My Favourite (and only) Linen Dress

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Me having a favourite linen dress is kind of like a mother of one saying that her son Winston is her favourite child. It’s not like you had a choice, ma’am.

I’ve been wanting a linen dress for ages. Something that said “Look! Look how fabulous I am! I summer in the Riviera and have a miniature poodle named Nolita!”. For me, a linen dress is the epitome of summer. That, and perpetually living with a thin film of boob sweat betwixt your shirt and bra; the former, however, is far more glamorous.

So I stalked. I looked at white vs. colour, short sleeves vs. sleeveless, short vs. long. I’ve lately been into midi/maxi options because that way I don’t have to shave my legs (woah woah woah she’s a laaaaaady) and because I’m 17 feet tall. If I tried to wear a mini dress, it would look like I had forgotten my pants.

Also, I live for the element of mystique. I want people who meet me to wonder whether or not I actually have kneecaps.

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Somewhere along my dress quest, I ended up where I usually do: My mother’s closet (or as it’s known by the locals, The Room Of Requirement). I unearthed this gem, smuggled it with me back to New York along with an industrial-sized carton of feta, and have since only worn it twice for fear of somehow damaging it. Some people worry about killing their plants or misplacing their newborns. I worry about getting soy sauce on my clothes. We all have our battles.

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The dress is pretty conservative, and since I’m not wearing it to go on safari for the foreseeable future, I dressed it up with a funky wrap belt (also my mother’s) and some strappy sandals (I did actually pay for these). While I also like the idea of styling it completely buttoned up and topped off with a neckerchief, I elected to dramatically unbutton it.

After clutching my pearls and briefly fainting on a velvet divan at the sight of my collarbone, I got over myself and was able to proceed with the shoot.

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13 Comments

  1. I like this dress a lot, but more importantly…… an industrial sized carton of feta sounds like something I needed in my life a very long time ago

    Tori

  2. Love the way you jazzed up this dress with the large earrings and bold belt! 🙂

    xo, Chloe // http://funinthecloset.com/striped-summer-jumpsuit/

  3. Such a cute dress!!

  4. So so pretty! Love the complete look. That belt around it makes it even better!

  5. It’s so funny that you referenced a safari! Or maybe you’re the next star of Jurassic World. Either way, I absolutely adore this look. I’m a huge fan of casual basics and neutral colors and you’ve nailed this look by elevating it with accessories!

  6. ahhh you are stunning! these photos are stunning! And i need your shoes!

  7. LOVE this look! Great pics also.

  8. I need that belt! Your outfit is perfect for summer

  9. Such a chic, clean look! Love how you wrapped the belt!

  10. Omg, that dress is totally gorgeous!! I love how you added that belt to cinch in the waist – it also looks super professional!

  11. It’s beyond chic! I love it belted too!

  12. Girl, you could honestly wear a paper bag and I’d be like, “omg, i need that!” You have that je ne sais quoi that can’t be taught.

  13. alex dainel

    You look simply amazing & so cute
    Regards
    Savecatch.com

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