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TGWIF: White Chucks + Dresses

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In my mind, Chuck Taylors are a timeless classic that go with pretty much everything, and are always appropriate no matter the occasion. I’ve loved them my whole life, putting them in the Shoestring logo for a reason. But what I really love is that Chucks (and classic street sneakers of all kinds) are having a major moment in fashion right now — especially with dresses. Or at least that’s the case here in Texas. White sneakers with white dresses and white jasmine in bloom everywhere. Yes, yes, yes. Simple, classic, basically free, stunning.

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I’ve had dozens, maybe hundreds, of pairs of Chucks (and Vans and Adidas and Puma) in my lifetime, and when it was time for a new pair I wanted to channel a little of my husband’s sneakerhead pride and go for crisp, unadulterated white. Armed with a Nordstrom gift card that had been sitting in my wallet for years, I picked up a brand-new, blemish-free pair for about $35 at the Rack. But I would make a spendthrifty sneakerhead, because mine lasted all of about 5 minutes after I got home, branded immediately with a dirty pawprint. Hashtag real life with dogs. Whatever. At least I have photographic proof.

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This outfit pretty much is summer for me, and which I wore not only to the Hotel Saint Cecilia launch party for Rifle + Radford’s new Intrinsic Native collection — sporting the “Shenanigan Seeker” necklace above, pretty perfect, right? — but to a Memorial Day party where I found myself high-stepping across a flooded lawn, trying save them from being soaked in mud, while my white-sneak-saving technique was critiqued by the real-life Richie Tenenbaum. If anyone has DIY tips for cleaning canvas sneakers & returning them to their former glory, I’m all ears. In the meantime, hope your weekend and your summer is full of crisp whites, classic kicks, and the power to not take anything — especially yourself — too seriously.

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Anthropologie jean jacket: clothing swap ($0) // Old Navy eyelet dress, Austin Goodwill ($4.99) // Stunt sunglasses, gas station along Route 40 ($3) // White converse, Nordstrom Rack ($35) // vintage turquoise ring, inherited from Grandma, who grew up in Tulsa ($0) // B. Makowsky bag, c/o Twice ($0)