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White for Summer? How original!

On my previous post, Para34 asked me to share the dresses on my wishlist. I decided to categorize them by color. So, let’s kick it off with White.

White Dress Set 1


Dress 1: P.A.R.O.S.H  Stretch Cotton, Made in Italy.Dress 2: SUNO Broderie Anglaise, 100% Cottton

Dress 1: I like the simplicity of this P.A.R.O.S.H stretch cotton dress. It reminds me of my school uniform –  modest and functional. The pleats on this one look well made and could potentially hold their shape well. Paired with a simple tan belt, it would look perfect for work.

Dress 2: The Suno option is a modern twist with its broderie lace and drop waist. I would love to wear this on vacation, to the museum, on a lunch date. If I feel very daring, I might even wear it to work with a white slip underneath.

I love the medium length sleeves on these two dresses. Paired with simple oxfords or a brown cross body, I could make these dresses casual enough for a date with the husband?

White Dress Set 2

Dress 3: Twin-Set Stretch Cotton, Made in Italy. Dress 4:  Goop 100% Cotton, Made in Italy.

Dress 3: The Twin-Set shirt dress has a little extra spandex / elastane in it. I think the micro pleats and spandex together make the dress forgiving and could hide my food belly better.

Dress 4: The Goop option is the best looking white shirt dress I have seen in recent times. I love the bib style borrowed from men’s tuxedo shirts. Those subtle pleats are understated. The price of this dress is undoubtedly scary for a cotton dress. Do you ever look at multiple options in a certain product and always fall for the more expensive one? (Of course, I do!)

Both these options are work friendly and little more formal than #1 and #2. I’d pair it with a simple watch and my favorite shoes.

Quick note: None of these dresses are cheap. This year, I am trying to buy only high quality clothes that are most definitely not made in sweatshops. But, as we all know expensive doesn’t mean high quality and inexpensive doesn’t automatically mean poorly made. If you do find a well made pleated shirt dress below $200, please let me know. I’d LOVE to consider it.

The cost of the above dresses makes me think critically before spending my money on even the least expensive option among them.  In one of her posts, Lori said ‘Instant gratification is for wussies‘. I’m going to make it my mantra for this year. 

Quick Tip: When buying shirt dresses, always move around, sit down, bend over, lift your arms and check if they feel too snug anywhere. Button up fully and see if they gape at the bust. Even pre-washed cotton shrinks a little in the wash. The best thing to do is to size up.

Question: Would you ever consider wearing a full-on white dress like this? Does it feel too bridal? Are you scared of spilling coffee or wine when you wear white? Does cotton mean high maintenance for you?

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  1. LL #

    I don’t think I own an article of white clothing (other than a white coat to wear in front of patients). I used to have a white shirt a long time ago, but I find that white really doesn’t suit me, and would cause me endless worrying about spilling coffee or food or getting dirty.

    But…I would take any of these dresses if they were a different color. I like their shapes and designs, but just can’t wear white.

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    May 6, 2017
    • SA. #

      I understand what you mean. One of my friends who is very fair feels the same and she is right. I think I can pull off white only because of my brown coloring. I will do a post for navy and black in the coming weeks for sure.
      Also, I particularly loved those striped and checkered dress photos you shared on your blog a few weeks. I wonder why my comments don’t get through on your blog.

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      May 6, 2017
      • LL #

        I don’t have any commenting platform other than the one Blogger/Blogspot has in place. I haven’t put any filters or other restrictions, though. That’s pretty odd, but I do appreciate your attempts!

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        May 7, 2017
  2. I like the idea of a white dress, but I guess it would depend on whether or not I’d need to wear nude underwear with it? I don’t mind a bra showing through a white shirt in casual situations, but not sure if I like my undies visible haha.

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    May 6, 2017
    • SA. #

      That is a good point! I hate VPL and any dress that shows even my bra underneath. I like my cottons a little thick, soft and slightly lose. Many times, with my silk dresses I wear a slip that hits me above the knees, just in case 🙂 I don’t think everyone needs to do that. I am such a creature of habit.

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      May 6, 2017
  3. Yeah, I am in the same boat with Jane about white dresses and white bottoms in general: I worry about the underpinnings. That is the reason why I have long ago determined that all my bottoms shall be black and done! Since I only wear black and white, all my dresses are black. Oh, I am such a liar. I just thrifted, a few weeks ago, a pair of khaki linen pants. The linen was just so thick and yet soft and the fit so good for me. But I plan to wear those mainly for gardening (I am working on a good gardening outfit now, not that I do a lot of it since I am a indoorswoman for sure, but unfortunately it’s unavoidable work in the suburbs). Now I am looking for a generously sized white linen shirt to go with those pants. And obviously, a good straw hat! In the end, if I decide to take a stroll in the neighborhood or go to the beach, rather than garden, I’d be well outfitted for that. Wins all around 😁

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    May 6, 2017
    • SA. #

      I don’t think I could really do white bottoms ever. You carry your jeans and black pants very well. Khaki linen pants – I have a similar pair from Marks & Spencer’s that is so soft. I love cycling and doing chores in it. I am picturing you in a white linen shirt , khaki pants and a beautiful work hat! I wish I had a garden now! 😊

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      May 6, 2017
  4. I just can’t get past the awful shoes on the 1st one…lol! My favorite is the Goop one (they make clothes???) except for the puffed sleeve on the shoulder. And then the Twinset one. A nude slip may be more invisible underneath, white on white tends to show through. This post is fun!

    And these aren’t bridal at all. The cuts are completely different. I have an infamous white shirt dress from Thom Browne, that people either hate or love. White clothes can be tricky, less because of me, but more because I have well water system.

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    May 6, 2017
    • SA. #

      Yes!! Those orange shoes are hideous. Why? Couldn’t the stylist use a pair of oxfords? Goop just started making clothes. My order of preference is #4, #3 and #2 at the same level and #1 (least favorite). Yes! White slips show! Always nude. But, I feel like light gray inners work for me better than nudes sometimes. I guess it comes down to the fact that all nudes are not created equal. I would love to see your Thom Browne. When you say well water system, are you talking about hard water? We have hard water and white colors turn slightly dull or may be it is just in my head!

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      May 6, 2017
      • I don’t know if it’s considered hard. But I live in the equestrian boonies, so its well system as opposed to city water. Back in 2004 when we had back to back hurricanes, we had no electricity for 2 wks which means no running water. But yes the water can turn yellow which can makes whites turn dingy. I mix in The Laundress bleach alternative (powder), not sure if it makes a difference but I do it anyway. So far my Rick Owens stuff is staying white.

        Here’s the most recent pic of the dress: http://www.pretaporterp.com/2017/04/outfit-recap-jan-march-2017.html
        It’s from the since discontinued Black Fleece line that Thom Browne had w/ Brooks Brothers.

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        May 6, 2017
      • SA. #

        Oh I see! I love that Rick Owens dress. I have seen you wear it in different ways. I don’t think everyone can carry that dress so easily! You wear it very well. It is a statement piece by itself.

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        May 6, 2017
  5. Love white dresses for the summer and have several. London living works against wearing white LOL 😉 but I persevere none the less. My rules is they have to be 1. machine washable and 2. fully lined. I don’t fancy sowing my underwear to the rest of the world…

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    May 7, 2017
    • SA. #

      Perfect rules! Also, seams and stitching are too visible, especially on white and lighter color fabrics without lining (baby pinks, light yellows etc). I get slightly disappointed each time I find a beautiful dress without lining.

      If I like the dress a lot and cannot walk away, I try to see if I can make it work with a full slip. It is not ideal. But, that is a small sacrifice for love 🙂

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      May 8, 2017
  6. Thanks! And yes, for me, wearing that much white does make me feel a bit nervous. I also don’t love buying expensive things in white because I find the brightness difficult to maintain.

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    May 13, 2017
    • SA. #

      I hear you!! The brightness of white is indeed hard to maintain. I have a bottle of The Laundress White detergent that I use sparingly for my more expensive whites (dresses, blouses etc). I’m also quite clumsy with my coffee! But White is one color that makes me feel fabulous. I just can’t stay away from it!

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      May 13, 2017
  7. The Goop dress is so pretty. I saw how it fit on GP and its definitely European sizing.

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    May 18, 2017
    • SA. #

      Yes, I thought the same thing when I saw it on her. The chest button is slightly gaping, no?

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      May 18, 2017

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