Q: Kate Spade is using a lot of white - should I be concerned?

I tried on a Kate Spade skirt today at lunch - despite the fact it was about 8 sizes too big for me and was like wearing a whale skin (hence no pics) - but I am truly in love with the brand. I am thinking of making an investment purchase, but I have noticed that a lot of the dresses and skirts they have (that I like) use white.

I am not particularly a dirty person, but I do take public transit. I usually wear a long coat over whatever I am wearing, so my clothes generally are not soiled too much. That being said, generally my clothes are not white. In fact, I have no white clothes.

Is white super easy to get dirty and will I be pulling my hair out because my dress/skirt will never look the same again? :(

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  • Archer replied 6 years ago

    Hi lyn - yep the white is everywhere and like you I don't have much because I prefer cream. Im working on theory that white means cream.

    I'm thinking too, that your getting dirty on public transit reveals the true meaning of an 'investment piece' if you 'really love it'. It gets pampered and you just have to take a cab whenever it condescends to come out with you.
    NB: unless you can Scotchguard it and wear the coat too.
    Get it anyway.

  • Kristin L replied 6 years ago

    Every skirt/dress you have up is gorgeous. I'd try to find a skirt that was easy to clean. I don't wear a lot of white because I can be quite a klutz and always spill something on myself.

    Do you already have a skirt or dress with a lot of white in it? Maybe you could try wearing that on a normal day to see what happens.

  • Jules replied 6 years ago

    Oooh I didn't realize they were open yet in Canada :) Fun, I also love the overall look, although generally out of my price range. I also have a horror of white and maintenance thereof so I'm no help at all... sorry.

  • cinnamon fern replied 6 years ago

    I love white! I think the maintenance is not so bad. White jeans, tees, etc can be bleached and actually last longer than pale colors for me. And prints like #1 don't show dirt as much as solid white.

    I'm looking for a white blazer. I will simply avoid wearing it around our three dogs.

  • Sara L. replied 6 years ago

    I think the white will probably be fine as long as it can be washed. A pattern helps because then small spots aren't noticeable.

  • Tina.b replied 6 years ago

    I can definitely see you in Kate Spade, Lyn, very much in line with your style. She has such great patterns and I've found the clothes to be beautifully made. I agree that white is way easier when it has a pattern. I find white coats the most challenging to keep clean so I veer away from them, especially for a Canadian winter. But otherwise I wear quite a bit of white, and even with three kids' grubby hands all over me, it hasn't been too big of a problem.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    I'm with Sara - if it can be washed, white is just as versatile as any other colour. My white jeans last summer were great. If it can only be drycleaned, I'm not as sure.

  • lyn* replied 6 years ago

    @ Allison - I suppose I could drive :p

    @ Kristin - well, there's my white coat. That actually keeps quite white until the end of the work weak when I turn it in, and that thing goes everywhere! Great point!

    @ Jules - I actually found Kate Spade at my local "designer" section of Winners! They also have purses! :D

  • annagybe replied 6 years ago

    I take the bus a lot too. I think if you get one one of the patterns with the least amount of white you'll be fine. I can totally see you in Kate Spade.

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    You'd rock KS. I've not had too much of a problem with my white items... I just try not to eat in them, which for me is a bigger hazard than the world at large.

  • lyn* replied 6 years ago

    @Anna - Oooh; that's a good idea. Or I'll get the ones with a pattern to hide it :p

    @Rae - hmm. There is a mustard drip on my shirt now that you mention it...

  • Jules replied 6 years ago

    Kate Spade at Winners??? O M G

  • lyn* replied 6 years ago

    Only the "RUNWAY DESIGNERS" winners :)

  • Jules replied 6 years ago

    I may have to make a trip to one then! Purses huh?

  • lyn* replied 6 years ago

    I only saw a few, and they were kinda yucky. Bright orange and lined with green. Not really up my alley.

  • Jyoti replied 6 years ago

    So I always manage to spill tea/coffee on white skirts at work. Also one time I got a mysterious lipstick-ish stain while NOT WEARING LIPSTICK (!?!?!?). I've never had problems with white/cream and public transit, although I would echo the washability factor.

  • Sveta replied 6 years ago

    White tops are going into wash after 1-2 wears. Summer white trousers too. My winter cream trousers were worn 3 times without needing to wash yet.
    I think the skirt is easier to keep clean than the trousers or tops. As Shannon said if it is washable (and it can be even if the label says dry clean - look at the fabric content) I would give it a try.
    I think Kate Spade style was created for you!

  • Isabel replied 6 years ago

    I agree with Sarah, it is ok as long as you can wash it. I also avoid white. In fact, I am going more toward cream and off white for t shirts.

    I say, get yourself one piece and try it out. And try spot cleaning if you have to.

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