White Before Labor Day

For all of you who follow this “can’t wear white after labor day” (which honestly is just a ridiculous rule because hello, winter white is what’s up) there’s only 33 more days left to get your fill of solid whites. Since we’ve all got our base tan in already, I wanted to share with you the perfect way to wear white before labor day. I picked up this gorgeous vintage style white sleeveless dress at the Express Outlet for under $40, and I couldn’t be happier with it.

For starters, wearing white makes you look SO much tanner than you actually are, so for anyone with a lighter complexion, a white dress is the perfect way to make yourself look like you have a little color without risking a sunburn or orangey false tan look. It’s the perfect way to show off that summer tan, and unless you’re going to a wedding, its appropriate for any occasion.

I wore this out to brunch with some girlfriends in Tampa. To make it dressier I added a lace bandeau and brown espadrille wedges that I love for summer. The dress speaks for itself, so just popping on a couple Bourbon & Bowties bangles along with my go-to Kate Spade State of Mind necklace made accessorizing clean and simple.

This dress also looks really adorable with flats and a colored cardigan for more of a work-week look, or with a denim jacket & converse for a really laid back feel. The ABSOLUTE best part of this dress is that it has pockets!!! Like seriously, all dresses and skirts should just come with pockets honestly, they make the look so much more functional.

I seriously felt all the Marilyn Monroe vibes rocking this dress, and the fit is SO flattering to every body type. For me it accentuated my good parts while concealing my hips, making it super slimming. On smaller frames it helps to give the illusion of a more curvy figure by accenting a small waist, making other curves look larger, in a good way . This fit-n-flare style is such a winner for any woman’s figure.

Unfortunately Express Outlet doesn’t offer online shopping so I can’t link this exact dress, but if you live close to one, I can tell you it’s still in-store and it comes in white AND maroon, so pick one up for now, and one up for fall! I’ve linked dresses below that are very similar in fit, and rank under the $75 price range. All other outfit deets are linked below as well. <3

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T-Shirt Dress & Navy Vest.

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Last spring I bought this incredible nautical suiting vest from The Limited. It’s got the most amazing button details, and great structure, but unfortunately due to it’s length vs. my height, I haven’t been able to wear it. The length on the vest goes to the top of my thighs, making it difficult to pair with any skirts or tops that are not of at least the same length or longer. Being that it’s also such a fierce piece on it’s own, finding a piece that was simple enough to pair well with it that wasn’t too boring was quite a challenge.

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Enter the t-shirt dress. My last few weeks being pregnant with #2 I’ve been obsessed with these breezy cotton t-shirt dresses that are super comfortable and can easily be dressed up or down with the right shoes and accessories. This white one was a perfect pairing with the navy vest I’ve been holding on to for so long.

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To finish off the look I grabbed my white vans for a more casual look, and a simple gold anchor pendant. The nautical look was throughly completed by finishing everything off with this amazing Gazpacho lipstick by Bite. This is one of my favorite lipsticks, as it continually holds it’s color & matte finish while still moisturizing your lips. The texture in this lipstick is simply divine and I couldn’t recommend it more!

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I wore this out to a family birthday picnic and I got so many compliments while still being able to move, chase after the toddler, and stay cool & comfortable the entire day! I love the confidence I got being able to not only feel good, but look good this far along in my pregnancy.

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What’s the one thing hiding in your closet that you haven’t found anything to wear with yet? There were so many times that I almost threw this vest out because I believed I’d never have the right outfit for it, but now I’m so glad I kept it!

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In my White Tee,

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