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)!!
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.
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!!
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)!
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!
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.
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.
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?
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: