Hey guys, I'm back this week and I'm talking about a summer staple with a bit of a unique spin. That summer wardrobe staple is none other than LINEN!!!
Linen is a lightweight fabric that undeniably coincides with summer months and it's volcanic temperatures. Linen is designed to keep us cool. It usually comes in classic styles and shapes and is a bit understated design wise. You can also bet on linen items being in a more muted or neutral color palette such as whites, beige or khaki.
I found this beautiful bold, vertical striped grey and teal linen beauty at a Goodwill thrift store several years ago. The dress really stood out because it was reminiscent of the old vintage house dresses my great grandma would wear. I can literally see her stomping around the house going from room to room with the remote control or some other random object in those large front pockets of this dress.
Aside from the nostalgia associated with this dress, I knew that that alone wouldn't be enough to justify this purchase. My goal is always to imagine several ways to wear an item, but if it's thrifted or vintage, I have to create ways to modernize it. Figure out how to make the something old, a something new. Check out this dress worn on the blog a few years back (here).
I paired my linen dress with these chic little white mules that I recently scored at Forever 21. Mules in any color or style are a go for me, but it's so funny because I haven't always had an affinity for them. I actually hated them a few years ago, on the brink of their comeback. Now onto my necklace. I coveted it for months, and waited for it to go on sale, then finally I got it. It's so cool, and such a conversation piece.
This post has been a long time coming guys, and here we are. Thanks for popping back around to see if I've kept my promise of revving up the content...I do what I can.
My photographer and I decided to venture outside of the city a few miles south to Hernando to have lunch, and perhaps get a few outfit shots. Smaller towns have so much character and little hidden gems that tend to get overlooked when we are just driving through them to get to our destinations. Hernando has the absolute cutest little city center, and during the summer months they have the best farmer's market right on the lawns of their city hall. However, on this particular day we used this little northern Mississippi town as my backdrop.
Now let's get into my outfit - I call this my Obama campaign look. The linen shirt with the rolled sleeve is reminiscent of a relaxed businessman. I actually recall seeing photos of Obama with a similar style shirt looking very relaxed during his campaigning or "off-duty" moments. My current day to day personal style is very relaxed with a dash of conservatism. However, I challenge myself to try out trends, and really see what's new on the high street. This lead me to pick up this cute little flirty gingham skirt, and my sandals. The skirt was purchased during the H&M sales last year, and I bought the sandals a few weeks ago from F21.
The story behind the sandals is that I actually saw another influencer on Instagram sporting these awesomely chic shoes. When I double tapped the picture, and saw that Forever 21 had been tagged I figured she had made some sort of mistake. So I messaged her to inquire, and to my delight these sandals were indeed F21, and priced at about $30. This deal was especially sweet because they are such a close replica to the Celine SS16 ring toe lace up sandals.