The Little White Skirt.



I had a conversation with my friend the other day in which we discussed how wearing white is really, when you think about it, more of a lifestyle choice than it is a simple choice over what to wear.

It’s the choice to fend off the dog when he comes at you with muddy paws (instead of saying ‘to hell with it!’ and embracing his muddy love), to always remember to put a napkin in your lap whilst eating croissants (curse those greasy mark-making flakes!), and to never, ever take the lid off your coffee. It’s about repeating the mantra of ‘I can be ladylike when I want to, I’ve totally got this!’ over and over, and channelling your inner Audrey Hepburn. And, I’ll be honest, it’s not the kind of choice I tend to make all that often.


I mean, it’s not as though I willingly go around throwing green juice down myself or wiping Teddy’s paws on my sleeves (though both have happened in the past two weeks, if we’re being 100% honest here…), but being polished is never something that’ll come easy to me. I’ve spent many years trying and failing to be someone with smooth, glossy hair, and attempting to tuck my shirt in just so and have it last more than three seconds in said ‘just so’ state after I’ve left the house, and trying to have the lovely crisp white tees I buy every few months last more than a few wears before they look a little sorry for themselves. In short- trying to just *be* Olivia Palermo.

But, if there’s ever a time to give being ‘someone who can wear white’ a go, it’s when summer finally arrives. And, as luck would have it, this dreamboat skirt took its place amongst the ranks in my wardrobe right as the sun began to shine! I can’t quite decide what I love most about it- the lovely A-line shape and careful structuring, the broderie overlay, or the fact that the length is oh-my-goodness-so-very-perfect (fun yet demure all at once!).

I wore it during a day in London last week, and even though the sun disappeared behind clouds just as we got ready to take these photos (oh British weather, you do keep us on our toes!) rest assured that the combination of warmth on my face, plus the unbeatable atmosphere London has during the summer, and the fact that I managed to keep my white skirt pristine all day long, left me feeling pretty happy indeed.

What I wore :: Top – Mango || Skirt c/o Boden || Ballet flats – French Sole || Sunglasses – c/o Bailey Nelson
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  • Laura

    That combo is gorgeous, I’m always pretty scared to wear white skirts or trousers especially if I’m travelling – meticulous checking of every seat before you sit down is a must! xx p.s. gorge photos too!

    Laura | Loved By Laura

  • Georgina

    It’s weird how simply wearing white can completely change your mindset isn’t it? I do love the look of crisp white clothes, they just feel fresh even on rubbish days. This skirt is a beaut too, I love where Boden are going with their skirts they’re sophisticated with a bit of fun, and this one suits you ever so! :) xx

  • Amanda

    Lovely photos! Wearing white is definitely a risky choice for me but seeing some of the beautiful summery pieces out there has made me start to fill my wardrobe with white. Love this skirt, haven’t been brave enough to rock an A Line piece yet!

    Amanda / Amanda’s Escape

  • Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    Haha, you’re right – a white skirt is very high maintenance! I do love them for summer though, and that one is very pretty. I saw one at Glassworks the other day that I had to work very hard to resist! xxx

  • ninegrandstudent

    I have to admit I rarely wear white – I’m a little too clumsy and my washing skills aren’t good enough! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

  • Lauren S

    Totally agree, white is a lifestyle choice but it always looks so nice! I love this particular shape and design, it’s a gorgeous easy piece to wear with anything

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • Steph & The Spaniels

    Such a pretty skirt!
    White is always my favourite, it goes with so much and always looks so pretty xx

  • Sarah

    I don’t usually wear white as I spill food and drink on myself all the time, but I love the A-line shape of your skirt. It looks really chic paired with the black top.

    Sarah xo | PolkaDotLemon

  • Anna
  • Kirsty W

    Beautiful photos as always Rosie. I’m such a clumsy person that I’m always terrified to wear white (and I don’t even have pets or kids to blame for that!). It does always look and feel so sophisticated though, which is a lovely change now and then :)

  • emily couture

    What a cute outfit :)

    emily xx

  • Camille

    I love your take on wearing white, and like you, it’s a lifestyle choice I rarely make. Wearing a white top is hard enough! You do look lovely though. :)

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • Cat

    I tend to just stick to white for the top half but this skirt is so dreamy I think I’d make an exception!

  • Annabel

    Ohh this is stunning, I adore the length. Such a classy way to wear white!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  • Emerald Dove

    That skirt is gorgeous! I am way too clumsy to be able to wear something like this though – I’m not sure it would stay white for long, haha. :)


    The white skirt seems simple but gorgeous and it makes you become more elegant, Rosie. Your outfit is so beautiful.

  • Bailey Nelson London

    Great photos! Love, Bailey

  • Julie

    Lovely outfit Rosie and is this a Mulberry Bayswater that I spot there? ;-) This is definitely one of my dream bags. I really like that skirt too. I think it has a nice length which is fun and not too conservative but also makes sitting down easier than some really short skirts do. I like white clothes in summer but I somehow always manage to spill something over me lol. I also sometimes find white to be a bit impractical particularly when I have to take public transport which makes me fear for the crisp whiteness of any pair of white trousers or skirts. (yuck!) Anyway, thanks for another lovely post. :-) xx Julie

  • Shannon Clark

    You look gorgeous Rosie! I love the skirt and I actually admire that you managed to keep it clean – I am far too clumsy to wear a one, wearing a white top is definitely risky enough for me!

    Sweet Serendipity

  • lj

    I too have a bit of a secret passion for wearing white. My strongest memory is going out for a dog walk in a white top (pre-lunch) and hiding in the trees whilst the dogs paddled in the water for fear of them getting me grubby! But I just love the way white makes me feel, so elegant and glamorous in a way no other colour can.
    LJ x

  • Alliyah

    Perfect as always!

  • Ellie

    Gorgeous pictures and truly beautiful white skirt – white is such a fabulous colour from the spring and summer! xx

  • Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    Haha I never thought about it that way before, but it’s so true! I always admire people who dare to wear white pants :P -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

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