Dressed for: Summer Whites

Already Pretty outfit featuring white maxi dress, white tuxedo blazer, skull bracelets, rhinestone statement necklace

Blazer – courtesy Karen Kane (no longer available) – similar
Dress – via Ideeli (no longer available) – similar
Heels – Clarks Wessex Wyvern (no longer in snake) – similar
Necklace – eBay - similar
Bracelets – Amrita Singh via Ideeli - similar
Earrings – Noir

I’ve loved the look of head-to-toe white for summer, but it’s just not a terribly practical dressing formula. Especially for a food-accident-prone owner of two shedding kitties such as myself. I wore this outfit for a recent TV segment about maxi dresses and felt glamorous all day – even got stopped in the parking lot by a gal who said I looked beautiful, bless her heart – but can’t imagine doing it on the regular. I’m a stain magnet already, and wearing white always highlights my talent for splashing salad dressing on my clothes.

How do you feel about all-white looks for summer? Great in theory, not in practice? Or do you just go for it and deal with any mishaps in the laundry room?


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Insomniac Sale Picks: Dresses with Pockets

*In this late-night feature – which will run on Tuesday and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Autumn requested a few picks for office-appropriate dresses with pockets, so here we go:

Land’s End Sleeveless Ponte Knit Sheath
– was $69, now $39.99
(select colors)

I own and LOVE this dress. (See it here and here.) The ponte is thick without being bulky, and holds up beautifully in the wash. Pockets are functional. This red and a lovely teal are on sale, while navy and black are currently full price … but Land’s End has frequent sales so sign up for their newsletter to find out when you can get those colors at a discount, too! Available in sizes 2 – 18, as well as petite and plus sizes. Size availability varies by color. LE also has this floral dress in regular and petite and this cap-sleeve printed dress in plus sizes, both of which include pockets.

eshakti knit dress

eShakti Knit Fit-and-Flare Dress - was $69.95, now $55.95

Nearly all of eShakti’s dresses come with pockets – there’s an option at the bottom of each product page that asks if you want to REMOVE them. And look! Sleeves! Although remember that most eShakto dresses can be customized to add/change sleeve style. This dress is available in this orchid as well as navy, red, and green in sizes 0 – 36W. This vintage-inspired knit dress is another favorite. I own and love it. The whole site is currently on sale, up to 70% off plus free customization.

gap denim dress
Gap Cap Sleeve Denim Dress - was $79.95, now $47.97
with code BIGTIME

While chambray might not fly in some offices and full-skirted denim shirtdresses might feel too casual in others, this dark-wash denim in a classic sheath style could easily be dressed up enough to pass muster in most workplaces. Add a blazer, necklace, and heels or flats and you’re good to go. This dress will also transition beautifully into fall and winter. Just add tights and layers! Available in sizes 0 – 20, including some petite and tall sizes.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for office-appropriate dresses with pockets:

  1. eShakti - As mentioned above, at least 80% of their dress styles come with pockets. Sizes from 0 – 36W. This vintage-influenced one is my current fave, and the whole site is on sale now!
  2. Modcloth - Check hemline measurements for office-appropriateness, but lots of pocketed options available including this lovely teal sheath.
  3. Boden - Swooning over the fall line and loving the pocketed dresses like this jersey knit one available through 18L.

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Reader Request: Discarded Wardrobe Staples

Reader Alex left this question in a comment:

What are some of the things (type of garment, silhouette, color pairing, anything!) you have moved away from that you never would have thought you’d factor out of your wardrobe? If you felt so inclined to structure a post around a few of them and perhaps some of your reasoning why–although I imagine a lot of the explanation would boil down to “my style evolved and I found myself more interested in x, y, and z instead of a, b, and c”–I know I would be fascinated!

A great question, and there are more possible answers than I could tackle in a single post! But here are some highlights:

Wide belts

wide belts

Oh I sure did love me some wide belts, back in the day. Obis were trendy when I started blogging, and I thrifted and bought up quite a collection of wraps and other 3-inch-plus belts. And I hung onto a few and still trot them out on occasion:


But overall, they take a backseat to my 2″ and skinnier options. I’m not terribly short waisted, but I’m on the short end of balanced. And I don’t have a big bust, but I do have pronounced hips. All this means that a big, wide expanse of belt can make me look a bit like my boobs are sitting on top of my hips. It’s a fun, retro set of proportions to play with, but I play with it less frequently now than I once did.

Embellished skirts

embellished skirts

The first time I picked up a Boden catalog, I knew I was in trouble and it was the embellished skirts that got me. I loved them, coveted them, and lived in them for several years. But eventually they stopped going into rotation and got pushed to the back of my closet. Printed skirts I still love, but skirts with embroidery and embellishment feel overly fussy to me at this point. They can be tricky to style since they’re detailed and eye-catching on their own, and mine felt both a bit twee for my evolving style and less-than-versatile. I still buy Boden, but I go for the unembellished now.

Mary Janes

mary janes

For ages, I wore my Tsubo Acreas in constant rotation. They were comfy and a little edgy with their slanted strap, and I just adored them. I had several other Mary Jane pairs that got some play, too, but the Acreas were the main. I still have them, still wear them a bit, but have moved more toward traditional pumps and ballet flats when it comes to non-boot shoes. Again, it comes down to versatility. Mary Janes are playful and fun, but don’t feel as classic and sophisticated as pumps to me. I also like a lower vamp for a longer leg line, but the main reason is the feel. Pumps feel more like “me” now than Mary Janes do.



I used to feel like enhancing my bust was a good practice to balance out my hips, and relied on curved-hem boleros to help me out. They brought the attention up on my frame, hit just a bit above my natural waist, and made me feel a bit more busty. Then I got a proper bra fitting. And with bras that work on my figure, my silhouette changed drastically. So the super-padded bras got eighty-sixed, and the boleros stopped getting worn as often. I still have a few, and more in the cropped cardigan realm – both of which are great for vintage-y looks – but they take a backseat to traditional cardigans and blazers now.

There are others, but those four are the main categories that come to mind. As Alex pointed out, most of it comes down to the natural shifts of personal style, but some of these pieces have figure-flattery priority shifts that caused them to fall out of favor.

Who else can list off a few pieces that were once wardrobe staples, and now get very little wear? Any idea why they’re getting neglected? Has your style changed? Your figure? Your flattery priorities?

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