OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have three young children, I’m naturally pale and I like using biros and eating – I shouldn’t wear white, right?

Wearing white, especially top-to-toe white, often feels like it’s reserved for young, bronzed goddesses in perfume adverts (usually depicted on a yacht) which is probably why I associate it with Elizabeth Hurley no doubt. She always looked good in a pair of white jeans too and admittedly they are the trickiest white garment to pull off. To be honest, I much prefer a pair of white flareds trousers but more on that in another post.

For now, let’s just talk about white tops and frocks – much easier to wear and more than likely going to make you long for a greek holiday. Forget tees and crisp shirts, they are for the rest of the year when you’re trying to pretend you have a classic, minimalist wardrobe. I’m talking broderie anglaise and pretty lace that at any other time would resemble your gran’s table cloth but right now feels cool and boho.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor example, the great thing about this white tunic is that it is actually perfect for the beach if you ever get round to booking that holiday but if not, still looks good with skinny jeans for the supermarket shop or bare legs while lazing in the garden / park. I’d even consider using it as a nightie on balmy summer nights! What really makes it, is the wide, decorative hem and sleeves, which stand out against darker denim (or golden skin, natch).OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Details: Tunic & Jeans: TU clothing / Sandals: Saltwater via Toast / Jacket & Bag: Spain.

The Bardot, off the shoulder style top is still really popular this year and I think it lends itself well to broderie anglaise for more of an English take on the boho/peasant blouse. What I love about these tops or anything with a frill along the bust is that they naturally give my shape a bit of a boost in that area (which it needs) and they also make my narrow shoulders look a little wider, which balances out my hips. It’s great when you can wear on or off the shoulder too, depending on how you feel. I wore this the other day in a cafe with my kids (while eating a hot panini with tomatoes in it) and I did feel like I was asking for trouble, but miraculously stayed clean. I also recommend straws.

Details: Top & Jeans: Tu Clothing: Bag (last season) and shoes: Boden /Bracelet: Edblad

And finally, the little white dress. I can see where Liz Hurley was coming from with this one. While a LBD is infinitely useful all year round, I do think a white dress screams summer (in a nice way) and just adds a bit of freshness and femininity if you fancy it. Yes, you might look even better with a fake tan (or two weeks in Greece please) but I don’t bother and I happen to like the pale and interesting look too (just as well). Think English rose and repeat this to yourself.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Dress: Tu Clothing / Accessories as before.

I’m also guest-posting over on the Tu clothing blog at the moment, if you’d like to see/read more.


Disclosure: In association with Tu clothing.


Francesca //

Ooh I love that off-the-shoulder top! I’ve been eyeing those up recently and especially like the broderie anglaise. I’ll defs be having a good look next time I’m in Sainsburys!

Kathryn //

There’s another one which has little straps too! Hope you bag one xxx


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