Can we just collectively pause for a moment to celebrate the fact that spring is truly here? I have to imagine that most of us are seeing more green than we did just a couple of months ago. And even if the snow is still thawing (and we could have more yet!) perhaps little signs of new life are beginning to poke up through the ground where you are. So whether you live where summer feels like it’s just a moment away or you’re still burning wood in your fireplace, let’s just take a deep breath and praise the Lord for the promise of new life all around us and the joy of warmer days.
And then I’ll share with you a favorite Eileen Fisher linen button-up shirt and the two ways I’m enjoying it already.
Indeed, new beginnings are a good thing worth rejoicing over. And I’m especially loving wearing lighter weight fabrics like cotton, silk and linen. So let’s check out the two ways I’m styling my favorite Eileen Fisher button-shirt. And keep in mind that there are so many beautiful, soft linen button-up shirts to choose from. In fact, we have a shoppable Snapshot full of them HERE.
Before the summer is out you’ll see me style my linen button-up shirts so many ways. But one of my favorites is to wear it over a column of white. I think I did this in my recent Spring Into Summer Outfit Lookbook video, too.
This time I’m wearing my blueberry Eileen Fisher organic linen délavé classic collar shirt over my Mother the Hustler high waist bootcut ankle length jeans and my ribbed white tank (another option).
Mother jeans are one of my favorite brands of denim. They have lots of stretch, but they do not stretch out with wear. This high quality denim fits beautifully and they always feature the most current silhouettes. I wear a size 31 in these, but I probably should have gotten the 30s. Still, they have so much give in them that they work nicely. And I’d rather err on the side of being a little large with white denim, wouldn’t you?
Don’t be afraid to try a column of white. I know it feels a little iffy at first, but trust me, this can be just as slenderizing as all black. Just make sure your jeans and tank or tee are close fitting but not tight. And then top the column with a lose, flowy and beautiful button-up shirt.
I have several linen button-up shirts for the summer already, and I love them all. In fact, you can check out my favorites here:
- organic linen délavé classic collar shirt from Eileen Fisher (sized down to small)
- Sea View linen button up shirt from Lily Pulitzer (mine are pink and lilac; true to size)
- linen tab-sleeve A-line shirt from J.Jill (I have a blue one and a white one; size down)
- over-sized linen shirt in vivid sky from Ann Taylor (true to size)
If you are just totally opposed to wearing a column of white under your colored linen button-up shirt, try a column of some other color or neutral. In the video I also wore my lilac linen shirt over a column of black. But you could also create a column of blue easily enough with blue jeans and a blue tee or tank.
But of course another great way to wear your linen shirt is with coordinating linen pants. I suppose that’s the beauty of shopping Eileen Fisher. She has beautiful coordinating pieces her in collection.
I love to shop for my Eileen Fisher pieces at Eileen Fisher because they package them beautifully, they generally have the best inventory and selection, and they ship fast. But you can also shop for Eileen Fisher at Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.
The délavé linen lantern pants run large, as does most of Eileen Fisher’s styles. Consider sizing down or order two sizes and return the ones that don’t fit as well. These lantern pants are a fun silhouette for summer because they are cool and breezy and very on trend. While they are a full leg pant, they taper in at the bottom for a more flattering look than traditional wide leg trousers. And the ankle length is both in style and flattering, as they stop at the most narrow part of your leg.
I like to wear flat or wedge sandals with ankle lantern pants, so I wore my Lorenza metallic sandals. I found this more economical option and this one, too. Remember, metallics are really trending right now, and they’re always a great way to add some brightness and light to a summer outfit.
I completed both outfits with layered gold jewelry. I mixed my metals, including gold necklaces and a silver one. But the best way to mix your metals effectively is to have one anchor piece that features both (or multiple) colors of metal. These dragonfly earrings are that piece for me, and they’re an early summer favorite.
This is the kind of outfit I frequently wear while working at home during the warmer months. But I also feel perfectly comfortable and appropriately dressed if I wear this combination out to eat, to a family party or even just running errands.
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Blessed for My Day
Once when I was going through a very difficult time I could not stop thinking about my situation. Thoughts, memories and conversations about my trouble dominated my mind to the point of misery. I was truly weary of thinking about my hurt and rehearsing old or perceived conversations about the dilemma. Plus, these thoughts were weighing on me. And I knew my hurt couldn’t heal while I kept licking my wounds that way.
So I decided that I would give myself permission to think about my problem once a day…at 4 p.m. each afternoon. The rest of the day, when those thoughts arose I would shoo them away with the promise to consider them at four o’clock. But when 4 p.m. came around each afternoon I found it more satisfying to pray about the trouble rather than think on it. And the Lord would help me shrink those overwhelming thoughts down to their appropriate size quickly. If your thoughts are getting the better of you, I suggest you try what David said he would do about his big dilemma: pray about it morning, noon and night, and leave it alone rest of the day. Watch the Lord change your perspective and begin your healing.
Give Your attention to me and answer me; I am restless in my complaint and severely distracted…As for me, I shall call upon God, and the Lord will save me. Evening and morning and at noon, I will complain and moan,And He will hear my voice. ~ Psalm 55:2,16,17