A little white dress can seem a lot more intimidating to style, or wear, than a little black dress. Since lighter colors attract light they aren’t as naturally slimming as their darker hued counterparts, so when shopping for a white dress that can be worn year round look for something that is off white or cream colored rather than a stark white. A softer white won’t seem so out of context in the midst of grey winter months, will be a little more flattering to your figure, and ego, and will play off your natural skin tones a little more kindly than the crisp white of summer.
I picked up this white dress at an end of season sale a few summers ago, but because of the sheer long sleeves, cream toned print, and delicate beaded waistline it easily crosses over from a spring/summer frock to a fall/winter staple. Helping it make the transition from warm to cold weather is as simple as adding some black tights and wintery accessories.
The faux fur stands in for my usual statement necklace and adds an unexpected detail that lends a bit more of a bohemian feel to the look without skewing too far from my personal style. The light tan and creamy tones of the faux fur help draw out the cream tones of the brocade print. In the summer I would trade in the scarf for a floral crown or a braided crown to keep that ethereal, boho feel.
When I first conceived of this outfit I thought I would wear my black ankle boots to add a bit more of a rebellious feel, but when I tried to execute that look I just didn’t feel comfortable. The boots looked okay and would be killer on someone with a little more height, but they weren’t doing me any favors in the context of this outfit, so I went with my trusty gold metallic kitten heels to add a little height and to keep from feeling totally out of place in this style. While they are decidedly more girly than the shoe I thought I would go with, they are a little beat up and play off the tan tones in the scarf and the cream in the dress. The end result is that they add a bit of offbeat femininity, which I’m kind of digging in this look.