Happy Monday! As we fast approach June, I thought it might be a good time to assess our wardrobes and make sure we have everything we need for a chic summer. In fact, I purged my closet yesterday. I know many of you have asked me to do a post on closet purging, but that will need to wait until I’m through moving (that takes place all week this week!). Meanwhile, let’s discuss four things I absolutely made sure to keep in my closet. I’m sharing 4 summer outfit completers that I’ll be wearing on repeat through the summer months.
It’s so easy and fun to put together layered outfits during the fall and winter. Even during the spring, as cool days linger with us, it’s fun to top simple separates with jackets and cardigans. But during the summer creating those layered looks gets a little trickier as the temperatures rise and the humidity compounds the effect.
But the older I get the more I like to have some layering options, even during the summer. There are days and occasions I just want to cover my arms a little more. Plus, I still like the look of layering on some interest and texture. So I’ve discovered four summer outfit completers that help me layer on the style without heating me up. Depending on your lifestyle, climate and style preferences, you might want to consider having one to four of these in your wardrobe this summer, too.
Summer Jacket or Blazer
I love me a blazer. But even if you prefer more relaxed style options, you might want to think about having a linen or other summer weight jacket in your closet for the summer. I’m sticking with my white linen blazer. I love the versatility it offers.
I can dress it up…
or I can dress it down.
Obviously I wear my linen blazer dressed down more often than I wear it dressed up. I had to search back a couple of years to find a photo of me wearing it with dress pants and heels, other than my How I Really Dressed for My Day posts. I wear it with blue jeans, shorts, white jeans, dress slacks and dresses.
But while you may have seen me style it a lot this spring, I wanted you to know that I really do wear it in the heat of the summer, too. The photo below was taken in southern Arizona in July. Granted, I’m wearing white shorts and a sleeveless shell with this summer outfit completer. But I absolutely do wear this linen blazer through the hottest months.
But you don’t have to opt for a white linen blazer. I just like having a lightweight but dressy jacket in my summer wardrobe that I can wear with a lot of things. So you could just as easily choose a linen flight jacket or a polished field jacket as one of your summer outfit completers.
- a jacket that will be versatile in your wardrobe
- a lightweight jacket – cotton, linen or a cotton/linen blend are ideal
- a classic choice that you can enjoy for several years
- a color that works for your style and color palette
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Button Up Shirt
The second of the summer outfit completers I’m keeping in my summer wardrobe is a lightweight button up shirt to use as a jacket. In fact, I actually have two of these now and may purchase a third one. I started with this white linen easy shirt from J.Jill last year.
I absolutely love wearing this white linen easy shirt over a simple tee or tank, whether I’m wearing shorts, jeans or cropped pants. It looks casual, but crisp, summery and elevated. While I usually size down in tops and dresses at J.Jill, I went with my TTS medium for a roomier fit.
This year I also purchased the sand and ivory striped linen shirt from Chico’s. The Chico’s shirt is made with their no-iron linen and is also available in haute pink stripe or a few solids. I’m wearing my TTS 1 or medium.
If you choose to go with a button up linen shirt, I can highly recommend the linen at both J.Jill and Chico’s. And I think a button up linen shirt is such a smart addition to a summer wardrobe because it is so versatile, cool and classic.
But you could also have a cotton or gauze button up shirt that would work just as beautifully.
- a lightweight, natural fiber fabric that is breathable and cool
- a sleeve fit that allows you to roll up the sleeves if you wish
- a generous fit so that you can wear it over a tank or tee
- a color and/or pattern that will work well with your color palette and style aesthetic
- a length that works for your proportions and frame
While I’m all for looking for a good price, I will say that linen starts flying off the shelves about now and can become a little scarce as the summer progresses. So if you want a linen shirt to wear for your August vacation, you should start seriously looking now. I have a wide selection of linen, cotton and gauze shirts in the shopping widget below at a full range of prices.
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Duster Length Button Up Shirt
This year the duster length or long shirt is trending as a summer outfit completer, and I’m on board. At 5’8″, I enjoy longer styles like this. But trust me, I see plenty of more petite influencers and models rocking these long button up shirts. I really think the key to wear them is simply…confidence. Yep, just wear it like you mean it.
And they’re actually available in a variety of lengths. I also have the Chico’s gauze roll-tab tunic in alabaster. And it’s a good bit shorter, so a great length for more petite gals who want to try this trend.
I’m seeing these longer button up shirts in a variety of fabrics, including eyelet, gauze, linen and cotton. And they’re also available in colors and patterns. Another option is to wear a button up shirtdress as a topper. I think this J.Jill shirtdress would definitely work both as a dress or a topper. And this short sleeved J.Jill shirtdress would work, too. I’ll include several options in the shopping widget below.
- lightweight, breathable fabric
- sleeves in the length that best suits you – your climate and body needs
- a color that works well in your wardrobe
- a length that suits your frame
- a shirt that is versatile enough to work with a variety of pieces in your wardrobe
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Kimono, Ruana or Topper
Finally, I’m still enjoying wearing kimonos, ruanas and/or toppers. I like these multifunctional pieces year round, but especially during the summer. They’re so lightweight, easy-breezy and feminine. Surely you knew this would be one of my summer outfit completers.
You’ve seen me share my Johnny Was kimono here lately for spring, but I thought I’d reach into the vault and pull out photos of me actually wearing a kimono in the summer. After all, that’s what we’re talking about here – summer completer pieces.
While these toppers are extremely versatile, I’m not sure you can beat the blue denim, white t-shirt and ruana or kimono combination. Swap in blue jean shorts if you prefer; that works just as well.
This year I added this Sahara wrap to my summer wardrobe because I love the versatility of these muted neutrals.
I also picked up this lovely botanical print silk ruana from Chico’s recently when it was over 70% off. And it still is! I imagined wearing it with blue or white denim, but was delighted to discover that it worked so well with this pretty soft pink Eileen Fisher linen pants (more economical option) I’d bought on a rare sale a month ago.
- a kimono, wrap or ruana that makes you happy
- look for a length that will work well with your frame, but don’t be afraid to go longer
- versatile colors and patterns with your wardrobe
- a lightweight fabric that you can best enjoy
- the features that work for your style aesthetic, such as tassels, patterns, colors, prints, glitter, metallics, etc.
Finally, if you feel like you look funny in a kimono or ruana…welcome to the club! Everyone thinks so when they first put one on. But wear it around the house a while and take a moment here and there to appreciate your new style in the mirror. It’s a silhouette that takes some getting use to. Then wear it out and wait for the compliments to start rolling in. Don’t be surprised if other women tell you that you look great in that wrap, but they feel awkward in them. Laugh graciously and say, “Me, too! Until I just went for it and practiced wearing it. Ha!”
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While I definitely keep my denim jacket in my closet year round, these are the four summer outfit completers I’ll be reaching for during the hottest months to elevate my looks. With the exception of the jacket, they’re all loose fitting and easy breezy. And all of them are made in breathable, natural fiber fabrics that will keep me cool while I wear them.
Thanks so much for dropping in for a little style inspiration. I hope you have a lovely day!
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Blessed for My Day
I love that the Bible speaks of gray hair…because I definitely have me some. Ha! And I’m getting more as I’ve given up coloring my hair. In Proverbs 16:31 it is said that gray hair is a crown of glory. But let’s understand that this proverb is not saying that every person with gray hair has earned a crown of glory. Instead it’s assuring us that it is possible to gain such wisdom and discernment over the course of a lifetime. And again, not just any lifetime…a life lived righteously.
To live righteously means to walk in step with God and His Word. To live a righteous life is to live a life of obedience to Jesus’ lordship and the directives of God’s Word. And, while no one is perfect, this is a person who has kept a clean conscious before the Lord by being vigilant about repentance and confession. Then, if we choose to line our lives us with God consistently, we do indeed obtain that crown of glory. Do you know women who have lived such a life? Ah, to be that woman!
Gray hair is a crown of glory;
it is gained in a righteous life. ~ Proverbs 16:31