Look of the Week: Linen

Look of the Week: Linen

It’s warming up nicely here and I couldn’t be happier. Of course, I shouldn’t complain because I do live in a mild climate but nothing feels more hopeful than sunny warm days and trees bursting with blossoms. The next thing you know it’ll be summer and we’ll be bringing out our lightest weight clothes. Linen is my go-to for the hottest weather because it keeps me the coolest. Our new home is in a hotter climate than the Bay Area which means it really cooks here in the summer.

I added this new Vera Vest by Beau Jours to my wardrobe this spring and have already started wearing it. It strikes the perfect balance between structured and flowing with side pockets and a hood. I love how effortless it is to toss over a simple tee and jeans. It’s that perfect third piece for hot days on the run.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Vera vest from Artful Home

Beau Jours is designed with the busy woman in mind, taking her from running errands to dinner out with friends, without changing clothes.

This vests minimalistic lines make it a great chameleon for your wardrobe. Its straight silhouette is edged with ribbing along the pockets, armholes, front opening and hood. The knee-length hemline is straight across the front then angles up in the back for an unexpected surprise.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Vera vest from Artful Home

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Vera vest from Artful Home

The soft gray color is created with a special oil dyeing process and the effect looks ethereal. To keep everything soft I paired it with a column of white and pale gray accessories. It would also look great tossed over leggings or even workout gear for that little bit of polish you need running to and from yoga or the gym.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Vera vest from Artful Home

I used to be neurotic about linen. I wanted it to look as crisp as a starched cotton shirt. I’d iron the living daylights out of it until it was smooth and stiff. Then five minutes after putting it on I’d be disappointed by the knife sharp wrinkles that set in the moment I moved!

No more. Life’s too short for that. I’ve decided to care for my linen the modern way and wear it with insouciance. It’s casual elegance at its best.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Vera vest from Artful Home

The Vera Vest is machine wash gentle cold and machine dry. That means it comes out of the dryer with very soft wrinkles. I hang it warm from the dryer and steam it lightly to soften the biggest wrinkles and call it a day.

How do you care for your linen?

Thanks for reading ladies and have a great day.


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  1. Shari
    May 7, 2018 / 4:09 am

    What’s vintage when it comes to linen??? I have several “oldish” items that I still. Ring out! Ok??
    I love this vest and YOUR HAIR!

    • Jennifer
      May 7, 2018 / 10:19 pm

      Thanks so much Shari. I was having a great hair day. Gotta embrace them:)

  2. Ramona
    May 7, 2018 / 4:32 am

    Love this on you! Cool and stylish, love the shoes!

  3. Cathy
    May 7, 2018 / 4:37 am

    I do love this look. I also think your hair looks fabulous!

  4. Rita
    May 7, 2018 / 5:07 am

    Hi Jennifer—I love this outfit on you and especially the vest. Just wondering if the vest would work on a 5’1” petite body? You’re a few inches taller and it seems to work for you but concerned it could overpower my frame, Could the vest be shortened with the edging it has? I wish Artful Home would carry petite sizes.

    • Jennifer
      May 9, 2018 / 8:36 am

      Hi Rita, yes this could absolutely be hemmed. And easily

  5. Linda
    May 7, 2018 / 5:32 am

    Absolutely love this entire outfit!

  6. Holly
    May 7, 2018 / 5:40 am

    Just wanted to shout out….. your hair cut in the back looks great!! It’s layered a bit which makes it look fuller. Very cute on you. Have an awesome day.

    • Jennifer
      May 7, 2018 / 10:20 pm

      Thank you Holly!! I hope a new stylist can duplicate it for me in my new area.

  7. May 7, 2018 / 5:59 am

    I absolutely love this look! Great hair too!

  8. Viv Butler
    May 7, 2018 / 6:14 am

    Like you, I love linen too, get over the creases and it’s pure Continental chic, and so comfortable to wear.

  9. Roxanne
    May 7, 2018 / 6:26 am

    I agree with everyone that your hair looks fantastic! Love the outfit, the color would look great with the blush pink accessories that are so popular this spring. I must confess I am too OCD to wear linen…just walking out the door in the hot and humid South causes massive wrinkles and limp fabric. It makes me feel too unkempt.

    • Jennifer
      May 7, 2018 / 10:13 pm

      It’s taken me awhile to embrace the wrinkles 😉 it would be great with the blush color!!

  10. L H Carter
    May 7, 2018 / 7:34 am

    I love the linen gray vest, fabrication, color and cut. It’s a winner. The last photo of you in front of the fountain is over the top. Everything about it is perfect, foreground and back ground. Might want to think about it for your Christmas card 2018, LOL.

    • Jennifer
      May 7, 2018 / 10:14 pm

      Thanks so much!! You’re too sweet

  11. Lea
    May 7, 2018 / 8:19 am

    This is great look on you, Jennifer! I love linen, wear it all the time in the summer. I line dry it, iron, and wear… no longer care if it wrinkles (I’m starting to like the wrinkles lol)

    • Jennifer
      May 7, 2018 / 10:14 pm

      Thanks Lea. The wrinkles are growing on me too!

  12. Joanna
    May 7, 2018 / 9:11 am

    Your outfit today is simple enough but all together looks wonderful. It’s that third piece that takes jeans & a tee from super casual to chic.
    Jennifer, you might need to come north to escape the heat of summer in your new locale. Or, live in your bikini.????

    • Jennifer
      May 7, 2018 / 10:16 pm

      Bikini? Moi? Not a chance but thanks for the laugh:)

  13. sophia
    May 7, 2018 / 12:49 pm

    Yes, love the stacked hair in the back. Like the 3 pieces that pulls everything together and hot weather appropriate.

    • Jennifer
      May 7, 2018 / 10:18 pm

      I’m glad I caught this picture of my hair because I can show it to my new hairdresser…when I find her or him. Thanks!

  14. Heather
    May 7, 2018 / 3:20 pm

    Love, love linen and this outfit is wonderful. You taught me something I was unsure about – mixing fabrics together – I always thought linen tops had to go with linen bottoms. You have set me free.

    • Jennifer
      May 7, 2018 / 10:16 pm

      Go for it! Mix to your hearts content.

  15. May 7, 2018 / 5:52 pm

    You look great…hair to toes!! I really like this vest…what a perfect warm weather item to add. You look relaxed and happy in your new location!

  16. Yvonne
    May 8, 2018 / 9:45 am

    I have to agree with all the others – your outfit and your hair looks great. I have been wearing linen forever and don’t mind the wrinkles at all. I wash in cold water and hang to dry then iron a just a bit.

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