“No white after labor day” is an outdated style rule the days, but there’s still something special about wearing white in the summer. The temperatures are up, the nights are long, and the whites feel extra-crisp. Whether you’re looking to go full monochromatic or just update your trusty basics, our monochromatic dressing edit will get your wardrobe refreshed for the season.
An easy way to start wearing all white? With a dress! Especially during summer, a breezy white dress can keep you looking crisp even if you don’t feel it. Banana Republic’s Ramie Midi Dress has peasant sleeves, a square neck, and a cinched waist. Anthropologie’s linen midi dress has ruching around the waist for a flattering silhouette. Jenni Kayne’s seersucker dress is a perfect throw-on and go dress for weekends. J.Crew’s flutter sleeve detailing gives it a feminine, romantic spin. For a slightly more formal option, Karen Kane’s dress is embroidered and there’s a flattering A-line silhouette.
Let’s talk separates for a minute. Of course you can’t go wrong with a perfectly fitted, short sleeve t-shirt. You just need to pick if you’re in the mood for a classic crewneck, a v-neck, or something with a little more panache like pleated sleeves.
Dress it up a little with a polished button-down. This Frank & Eileen linen tunic is a favorite, as is Jenni Kayne’s O’Keefe shirt. And when in doubt, you know you can always count on J.Crew. Whatever you’re looking for, they have it: classic-fit poplin, a classic collab with Thomas Mason, or a gauze-y summer weight option.
For bottoms, I’ll be living in these linen wide-leg pants, which remind me of walking on the beach in a Nancy Meyers movie. L’Agence’s Marty jean are a higher drama, dressed up jean you can wear to date nights all summer long. And of course, as always, Frank and Eileen’s Wicklow chino.
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