Capri, what a divine and heavenly destination?
It is my first time in this magical setting and if you are a novice like me, arriving into Capri is a wonderful surprise. I have heard the rumours, read the books and seen the photographs but nothing prepares you for this rocky outcrop with the backdrop of smouldering Vesuvius.
It is without doubt a spectacular seascape and coastline.
Working from first impressions and my initial observations, I like to let my eyes settle in and intuitively feel the pulse of a place. Within ten minutes of our arrival all I could register was white. Capri is all about the white as it contrasts against the depths of the Mediterranean. The buildings are white in the most part, the interiors are streamlined in Italian fashion with predominance for white and the visitors wear white.
As we walked to our hotel I passed the beautiful wearing white upon white. Linen – pants, shirts and dresses – sufficiently crumpled and abundantly chic are the outfit of choice. The further we ventured the more the contrast of white against not only the sea but also the incredible floral spectacular said, “Capri”. The clipped bougainvillea here is jaw dropping, really magnificent. The tall topiary oleanders lining the charming little streets are a whole new way of thinking about these humble plants. I have never understood the European love of oleander, grown and shaped in this fashion could almost change my mind.
Why would you wear or decorate with anything other than white when the backdrop lends itself so effortlessly?
Capri is definitely 50 shades of white and the rest.
The days are long and lazy and the atmosphere is more laid back than Capri’s French equivalents. Both summer destinations are dream worthy; trying a new one does open the eyes and make for comparisons. It is the all white or the white plus one colour that “pops” and distinguishes.
How and when do we wear the all white?
The answer is whenever and wherever we can. It is a great, great winning look especially with the right accessories.
I am glad I packed a couple of white dresses but I do wish for more linen cropped pants and shirts. The white on white linen look is a perfect “outfit” addition to our summer wardrobes. I have see women wearing this look with espadrilles and in some cases sneakers or slides and sandals. Decorative earrings or a wind up of bracelet, my go to these holidays, finishes the whole white ensemble.
Summer outfits and I struggle to find each other but I am getting better. This Capri style is going to be my new go-to, my new version of the French caftan.
You might have the white wired but if not I have created a wish list. Mood of the day? All white and all bright, of course. xv
Capri: White Upon White
from the bottom up
from the top down
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