag.
How You Could Change This Outfit
I have been surprised at how much I wear these culottes. For those of you that don’t wear skirts, I think they give off a skirt vibe without really being a skirt. If you’re too afraid of the white getting dirty, then a blue and white striped version is summery. Of course, there’s always black, because everyone seems to love black pants.
I rarely purchase sweaters since I am addicted to knitting them. Yet when I found this one while thrifting in Buena Vista, I had to have it. First off, it’s a Sundance brand which is usually out of my price range. But also, it’s not really a knitted sweater. It’s somehow woven and doubled in thickness, and for the life of me, I can’t figure out how to copy it. Therefore, I had to buy it.
Charlotte’s (80+) Outfit
Skirt: Mom made it (similar here)~~Blazer: EFAN from Japan (similar here)~~Top: Jonathon Martin (similar here)~~Shoes: Dana Buchman (similar here)~~Flower Pin: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: from the Denver Art Museum (similar here)~~Purse: thrifted (similar here)
Why Charlotte Wore This Outfit
When my mom heard the theme for this post, she automatically gravitated towards her lace blazer from Japan. She’s worn it many times on the blog before, like with camo and her LBD. It’s really a one of a kind piece that can work with almost any outfit.
For this outfit, she paired it with an eyelet skirt that she made last year. For those of you that enjoy corny humor like my husband and me, you could say she’s “holy”.
How You Could Change This Outfit
If you love the idea of eyelet, but don’t usually wear skirts, I’ve found some other options for you. There are some inexpensive white leggings with this detail at the hem. Or a pair of white linen ankle pants that are great at keeping you cool. Heck, there are even chinos with an eyelet patch on them.
The orange, silk shell is from over 20 years ago. My mom even shortened it several years ago so it didn’t extend below this exact jacket. And surprisingly she didn’t make the flower pin. This pin is a plastic material and not fabric. Knowing my mother she stole it off a gift or something and made it into a pin.
Tips & Tricks for Wearing White in the Summer
Since white is like every color out there and comes in a ton of shades, there is a perfect hue for everyone. You can really notice when my mom and I are standing next to each other, that my “white” is really more cream colored. I know this shade of white is much more flattering to my skin tone, and maybe that’s why I get so many compliments when I wear this outfit?
The other option is to incorporate a different color into your “white outfit” like my mom did with her orange tank and accessories. This is one of my favorite ways to style color, and I think it’s such a modern look.
As for the worry about getting things dirty while wearing white. It happens. It’s life. But there’s always either bleach or dying your pieces another color if you’re a fix it girl like me.
Ageless Style Group
Onto the others in our ageless style group. I hope you check out these other blogger’s ideas about a wearing white for the summer. If you’re a blogger, join in on the link party. I always think it’s very helpful to see everyone’s different takes on a theme.
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