It’s officially summer which means I reach for linen garments, more days than not. I’ve long since made peace with the wrinkle factor because, at 103 degrees in the shade, nothing looks too crisp.
I have a slew of linen pants but wasn’t a dress wearer until we moved to this hotter climate two years ago. Dresses are definitely the coolest form of linen you can wear…other than a caftan.
J.Jill has a really nice crop of linen dresses this summer in subtle, soft colors. They remind me of the colors one would see at the beach. They’re in varying lengths, sleeveless, patterned, loose, and/or fitted. Today I’m wearing this semi-fitted shirtdress. It’s 100% linen that’s machine wash and dry, making it an easy dress to have in heavy rotation this summer
It comes in a very pretty blue but I chose this tawny, vicuna color for a change. The torso has darts for a flattering fit then the skirt portion has inverted pleats to make it flowy. It’s available in XS-XL in regular, petite, plus and tall. I’m wearing a medium in the regular which is a bit large so size down one size. I’d prefer the small for me and I actually love this length because the waistband hits at my waist.
I’m wearing it with my Clarks wedges from several years ago which are still available here. They’re a really comfy wedge which gives me a tiny height boost and isn’t uncomfortable like a high heel.
Linen and Linen Blend Dresses
I love, love, love this open stitch sweater, and thought it would look good over the dress, but truthfully, it was not a great look on me. The loose sweater obscured the flattering shape of the dress which defeated the whole purpose. I do like it tossed around my shoulders and it would be great with pants or shorts.
I’m a big fan of J.Jill’s soft linen cardigans. They’re available in a variety of lengths are the perfect piece to give a little arm coverage for cooler days or just when you don’t want your arms on display. This is the Eve Long Cardi in Seaglass.
I love the soft combination of the sea glass color with the vicuna. It’s elegant yet still quite casual. Nature puts these colors together all the time, so they have a beautiful harmony.
More Linen Blend Cardigans
I don’t think there’s anything cooler and easier to wear in hot weather than a lightweight linen dress with a fine knit linen cardigan. I think they’d look cute with flat sandals and even cute with a pair of keds.
What kind of shoes do you wear with skirts and casual dresses for summer?
Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.