Even though I've gone through my fair share of East Coast summers, I'm never quite prepared for how hot and humid things get.
As the humidity climbs and the temps hover around 90+ every day, light and airy pieces are the only way to ensure I don't melt.
When comparing all of the breathable fabrics on the market, nothing beats linen.
Even though it wrinkles minutes after steaming or ironing it, linen so comfortable to wear that I'll live with the inevitable creasing.
After looking back on my 2017 summer capsule wardrobe I realized that a few more linen pieces would be wonderful to have. To make this a reality I picked up 2 linen dresses and a pair of linen shorts. Of these three pieces, this striped dress has quickly become one of my favorite new pieces.
I love the 100% linen fabric that's so light and airy but still heavy enough to not be transparent. That coupled with the pale blue and white (two of my favorite colors for spring and summer) and the gorgeous tortoise shell buttons make this a staple that I know I'll wear for years. I also love the length that hits below my knees and the cinched but adjustable waist.
For accessories, I kept things simple with my Ruff's Signet Ring, GLDN Kenai stacking ring and bold gold hoops from ETSY (no longer available). My video all about my signet ring is coming up later this week but in the meantime, you can read all about it here.
For my handbag, I kept things summery with my new round straw bag. I picked this cute little bag up from ETSY and am completely in love.
I love the round shape and the delicate handle (though I wish it were large enough to hold on my arm).
Plus, it's the perfect pale straw color that's not too yellow, too white or too green.
For shoes, I wore my go-to tan espadrilles that are ridiculously comfortable in the heat and humidity. They're breathable while still looking polished and never suffocate my feet as they swell in the heat.
I have a black pair and this tan pair and can't recommend them enough.
And there you have it! One of the easiest summer outfits that still looks polished and put together. I've linked the outfit details throughout and in the widget below in case you're interested in these exact items. But. like always, I encourage you to take your time building your wardrobe and only bring something into it that you think you'll wear plenty of times and feel great in for years to come. Also, don't hesitate to check thrift stores, eBay or ETSY or even make your own items!