While we hopefully continue to enjoy some mild temperatures and sunny days for a few more weeks of spring, we’re gearing up for the heat of summer here at Dressed for My Day. I’m sharing one of my favorite summer linen outfits today. I know I wore this style formula at least a half dozen times last summer, but I don’t have any blog photos of it. I wore this outfit Mother’s Day Sunday to church and out for lunch, and it’s my favorite elevated linen outfit for summer.
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I love the combination of flax or ecru with white. It’s so soft and summery. But you could absolutely reproduce this elevated linen outfit formula with different neutrals or colors that reflect your personal wardrobe and style preferences.
The formula is simple: linen pants + simple solid t-shirt + linen blazer. Work with the silhouettes so that they work for you! I chose to work this formula with my demi boot linen pants, but you could wear full length trousers, wide leg crops or wider full length pants. You actually could even opt for shorts or a skirt.
These demi boot linen pants also come in blue, navy and aqua green. I have the navy ones also. Talbots does have a white linen demi boot pant, too, but I do not recommend it. I tried it on at the store and the nude colored pocket liners are very distracting. In my opinion (and evidently the opinion of several other reviewers on the Talbots’ website) those pockets are a major design flaw. ‘Nough said about that! I love, love, love the flax and navy demi boot linen pants I have. They fit true to size and have a flattering silhouette. Unlike last year’s similar pants, they do not have belt loops, but they do have pockets and a zip and closure fly.
I topped the demi boot linen pants with my favorite white t-shirt. It has a trimmer fit than many and nice fabrication. But of course any white tee you enjoy wearing would work nicely here. Really the key to the formula is to wear a t-shirt in the same color as your linen jacket. So adjust accordingly.
And so that, of course, brings us to the linen blazer. My white linen blazer is at least three years old now, and it’s my favorite summer garment. I published a blog post a couple of weeks ago with tips for wearing a white blazer in the spring and summer. Be sure to check out How to Style a White Linen Blazer for more outfit formulas and style ideas. Oh, and Talbots does indeed have a similar white blazer every year. This year’s blazer is a little longer and very modern, while still looking timeless. It comes in a full range of sizes and generally sells out by mid summer.
For a fun variation on this summer style formula you could trade in this washed linen jacket, pairing it with a t-shirt of the same hue. And if you don’t have a linen blazer, but do have a white or other color blazer, work the formula that way, too.
I’ve talked occasionally about the effortlessly stylish appeal of leaving off a piece of jewelry intentionally. And that’s exactly what I did on this day. I put on my earrings, bracelet, watch, brooch and necklace…and then took the necklace off. It felt a little daring, for lack of a better word. Afterall, this is a wide open v-neck. But with the brooch and earrings, I just felt like the necklace cluttered the look. And I LOVE this style choice.
Shoe choices are endless, but I love the effect of these strappy beige sandals. I think they just really work, keeping the overall appearance light and oh so summery. These sandals are a sweet price, under $50. They come in several nice summer shades, fit true to size and are so much more comfortable than I had anticipated. I really enjoyed wearing them.
You could certainly add a pop of color or shine with your handbag, but I chose to keep the look very monochromatic. I carried my Coach camera bag, and I loved how this look pulled together for Mother’s Day.
By the way, my brooch is no longer available. I get compliments on it every time I wear it. But I recently purchased this one for my mom and I think it would work beautifully here.
Because you absolutely can work this favorite elevated linen outfit formula with other silhouettes, I’m including other linen pants, jackets and tees in the shopping widget below. Remember, the keys are to keep the colors cohesive, match your jacket and tee and accessorize wisely. I do think that keeping the contrast in intensity low really helps keep this outfit chic, too. But you could do that with darker or medium intensity pieces, too.
Have a great day!
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Blessed for My Day
She always has a smile on her face. He always kisses his wife as soon as he sees her. She’s always so encouraging. What do you always do? Better yet, if I were to ask someone who knows you well, what would they say you always do? Ahh, that’s a little scary, isn’t it? I know it is for me!
Our God is an “always” God. He is consistent, the same, never changing. And He keeps His promises. He’s faithful to His character and His Word. He requires that we be “always” disciples, too. He asks us to always fear Him, to always obey Him, to always rejoice and to always pray. How well are you doing at being an “always” woman for the Lord? Can He count on you? And what can other people count on you to do, too?
Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be firm, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:58