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I’m Obsessed With White Clothes, Okay GAH!!

So….it’s no secret that I’m a little obsessed with white.  White walls, white decor, white clothes, white white white.  I have a weakness for white clothes.  πŸ˜¬  Big time.  If anything was going to tempt me to break away from my #CottonStemCapsule process, it would be crisp white linens, a white v-neck, or some white button downs…or a white pair of distressed denim…or a white summer dress….SEE??  πŸ˜©πŸ˜‚  And I know there used to exist some sort of “rule” about when one is and is not to wear white during the year, but, seeing as I could care less to remember said rule, I love to wear white allllllll year long!!  πŸ’ƒπŸΌ  

Here are a few ways I like to use white in my summer capsule wardrobe!  
(Exact and similar sources linked below!)

1. White Tank With Distressed Denim

I love to pair a crisp, polished white top with some destroyed denim on the bottom.  The distressed jeans sort of help keep the classic white top from being too stuffy and boring, and the simple and sophisticated vibe from a white top brings the ripped denim back from being too much.  Throw on some cognac wedges and that favorite bag o’ mine, and boom.  Dress it up or dress it down….this look is one of my faves.

2.  Classic White Tee and Classic White Converse

Can I get an amen for Converse All Stars?  I mean, they are comfortable, classic and cute, and I can Mom so hard in these bad boys all day, errry day.  πŸ™ŒπŸ»  I keep mine clean by spot cleaning with a bleach pen, wiping down the rubber toe and sides with a wet wipe, and when they are super dingy, I’ll just pop them in a garment back into the washer on gentle with some Oxy Clean detergent.  Pair them with a simple white tee, some denim shorts and a flowy, lightweight button down, and I’m summer ready.  AND Mommin’ ready.  Booyah.

3.  White Denim Skinnies

Now, while we can’t wear white jeans ALL weeks of the month (amiright, ladies?  TMI?  Meh, it’s a thing. πŸ˜‰), I sure do love a pair of white skinnies in the summer.  Sure they might get dirtier faster than a pair of blue jeans, but….bleach pen, baby!!  Holler!!  πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ˜‚  Pair with a striped tank and some comfy slide sandals, and the summer skinnies are complete!

4. White Linen(ish) Skirt

Another way white found it’s place in this year’s summer capsule was in this flowy, twirly, oh-so-comfortable white button down skirt–I’m in love!  At first, I was having flashbacks from my Mom’s early twenties, because I swear she wore this exact skirt at some point!  πŸ˜³πŸ˜‚  But then I realized she’s been right about most everything else, so why not just embrace this most perfect of summer skirts?!  πŸ˜‰πŸ˜  I wore it here with that same white tank from above to create a more monochromatic look, but I also like to pair it with chambray or even black to switch it up.  Love this skirt so much!  Glad I added it this year!

What about you?  White all year?  White ever?  πŸ˜‰  I swear, it’s harder for me to pass up a cute white piece than it is to pass up chocolate, and my capsule could easily be all white if I wasn’t careful!!  What clothing item(s) attempt to draw you to the dark (or white…) side?  πŸ˜‰

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  1. Lynn Duke says:

    I love my white jeans! And a white tank! Omg I just learned something. My obsession for black is fading. Get it? Fading…ok not that funny. Love your outfits!

  2. Renata K says:

    LOOOOOVE that Madewell tote!! I also just picked up some NYX Buttergloss today – you totally convinced me to give them a try! You’ve probably answered this a gazillion times, but do you have any favourite colors? (I bought eclair & creme brΓ»lΓ©e)

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Oh yay!! I love creme brΓ»lΓ©e the best of all of them, but they are all so perfectly pinky/peachy/nude that I love playing! πŸ˜‰

  3. Katherine says:

    I’m going to buy some white Converse for my capsule (just started this spring after reading your blog posts πŸ˜€). Perfect for the mom on the go! I’ve always been afaraid of white. Probably because I’m such a mess! πŸ˜‚ But, you gave me confidence to use white furniture after your recent IKEA ektorp post so I think I’ll give the white clothes a try, too… wish me luck! πŸ˜³πŸ˜‰

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      YessssπŸ™ŒπŸ» Buy all the white things!! Love it! Thanks so much, Katherine!

  4. Athena Sheppard says:

    Hey! I found the perfect NYX Buttergloss for olive skin! Tiramisu!!!

  5. Evan Owens says:

    I love you and your white. Thanks for sharing life with us.

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      And thank you for hanging out!!!

      • Evan Owens says:

        and your insta feed yesterday, was like my life story. About the seatbelt buckles and summer break! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I’m a teacher with two littles. I cannot wait for Friday. πŸ‘“πŸŒ΅πŸŒŠπŸŒžπŸŒΈI don’t know how you do it with 4 littles. πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜±

  6. Susan Braden says:

    Love your blog! How do I sign up to get your blog sent to my e-mail? I don’t see a place to do this. I used to have a blog and it’s still out
    there in cyper space and I had a place to click to get my blog via e-mail. Thanks.

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Exactly why my website and blog are being rebuilt as we speak! Coming soon–and thank you for WANTing to sign up! Means a lot!

  7. Lindsay Pettit says:

    I love this post! I too have four kiddos and I wear white all the time!! I actually just posted in my insta stories about my baby pooping threw her diapers pretty much EVERY DAY and how it seems like she knows when I’m wearing my white paints because it’s like 1000x worse πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ But, I am all about easy maintenanceπŸ‘πŸΌ I use Shout advanced set-in-stain on everything (even those clothes that I forget about and wash days later😬) it gets EVERYTHING out!! It’s a blue bottle with an orange scrub brush tip. Works like a charm πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ Anyways… I love ya Erin! You have been my most favorite person I follow😘❀️

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Oh girl…it’s like they KNOW. THEY KNOOOWWW. 😳😩 Thanks for stopping by, Lindsay!

  8. Samantha Howard says:

    Love your blog!!!

  9. Erin says:

    New to your instagram and blog…loving it all!! I tried the butter gloss and I’m hooked. I already have 3 of them πŸ™‚ And I love me a white top!!

  10. Stacey says:

    I wear white all year because I love how it goes with everything! My only drawback is that it is hard to find a white shirt that is not see through. And especially in the Summer (Florida girl here), I do not want to have to wear a cami underneath. What do you do?

  11. Sharon says:

    I SO love your blog, instagram and insta stories. You are just about the only one that I make sure that I stop and watch. I just love your honesty and sense of humor. Oh and your decorating and style.😁 We could so friends! Haha

  12. Lynn Lam says:

    Love white…..All year long here! I love plain clothes and use statement pieces with it…. πŸ™‚

  13. Hannah says:

    Where is that striped top from? The one in the pic with the white jeans. Love it!!

  14. Squirrels says:

    Looking back at all the clothes (mine) that they (the kids) ruined from all of their spills and messes, WHITE MAKES SO MUCH SENSE because of being able to use the bleach pen! They are bigger now though and all the stains would be my fault! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  15. Kimberly Canada says:

    Ah I just love all your capsule items!! Thank you for sharing!

  16. Erin says:

    Love all these outfits! Still looking for that perfect pair of white jeans. It’s a tough search!

  17. Gee says:

    I can soooo relate. My wardrobe has tons of white. I mean, there is nothing fresher than crisp white.
    My Mr. commented on our vacation 2 weeks ago that my chosen vacay wardrobe was nice and fresh. Yup, loads of white.
    All year round!!
    Happy Memorial Day weekend!!!
    Lets wear something white. πŸ˜€

  18. Stephanie says:

    Love all of these outfits! Where did you find the striped tank top that you paired with the white skinnies?

  19. Emilie says:

    Hi Erin! I have been looking for the perfect white jean. Everything I find, you can see through to the pockets and it looks dumb. I tried clicking on your source pictures on the bottom but they all take me to Pinterest. Do you have these linked somewhere else?

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