Thursday, August 23, 2012

Chic Sightings: A Base of White

Although it might seem reckless to wear white in the city, lots of us do it all the time.  New York was full of women using white as a base for a wide variety of very personal looks...


Flowered tank – Tillys, denim capris – True Religion, purple sandals – Debenhams, dotted top – Giambattista Valli, capris – Dorothy Perkins, sandalsJil Sander

Sleeveless top – Romwe, denim shorts – True Religion, sandals – Bottega Veneta, striped tee shirt – Mango, Bermuda shorts – Vince, espadrilles - Debenhams

Tee shirt – Kain Classic, linen pants – CP Shades, espadrilles – Missoni, red sleeveless top – Raoul, cotton pants – Moschino, loafers – Nicholas Kirkwood

Tank – Malene Birger, ruffled skirt – Thakoon, trainers – Converse, print tank –  Milly, denim skirt – D&G, sandals – DV by Dolce Vita

Tie-dyed tee shirt – Lulu & Co., silk skirt – Chloe, flip flops – Havianas, grey sweater – J. Crew, flaired skirt – Ermanno Scervino, grey sandals - Balenciaga

17 comments:

  1. Janice,

    This is a comment not so much about this post, but I did enjoy it. I wish I looked better in white bottoms, but I do it occasionally anyway.

    So, I stumbled across your blog a while back and if I could only look at one blog a day it would be yours. I LOVE IT!!!! I do have a question, if you don't mind. I love how you build outfits around a scarve. My question is what, in your opinion, are good sources for scarves aside from Hermes? I do have one H scarf that my husband bought for me in Paris and we have been twice in the last couple years, but with those trips being family vacations (meaning we had already spent a ton of money) I couldn't bring myself to plunk down 375 euro for a scarve - though I did see a brown and blue one in DeGaulle that I keep thinking about. Anyway, what stores would you recommend and also, do you ever purchase scarves from resale stores?

    Thanks for your indulgence and the eye candy. :)

    Marla in Columbus, OH

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    1. There are a million beautiful scarves in the world; as much as I'm devoted to Hermes, they're NOT the only game in town! Look around the internet, at sites like Bottica, for small craftsperson scarves, and definitely look in resale shops. The key for a scarf is (a) that it FEELS good - no cheap rayon allowed!, and (b) that you love love love the colors and pattern. Beyond that, there are no rules.

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    2. Thanks for the words of wisdom, now if I could just find the time to shop....

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  2. I've used my white pants, capris and bermudas so many times throughout this hot, hot summer. So many things can be paired with them. Will miss them in the fall.

    Also, Janice, I began laying out possible clothing items for my trip to Ireland in three weeks- I just randomly pulled out what I thought I could use. When I added them up, I had 24 items! Let the editing begin.

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  3. I had to be talked into buying a pair of white jeans a couple of years ago and I now wear them frequently. Never would have paired it with grey, but its my favorite combination here. And I agree with the previous poster in that this is my favorite blog. You strike a nice balance between being well-dressed without having to follow every trend, spending money wisely and adding a dash of common sense.

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  4. I LOVE white as a base. So many colors are beautiful with white--brights and neutrals alike. I find it much harder to work with black.

    I'm surprised that you report seeing so much white in NYC as I always associate that town with black, black and more black (and maybe a bit of gray thrown in when people really get crazy) but I haven't spent much time there, so that is probably an unfounded stereotype on my part!

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  5. I've been wanting white jeans--which is strange, since I am a spiller. I do notice that most women wearing white pants are--probably unawares--showing whatever underwear they are--or are not--wearing. Not a good look. Why do "they" make pants like that???

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    1. I think one of the reasons that white jeans are the easiest white garment to wear below the waist is that they're relatively opaque. As long as you're not wearing a neon orange thong... (yes, I saw that this last weekend...)

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  6. Great looks. I think I do need to add some whit jeans to my wardrobe!

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  7. My son's girlfriend works at Victoria's Secret and told me seeing underwear under white clothing is a peeve of hers. The trick is NOT to wear white underwear, but to wear nude/skintone colors. Wish somebody would have told me that a long time ago. I love white shirts but always felt I was just showing off my white bra!

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  8. Great sightings! I love the Nicholas Kirkwood loafers. I would just giggle each time I wore them. Off to check out the striped Tee from Mango...after I click on your supporter links!

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  9. White shouldn't be so scary! It's no less flattering than light khaki and just seems fresh and clean.

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  10. Were all these NYC women in white and flip flops just walking from their brownstone to the corner market for arugula?

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  11. I love how white freshens up any outfit!!!

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  12. White is my "black" for summer! Love it's versatility.

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  13. Fabulous! I wear white pants all year round.

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