I remember when this blog was first born someone asked me for a bit of fashion advice and since we had about twelve readers, I had the time to think it out and give her my learned counsel.
I suggested linen.
WELL, you would’ve thought that I’d suggested she go out and wear the carefully tanned hides of third-graders! She was gracious about it of course, I’ve got incredibly gracious readers, but giminy crickets, it gave me the post traumz for years.
Linen is sort of like long division, in that it sounds hard and scary but when you actually do it you go “oh, that’s it?”
Yes, linen wrinkles and crumples –though better treatments actually make linen a lot less wrinkly now than just a few years ago– but it’s a sophisticated crumple. It’s relaxed and yet juuust a little formal, so it’s got a very lazy-weekend-on-the-private-island feel to it.
I think I’ve mentioned this dress before:
I love this dress. I want to marry this dress (actually, I have the white one and it would be a very pretty casual beach wedding dress) in fact, I’m deeply tempted to just buy a half dozen of these to add to the two I have at home and just make this my summer uniform, jazzing it up with shrugs and cardis and whatnot.
This is a true ankle-length dress, so for those of you who don’t like showing any leg at all –or for folks like me who keep less-than-rigorous waxing schedules– this is a big winner. Plus there’s something so chic about an ankle-length linen dress. It couldn’t be easier to wear, looks fab on, and if you get the white one and iron it, you’ll get mad props for being the girl who wears floor-length white linen.
How to wear it:
–with big dangly earrings, flat metallic sandals and a fun wrap
–with a thin belt and an armful of colorful bangles
–with a 90 cm foulard tied on the diagonal around your waist, gypsy style
–with a man’s tailored shirt open and tied at the waist, Hamptons-style
The dress is garment washed, machine washable (makes it even softer, actually) and lined.