Madonna has proven that wearing white isn’t limited to the innocent (and Lord knows I’m not a thirty-year-old virgin). So, I think it’s safe to reason that a new season + a new city means I have license to wear white even though I am not thirteen and it’s not yet Memorial Day.
Normally, I would pass on white wears because they’re generally too vanilla for my taste. But I’m really drawn to wearing this non-color lately. I’ve found it’s the best (and cheapest) alternative to Dr. 90210, giving me an instant lift and youthful glow as it bounces the bright Cali sunlight against my face and obscures my oversized pores, raccoon eyes, and jaw-dotting blemishes. I truly can fake having enjoyed a week away at a Costa Rican yoga retreat, as gliding along in a white maxi dress helps me channel a relaxed vibe, actually makes my fair skin look tan, and gives the illusion that I’m tall and slim (score!). And I’m rather surprised by what a good investment these versatile threads prove to be—they can be classic or edgy, modern or bohemian, cute or sexy, minimalistic or flouncy, down to earth or sophisticated, Jackie O or Madge....
Despite the many pros of making white a year-round wardrobe staple, I recognize that there are many cons. As a mom, you might be intimidated by wearing white. You probably avoid it when you’re at home or in a space with
animals toddlers, as you can’t easily disguise vivid juice stains, sticky finger-food prints, or explosive poop collateral damage. You might also avoid wearing white when your kiddo treats you to a mud bath, mistaking the sand and water table in your backyard for a spa. Not only will the mud slinging leave you looking like a dog, but the surprise outdoor shower can unwittingly transform you into a contestant for a wet t-shirt contest. Don’t worry, though, no one will mistake you for a mom gone wild because no matter how much we fantasize about wearing sexy lace lingerie we inevitably end up relying on old faithful, the official mom bra otherwise known as a nude full-coverage t-shirt bra.
I say to hell with the reasons why we mamas can’t wear white. It’s time to make like Madonna, break our fashion rules, and take a chance by walking on the dirty side. That’s why Oxy Clean was invented, pure and simple.
~ The Other Sarah
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