Stay Gold :: monochrome white + shades

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I've worn monochromatic white looks multiple times this summer and the reason why I'm so drawn to this no-fuss color scheme is simple. Monochrome allows you to be creative by eliminating that dreaded fear of color mismatching. When color is erased from the equation, you're free to experiment with texture, proportion, accessories, and statement pieces. Trust me, all-white is anything but vanilla. 
This caged midi skirt from Loft was built for crop tops. In the past I've paired it with a brighter color palette (checkout how I styled it here), but there's just something so appealing about white on white that I can't resist. 
I'm kind of in love with this look; it's so my style! I love mixing casual pieces with dressier, more feminine ones and this outfit embodies that spirit perfectly. I would wear this kind of thing every day if I could. 
The layered look is super hot right now and although I do own my fair share of pre-layered necklaces, like this one here, I actually created these layers from three separate necklaces. The process is easy, I just found three gold necklaces, all different lengths, and piled them on. This trend gives your outfit an organic, effortless vibe. 
Ray-Bans are the unofficial shades of summer. They're chic, versatile, and undeniably cool. I love how I can wear mine with jeans and a tee or with heels and a skirt and feel equally stylish. 
"Stay gold Ponyboy. Stay gold" is a quote from The Outsiders, which I regrettably have neither read nor seen (but I hear the book is great). I admit, I looked up this quote on SparkNotes and it has a pretty deep meaning. Let me try and sum it up in just a few sentences..."Stay gold" is a reference to a Robert Frost poem in which Frost writes, "Nothing gold can stay," meaning that all good things must come to an end. By the end of The Outsiders, the main characters apply this idea to youthful innocence. Stay gold, stay young at heart, and stay innocent from the harsh realities of life. Beautiful, huh? 
I may be wearing all white, but I threw pops of turquoise into the mix for a refreshing splash of summertime color. 
These two-toned Sam Edelmans were a happy accident, a serendipity if you will. My mom and I meant to order the all nude pair but wound up with these at our door instead. I decided to keep them and I'm so glad I did. They go with everything, just like nude does, but they're way more interesting than pure nude. Plus checkout that shiny rim! 
Photos by Dan Harper 
[crop top: Brandy Melville (another graphic crop top here) // skirt: Loft (similar one here) // heels: Sam Edelman  (all nude ones here) // shades: Ray Ban // earrings: Kendra Scott (similar here) // teal & gold bracelet: Banana Republic // cream bangle: Kate Spade (similar here) // initial necklaces: fine jewelry (identical one here) // layered necklace: Piperlime (I also like this one) // gold chain necklace: fine jewelry // heart bracelet: Tiffany & Co. // lipstick: Clinique's Melon Pop

I had a lot of fun buzzing around my hometown taking these photos with my dad before I left for New York. As soon as we took them, I knew I wanted to wait until August to post them. For some reason this bunch of photos just screams end-of-summer to me. I think maybe because these pics have a laid-back feel to them and they were taken during golden hour, which gives them an extra warm glow and August is the hottest month of all.  

Speaking of hot, there's no air-conditioning in my apartment at the moment and so my roomies and I are experiencing a true NYC summer - including humidity, sweat, and all its glory. But honestly (you will all think I'm crazy), but I am not a fan of AC so I'm actually doing okay. Just give me a fan and I'm good! 

Stay cool (and gold) everyone! 
SHOP ::


70 comments:

  1. Kathleen you look like a star. Very professional.:)

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  2. You look gorgeous! :)

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  3. Amazing monochrome look. Love your skirt and the cute heels. I have seen The Outsiders a long time ago. It's pretty good. You should watch it Kat. Happy hump day!

    xx

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  4. Love that skirt! Great look dear!

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  5. I love all white outfits, loving the skirt as its adds texture.

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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  6. I love your skirt! You look stunning!
    xx
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  7. Beautiful look, total white impeccable. :)

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  8. wow you're so cute in this white Outfit and I like all of your photos!
    They are nice and well taken.
    Much Love,
    Mai from Monpipit.de

    xox

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  9. So perfect! One of my fave trends is a graphic tee with a ladylike skirt, and you pulled this off so well. Really adore your caged skirt - what a statement piece!

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  10. The eyelet skirt with the crop top is such a great look! I also love the teal bracelets you added and those structured heels are stunning.

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  11. Wow love how you put this look together. just found your blog and I already adore your style!
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  12. Wonderful look kiss

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  13. chic outfit, sweety!!!))))) have a lovely day)))) xoxo <3

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  14. great post! love it :)

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  15. Love the mix of the skirt and the graphic tee!

    Amy Ann
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  16. Love the white skirt <3 You look beautiful Kat!!!

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  17. Love the white skirt <3 You look beautiful Kat!!

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  18. That skirt is beautiful! Love it. Such a wonderful find!
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  19. I LOVE an all white look! Your skirt is so so so pretty!

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  20. Oh I love this all white look and that tee is so cool, would have never have known about the quote. How cool. I read this book in junior high, it is a great book, a true classic.

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  21. Such a chic look!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire
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  22. You look precious and very trendy! In love with your hair and your smile!
    Wish you a nice day dear!

    ALISA GROMOVA

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  23. There is not a better time for an all white outfit than in summer! Love how effortlessly chic you look in that t-shirt styled together with the beautiful caged skirt! I also love how you added a little hint of color with the turquoise which happens to also be one of my favorite summer colors! :)

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  24. Wow that skirt is amazing! You look great.

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  25. Amazing look, I need this skirt. *__*
    Lovely greets Nessa

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  26. Oooh I want that skirt! You look gorgeous!

    besos,
    M
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  27. I adore the white skirt!
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  28. Cute skirt :)
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  29. You are gorgeous! I am in love with your hair and I am obsessed with your skirt! thanks for sharing this is so fun to read. Do you want to support each other's blog by following each other?:) Please let me know if you do so I can follow you right back x

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  30. Simplicity with perfection! U always nail such looks!
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  31. You look great girl! Love the chic and simple outfit and that cut-out skirt is really pretty.

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  32. That tee is adorable, and I love your fun skirt!

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  33. What a great and chic look Kathleen! I need to get my hands on that skirt.
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  34. Amazing total white outfit dear! I love it!:)
    xxM
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  35. Beautiful mix, in love of your sandals <3

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  36. This outfit is GOLD :) Bisous from France, Sand.

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  37. Lovely outfit! Love the cute skirt!

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  38. No A/C?! You guys are brave. I don't know how you manage to get ready and still look entirely on point with this whole photoshoot. That skirt is so snazzy!

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  39. So cool skirt and t-shirt!!!]
    You always has a perfect quality of photos!!!


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  40. Love the look and the photos are amazing :)

    Love,
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  41. Yes! I am all excited about this all white look! The casual and dressy mix between the skirt and top is perfect! I do think I need that Loft skirt in my life! I am so happy you decided to keep those shoes as I love the two tone. They look amazing on you! I actually just bought the flat version of these Sam Edelman in the two tone as well for myself! :) Stay cool! I hope a fan will help you beat the heat!

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  42. Beautiful as always! <3 Your skirt is gorgeous. Sorry to hear about the heat, that doesn't sound too fun! I don't know how I would survive with no AC! Hope you stay cool and keep hydrated :)

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  43. Is just so perfect!!

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  44. This skirt is incredible and I love your styling! I don't know how I missed it!

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  45. good post !
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  46. Such an awesome look dear! The skirt is very cool and you combined it perfectly! :)
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  47. Love the skirt !

    xx

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  48. You look so pretty!I like the shoes very much :)

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  49. Hello Kathleen,

    love this outfit. So simple and minimalist. Plus, the white on white combination looks so chic and summery :)

    Cannot wait to read more from you!

    Have a nice day,
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  53. so beautiful
    You look awesome and that skirt is stunning

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  54. Minimal and chic!Love!

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  55. AMAZING post! I'm obsessing over your skirt, pairing it with a crop top is such an unexpected twist, love it!!

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  56. I like your blog, really very nice, you look gorgeous.
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  57. Well, this is one of the posts I saw lately.... nice white outfit dress.
    The shoes are again...just superb!!
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