I love a white eyelet dress now, just as much as I loved them as a little girl . As it’s no longer against the
fashion law to wear white between Labor Day and Memorial Day, I’ll be wearing this one for Easter this year (and well into spring and summer.) I’m not the fashion police, but when white is worn right, you really can wear it all year round. While you will hear words like winter white and bright white (tread carefully with optic white, which should only be used when describing whitening toothpastes), whites aren’t for everyone. I recently took a client shopping with me for the first time, and she said white is really the only color she usually shies away from. Her instincts are correct; she can pull off a pair of white jeans or pants, or a white skirt, but she will look her best when she wears tops in colors that enhance her fair skin and light coloring. If you have fair skin and light coloring, keep colors closer to your face and save the whites for your lower half.
I found this eyelet*, gauzy, soft white dress a few weeks ago – inexpensive (I just posted about the two most often replaced items in my closet – whites and blacks, here) and the perfect backdrop for colors, styles and even seasons. I’ll be pairing it with this feminine rose jade (rose quartz? pale pink? ballerina pink?) Kate Spade Mini Nora handbag (now on sale!) and these Louis et Cie (last-season) pink heels. In the middle of summer I can dress it down with a pair of gladiator sandals, or a pair of nude booties at the first signs of fall. If white isn’t really your color, you can pair a white eyelet dress with a denim jacket or a colored cardigan to keep the white from washing you out.
This particular white eyelet dress needs a bit of help to define my waist, so I paired it with a deep wine colored silk belt that pairs well even with the lighter pink of my accessories. Please note:
You do NOT have to match your shoes to your handbag (or vice-versa.) Coordinating or matching your handbag to your shoes was something that really took the 1950s by storm, and repeated itself in history again in the 1980s (Lord help us, the 80s just need to go away!) It was all about propriety then, but anything goes now (seriously – man-buns, man-purses, no purses, purses larger than your body, purses shaped like animals – a special nod to Judith Leiber, Moschino and more recently, Kate Spade.) Think novelty bags with shapes like fruit, animals, trendy and popular item, you name it!
How would you style this white eyelet dress?
*what is eyelet: patterned cutouts, usually embroidered or stitched around the edges to keep the fabric from unraveling; not to be confused with lace. An eyelet also refers to a small round hole for threading a lace, string or rope through, most often enclosed with a metal eyelet to keep edges from unraveling or tearing; usually found in leather goods such as handbags, as well as outdoor and sporting equipment. These types of eyelets can also be found in swimsuit pockets, to allow water to flow freely out of the pocket while maintaining the function of a pocket (and not allowed in swimming pools due to the possible damage the metal eyelet can impose on plastic slides and rubber tubes.)