Look of the Week: Linen and Silver

Are you a fan of linen? I think to really love linen you have to make peace with the fact that it will wrinkle. In fact, I think wrinkles are part of its charm. It used to drive me crazy but now I like the slightly rumpled elegance it lends. Plus in really hot weather, there’s nothing cooler than wearing linen.

I’m seriously loving these stretch linen pants from NYDJ. You first saw me wearing them on Dressing Room Diaries 2 weeks ago. I fell for their style and comfort on the spot.

I love the classic stripe, wide leg, and five pocket styling. It feels dressy for a casual pant.

NYDJ stretch linen pants

NYDJ stretch linen pants

These sandals came with a  2  1/2″ heel and were comfortable but I had my cobbler shorten them by 1/2″ to make them even comfier. I have him do that to many of my shoes and it doesn’t throw the balance off. Just be sure you never remove more than 1/2″ and have a good cobbler do it.

I kept everything cool toned and pale for an almost monochromatic look. Silver and gray accessories coordinate well with the smoke colored tank and sweater. This is the 4-way convertible, linen blend sweater from Nic& Zoe. It’s the perfect amount of arm coverage.

NYDJ stretch linen and Nic&Zoe sweater

Nic & Zoe 4-way linen sweaterIt has a button on each side seam that allows you to wrap and close it into a v-neck. This sweater is available in oodles of colors in petite, regular and plus sizes.

Nic & Zoe 4-way linen sweater

NYDJ linen pants and Nic&Zoe linen sweaterWith all this soft color going on I wore pale lipstick,(Liv It Up shade), silver hoop earrings, a favorite necklace, and bangle.


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Are you a fan of linen?

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  1. Bonna Nichols
    April 24, 2017 / 9:13 am

    How do you care for your linen? I find when I laundry it I just can’t not iron, of course the minute you wear it the wrinkles are back! Maybe if I still had a cloths line and could hang it out to dry the breeze would blow out the wrinkles and just give it a soft lived in look. It is a favorite for hot weather.

    • Jennifer
      April 24, 2017 / 9:42 am

      I machine wash and dry, then iron my linen. Yes, the wrinkles come right back..but at least they’re crisp wrinkles! Linen sweaters get dried flat, then ironed too.

  2. Lu Ann
    April 18, 2017 / 8:53 am

    You look so put together with that outfil! Your hair is just stunning, love the sunglasses adds a nice touch to the whole outfit. I want those shoes, I look at them often hoping they will offer a sale on them soon.

    • Jennifer
      April 18, 2017 / 9:26 am

      Thanks, LuAnn. I love the look too! Hopefully they will go on sale while they still have your size:)

  3. Debbie
    April 18, 2017 / 4:03 am

    Love the linen and silver combination. And the straw bag is so cute.

    • Jennifer
      April 18, 2017 / 6:39 am

      I love it too, Debbie. It feels soft and cool for warm weather.

    • Jennifer
      April 17, 2017 / 9:01 pm

      Thanks Elaine! The sweater is awesome.

  4. Rozanne
    April 17, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    And that darling purse???? Please share with this purse-a-holic. Thanks.

    • Jennifer
      April 17, 2017 / 7:27 pm

      Vintage Kate Spade purchased new, by me 30 years ago…sorry:)

  5. Julie
    April 17, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    I just bought a pair of linen pants at Nordstrom. They’ve been the right weight for the hot weather I’m experiencing while travelling. The tie at the waistband keeps loosening up so I think I’ll put an elastic in when I get home. I may go back for another pair and possibly a dress.

    • Jennifer
      April 17, 2017 / 7:26 pm

      I’m a huge fan of elastic in waistbands!! Go for it.

  6. Linda Todd
    April 17, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    I am coming to the US on holiday in July and in my case will be two linen dresses. I know I will look rumpled and maybe a bit disheveled but at least I will be as cool as fate will allow. I don’t think I will bring linen Pants as when travelling laundry can be difficult. I am hoping all the hotels we stay at have a self care laundry. Given that I am coming to my son’s wedding this really shouldn’t be troubling me ! Love the cardigan and the subtle colours of your Outfit!

    • Jennifer
      April 17, 2017 / 7:24 pm

      That sounds exciting, Linda! Best wishes on your son’s wedding.

  7. April 17, 2017 / 9:36 am

    Such a pulled-together, classic casual look! I’m a huge fan of linen in all its forms, but especially linen jersey which is so great for travel.

    • Jennifer
      April 17, 2017 / 7:23 pm

      You’re so right. Linen jersey is the best!

  8. Susan
    April 17, 2017 / 9:07 am

    Just a word of warning about linen pants if you have “kissing” thighs. I had a pair of wide leg linen pants I wore in Europe several years ago and I developed a very uncomfortable rash from the linen and sweaty thighs rubbing together. I found a pair of pedipants (anyone know what those are anymore?) to wear, but they just bunched up after walking a few blocks. I was stuck wearing jeans in the hot humid weather.????

    • Jennifer
      April 17, 2017 / 9:28 am

      That must have been uncomfortable, Susan! I have a strange suggestion to try for thighs rubbing together…stroke a little underarm deodorant stick on your inner thighs and they glide a little easier:)

  9. Norma
    April 17, 2017 / 9:07 am

    You look so good in this out fit. Your hair looks so much fuller, what did you do?

    • Jennifer
      April 17, 2017 / 9:25 am

      Thanks, Norma. I started using Do Over finishing spray again. It adds tons of volume.

  10. Rajean coughran
    April 17, 2017 / 8:42 am

    Hi there!
    I adore linen. Living in Gilbert, AZ it’s a must wear fabric. I especially like your pants. A nice alternative to the white/black pants look. The soft gray looks great on you.

    Best regards,

    • Jennifer
      April 17, 2017 / 9:24 am

      Linen would be a must there! Thanks, Rajean.

  11. Suz
    April 17, 2017 / 8:37 am

    You look great and definitely ready for the summer weather. Thank you for the shoe heel suggestion. I did not know that could be done!
    Suz from Vancouver

    • Jennifer
      April 17, 2017 / 9:23 am

      You are most welcome, Suz!

  12. Joanna
    April 17, 2017 / 8:31 am

    I love NYDJ pants. They seem to fit me perfectly. I do need to size down one or even two sizes in their jeans, as they stretch out after wear.
    I love those pants and when you showed them in your Dressing Room Diaries I knew you had to have them. I love the way you styled them. It’s a very soft look. I always think of greys for fall but you’ve proven that isn’t so. You look lovely in this outfit – relaxed but put together.

    • Jennifer
      April 17, 2017 / 9:23 am

      You’re exactly right about the sizing, Joanna! I did go down one size in these. Thanks so much!

  13. Janice
    April 17, 2017 / 7:10 am

    Love linen. In east Texas it’s a necessity in my wardrobe.!

    • Jennifer
      April 17, 2017 / 7:50 am

      It is the coolest fabric in hot, humid weather!

  14. Cheryl Johnson
    April 17, 2017 / 6:46 am

    Jennifer, you look stunning in this outfit! Great tip on the shoes…I may have a pair or two that can be worn again if the heel is shorter. Your silver jewelry is a beautiful lighter look with the paler shades of summer. Heading to Nordy’s for those pants…thanks!

    • Jennifer
      April 17, 2017 / 7:06 am

      It’s a brilliant way to resurrect shoes that are a touch too high! Good luck with the pants. Be sure you don’t buy too large a size…they have stretch and will “give” with wearing.

  15. pauline
    April 17, 2017 / 5:36 am

    Love the outfit.

    • Jennifer
      April 17, 2017 / 7:04 am

      Thanks, Pauline.

  16. April 17, 2017 / 5:21 am

    I think these pants are awesome and love the way you styled them. I have also found myself “accepting” linen more in the last couple of years. It helps to have the higher quality linens. They are so good for warmer weather. Great look!

    • Jennifer
      April 17, 2017 / 7:03 am

      They’re so comfy too, which always helps.

  17. Sheila
    April 17, 2017 / 4:40 am

    Jennifer, what a great but comfortable look! I will check out the sweater, love the conversion. My granddaughters say that you can never have too many shades of NUDE lipstick. Love your new “do”! Sheila

    • Jennifer
      April 17, 2017 / 7:03 am

      Thanks Sheila:) This is a super soft pink that appears nude and goes with everything!

      • Sheila
        April 17, 2017 / 4:37 pm

        A good (great cobbler) is hard to come by! My husband happens to have the skills as a Certified Prosthetist & Orthotist in his professional life. Now , if I can just find him a bench, in retirement!

      • Jennifer
        April 17, 2017 / 7:25 pm

        Lucky you, Sheila! I bet he’ll be happy to do it for you:)

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