How To Wear White When You Have Dirty Little Boy Children

Originally, I was going to title this post How To Wear White After Labor Day, but then I thought, “Eh. Everyone is posting that topic in September.” And then I realized that the passing of Labor Day never prevented me from wearing white anyway.  What caused my hesitation about white outfits was my dirty little boy children with their filthy little paws, their tendency to spill, and their all around grimy boyness. Therefore, due to my personal experiences, this is a much more appropriate way to approach the topic of a white outfit.

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*Kimono: Burlington Coat Factory (Similar here, here, here, and here).

For years, I wouldn’t wear white pants. Or a white skirt. Or a white dress. Or even a white top. It seemed as if the white attracted the spills. I could wear pink or blue or red or green…even in lighter shades…and they never attracted the kid accidents in the same way that white would. It took me forever to figure out this phenomenon. What was it about white that inevitably caused something to be dumped, wiped, or shellacked all over my clothing?

*White Tee: Old Navy (Similar here, here, and here).

*White Pants: LC Lauren Conrad Wide-Leg Cropped Twill Pants (Currently, on clearance for $15).

Then one day it occurred to me. It wasn’t necessarily the white clothes that caused this strange phenomenon to occur. It was my very own approach to wearing white clothing. It was planted somewhere deep within my subconscious mind that white will get dirty. I was trained to believe that once you have children you should never be so bold as to wear white. So if I did don white apparel, I wore it with a shaking fear that it would be soiled within minutes. And this fear, this over-cautiousness became almost like a self-fulfilling prophecy. Moms who wear white get filthy. But this does not have to be the case.

*Bag: Burlington Coat Factory. (Similar here, here, and here).

So I started to wear white more confidently and with a more relaxed attitude. If it got dirty, as all clothes will, I have a washing machine. And dirt washes out. Even out of white clothing. The more I relaxed while wearing white, the less grimy little mishaps that occurred. But just in case, I do layer a nice long something or other in a dark color right on top of my all white outfit!

*Sandals: Target (Similar here and here).

So take my advice, mommas out there, go forth and wear your white outfits. Relax, have confidence in your laundry detergent, and watch for gum on the playground benches!

*Necklace: Cato Fashions (Similar here, here, and here).

How do you conquer the all-white-outfit-dirt-and-spill-attracting phenomenon?

Wearing white on the edge,


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I am a 40 something Army wife and stay-at-home mother of 2 boys and 2 cats named Dave and Frankie. I have a passion for helping other women feel fabulous in the midst of this crazy, beautiful life.

30 Responses

  1. Beautiful outfit! I love your white column accented with your kimono! I raised two boys so I hear ya sista! Have a wonderful Monday!

  2. I like these pictures ! The kimono looks so good and the straw bag is a favourite.

  3. lol…the title is what got me to check this post out.
    It is really had to pull off white when you have little ones.
    The Glossychic

  4. That outfit is fabulous! Your kimono is so stylish. I never wear white, only a white blouse sometimes!

  5. Great look Shelbee, love the whole look 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays.

  6. What a great look! Love the white with your kimono!
    Stylin In St. Louis

  7. Wear your white and keep on smiling my dear. The kimono is a must have.

  8. This kimono looks fabulous over your white outfit! I love the contrast, and your new attitude about white clothing is spot on. Great post!

    I hope you are having a great week so far!


    • Amber, thank you so much! Black and white never goes out of style, I suppose. And if I am going to wear all white, I definitely need to cover it with black to hide dirty little handprints! Hahaha. Have a wonderful day.


  9. great giveaway,and I like the dress too.

  10. Oh, I’m the same Shelbee. I have five rugrats and I always fear that they going to put their dirty little hands all over it. But I really don’t care about wearing white after labor day, either. As for your outfit, I just love you in Kimonos. You just wear them so well, and I’m a bit in love with the totebag as well.

    • Thanks so much, Gigi! I have even more kimonos coming to the blog soon for fall. I just can’t get enough! And I hear you about the rugrats. Filthy little creatures! But we love them anyway…dirt and all!


  11. That is a perfect fall outfit!

  12. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. This look is awesome. The transparent floral kimono on white is a great pairing.

  13. I remember the fear of wearing white because of grimy little hands, belonging to both a male and a female child. Those items did seem to attract more stains and it’s quite liberating to not have to worry about it anymore. Thanks for the entertaining post and for joining my #lastweekthisweeklinkup.


    • Thanks, Rena! And I agree that it is liberating to throw caution to the wind and wear white when I feel compelled to do so! You will hear me say, however, on those days of donning white, “Don’t touch Mommy with those grimy little paws!” Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.


  14. Yes girl yes!! I absolutely LOVE this post!! You have no idea how many people look at me crazy walking into Target with 3 kids and I am wearing white pants….
    Dirt does come off clothes! Sometimes you have to live a little and wear what you like, rather whats expected because your a mother!

    Sincerely a mom who also wears white,

    • Yay! I am so glad that you are as daring as I am, Mel! And you look fabulous in white jeans every time I see you style them! Rock on, momma! Thanks so much for stopping by and I wish you the most amazing week!


  15. The title of this post made me laugh! In my experience girls can be just as messy, which is why I avoid wearing white. Maybe I should try it though. I love the kimono, it looks great over the white outfit. Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

    • Emma, thanks so much for featuring this post today! What a pleasant surprise to find over my coffee this morning! I’m sure all children are filthy little creatures, but since I only have boys, it is all I can attest to. Hahaha. Cover my whites with dark colors and I am all about wearing white with dirty little hands grabbing at me all day long. Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!


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