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Hi Ladies,

I know, I know. I don’t have a tan. You see the ladies in ads with the tans and the all white dresses or outfits. Let’s just say I was born pale. With fair skin. Not porcelain, but fair enough. I am fine with that, not being tan and wearing all white. My skin is healthy which is more important to me. I love seeing the all white look in the spring and summer. It is so fresh and clean looking. I have always admired and loved it on other people. I first saw this skirt at Banana Republic months and months ago, when they tempt you online by saying, “In stores soon”…then you keep checking back, and two months have gone by when they finally get the skirt in. So, I put it on hold at my store, through their online service, and low and behold, went to try it on and it fit so comfortably! I just love the eyelet pattern too. I have desperately been looking for a white jacket to go with, but several things have held me back. First, it is now almost 90 degrees here in Charlotte, so kind of hot for blazers. Second, shopping for a white blazer seems to be as daunting as a trip to the Home Depot for paint. You have Ecru, Winter White, Eggshell, Ivory… Ugh!! I must have ordered 3 blazers which were all OFF-White! I wish their was a “standard” that all companies used called “white”. Just good old fashioned white. So, by the time I was ready to get a blazer, the temps are just too hot here now.

I hope you like this emsemble of the WHITE eyelet skirt, white cotton top, and then pops of color added by a watercolor scarf, pink chandelier earrings, my Ballenciaga rose bag, and nude sandals. I would have worn white sandals…. if I could find them.

Top: old ( Loft), Skirt ( Banana Republic), Scarf: Charming Charlies, Sandals: Sofft, Bag: Balenciaga, Earrings: Jewel Box

Link up: The Pleated Poppy , Random Wednesday

48 Comments
  • Jen
    Posted at 13:05h, 27 May Reply

    Jess, Thanks for stopping by! This looks great on you and I love the eyelet pattern on the skirt. I’ve stopped by a few times and am sure to return.

    ~ Jen

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:14h, 27 May Reply

      Hi Jen,
      Thank you for the lovely comment. I was loving everyone’s white looks and saw and loved this skirt. I would love it if we could follow each other on Bloglovin! Let me know jessxx

  • Chelsey Patti
    Posted at 12:53h, 20 May Reply

    Yes, I like this outfit very much! Looks great on you! Thanks for stopping by Patti Cake too!

    -Chelsey
    -http://chelseypatti.blogspot.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:56h, 20 May Reply

      Thank you I appreciate the feedback. Glad you stopped by. I love seeing all white looks myself, so I decided to put one together. Drop in again

  • Jenn @ hello, rigby!
    Posted at 02:32h, 18 May Reply

    love the white on white, that skirt is especially cute. you look much more tan than i am! i blame the fickle seattle weather for that 😉 oh and totally drooling over your bag, its gorgeous!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:42h, 18 May Reply

      Thank you Jenn. I love seeing all the white outfits on people as well. There are so many pretty dresses and skirts out there right now. I like fair skin, not worried about a tan. I just think healthy skin is the best. Thank you about my bag, it is the lightest, and one of my favs. 🙂

  • myrosecoloredshades
    Posted at 19:49h, 15 May Reply

    I love all white looks, especially in the summer. It’s so clean and cool looking. This is a great look on you. Love the skirt and sandals. I can relate to the pale skin issue. I have a hard time tanning and it’s not good for you so I rely on self-tanning lotions and occasional spray tans.

    Cynthia
    http://myrosecoloredshades.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 20:23h, 15 May Reply

      Thank You ! I appreciate the feedback and glad you enjoy this outfit. I love all white too. I need a dress now!
      Have a great night. Jess

  • Savvy Southern Chic
    Posted at 19:02h, 15 May Reply

    White on white is a great summer look. The eyelet creates pretty textures!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 19:03h, 15 May Reply

      Thanks so much. I love an eyelet pattern, and the white was what I was looking for. 🙂

  • Stella
    Posted at 13:46h, 15 May Reply

    Wow!! I love love LOVE your skirt! It’s fantastic!! You look gorgeous!

    Kisses

    http://www.sugarpopfashion.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:01h, 15 May Reply

      Hi Stella! Oh gosh, you embarrass me 🙂 Thank you for such nice comments. Stop by when you can hon.
      xo jess

  • Dhruvi
    Posted at 13:33h, 15 May Reply

    Such a fun Spring look, especially the pops of color!

    Stilettos & Sequins

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:41h, 15 May Reply

      Thank you Dhruvi! I love the look of all white with accesories adding color.. maybe a red next time. I would love to follow you on Bloglovin,,, would you be interested in following each other?
      Jess

  • Theboxqueen
    Posted at 12:56h, 15 May Reply

    I LOVE the all white look. It is so light, fresh, and summery and I think the outfit looks great on you tan or not 🙂 Love the accessories, the bag is amazing and such a great neutral for anytime! XOXO, Elif

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:25h, 15 May Reply

      Thank you! I apprecaite you commented and stopping by. I am quite glad that I am not tan, as boy, when I was 20 I would get burned. With my Irish ancestry, I don’t really tan, and like a natural look on people too. Stop by or follow me if you like! xx jess

  • gn0mel0ver
    Posted at 22:57h, 14 May Reply

    I love your white skirt. At first I thought it was a dress because the top looks so perfect with it. Love the scarf with it, too.

    Jenni

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:52h, 15 May Reply

      No problem Jenni, I could see how one would think it looked like a dress. Thanks for the compliment on the scarf. I bought it at a place called Charmie Charlies, which is like an accessories fantasy world. Tons of necklaces, scarves, bags etc. I loved the watercolor print. xx jess

  • oliviamonopoli
    Posted at 22:50h, 14 May Reply

    So pretty for spring and summer! And I don’t think you look too pale… Personally, I think the white darkens your skin? Besides, it’s good to be pale so the sun isn’t destroying your skin!
    xo Olivia

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:59h, 15 May Reply

      Hi Olivia,
      I totally agree with you about my skin. I am not a fan of tanning, just was in my late teens early 20s. I just want my skin healthy, so as long as I have that, I am good. I am just fair, not porcelain, which I also think is so lovely. You are so right, and thank you for the feedback 🙂 Come by again. jess

  • Maggie Frost
    Posted at 22:48h, 14 May Reply

    I am drooling over your Balenciaga! Great pops of color with the white!

    xo. Maggie
    Moda & the Mar

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:57h, 15 May Reply

      Thank you. It is a great bag. Any bag where I can put a ton of stuff it in and it is still very light is lovely in my book.I loved the color when I saw it. I appreciate the feedback. Come by again, jess

  • Head to Toe Chic
    Posted at 21:36h, 14 May Reply

    I love your eyelet skirt with your white top!! So gorgeous. and I’m dying over your bag!

    xo,
    Angela

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:56h, 15 May Reply

      Hi Angela, I am a bag girl. I admit. I would love a Celine bag, but those are a bit $$$… anyhow, I have an illness where I can’t wear high heels anymore, as it affects the muscles in my legs etc, so in stead of lovely shoes I buy a nice handbag now and then. I think my husband wishes I could wear high heels again!! 🙂 Check ebay and a place called Bonanza, you just need someone to help verify its authenticity:-)xx jess

  • Elle Berman
    Posted at 20:19h, 14 May Reply

    Jess, I love this white eyelet, and I agree I love fair skin and white! If you have a great complexion, then white looks great, with or without the tan!
    I am glad you got that skirt, it looks tailor made for you!
    XX, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com/

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 20:27h, 14 May Reply

      Thank sweetie!
      The skirt feels tailor made, it is so comfy, and how I like pencil skirts to fit, like you can move your legs in them. I would like a white dress as well, but I have to $ save now 🙂 I know I think when I was younger I didn’t appreciate my fair skin as much as I do now.
      xo jess

  • Katie Did What
    Posted at 20:16h, 14 May Reply

    I think you look gorgeous in that white dress! It’s just perfect for summer. 🙂 And that purse is amazing. LOVE.

    xo

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 20:25h, 14 May Reply

      Hi Katie. Thanks so much for stopping by! It is a top and skirt, but hey, no matter. I appreciate the feedback. I fell in love with this eyelet skirt from Banana Republic it is still in stores too. I know I am a purse fiend too!xo

  • Lorna Mai (@TheColourQueen)
    Posted at 18:25h, 14 May Reply

    When I was younger I drenched myself in fake tan. Now I;m older I also love to have white skin. In fact I look back at photos and cringe. My mum is a red head and she really wanted me to have red hair and was so gutted that I am so dark I’m almost black!. Anway, back to your outfit. I love the Summer clothing as people ditch the black and we see some gorgeous summery colours like white. I absolutely love your handbag!! I would love to have one! I;m from Stylish Tuesday. I’m now also following you on bloglovin. I will leave my link in case you’re interested. I will be 40 next year. Do you have a list of over 40 bloggers at all?

    • Lorna Mai (@TheColourQueen)
      Posted at 18:26h, 14 May Reply

      Sorry I meant to leave my Bloglovin link:
      http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/11040855

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 19:44h, 14 May Reply

      Yes I do like pale skin. But I agree, the lengths I would go to when I was younger! Oh, baby oil in the sun.. low SPF if any… might has well have slathered butter on!
      My skin is in good condition today because I take care of it, which is more importnt. Thank you about my clothing. Yes, It is just too darn hot in Charlotte, NC to wear black now, but I love seeing all of the florals and colorful outfits. Thank you regarding my handbag. I love the color, called Vieux rose, and it is super light. I can put a ton of stuff in it, and still feels like a feather on your shoulder.
      You look great, and just remember age is a number it is how you feel about yourself. I can get you a list. But check out some of the blogs I visit on my top task bad. They are over 40 girls 🙂

  • Monika
    Posted at 14:00h, 14 May Reply

    Hi Jess,
    extremly cute skirt! I really love the combination with your Balenciaga bag. I ‘ m looking for a purse in pale pink or nude too, but it is not so easy to find the right colour. You look pretty all in white. Keep my fingers crossed for you to find the perfect blazer.
    Love Monika
    Styleworld40plus.blogspot.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:01h, 14 May Reply

      Thanks Monika, so sweet of you. I am still looking. I like Zara. I will look, however, the temps are quite hot here already. If I find a cute bag your color I will let you know. I saw a Tory Burch crossover bag on Ebay, I know you like Satchels though.

      xo jess

  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 13:48h, 14 May Reply

    Love your skirt and sandals and the overall white outfit, you look great!
    Nora
    http://www.jacketsociety.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:59h, 14 May Reply

      Thanks so much. I appreciate it. I love your jackets as well.

  • Johanna Grange
    Posted at 13:43h, 14 May Reply

    Love, love, love the eyelet skirt. Perfect for summer!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:59h, 14 May Reply

      Thank you so much. Yes, I love it for summer, it is hot here!

  • Falling In Style (@IvaGrbesic)
    Posted at 12:37h, 14 May Reply

    Love you in white Jess. Following you on Bloglovin.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:54h, 14 May Reply

      Thank hon! Yeah, white and pale, I am alrgiht with it though. I always liked white when I see it on other people. Thanks! Have a great day

  • plutrell
    Posted at 11:50h, 14 May Reply

    Really cute skirt!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:01h, 14 May Reply

      Thank you Pam! I am a fan of eyelette. Have a great day!

  • Ashley Gunsteens
    Posted at 11:13h, 14 May Reply

    I love all white outfits! This is a great post!

    xo Ashley
    SOUTHbySOHO

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:02h, 14 May Reply

      Thanks, I appreciate your comment. Here’s to another Southern Blogger! jess

  • Rakhshanda Rizvi
    Posted at 10:55h, 14 May Reply

    Beautiful outfit <3 Perfect for summers, the white top & skirt look great on you!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:04h, 14 May Reply

      Thank you very much. I love an all white look, want to create another as well. Have a great day!

  • popcosmo
    Posted at 09:51h, 14 May Reply

    Jess, I absolutely LOVE this all white look! I too have been dying to wear all white and my mom just sent me the most gorgeous dress for mother’s day (although I told her to send me nothing!) It’s a little see through, so I’m debating keeping or finding a slip. But your outfit is spectacular – that skirt is gorgeous. I’d wear it with tees, button downs, tanks, everything. And I know what you mean about matching whites, but I like how you’ve pulled in tans. It’s very chic.
    And about your skin – no tan is the new tan!! Very Nicole Kidman. And we know how gorgeous she is too!!
    xo ~kim & chloe

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:16h, 14 May Reply

      Hi Kim and Chloe!
      Thanks so much for the lovely compliments! I would also love to get a light white dress as well. That is so nice your dress sounds lovely. Now, you have to keep, you can wear a light slip. I would love to see you in all white as well. I was eyeing this skirt at Banana Republic for awhile, and it is roomy and one of my favorites, the eyelette. I know, I am happy to be pale and have healthy skin 🙂 Stop in again. xo jess

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