A cavalcade of summer whites

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While it is true that just last week, I came out in favor of black clothes for summer, the truth is I’m also quite drawn to white when the weather gets gross and sticky. You just feel cooler and crisper in it, and of course you are.  I think this drawstring dress seems just exceptionally breezy, and it definitely looks pricier than it is.

And speaking of pricey, these Nili Lotan army pants are not especially cheap, but they’re just so good.

A sleeveless tee dress that looks like it’d be great as a beach cover-up.

I actually really prefer synthetic EVA Birkenstocks to the ones that are made with leather and cork, cause they’re lighter and somehow cooler to wear, and you don’t get sweaty footprints like one does with so many summer sandals. I also very much appreciate that they’re priced just a hair under $45, which is maybe just cheap enough to purchase them in more than one color?

These straight pants taper slightly (and stylishly) at the ankle. I also dig the loose fit.

Another tee dress with a pretty, easy silhouette and empire waist.

This pineapple-embroidered shirt is slightly nutty, but in a really good way, I think.

I think the sleeves on this cool linen shirtdress are the perfect summer length. If I didn’t already own a menagerie of white shirtdresses, I’d totally go for it.

This henley tee has more buttons than your average henley tee, which I think is pretty cool-looking.

White jeans that aren’t too tight are my jam, and I like the frayed hem too.

For cool late afternoons at the beach: a long-sleeved tee with thumb holes, which I’m always a fan of.

This Madewell popover would be so crisp paired with white jeans.

These drawstring boyfriend jeans are in my cart even as I type—they’re just rather excellently slouchy.

A drawstring popover from Vince that’s good if you don’t feel like tucking your top in, but still want to look polished.

Ultralight jogger pants from Xirena, for days that are too hot for jeans.

This is a pretty perfect short-sleeved button-down, and I like the double pockets.

Such a cute jumpsuit, with just enough of a sleeve to be flattering, for those of you who can’t abide anything sleeveless.

And here’s a light-as-air dress that’s nicely feminine but also nicely streamlined.

A linen trench that looks crazy chic and expensive, but in reality is from Cos.

And finally, this gauze dress would look fantastic layered over a contrasting slip.

 

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    Karen
    29 Jun 2021
    12:44pm

    Wearing white —the best part menopause

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    Sara
    29 Jun 2021
    12:24pm

    Just here to second the recommendation for the EVA Birks. I am in shock about how light and comfortable they are—maybe the cutest, most walkable, most comfortable support sandals ever. I have them in electric blue and am about to order them in another color. I never wear my classic leather Arizonas anymore. Just the best.

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      Jenny
      29 Jun 2021
      12:33pm

      I have three pairs: white, yellow, and navy. They even fit my heel lift, which never happens with backless shoes.

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        Suju
        29 Jun 2021
        2:27pm

        I have a black pair arriving today. Based on what everyone’s been saying it may mark the end of my leather Birk days!

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          Tara
          29 Jun 2021
          6:50pm

          Pro-tip from a guest on Andrea’s IWantToBeHer.com blog about 3 years back: If they get really dirty (especially the white ones) you can throw them in the top rack of your dishwasher. 😉 Have seen others say they’ve used Mr. Clean Magic Erasers on the white ones as well.

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            Viajera
            29 Jun 2021
            7:10pm

            oooh … is there any way to glue them back together? I have one of those tiny rips from stubbing the big toe part … how embarrassing!

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      Mamavalveeta03
      29 Jun 2021
      10:59pm

      I have them in red and I LOVE them! They’re perfect for the beach.

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      Tina
      30 Jun 2021
      4:31pm

      Also endorsing the EVA Birks. I have a pair in the Madrid style with one strap and love them so much. My sizing has always been off in regular Birks. I bought a pair once, but never really wore them because they never really fit. The EVA styles are more forgiving size wise. My husband calls them “Birken-crocs” and I am here for it!

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    cw
    29 Jun 2021
    9:49am

    I counted seven things in the post that I probably can’t live without, but will have to since I woke up to find a bunch of “fraud alerts” from my credit card company because, yes, my credit card has been hacked AGAIN for the third or fourth time this year. I’m spitting nails.

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      kimbersam
      29 Jun 2021
      11:52am

      cw, UGH, sending some empathy vibes your way. Last year had 3 hacks on two different CCs. It was a PITA. At least they caught it, tho.’

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        cw
        29 Jun 2021
        12:45pm

        Thanks, Kimbersam, really, really sucks. I am grateful they were fast to catch the fraud––2 purchases––an expensive cake in NYC and an uber food delivery in Calif. (sigh)

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      DeDe
      29 Jun 2021
      2:28pm

      What?! Ugh, some people’s fancy-cake-eating-children. I am so sorry!

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    Andrea
    29 Jun 2021
    9:58am

    I love the white picks! I wonder could you do a post or offer sone suggestions on what to wear under these white dresses? I love the look but I feel a little self conscious in sheer white, especially as I get older.

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      Jenny
      29 Jun 2021
      12:38pm

      I wear a white half slip, which I’ve had since I was a teenager in the 1980s (it was Texas, okay?), all the time under unlined dresses and skirts of all colors. It’s NOT a shaping garment, just a simple bit of polyester with an elastic waist and a wan lace edging. It solves all kinds of problems (underwear too dark, panty lines, weird leakage, sweat, itchy seams) for me.

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        Tamara_H
        29 Jun 2021
        3:56pm

        OMG same! Mine is beige and I’m pretty sure I got it at JC Penneys in the 80’s or early 90’s. It’s so useful!

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      Mamavalveeta03
      29 Jun 2021
      11:02pm

      I found a simple nude toned cotton knit pullover “slip” dress at H&M to wear under white dresses and it works great.

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        Mamavalveeta03
        29 Jun 2021
        11:04pm

        Correction: Nude for my skin tone.

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    kimbersam
    29 Jun 2021
    11:44am

    You got me. That long-sleeved FP T-shirt is the perfect shape. Also–want the MJ dress but am too spilly to be covered in white. In my “head” life I am always garbed in all white or all black with a cape and the appropriate theme music playing while I walk.

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    Brandy
    29 Jun 2021
    8:02am

    I love your picks and jive completely with your love of shirt dresses. I am just having such a difficult time wearing/styling them. I know it’s not your typical post, but I’d love to hear the secrets of wearing/styling the shirt dress for all body types!

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    Eloise
    29 Jun 2021
    7:53am

    Great picks! If I weren’t a stain magnet – making kind of glad the sleeveless Vince dress is not available in my size – this post would be very dangerous. I did grab the Wilt in “Apple,” even though I can’t exactly really tell what color it is – thank goodness for free returns!. It’s not going to get any less stained but I’m a sucker for Wilt.

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