WIW: Light neutrals for hot days

It's hard to look put-together when it's hot. I sympathize for those who have a lot of the weather we've been having lately in Seattle. It seems we're in the middle of our annual heat wave, which is usually fairly short-lived.

The outfits:
1-2 (worn for work yesterday): Linen trousers in sand dollar (NYDJ, Wylie); metallic-coated linen asymmetrical top (made by me); pewter belt with rhinestones and studs (Calvin Klein); pewter and taupe sling-back Mary Janes (Fidji); silver marcasite earrings (Judith Jack); watch-style bracelet with crystal-crusted disk and pewter leather strap; taupe leather hobo bag (Aunts & Uncles).

3 (worn for a day off and piano lesson today): cotton bermuda shorts in stone (Lulu-B); floral mesh A-line tank top in sage green, brown, and cream (made by me) over cotton cami in sage green (BP); cream platform sandals with ring detail (Naot); aqua and brown bead necklace and earrings with antique gold metal (local boutique).

Thanks for looking! Thoughts and suggestions welcome.

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  • kellygirl replied 7 years ago

    You positively glow in soft neutrals! These are so pretty on you. Love both hand made tops. They are so interesting and fit you perfectly! I loved reading how you avoided statement pieces at NAS--I think the ones you make top anything off the rack!

  • SarahTheWhite replied 7 years ago

    Gorgeous! All of it... I love that you make your own clothes, and your linen pants are not only beautiful, but so flattering on you (my greatest dilemma) and your causal look is pretty and practical.

  • Windchime replied 7 years ago

    Your shirt in #1, 2 could not look more beautiful with your hair! You look lovely and comfortable in both outfits; hope the weather cools soon.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Uh...I beg to differ. Apparently it is very, very easy to look great in the heat. At least where you are concerned.

    You look amazing! These are just lovely outfits, period, and really terrific for the heat. Both of these tops -- their colours, textures, shapes -- seem tailor made for you, which is not surprising under the circumstances. But not everyone would have as keen an eye to pick just the right fabric and pattern. 

  • Firecracker replied 7 years ago

    Thank you, Kelly--that's really sweet.

    Windchime, thank you!. And it's a little cooler today, actually. It's really weird, but these heat waves are kind of like a blizzard in reverse--I find myself waiting for the weather to clear, so I can get on with my usual activities.

    SarahtheWhite, isn't it true? Pants fit is difficult. I did alter these linen trousers, and I'm so glad, because I'm really enjoying them. I was in between sizes but loved the color.

    Aw, Suz, thanks! I love summer, just a little more temperate would be nice. Summer clothes can be a nice change, can't they?

  • E replied 7 years ago

    Oh these outfits are just so *right* on you, it's breath taking! As a hot climate inhabitant, I always love seeing how others handle summer weather. I actually bought some linen to sew myself some clothes with (as I can't seem to find 100% unlined linen anywhere in retail), but I've been afraid to start, as I'm a sewing newbie. So you're very inspirational on that level as well. :)

  • Firecracker replied 7 years ago

    Thank you, E. I'm flattered to be an inspiration to you! It's exciting that you have some linen to sew. I would start with a shift dress or a simple elastic waist skirt. They would be cool and chic, and easy to make. When I lived in Austin, one of my favorite pieces of clothing was a sleeveless shift dress in natural colored linen. It had a triangular pieced panel in the front and I think a center back seam, which added interest to the look. It was easy to accessorize for different looks.

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