Tuesday: Keeping Cool

soft surroundings linen dress
gold ann taylor necklace
wicker clutch purse
born myndy sandal shoes
soft sourroundings southampton dress

Dress: c/o Soft Surroundings
Necklace: Ann Taylor (similar)
Bracelets: Nordstrom, Ann Taylor, c/o Soft Surroundings
Shoes: Born “Myndy”
Bag: Boutique in Rehoboth Beach (similar)

This week is going to be a scorcher in DC, and I am looking to stay as cool as possible while looking appropriate at the office. This dress from Soft Surroundings is 100% linen so it is breezy and comfortable. I took this dress on my vacation and wore it to the zoo in Columbia, SC on a very hot day and felt breezy and cool. I usually shy from linen because it does end up looking so crinkled and wrinkled, but with this weather I don't care and embracing my rumpled side!

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42 Comments

  1. Colleen McCloskey
    August 10, 2012 / 2:46 pm

    I really like this dress. The length and neckline are nice. Also the necklace + necklace combo is nice. Looking at the pic I didn’t realize it was linen. I had to scroll back up. Then I saw the wrinkles but I didn’t even notice the first time. Usually I notice linen from a mile away because of the wrinkles. The color must have disguised it well.

  2. Tammy @ Silverstyle
    July 6, 2012 / 9:38 pm

    I feel the same way about linen.  The weather we have in NW Indiana comes your way in about 24 hrs.  Better make sure that linen dress is ready to go.  This last week has been brutal!

  3. Tammy @ Silverstyle
    July 6, 2012 / 5:38 pm

    I feel the same way about linen.  The weather we have in NW Indiana comes your way in about 24 hrs.  Better make sure that linen dress is ready to go.  This last week has been brutal!

  4. Happinessatmidlife
    July 4, 2012 / 2:04 am

    Pretty dress. I tend to shy away from linen as well – the wrinkles drives me nuts! Wished they could invent wrinkle free linen.

    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

  5. Happinessatmidlife
    July 3, 2012 / 10:04 pm

    Pretty dress. I tend to shy away from linen as well – the wrinkles drives me nuts! Wished they could invent wrinkle free linen.

    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

  6. Laura
    July 3, 2012 / 11:57 pm

    I love that dress!!!  Your hair looks lovely, too!  Stay cool…sending you some ocean breezes from LA.

    L

  7. Laura
    July 3, 2012 / 7:57 pm

    I love that dress!!!  Your hair looks lovely, too!  Stay cool…sending you some ocean breezes from LA.

    L

  8. Andy
    July 3, 2012 / 9:46 pm

    Heat wave or not, there is absolutely nothing flattering about this dress. In fact it looks awful on you. It is shapeless and only accentuates your worst features – flabby arms and tree trunk legs. Other readers are lying when they tell you it looks good.

  9. Andy
    July 3, 2012 / 5:46 pm

    Heat wave or not, there is absolutely nothing flattering about this dress. In fact it looks awful on you. It is shapeless and only accentuates your worst features – flabby arms and tree trunk legs. Other readers are lying when they tell you it looks good.

  10. Patti_NotDeadYetStyle
    July 3, 2012 / 8:40 pm

    I love a slightly rumpled linen dress on a scorching day – it makes me feel all tropical, like an ice-cold margarita is my next step! You look fabulous.

  11. Patti_NotDeadYetStyle
    July 3, 2012 / 4:40 pm

    I love a slightly rumpled linen dress on a scorching day – it makes me feel all tropical, like an ice-cold margarita is my next step! You look fabulous.

  12. July 3, 2012 / 8:01 pm

    The way I see it people need to be thankful I’m in clothes at all since it’s so hot. I cannot be bothered with it being wrinkled or not!! Love those sandals 🙂

  13. July 3, 2012 / 4:01 pm

    The way I see it people need to be thankful I’m in clothes at all since it’s so hot. I cannot be bothered with it being wrinkled or not!! Love those sandals 🙂

  14. July 3, 2012 / 7:10 pm

    Love the color combo of blue and yellow 🙂 That clutch is adorable! 

  15. July 3, 2012 / 3:10 pm

    Love the color combo of blue and yellow 🙂 That clutch is adorable! 

  16. Allison
    July 3, 2012 / 5:30 pm

    LOVE the dress!!!! You look great…as usual!

  17. Allison
    July 3, 2012 / 1:30 pm

    LOVE the dress!!!! You look great…as usual!

  18. July 3, 2012 / 4:37 pm

     Ooh good question! I probably wouldn’t because I need more of a fit and flare style to carry off a belt, but I think this dress could work belted if it was long enough to handle the blousing.  I think a vintage leather belt slouched on the hip, or a widerbelt higher on the natural waist would work.  A leather belt on the hips would also make this more of a tunic and would look cool with skinny jeans.

  19. Ssuksdorf
    July 3, 2012 / 4:33 pm

    I love this whole outfit–definitely a cool, breezy look.  I’m trying to figure out how to use belts (other than with jeans), and I’m curious to know if you would ever belt this dress.  I know it would defeat the point of cool and comfy for today, but would you ever?

  20. Ssuksdorf
    July 3, 2012 / 12:33 pm

    I love this whole outfit–definitely a cool, breezy look.  I’m trying to figure out how to use belts (other than with jeans), and I’m curious to know if you would ever belt this dress.  I know it would defeat the point of cool and comfy for today, but would you ever?

    • July 3, 2012 / 12:37 pm

       Ooh good question! I probably wouldn’t because I need more of a fit and flare style to carry off a belt, but I think this dress could work belted if it was long enough to handle the blousing.  I think a vintage leather belt slouched on the hip, or a widerbelt higher on the natural waist would work.  A leather belt on the hips would also make this more of a tunic and would look cool with skinny jeans.

  21. Nancy
    July 3, 2012 / 2:57 pm

    As a fellow curly girl, I have to weigh in on your hair as well — it looks ah-mazing. I can’t get mine to behave in the DC weather (it’s a frizz fest right now), so I’m jealous!

  22. Nancy
    July 3, 2012 / 10:57 am

    As a fellow curly girl, I have to weigh in on your hair as well — it looks ah-mazing. I can’t get mine to behave in the DC weather (it’s a frizz fest right now), so I’m jealous!

  23. July 3, 2012 / 1:57 pm

     Thanks, it has been behaving lately which is nice.  This is just air drying with a bit of Neil George Detangler in it.  🙂

  24. July 3, 2012 / 1:56 pm

     I went into the settings for that ad program and removed all video and audio.  I thought I did it before but I guess I missed some buttons.  Let me know if you continue to experience it.  It’s hard to gauge because the ads always change and vary based on you as an individual (that’s why sometimes you’ll see ads for the same things you bought or searched for earlier in the day).  But do let me know about things like this, I don’t want this blog to be noisy, slow loading, or annoying in any way 🙂

  25. CA_Powell
    July 3, 2012 / 1:50 pm

    The ad/video changes with each time you open the post. It’s a little video box, right below the Zulily ad….. So glad you weren’t upset by my comment, ‘cause I’m a big fan of yours!

  26. July 3, 2012 / 1:45 pm

     Ack, I don’t like that either!  I don’t see the video, where is it on the blog.  I try to keep my blog audio-free, so I will investigate on how to stop it.  Thank you for telling me! 🙂

  27. CA_Powell
    July 3, 2012 / 1:32 pm

    I’ve never complained about anyone’s blog before….and it’s actually NOT a criticism of you, but I just wanted to let you know that I hate that video that plays (with audio!) as soon as you click on your post. I hate to be startled with sudden, loud, ads blasting out of the sidebars! 

    Hope you don’t mind the comment. I love you and love your blog and love your fashion….it’s just the loud audio I don’t love!

  28. CA_Powell
    July 3, 2012 / 9:32 am

    I’ve never complained about anyone’s blog before….and it’s actually NOT a criticism of you, but I just wanted to let you know that I hate that video that plays (with audio!) as soon as you click on your post. I hate to be startled with sudden, loud, ads blasting out of the sidebars! 

    Hope you don’t mind the comment. I love you and love your blog and love your fashion….it’s just the loud audio I don’t love!

    • July 3, 2012 / 9:45 am

       Ack, I don’t like that either!  I don’t see the video, where is it on the blog.  I try to keep my blog audio-free, so I will investigate on how to stop it.  Thank you for telling me! 🙂

      • CA_Powell
        July 3, 2012 / 9:50 am

        The ad/video changes with each time you open the post. It’s a little video box, right below the Zulily ad….. So glad you weren’t upset by my comment, ‘cause I’m a big fan of yours!

        • July 3, 2012 / 9:56 am

           I went into the settings for that ad program and removed all video and audio.  I thought I did it before but I guess I missed some buttons.  Let me know if you continue to experience it.  It’s hard to gauge because the ads always change and vary based on you as an individual (that’s why sometimes you’ll see ads for the same things you bought or searched for earlier in the day).  But do let me know about things like this, I don’t want this blog to be noisy, slow loading, or annoying in any way 🙂

  29. July 3, 2012 / 1:30 pm

    Absence of clothing aside 😉 I just need to say that I LOVE when you wear your hair curly. It’s my super fav.

  30. July 3, 2012 / 9:30 am

    Absence of clothing aside 😉 I just need to say that I LOVE when you wear your hair curly. It’s my super fav.

    • July 3, 2012 / 9:57 am

       Thanks, it has been behaving lately which is nice.  This is just air drying with a bit of Neil George Detangler in it.  🙂

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