Good morning on this Memorial Day Monday! I noticed that the sales didn’t really change much today, and I didn’t find any new ones to highlight (I’m shocked Evereve isn’t doing one of their one-day sitewide sales!) so I decided to share this all white outfit that I wore last week.
Monochrome outfits are always chic, but they’re having a moment this spring, especially all white looks, so I wanted to try putting one together.
Frame tee (XS) // MOTHER Insiders (29) // P448 sneakers (39) // YSL bag // YSL belt // Lagos earrings // Lagos station bracelet & chain bracelet // similar Madewell necklace // YSL sunnies // nails: OPI Cajun Shrimp
And yes, I realize this outfit is pretty spendy, so I put together a similar-for-less version at the end of this post.
When I go to my closet to get dressed for the day, I tend to make my outfits around a certain piece – like a fun top, a pair of shoes that makes sense for my daily activities, or a specific pair of jeans I want to wear.
I don’t usually think to start with a concept in mind, like an all white or all black outfit, but that’s another great way to extend your wardrobe and get more wear out of your favorite closet essentials.
Since I knew I wanted an all white outfit, I first took a look at my collection of white jeans. I have accumulated quite a few pairs over the past few seasons, so I had a few options, but not all of them work with every shoe. Some I can only wear with heels, and some I prefer to wear with flats, so then I looked at my shoes.
I was hoping to post this outfit while these sneakers were fully stocked, but they went on sale last week, and the most popular sizes sold out quickly. I love the mix of textures and metallic tones, and how they look luxe and sporty at the same time.
If you like the P448 look, here are some other options. And, of course, you can wear any white sneaker with this outfit; it doesn’t have to be these.
Once I had the shoes and jeans picked out, the rest of the outfit came together easily. I wanted to keep it casual, so a white t-shirt was the obvious choice. I have a few white t-shirts to choose from, so I went with the one that is the most “special” in my opinion.
Because the outfit is so simple, and I wasn’t incorporating a “completer piece” (jacket or cardigan), I wanted something a little more elevated than a plain t-shirt, and I love the shape of the V-neck and the sleeve detail on this one. That said, if all you have is a plain t-shirt, no worries! Just jazz it up with accessories.
The tip for keeping a monochrome outfit interesting is to use a mix of tones and textures, and don’t neglect the accessories. I decided to wear a taupe belt to accentuate the waist and separate the white top from the white bottoms.
You could also do cognac or brown, but it would be a bit of a higher contrast look, and I prefer the low contrast since the idea is to keep the outfit all white.
Finally, I matched my handbag to the belt, and I wore mixed metal jewelry and finished the look with my favorite sunglasses. White sunglasses would be fun, for sure, but I don’t have a pair, and I don’t think I’d wear them very often, so I just went with the black. I think they work because my hair is so dark.
If you have lighter hair, I highly recommend having a pair of sunglasses in a similar color/tone, like a tortoiseshell, or what have you, because they will always look good, no matter what you’re wearing.
As I said above, I realize this outfit altogether is pretty spendy, so I put together a similar for less version. Take a look!
Frame tee (similar for less) // MOTHER Insiders (similar for less and HERE) // P448 sneakers (similar for less) // Tory Burch camera bag (similar for less) // rag & bone belt (similar for less) // Lagos earrings (option) // YSL sunnies (similar for less)
Of course, it’s even better when you can shop your closet, but no matter what your budget, you can rock an all-white outfit!
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photos: Alison Cornell