I love wearing white. Always have. It always feels fresh and gives the impression you have a tan. Before I had children I wore it a lot in both summer and winter but after having two boys 19 months apart, I became Mrs Sensible when it came to choosing clothes. There was nothing wrong with Mrs Sensible. She made good choices which positively impacted laundry levels (I rarely had to change my outfit during the day) and family budgets (of course one pair of navy shorts will do me for the next three summers). However slowly but surely Mrs Me re-emerged.
As the little lords got older I started enjoying the four minutes I could spend on my own choosing an outfit each day. Colourful scarves and dangly earrings started making their way into my wardrobe as breast feeding singlets were farewelled. I bought a hot pink lipstick. I wore it. On the days when I go to work and don’t have to worry about practical playground clothing, I wear dresses and skirts and floral blouses. There’s definitely been a shift in my style now that my youngest is three. There’s a bit less sensible and a bit more me. I wear things that make me feel good whenever I can. Enter the white dress.
I was very kindly gifted a Betty Basics white T-shirt style dress from a local boutique Alice n Cooper (Pittwater Rd, Collaroy for those who live in Sydney). The soft cotton elastane fabric makes it super comfortable and I knew I could wear it a million ways. As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I love it when clothes can be worn for multiple occasions in multiple ways. So here are some ideas for styling a casual white dress.
With a kimono:
A little bit nautical:
Denim and gold:
With a bright scarf:
How do I keep it clean I hear you ask??? Well the answer is very simple. I don’t. And I don’t care. I love the dress. I love its versatility. I love its comfort and crispness. So I wear it. And if it gets tomato sauce, playdough or strawberries smeared on it, I grab a baby wipe and clean it off. Then I chuck it in the wash later. Then I wear it again and bask in the whiteness for as long as I can. And I feel good.
What’s your philosophy on white? Are you a lover, a hater or a cleaner?