I have learned to shop for the pieces I need months in advance of the season. Since the first of March, I’ve been searching for specific summer clothing items. I’ve realized the need for linen tops, linen pants, and lightweight cotton tops during the past two summers.
Summers here are hotter, and they last longer now. Careful planning and shopping early before the selections become limited in both style and size ensures that I will find what I know I need.
Similar block heeled sandals are here. A similar bamboo handle bag is here.
I’ve decided not to settle for good enough. If you do, you’ll end up with a closet full of items that are not quite what you wanted. That’s why it has taken me over two years to find these two tops. I purchased the two very comfortable and versatile white tops above in cotton here and below in linen here.
A similar tote bag is here. Similar espadrille shoes are here. The 32mm Infinity watch is here.
All of the pieces I’ve added will work with most of the summer things I already have. I wanted to show you some of how I plan to wear the old with the new in looks from very casual to a bit more dressed up.
Ankle-length pants are the equivalent of shorts for me. They are a little cooler than long pants. Showing the ankles, wrists, and collar-bones always looks more feminine.
The third image above shows my look for staying safely home on a Sunday afternoon. My Malibu Punch ankle jeans are several years old. Similar coral red jeans are here. The denim shirt is 100% cotton, so it is very comfortable even on hot days. Mine is from a past season, but I found a very similar one here. The Sperry shoes are here.
Linen fabric easily wrinkles and creases, but it is by far the most comfortable to wear in high heat and humidity. The pieces made from linen need to fit well and flow across the body. If the fit is off, strained seams show the pulling more than in any other fabric.
The white linen Palazzo Pants above and below are here. A similar white knit tank is here. A similar tote is here. Similar studded pumps are here. The tennis bracelet is here. The sunglasses are here.
That’s the same seersucker jacket from my previous post. It is here.
Keep this styling tip in mind when wearing wide-leg pants: Loose over fitted – Fitted over loose. With full skirts or pants, I wear a short fitted top; a short nipped at the waist jacket, or a slim, open shirt. The key is to show all or at least some of your waistline.
Suzanne, the designer from Beauty in Stone Jewelry, and I are giving away the big link bracelet shown above. You’ve seen me wear this bracelet here many times.
To be entered in the giveaway, please leave a comment below. I’ll randomly choose a winner and make the announcement in the blog post for Friday.
I hope this blog gives you a few minutes of escape and pleasure as we all yearn for warmer weather and safety.
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