My White Knight

A little story for you all. Once upon a time, there was a beautiful young maiden named Jeanne. Jeanne had many lovely qualities, but one virtue she could not boast was a well-established sense of fashion. She found trends overwhelming, colors and patterns much too hard to bear, but most importantly, there was one sartorial enemy she could never best: the color white. No matter how hard she may try (and let’s be honest, she did not try that hard, trying was not cool at that age), she found the prospect of wearing white filled her with trepidation and fear; “it is so unflattering on me” she wept “plus, what about when I spill something?” (some things have changed, but when it comes to Jeanne being a klutz and spilling something on her clothes, it is really a “when, not if” situation). So Jeanne suffered in silence, wearing her dark colors and jewel tones, watching all of the other maidens frolic past in their beautiful white tops, pristine white denim and lovely white sundresses.

Then one day, our fair heroine realized these negative thoughts, while perhaps true years ago, really were no longer worth being afraid of any more. So she took a deep breath, grabbed a gorgeous white blouse, and tried it on. Lo and behold, it looked actually quite good! Jeanne had slayed her evil dragon and from that point on, she basically only wore white forever and ever, the end.

OK but seriously, while the maiden and dragon aspects of this story may be a bit exaggerated (but only a bit!), it is true that the idea of wearing white used to really intimidate me. I am not sure exactly when those fears faded away, but I can tell you with 100% certainty they are gone, and I have many, many photos (aka, the majority of the looks on this blog) to prove it. So let’s take a little stroll though all of my favorite white looks from the past year, and giggle together as we think of me actually trying to fight a dragon (unless it is a battle of words, then that dragon is going down!)

The Wild Blue Yonder

When it comes to fashion, I’ve never been much for maxis. While they’re spring/summer staples in basically everyone else’s wardrobe, I can tell you I own exactly one maxi skirt and one maxi dress (and neither see much sun). I think part of my problem is that I never know what to do with them. Do I dress them up? Do I dress them down? Do they require me to wear heels all day? Can I wear sandals instead (and if I’m wearing sandals, how badly do I need a pedicure)? Sure, maxis are insanely comfortable, but styling them can be stressful! However, sometimes inspiration strikes in the form of a floral bomber jacket (yes, I needed another one). I’ve been eyeing this splashy floral print for weeks now and when I learned it came in a jacket? Well, I just had to have it. It’s the perfect completer piece to any outfit and something about this maxi/bomber duo makes me feel like a punk rock prom queen (which is not a look I thought I aspired to, but you know what? I’m not mad about it).

Maxi: Banana Republic (similar cut, striking color)

Shoes: Target

Bomber: Target

Necklace: Baublebar (similar)