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AW trend: Winter white | Wearing an all white outfit in Fall.

All-white outfits are so impractical, aren't they?
Especially in the Autumn, and worse, Winter. 
With all of that (Scottish) rain, and mud, and dirty slush at the sides of the road. Yuck! 
Sleek and chic to grubby mess, in the blink of an eye.


Winter whites: The whole idea seems ridiculous, thought up by people living in a fantasy world of red carpets and taxi rides. 
Absolutely no good for for real life.


Common sense and my pragmatic side makes me want to back away from the Winter Whites trend, BUT... I just love the look of it  and I really want to make it work for me.

The Challenge is
Can I make it work in my very real, and very messy, life?

I have to admit to being the ultimate dirt magnet.
If there is a cup of tea to spill, I will spill it.
Over-vigorous stirring of the dinner ALWAYS misses my apron and slitters (a good Scottish word!) on my clothes.
The Scottish weather, being a non-driver (I walk, cycle, bus or train, a lot), a house full of children and a muddy dog....are all conspiring against my sleek all-white image and an immaculate outfit!
{BTW, I'm case you were wondering...I am never sleek or immaculate...the very idea makes me laugh}

What I am trying to say here is, that if I can wear white and stay looking clean, then anyone can!

This all-white challenge did get me thinking
Is it really that much worse to have a coffee spill down the front of an all white outfit than it is down the front of a beige and brown or grey and black one?
I don't think so!

So with that thought I decided to give it a go.

(I must tell you, at this point, that I took these photographs at the end of July...hence my copper hair. However, I have worn this dress successfully {without slitters} on two further occasions. One of which is on my Instagram... HERE.... AND involved a 'saucy' lunch and coffee)

Winter white, all white and cream outfit.

Floral tights and geek shoes.

Wearing an all white / cream outfit.

I started with my cream and blue floral geek shoes, last seen with a chambray playsuit
They are very comfortable and so pretty. 
I look down at my feet and they make me smile.

These beautiful tights, by Falke, are so feminine and ridiculously girly!
I know that cream tights are a bit of a fashion no-no but these are just too nice to obey any hosiery rules.
They have little flower buds all over them and are perfect on a skinny leg like mine. 
Patterns tend to make the leg look more shapely and pale colours thicken it up a bit too... great news for me.

My knitted dress is going to be getting worn a lot this winter (over various coloured tights).
I wore it with green tights, very recently. 
You can see a peep on Instagram (HERE)
The chunky cardigan (last seen at the museum) was a must, it was windy and pretty cold (more of an Autumnal feel to the weather, even then).

I decided to cut out the accessories (apart from earrings) and let the pattern on the front of the dress do the talking.
However, I did think that it needed a little extra 'something'... my silver satin obi sprang to mind. Perfect!
My white bag was a quick grab, dashing out of the door.
It was last seen with  orange tights.

Are you brave enough to wear all-white (or cream) in real life?
What about coloured and patterned tights?
Please let me know in the comments...I love to hear your thoughts.

XXX
Samantha


DRESS: Asos (similar one with a lace up front)
EARRINGS: New look (similar here)
TIGHTS: Falke (similar, bridal ones)
CARDIGAN: Asos (similar chunky one)
BAG: TKMaxx
OBI: Ebay (Handmade, similar here)

21 comments

  1. I love this all white outfit!

    I'm imagining a white/winter white knit dress with my brown boots (easier to keep clean, plus I love white and brown together). I also love the sneak peek of the white dress with the green tights on your recent IG post.

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    1. Thank you Andrea, I love boots too!
      Brown and white is a great combination....I am planning to get my longer boots out as the temperature drops and the mud rises :-)
      XXX
      Samantha

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  2. I think this is wonderful!! I laugh at you saying you're a dirt magnet....aren't we all? But really, when you stain up the white things...you just dye them a different color!!! You really know how to play with texture....bravo!!! jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Hahaha, yes Jodie...that is very true!
      I think the texture helps keep the eye moving on monochrome outfit, and also hides any lumps and bumps.
      Thank you for your comment.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  3. I love all white! I think it is so fun.. even more so when it is unexpected in the winter!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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    1. Thank you Darcy.
      I thought I was going to be really self-conscious (and paranoid of making a mess) in this but it was surprisingly easy to wear.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  4. All white looks are definitely hard to keep clean! But I think they are so chic. Love your white dress!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

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    1. This is true, Jessica. Although, I was surprisingly laid back about the potential mess I could have gotten into! Perhaps it is because the whole outfit is so comfortable, not stiff and structured, that made me feel at ease?
      Thank you for your comment.
      XXX

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  5. An all white outfit always looks so very stylish and your with its different textures is just perfect. I know white can be tricky to care for but well worth it.

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    1. Thank you Jill.
      It was a bit of a leap into the (potentially grubby) unknown, but I love wearing it!
      More white to come, this winter.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  6. I enjoy a nice winter white look, and you pulled this one off perfectly. Oh, those are such happy shoes! I adore wearing patterned tights in the winter and these are so pretty. Fab over sized cardigan - great chunky knit. I also really like how you have tied your sash.

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    1. Thank you Jennie!
      The Sash tying was a quick experiment that went quite well, Thanks for noticing :o)
      I am not sure if I could recreate it though! Haha.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  7. Here here.. I'm totally shopping a white dress for fall/winter as we speak. Love it!
    Heather Wyancko
    http://ForageFashion.com

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  8. Sauce crosses a room by itself if I wear white. But you are right, it does that when I wear other colours too. I love your all white look. I did buy myself (eek) white jeans this year. Working up bravery wise, and down a little weight wish to wear them. By the time I do it will either be too hot (Austrlian summer *sweat*) or winter again. We'll see what happens. Well done for braving Scotland's transferable colours in your wonderful whites!

    Charlie
    Fur Earwig

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    1. That is so true, Charlie! Ha Ha Ha..."Sauce crosses a room by itself", I love that! I know exactly what you mean. I think I get too careful when wearing pale colours and end up more clumsy. Get those white jeans on ASAP and just go for it, what is the worst that can happen? {end up looking like the 'Before" shot in a washing powder advert} We can always laugh about it.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  9. Great all white look! I can see white is tough in the winter for you, I don't think I would wear it too. Living in California where it's the warm temps all year round, I can wear winter whites but I can't avoid being a dirt magnet.

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. Thank you Alice, I always imagine your winters being like our Scottish summers. From Hot to warm then back to Hot....We go from freezing to wet, to slightly warm then back to wet again. Dirt is inevitable!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  10. Yet another winning outfit Samantha. You're so brave wearing all white - I hardly wear white at all as I'm such a stain magnet. I love the sash and the shoes which both give that extra something to the monochrome look x
    Anna
    Anna's Island Style

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