Happy Friday, sweet gal! My husband and I are heading out for another Ohio adventure today. We’re hitting the hiking trails! So I definitely won’t be wearing the pretty linen dress I’m sharing with you today. But when I get home and shower up and sit on the back deck while James grills dinner…well that’s another story. Then I just may be wearing this quintessential summer dress.
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Really, you just can’t beat linen for staying cool in the heat of the summer. A simple linen garment like this Striped-Hem Linen Dress actually keeps me cooler than shorts and a t-shirt.
I’m wearing my true-to-size Chico’s 1 or misses 8 in this Striped-Hem Linen Dress for an easy fit.
This Striped-Hem Linen Dress from Chico’s is 40% off with code 29238. In fact, you’ll get 40% off any purchase (with a few exceptions) at Chico’s with that code. But hurry, this dress is already sold out in some sizes and inventory is shrinking. I’ve included other pretty linen dresses in the shopping widget below, too.
Of course, part of the beauty of wearing a quintessential summer dress on a hot steamy day is that you don’t have to add a lot of fuss to your outfit. This pretty ocean blue midi-length Striped-Hem Linen Dress carries the day effortlessly.
You could certainly keep your jewelry pared down with this Striped-Hem Linen Dress. But I chose to add a bold but natural Sea Life Bib Necklace as a nod to all things beachy. I’ve included some other pretty jewelry choices in the shopping widget below.
I added my favorite Kendra Scott hoop earrings because…well, because they’re just so pretty! And so perfect for summer outfits. They’re also available in rose gold and silver finishes.
To me, if the quintessential summer dress is a linen frock, then the archetypal shoes of summer are metallic sandals. So naturally I finished off this chic but casual seasonal look with my gold sandals. I’ve had these for a few years now, but these Capri Twist Mini Wedge Sandals are similar…and marked down more than 50%.
Doesn’t my straw clutch, also from Chico’s, look so smart with this easy breezy dress?
Of course this quintessential summer dress is perfect for church, a baby or wedding shower or even an outdoor wedding. But I know most of us are not attending as many of those special events as we had anticipated right now. That’s actually why I chose this pared down, easy shift dress though. It’s perfect to slip on for a casual date night, too, whether you’re going out or simply eating on your own veranda.
Dressed for My Day Challenge
Whether you purchase this dress or another one or already have something similar in your closet, let me offer you a little challenge. Why not opt for a pretty dress sometime this weekend instead of your usual shorts and tee? This outfit may look fancy and festive, but really it’s very simple, casual and cool. And your spouse and/or family would love to see you in something pretty and feminine. Even if you don’t see another soul, slipping into a pretty dress could lift your mood and make you feel oh so lovely.
If you do put on a dress for dinner or brunch or a picnic or whatever, I’d love for you to share a picture with our Private Dressed for My Day Facebook Group this weekend. Sunday is a good day to share that picture. Not in the group? You can join right here! Just tag the photo #summerdress.
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Blessed for My Day
Speaking of putting on a dress, did you remember that this Sunday is Father’s Day? That would be a lovely time to put on a dress in honor of your man, whether he’s a father or not. Dressing up a little is such an overlooked but easy way to show the people around us a little respect and consideration.
But let’s make sure we also speak the affirming, encouraging and loving words our husbands, dads and sons need to hear from us, too. I’ll be calling my daddy on Sunday to tell him how much I love him and appreciate him. He’s been such an anchor and a trusted gentle soul for our family through the years. I’ll also be especially kind and gracious to my husband this Sunday. I’m grateful that he’s been a good dad to our kids. There have been many times when I would have done things one way with our children, but instead I (sometimes grudgingly) let him go a different direction instead. And without fail, my husband chose the better path.
Finally, maybe you have a son or son-in-law who is the father of your grandchildren. Don’t you know he needs to hear your words of affirmation, too? In fact, your kind words could give him the courage to be the father he wants to be.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. ~ Ephesians 6:4