Monday, October 20, 2014

Reinvented White

merona target camel tan blazer for fall outfit idea

We all know the old rule of thumb, right? Do not wear white after Labor Day. I think every style blogger has touched on this subject and I am no different. The taboo of wearing white was tossed out the window several years ago and I am another voice giving the two thumbs up. Trust me. It is OKAY to wear white after Labor Day and I highly recommend keeping a basic white dress in your closet line-up. However, I do suggest packing up white linen, shoes and shorts until spring, but other than that, you are good to go.

White is a blank canvas for style inspiration. I chose a structured blazer, gold accessories, quilted bag and animal print booties to compliment a simple white dress. This works well if the temperatures are still on the warmer side in your area. You don't need to bundle up in scarves, hats and riding boots to be fall appropriate. Pairing what you already have hanging from the spring/summer months with new purchases for the current season is a cost effective way to expand your closet and daily wardrobe. 

Speaking of animal print, as you may or may not know, I believe leopard is 100% a neutral. I think I was born believing it, just ask my girlfriends. They have blackmail pictures of me from many moons ago wearing full-on leopard. I still have no shame in it. I was trying to make a statement. 

Anyway, I got the leopard boots I am wearing today from Target last year. To be honest, I bought them because they were on MAJOR clearance and justified my purchased by telling myself that I would wear them enough times for such a great price. Yep, I was right. Better yet, leopard ankle boots are still a "thing" this season and there are so many adorable and affordable options out there. Take a look at some of the options I found:

gold tassel necklace
wrenn jewelry druzy rings and bangle bracelet
white after labor day
leopard ankle boots black qulited bag
white and camel color palette
white dress with camel blazer leopard ankle boots
Banana Republic Factory Dress (old: similar here and here) // Merona Target Blazer // Target Leopard Booties (old: love these and these) // Double Knot Tassel Necklace (option here) // Forever 21 Quilted Crossbody (old: great option here and here) // Wrenn Jewelry Rings & Bangle c/o // Lookbook Store Mirror Belt c/o


P.S. While I was editing pictures and writing this post, I kept scratching my head trying to figure out why this outfit seemed so familiar. Well, it turns out that I wore an almost identical look last year. Ha! I guess I tweaked the wheel a little bit. I told you a white dress was a fall champion.



Anonymous said...

Great boots, and I love all the neutral tones in this outfit! Hope you are doing well, Shanna! I've kind of stepped back from the blogging world to concentrate on other things right now but just wanted to stop by and wish you a wonderful fall season! :)

Rick Robillard said...

I really like your booties with this outfit! They introduce a nice pattern to the solids.

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Rachelle Pinksole said...

That white dress is so cute and love the color combo. Camel and gold just work so well with white.


Charming Lucy said...

Oh my gosh when I first saw this picture on my feed today I thought you were doing a post about Mad Men! You look so beautiful! I have never watched that show, but I have seen so many pictures of the classic beautiful women on the show. You would fit right in! I love the leopard booties!! I hope they stay in style for several years! Susan

TaraMixandMatch said...

I think your boots are so much fun! And you are looking gorgeous in white :)

Unknown said...

I think it's way more about the fabric than the color. Linen is put away for sure. I love this combo and you're making me think about this target blazer, it's such a great option if you don't want to spend a million the the JCrew school boy version. Cute!

Erica McLeod said...

I just love the camel and white color combination- very chic, Shanna! This is a really great look on you.

Kimberly said...

Perfect neutral look - those booties are so fun!

Elegance and Mommyhood said...

That is such a stupid rule I don't follow. Love how you styled this LWD with the khaki blazer & gold jewels. Your hair is looking amazing, also.

Rachel said...

Ok I love your hair here! It's extra voluminous :)

Nicole said...

You look STUNNING in this outfit. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!!

Unknown said...

Great way to make a white dress fall worthy! Love it!

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For the Love of Leopard said...

Girl, you look stunning! I love your hair in these pictures! I also grabbed those Target booties on clearance last year and I wear them to death this time of year! Loving this look - so classic and pretty!
xoxo Danielle

Helene in Between said...

i love how you made the white your canvas! you look stunning!

Shira said...

Loving how you're wearing white so perfectly for fall. Loving the white and camel color combo! said...

Cute outfit! I love that blazer, and the belt! You did a great job making a white dress look perfect for fall

xo, Charlotte

Style-Delights said...

Leopard is the new black!! lOve the combination of white with animal print! So sophisticated yet fun at the same time! You were right, this look will change the minds of 'non-believers-of-leopard-print-booties'!!! Great styling as always! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
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Darcy said...

So obsessed with your hair in these pictures!! It looks so fabulous, Shanna!!

Unknown said...

Absolutely stunning Shanna, and in love with this entire look. This will be the perfect office look for me. Also in love with your hair. Gorge!
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Setarra said...

Ummmm you totally look like you could be a tv news reporter in this outfit! Love this look and also how you styled your hair. It's so voluminous!

Caroline said...

I am seconding what everyone else is saying about your hair! It's so voluminous and gorgeous! And it's a good thing white after Labor Day is not frowned upon anymore - some of the prettiest looks, I think, come in white!

Bri said...

You just so GAWGEOUS!!! Love the white pop against the neutral tones and leopard ;)

Jessica said...

Gorgeous look! Very elegant! =D


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evukmir said...

Shanna - i absolutely ADORE this look on you. it might be one of my favorites!! i love how you mixed neutrals with black. and the bootie makes this sophisticated look a little extra chic!!

xoxo, Elena Michelle

LyddieGal said...

It is never too late to wear white in my book - especially with camel and leopard - hello gorgeous!
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Unknown said...

First of all your hair looks FABULOUS!! Love how you styled it. Totally agree leopard is a neutral and white is ok any time of the year. Your outfit proves both perfectly- what a great way to winterize a dress, leopard booties are the most stylish finishing touches and as always adore your jewelry. Have a wonderful new week dear, XOXO, Elif

Adri Lately said...

How chic are you! White and camel-totally need to get on this!
xo Adri

jenn~the stylish housewife said... look SO pretty! I wear all white errrrythang all year round! =) And thanks for reminding me that I need to get my leopard booties to the front of my closet ASAP!

XOXO, Jenn
The Stylish Housewife

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Marta said...

Love everything about this look! You look so pretty, the blazer is so classic and adds to the elegance of this outfit. Can't believe those leopard booties are from Target, what a great find!
Marta, xo

Straight A Style said...

Hello hot mama!! You look amazing in this dress. I love the gold belt.

xo, Amy Ann
The Real Arnolds

Anonymous said...

Oh my God! LOVE this just gave me the exact inspiration I was looking for a white dress I have. This looks is so polished, stunning and chic.

Unknown said...

I'm a little late to this post, but I love your look so much I had to tell you. Love your whole look. You look gorgeous!!!

Ashleigh said...

You look very sophisticated.