In the last summer style post, Mara sang the praises of wearing all black all summer and I’m totally on board for a monochromatic wardrobe that is simple, easy, stylish. But, how about white?
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My sister has a BFF who is very zen/yoga/clean and she wears only white, all white, all year round. She always looks ultra-chic, youthful and elegant. There’s nothing like an all-white outfit to give you a glow of positive energy and an extra bounce in your step.
We love this delicate, romantic linen Joie dress, with a flattering neckline, tie waist and flutter hem. This seems so pretty and appropriate for a date night.
For an ultrafeminine look, this fitted handkerchief-hemmed Ted Baker dress definitely hits the mark. And another shout-out for this easy breezy Vince twist we’ve been talking about – there’s white and army green.
Mara’s the dress girl. I’m more into separates. On top, I’d go for this drapey white weave from Madewell. It’s slightly oversized and super comfortable.
On the bottom, I’d wear these white wash Rag & Bone wide leg flares with a little bit of stretch and a raw cut hem. These would look great with all kinds of summer sandals and in the fall with some fierce ankle booties. For a looser/boyfriend look, I like these J. Crew broken-in slim boyfriend jeans.
I also love the Eileen Fisher System scoop-necked tanks – both the short and longer versions (in white AND black). These are closet staples that can help make getting dressed so easy. If you’re feeling more vinyasa flowy – pair a white top with these Caslon linen track pants with a drawstring waist and split hem.
And for the A/C or in the evening – top it all off with a white linen Joie blazer!
The best part of putting together an all-white outfit is getting the right color pops from fantastic fun accessories. This flowered Coach bag makes me so happy – it’s covered with leather blossoms and just makes me smile.
There’s nothing like a refreshing spritz to add to the summer feeling. This light and delicious Mario Badescu facial spray is made with aloe, herbs and rosewater.
With all that white, be sure to add a little kiss of sun on your face. I can’t figure it out – but NARS orgasm looks great on everyone – either in a pressed power, liquid blush or lip gloss. The other ubiquitous summer choice is black honey lips from Clinique – the gloss version is super moisturizing.
A final word on white – Mara and I have been hearing that the old school Tretorns are the new look – these classic canvas sneakers would go great with all the white outfits.
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We are Pam and Mara, Grown and Flown’s new in-house fashion gurus. Based in Brooklyn, we’ve been friends for over 20 years, with four boys, many proms, graduations, beach vacations and birthday dinners between us.
Mara’s been living in jeans and t-shirts working in the fashion world in London, Milan, LA, and NYC, producing editorial and ad shoots for over two decades. Pam’s been suiting up for the corporate world as a chief marketing officer in the live entertainment/sports business.
We’ve always been a little obsessed with style and how we use clothes to help us feel attractive and self-confident. You’ll often find us yelling at each other over dressing room walls, or trading texts at midnight about that one pair of size 8 boots left on sale online at Nordstroms. But over time, we’ve found that dressing and feeling great has become much more challenging. And that’s even more frustrating now that every moment has turned into a photo opp.
We want to feel comfortable and appropriate with our style choices so that we can face the world each morning with confidence and ease. We’re in search of cool, effortless style that makes us feel amazing and powerful at this very age.
Please join us at Grown & Flown as we venture forth into this new world together.