Something Old, Something New

Making a Statement in a Summer Staple

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!!!

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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.

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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.

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outfit deets - dress: thrifted ( here )( here ); shoes: Forever 21 ( here )( here ); necklace: ( here )( here )

outfit deets - dress: thrifted (here)(here); shoes: Forever 21 (here)(here); necklace: (here)(here)

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).

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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.

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Basic Bleu

I have unapologetically been into monochrome as of late.  I don't really know if it's my personal style evolving or if the amount of stress in my personal life is causing me to subconsciously streamline my wardrobe.  I do, however, know I love it and it makes me happy so that's how i'ma roll for now.  Now onto the outfit, I am wearing shades of BLUE...with a hint of teal. 

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I scored this blouse at the Goodwill for a few buck, and I paired it with my Banana Republic stretch jeans.   Pictured below, as you can see I am sporting these super cute beaded bracelets from Joseph Nogucci.

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outfit deets- shirt: vintage thrifted c/o Goodwill ( here ,  here ); jeans: Banana Republic ( here ); shoes: Steven by Steve Madden ( here ); bracelets: Joseph Nogucci; necklace: H&M ( here )

outfit deets- shirt: vintage thrifted c/o Goodwill (here, here); jeans: Banana Republic (here); shoes: Steven by Steve Madden (here); bracelets: Joseph Nogucci; necklace: H&M (here)

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