White: the colour (or lack thereof) that instantly shouts Summer, conjuring images of hazy sunshine, blue skies and sandy beaches… Unless you are pale in complexion and accident prone, in which case it conjures images of ghostly pallor, dirty marks and washing nightmares. For all these reasons, recently I’ve stayed away from white. However, I’m just back from a short stay in Denmark (more soon, it was amazing so I’m probably not going to stop talking about it for a while!) where minimalist monochrome styling was the order of the day. Now, if anyone can convince me that pale, blonde people can pull off white (I gave up fake tanning long ago) then its the Scandinavians. With a few tricks up my (lacy) sleeve, I think I’ve just about worked out how to make it work for me – although maybe just in Summer!
Another reason behind my recent conversion to white is this vintage Broderie Anglaise top. Bohemian, off-shoulder peasant tops have been all over the high street this Spring/ Summer and while the numerous Bardot-style and cropped numbers were never going to suit my curves, this version nods to the trend but is totally timeless too. I adore the ruffle that goes all the way round and forms a loose sleeve, as well as the elegant square neckline and beautiful embroidered fabric. You can’t see in these pictures but it also nips in at the waist and flows out into a wee peplum. The detailing would suggest it’s handmade, which makes it all the more special – not to mention the fact that it cost me a grand total of £4!
Bargain top acquired, I was faced with the challenge of overcoming my white fear, although now I feel silly for not tackling it sooner! For its first outing I decided to play it safe-ish and wear my new top with denim – it seems obvious but the pairing is classic and makes white that bit more wearable. You’re never going to find me in a flowing white maxi, but contrasting the lack of colour with an indigo wash makes it fresh and summery, without being scary. The different textures add another dimension, while layering helps by breaking things up and hopefully stopped me from being mistaken for Casper.
The slimmer silhouette created by the dungarees balances the volume of the blouse sleeves/ shoulder details, and I turned them up at the cuffs to show more of my white retro sandals. I first posted about my Boden dungarees in the Spring and I’ve also worn them non-stop this Summer as they make every outfit feel instantly put-together, whether worn with a classic Breton or vintage blouse. I’m considering the new in darker wash for the cooler months; perfect with jewel-hued blouses, chunky knitwear and boots!
Lastly in my white-conquering tips, I think just a wee hint of colour can go a long way whether it’s a bright belt, shoes or bag – or in this case, red lipstick. I haven’t worn my make-up this way for ages but I’m converted once more after picking up this Sephora cream lip stain: velvety soft to apply, and lasts for hours without drying out your lips. Now I’m gaining confidence wearing white, I know I’ll be donning this top for many Summers to come: it looks lovely tucked into high waisted skirts and I can see it working with vintage-inspired capri pants, Grace Kelly style too. Lastly a word on my wee trug: it was seemingly waiting for me outside an antique shop en-route to the Botanics, practically begging me to accompany us – a bargain too, I couldn’t resist a new wee prop for my window sill garden. It fit in perfectly with the beautiful floral surroundings in one of my favourite Edinburgh spots – a must-see while the wildflowers and sweet peas are blooming.
What are you wearing at the moment? How do you wear white?
What I’m wearing: vintage blouse, dungarees c/o Boden, Clarks sandals and vintage accessories.