Once in a while I step away from the florals in favour of a rather different type of dress. A dress whose very simplicity is enough to make a statement. A whispered statement. This silk navy maxi dress from The White Company is the epitome of understated elegance. It’s chic, elegant and timeless. I’ll be wearing it on repeat. How perfect it is for weddings, proms, days at the races and cocktails. Equally though, it’s ideal for shopping, for travelling, for lunching and brunching, for picnics and barbecues.
A Navy Maxi Dress For All Occasions
It’s made of a beautiful washed silk so it feels divine against the skin. It’s machine washable and is bra-friendly. This navy maxi dress therefore, is as practical as it is sophisticated. In fact, I can’t think of anything more I’d ask of a dress.
It fastens with an adjustable halter-neck tie and has a drawstring tie at the waist. The side slits make for easy swooshing and they give it a fluidity when moving.
I “demonstrated” this dress on Instagram stories. It’s still there in the “Daily Outfit” highlights. This is the link. Please scroll through to see me showing the back and how it’s bra-friend and to see the slits at the side.
Straw Basket With Navy Pom Poms
The straw pom pom trim basket bag is also from The White Company. I chose it because of the navy trim but also because of the useful size. It’s not so capacious that it’s impractical for everyday use, but it’s large enough as a beach bag and as a shopping bag. I like it for storage too. It’d make lovely towel storage, for example.
The large pom poms are detachable, but mine will definitely be staying put.
I’ve had straw bags and baskets in the past which have been quite rough and which have scratched my arms and even plucked my clothing. This straw basket is smooth though, and, as one would expect from The White Company, very well made.
The Meghan Markle Influence
I suspect that Meghan’s chic, elegant wardrobe will have a huge influence on the way we dress. Her clothes are usually monochrome and from a neutral palette, and she favours a high neckline. Her wedding dress and the one she wore to the evening wedding reception were pared down and understated, as was the navy dress she wore the evening before her wedding. They needed few if any accessories and very natural make up. Natural beauty and innate style at its best. I’d like to think that my silk maxi dress with its high halter neckline would get the Meghan seal of approval.
The White Company Discount Code
The White Company has been my go-to place for towels and bedding for years and years now. I love their candles too and would probably say that their Winter one is among my all time favourites. The clothing and accessories are all beautiful. Because they’re understated, they have a timeless look and feel to them. The neutral palette of whites, greys, black and navy makes it incredibly easy to build a sophisticated wardrobe that can be added to with pops of colour, prints, metallics and more neutrals. Alongside this beautiful navy maxi dress and basket, I have my eye on a few more pieces that would make perfect additions to my neutral holiday wardrobe.
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I just had to stop by and say how divine this looks on you Lizzy! I’m a huge fan of The White Company too!
Oh thank you so much Laurie. Yes, The White Company has some fabulous styles. I adore their bedding and towels as I said too! xxx
Such a beautiful dress Lizzy! And the pictures are superb!
Oh thank you so much. My daughter did a wonderful job of taking them xxx
Lovely dress, Lizzy, but we shouldn’t be fashion slaves and follow the crowd like obedient sheep, wearing whatever Meghan Markle is donning.
Thank you Catrina and yes, you’re absolutely right! It’ll be intersting to see though if her influence will be as apparent as Kate’s and Diana before her! xxz
What a fabulous dress, Lizzy! It looks perfect for the summer time. I love browsing in The White Company – the smell always gets me when I first step inside. They have such beautiful quality things for sale.
Yesssss! Me too! The candles and home fragrances are divine aren’t they. And yes, everything is such beautiful quality xxx
I love that style of dress Liz, never would’ve looked at The White Company for it though. Beautiful styling and photos make all the difference to a simple design don’t they? Great job you two 😉
Thank you Michelle. Yes, Poppy did a great job with the photos! You wouldn’t guess it’s from The White Company because I think they are renowned for simple, chic, everyday wear. This is most definitely suitable for evening wear xxx
I’m not usually one for the simple and understated look, but this is divine Lizzy. You carry it of so well and have sold the practicality of this maxi to us all, I’m sure.
Thank you Anna. I’m the same. I usually go for florals or lace or at least a ruffle or two! This is a departure for me, but I love it. It’ll be perfect for my holiday. And, it’s so pravtical too. I already washed it once and it washed and ironed beautifully xxx
Wow, Liz! You look absolutely amazing! This dress is a dream on you; I bet you will get LOTS of mileage out of this one. I’d never think to look at TWC for a dress like this, but I will now! Brava! xx
Oh thank you Lisa. Exactly! I’ve already worn it twice and washed it once. It’s so versatile and very soft and comfy to wear. TWC has a lovely jumpsuit right now too, equally versatile and elegant! xxxx
A beautiful dress Liz and you look amazing in it (as you mostly do actually). I love the bag as well, it seems to be just a perfect pic for this dress. I can imagine the dress will be equally fabulous paired with high heels and posh accessories. Love, Lieske
Thank you Lieske. Yes, I agree. It could be dressed up very easily for evening wear. heels and some sparkly accessories and it’d be perfect! xxxx
suits you because your tall
really pretty it is
Oh thank you so much. That’s so kind. it’s a very flattering dress! xxx
Nice dress. What kind of bra are you wearing? Because of bra firendly but I don’t see any.
Its the Wonderbra Ultra bra. I have put a link to it at the bottom of the blog post in the carousel “Outfit details”. It’s excellent. I actually showed it in a demo on my Instagram stories. It’s still there on the “Daily Outfit” highlights if you’d like to see. The link is here https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17911398535162638/ It’s the last of the videos in that bit xxxx