I’m teaming up with the other seven ladies of the Magnificent 8 again today to showcase that you can’t put an age on style. This quarter’s theme is ‘linen’, and boy did I have to dig deep! As much as I love the idea of linen shorts or billowy white linen pants for the summertime, I don’t own any such pieces, and I actually thought I might have to go buy something to fulfill the theme. I admit that I’m not well-versed in my fabrics, but I just so happened to wear this beige dress to work a few weeks ago—the thought crossed my mind to check the tag, and lucky for me, it was linen!
I guess that explains why this dress is always so wrinkly… As much as I love the look and lightness of linen for those hot summer days, I hate how much it wrinkles! I’m pretty lazy in the mornings (I usually lay in bed too long trying to solve the Wordle and then have to rush to get ready) so any extra step like steaming a garment is pretty low priority for me. Guess I really need to get back into the habit of laying out my outfits the night (or even week) before…
As for today’s dress, I really struggle with how to style it! My mom brought it home for me one day several years ago after picking it up randomly during a huge Dress Barn sale. I really like the simple style, the fun leopard detail on the pockets, and the coolness of the fabric. In fact, I actually think this dress looks like a potato sack—a very cute potato sack. Perfect for a girl from the potato state.
What I don’t necessarily love about the dress is all the little things that make it difficult to style. For example, the beige color seems very classic and easy for summer, but it kind of clashes with all the other standard brown shades of my purses and sandals (hence the red snakeskin sandals in today’s look—a fun alternative, I think!). The leopard-detailed pockets are really cute, but they make it impossible to belt the dress. Without a belt, the options for re-styling the frock in new ways greatly decreases. Not to mention, the pockets look a little awkward with additional layers, like a jean jacket.
The other day at work was only the second time I’ve ever worn this dress, and this is the first time it’s appeared in a blog post! I really do love it, I just always feel so stumped when trying to wear it. Do you have any suggestions??
I do really like how today’s look came together, though. It’s still simple, yet a chic, effortless simple that matches the vibe of summertime. I think the dress would look good with black sandals, but I don’t have the right kind—one of my pairs is too edgy and the other is too sweet/girly. I opted for the red snakeskin sandals instead for a little pop of color. I also added a long pendant (I feel like shift dresses always need pendant necklaces to break up the fabric) and my retro-feeling sunglasses. Usually I would take more photos and try to showcase some of the details of the outfit, but these few were all I could snap yesterday afternoon before a huge thunder storm rolled in! The evenings have been so dark and rainy here the past few weeks, which I kind of love.
Now be sure to check out my blogging friends down below to see how they’re styling linen this summer!
Let me introduce the other seven ladies of The Magnificent 8.
Mica of Away from the Blue // Roxanne of Glass of Glam // Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge // Rena of Fine Whatever // Eugenia of Age of Grace // Lesley of Jodie’s Touch of Style // Charlotte of Jodie’s Touch of Style
We are showing that you can’t put a number on style!
As always, thanks for stopping by the blog today. Let me know what you think of today’s outfit, and I hope you’re having a good week so far!
Miles of smiles,
Linen Dress: Dress Barn, $24 ($12.00 per wear) | Red Snakeskin Sandals: DSW, $30 ($5.00 per wear), last worn here | Sunglasses: Sungait, gifted by brand, last worn here | Black Elephant Clutch: Francesca’s, $20 ($0.36 per wear), last worn here