Stripes for the Win

Stripes are one of the few patterns I always enjoy. They give off a classic vibe no matter the shape of the garment and always look fresh. I loved this shirt the minute I saw the pretty blue and white stripe but the back detail cinched the deal.

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Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing striped linen

shirt | jeans | shoes (on sale) | hat (similar) | sunglasses

 From the front, it’s a perfectly classic button up shirt and from the back…it’s also a button up shirt.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing striped linenIt has a placket running down the back which could be unbuttoned from the bottom up. Why I would want to do that I don’t know, but it adds interest:) Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing stripes and linen

I’ve given up the battle with linen and no longer use my iron. Now, I take it out of the dryer warm, smooth the wrinkles with my hands and hang it immediately. Then I give it a quick steaming and try not to be too neurotic about getting the wrinkles all out. Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life in a golf cart

    Moi? Neurotic? Usually… but no longer over linen.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing striped linen

The slit hem helps elongate my short legs when I wear it untucked. I don’t plan to ever tuck this shirt in because I love that it hides my middle.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life in a golf cartThese mules are a soft blush color that works as a neutral with my coloring and look soft with the pale blue and white. I found them on sale a few weeks ago and reach for them frequently. They have a very low, stable heel and are extremely comfortable.

White jeans and a white fedora complete my classic look for casual days, joy riding in golf carts and running errands.

So about that steamer…its the most amazing little steamer that beats my big one hands down! I love it so much, I donated my big canister one. This little baby heats up in seconds and kicks out amazing amounts of steam. There’s no awkward hose catching on the garment and when I’m done it tucks neatly onto a shelf in my closet.

Do you own a steamer? I’ve sworn by them for years.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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  1. I have a steamer and will have to get it out again because I wear linen most of the year in Florida.

    1. It’s such an improvement over using an iron for linen. You’ll like the change, Kathy.

  2. Wendi Meyer says:

    I love the idea of using a steamer instead of an iron ! Thanks !

    1. My pleasure, literally. Steamers are so easy, Wendi. You’ll love how simple this one is to use.

  3. I would love to know the name of this amazing little steamer…

  4. Love stripes in clothes and decorating both muted and bold!

    I gave up my iron a few years ago for a steamer (2 actually, large and small) and now am free from ironing after 40+ years!! Never looked back. Freedom!!

    1. I have stripes in my home decor too! So classy and fun at the same time.

  5. Carol LaRochelle says:

    I have been wanting a steamer but didn’t know which one to try!! I will be trying this one, thanks!!

  6. Love linen too and your striped top is a great choice especially with those white pants.
    I’ve never used a steamer…and I am intrigued.
    I use a small tabletop ironing board for most of my ironing…the big one comes out for the larger things like tablecloths.

    1. I do like ironing and find it restful but some things just need a steamer:)

  7. I’ve been wanting a steamer. Thank you for the recommendation.
    I love everything about your top – the stripes, the button up back and the lightness of the fabric. This is one that can easily take you into fall with a great sweater or light jacket.

    1. I agree…I see it with dark wash jeans and my navy cashmere poncho this fall, Joanna!

  8. I’ll check out that steamer. I had a canister model, but it was just one more thing taking up floor space in my sewing room (where my iron & board also lived) and I didn’t use it often, so it was sold or donated. I would stash this one in my closet as well.

    1. My big steamer was just so cumbersome, I stopped using it. This is so portable!

  9. I want to tell you how I look forward to reading your newsletter. I love your humor, your irreverence, your absolute care and attention to every detail and your vast clothing experience. I am lost in my unorganized wardrobe, alas I am without your organizational skills. I love to read both you and Susan of une femme and I’ve just discovered Brenda Kinsel. Other blogs don’t have what you 3 have in terms of your personalities and experience and humor.

    1. I’m so thrilled to be included with Susan and Brenda! Thank you June. They are simply fabulous and I admire them greatly.

    2. I follow the same three for the exact same reason. Couldn’t have expressed it better myself. 🙂

  10. Thanks for the tip on the steamer! I have a canister steamer which I use constantly–especially this summer on all my linens– but there are drawbacks. It’s an awkward size, heats up slowly and the cord gets in the way. This one looks terrific! It’s already in my Amazon cart!

    1. Those are why I prefer this one Grace! It gears up in seconds!! And not cumbersome hose too.

  11. Pat Noakes says:

    I have this steamer and I love it!

  12. My daughter and I were just discussing steamers vs irons. We both live in apartments and it is awkward to get the ironing board out for a quick press. I just looked at Amazon and will order one each. I’ve got a blouse with snaps on a placket and I’ve wondered about them. I guess it really is just decoration.

    1. Steamers are easier than irons and they never make your clothes shiny from too much heat. It takes a bit of practice but I think you’ll love how it works.

  13. Thank you for the tip on the steamer. I have never owned one but I am now considering getting one.

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