All White, All White, All White & First Friendship Friday Link-up

Sorry, I couldn’t resist – Matthew McConaughey was filming in Cleveland recently.  But seriously, who doesn’t love all white in the summertime! It’s so clean…so fresh…so South of France, expensive looking.

On a recent trip to Mexico my friend and I stopped at the Blanc du Nil shop with it’s beautifully displayed, all white clothing.  My friend immediately found several pieces that looked fantastic on her!  In a moment of FOMO, I tried on and ended up buying the dress pictured below.

Wearing it to dinner while still on vacation, I quickly realized it was a mistake purchase.  The woven cotton fabric in this body skimming sheath shape shows every wrinkle!  And unlike a loose dress of cotton or linen, it doesn’t look like it’s meant to be creased.  You really can’t do much in it but stand.  So, my hunt for a white dress that’s more lifestyle-friendly continues.

white lace dress

white lace dress

Below are a few pieces I found during my search for the perfect whites!

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Tips for Purchasing, Maintaining & Styling Whites
  1. Be mindful of the fabric you choose, per the story above!  Stiffer fabrics like linen and poplin will show wrinkles more and work better with an unstructured fit.  Knits and pontes will work better with body-con profiles.  Also, really give some thought as to whether you want the overhead of a dry clean only fabric.
  2. Wash frequently so very light surface dirt doesn’t get embedded in the fabric.
  3. Wash only with other whites using detergent and an optical whitener like OxyClean or Out White Bright. Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing is also popular for diminishing grey-ish tints in whites. Baking soda, borax and vinegar are more natural alternatives.
  4. For spots stains, try my mom’s old technique of sprinkling the stain with kosher salt then soaking with fresh lemon juice and letting it sit in the sun.  Sometimes it takes a few applications but it usually gets out even the toughest spots.  Peroxide mixed with cream of tartar to form a paste is another good pantry-based stain remover.
  5. My two favorites techniques for styling whites in the summer are to go natural by pairing with creams, tans, bronze or gold metallics, wood and straw accents OR to pair with brights (see samples below).
  6. Use nude/skin tone undergarments with white and even then, be mindful of see-through fabrics.
  7. Personally, I’m not a fan of white shoes other than in sneaker or espadrille form.  It just seems very hard to find leather pairs that are expensive looking.  My favorite shoe pairing for whites is the neutral, flesh toned shoe.  (see my favorite, the 9 West Leisa below or the deluxe version, Stuart Weitzman’s NuNaked)

White clothing, how to style white, white dresses


neutral sandal
My favorite neutral dress sandal
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Author: Betsy Ramsey

Betsy Ramsey is the author of Natty Gal. Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, she now lives there with her husband and Bichon-Frise, Dolce. A mindful fashion & capsule wardrobe enthusiast, she travels extensively, visiting 56 countries to date. Betsy is committed to helping others live their most fulfilling life!

5 thoughts on “All White, All White, All White & First Friendship Friday Link-up”

  1. Your white dress is so pretty! Those are great tips too, especially using kosher salt and lemon juice or peroxide and cream of tartar for stains! Thank you for the linkup! I’m following you on Instagram!

    Doused In Pink

    1. Oh my goodness! Thank you so much Shelbee! Your Bad Buy Book is what inspired me to write the post! I loved the dress in theory, it just didn’t execute well in my day to day life.

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