Washington D.C. is hot during the summer and the heat does things to people, if you know what I mean.
If you can imagine, some people become very crabby when they are being photographed outside in the heat . . . and therefore are well-advised to retreat indoors. Far better to lose the natural lighting than alienate the photographer. But we aren’t here to talk about who is or isn’t a monster. Let’s just talk about how the heat affects the way we dress.
My firm down-shifts from Business Casual to Casual for the summer months and so I can wear this 100% cotton outfit any appointment-free day of the week.
Let’s take a look at the details, shall we?
I bought this charming blouse at Anthropologie years ago. It came with a silk sash, which I laundered at home. You may wonder why I was putting silk in the washing machine? The sash was attached to the blouse.
When the sash became faded and I had to replace it, I realized that what the blouse really needed was a linen sash with a little stiffness to it — so that the bow would have a more presence. A couple of seams had to be opened to remove the original sash — but it was very easy to do. The new sash is not attached.
Just a thought, for you to consider at your leisure: A sash like this is easy to make (though I admit I had the tailor make mine) and could add a charming touch to many tops. If you want to define your waist while maintaining the long line of your torso, you could use a sash in a harmonizing shade (rose with pale pink, for instance) rather than a contrasting color. Just a thought.
And the smaller details:
a white alligator watchband, a nice light touch in the summer;
wood bead bracelets with charms/talismans;
leopard print Mary Janes.
Have a great weekend and stay cool!
Jacket: Garnet Hill; Blouse: Anthropologie; Pants: JCrew; Shoes: Cole Haan; Bag: Orla Kiely; Bracelets: Gavilane
Photos: Lauren Ackil