Linen Shirtdress in The Summer with Neutral Accessories - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Linen Shirtdress in The Summer with Neutral Accessories

Morning friends!

I hope you had a great weekend and a Happy Father’s Day!

Today, after a busy weekend at the Symphony and brunch in Ballyntyne, I’m ready for a bit of a more laid back week. This outfit, an off-white sleeveless linen shirt dress from Zara gives off a casual and easy breezy look.

Busy Time with Mom

I am the type that likes to be active and do things. I do consider myself a homebody to an extent, but after a few days of being home, I am ready to explore places. Tonight we are taking mom to the Symphony in the park, we’ve dined at the Ballantyne Hotel for an outdoor brunch this weekend, took her to see Rocketman ( which we both could see again!)

We have eaten well. We’ve enjoyed wine and cocktails. Mom and I made an authentic Spanish Sangria, with Brandy. It was quite delish!

Our area is surrounded by nearly 100 Vineyards in NC, and we spent the day with my mom, sister and niece at Daveste Vineyards. We are ones to enjoy dry fruit-forward wines, and mom loves Rose, so Scuppernong and Muscadine are not our choices. The pond and waterfall, along with the grounds and people at the Vineyard made for a lovely day, along with our packed picnic. We have had a blast!

We will be hitting the pool this coming week and I am ready to begin reading some of these books- Daisy Jones and the Six, and She Was Gone.


I do love color and am also a fan of classic neutrals. I mentioned before that when you wear neutrals, patterns and texture add more interest to the look. Living in the South, and nearing menopause, you could say I have a tendency to sweat a bit. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So, I have really developed an affection for linen over the past 3 years. I know it wrinkles, but it doesn’t bother me now. It really does keep you cool!

This shirt dress is easy to wear, has detailed stitching, and can be worn in several ways.

I love to dress up a shirt dress with a silk neck scarf, in one of my favorite patterns ( snakeskin) and also pieces of gold jewelry.

You could wear this dress open as a duster with a cami and a pair of trousers.

I’ve been quite happy with this belt purchase from mango, as I love the texture, the wood and the rich chocolate brown color. I’ve dressed up a maxi dress here, in my post last week, and added it to this look for a change.

I am big on straw and rattan bags as you know, and this light Mango clutch was from last year.

I’ve styled this look with a gold bracelet( c/o), ring (c/o) and gold ball drop earrings. For a subtle change, I am wearing some blush pink espadrille wedges which is a soft neutral I chose instead of black or brown.

What is on your agenda of things to do this summer? Are you styling neutral looks for summer?

Have a great day!
Jess xx



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  • Thistle Cove Farm
    Posted at 15:06h, 04 July Reply

    The dress is fabulous and I live in natural fiber clothes; in summer, it’s cotton and linen for coolness. I’ve been known to wear a dress while on the tractor but now that I have a tractor with air conditioning, it doesn’t matter as much. Hope your Independence day was wonderful; thanks to everyone who has anything to do with our freedom!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:10h, 05 July Reply

      Hi ! I know where you are coming from! I am in the South and we have very hot days. I used to not like the fact that linen wrinkles, and now I am fine with it, as if keep me much cooler, as does cotton, like you mentioned. That takes priority now! So great you now have a tractor with air, I bet that is a relief. I hope you too enjoyed the Holiday! xx

  • mummabstylish
    Posted at 18:02h, 24 June Reply

    That dress is lovely, you accessorize so well Jess. Thanks for sharing on #chicandstylish with me. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 20:19h, 29 June Reply

      Thanks so much Jacqui! I just love the belt I have so muc to wear with it. xx

  • Tina von Tinaspinkfriday
    Posted at 06:22h, 23 June Reply

    You look fabulous Jess. This natural look is very stylish and I am in love with your straw bag. I run mad about palm prints and animal like zebraprint for this summer ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:11h, 23 June Reply

      HI Tina
      Thanks for stopping by! I should try some zebra print, as zebra is the mascot or symbok for EDS ( Ehlers Danlos Syndrome).! It is quite popular now, and I have always loved palm prints too. xx

  • barbieholmes2
    Posted at 14:25h, 19 June Reply

    Hi Jess! Love the shirt dress!! So many styling opportunities for summer and for the lovey nearby locations you visit! Casual chic!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:13h, 23 June Reply

      Hi Barbie!
      thank you so much. Yes! I have plenty of dressier dresses and so this year was about adding more casual looks to my closet ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  • Claire Justine
    Posted at 12:52h, 18 June Reply

    What a lovely dress and bag Jess. They go together beautifully ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you can join us tomorrow.

  • Peta Sklarz
    Posted at 16:51h, 17 June Reply

    What great summer ideas. I also love neutrals and I also love crisp white shirts in the summer with skirts. You have me some good ideas. Thanks.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 20:29h, 21 June Reply

      Thank you Petra glad you enjoyed the post. xx

  • The Delaware Blogger
    Posted at 14:17h, 17 June Reply

    I have always loved shirtdresses and this one is perfect for the seaon!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:29h, 19 June Reply

      Thank you. I have always been a fan of shirtdresses.

  • Andy
    Posted at 12:12h, 17 June Reply

    I love the look of that linen dress, especially styled with the belt. I don’t normally reach for neutrals in the summer. My brain just goes more toward bright colors! It sure works for you though!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:29h, 19 June Reply

      Thank you Andy! I enjoy both color and neutrals, it really is based upon my mood ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great day!xx

  • Tina Tuszynski
    Posted at 11:41h, 17 June Reply

    Absolutely love this whole outfit! Shirt dresses are so versatile. Also, I’m loving the clutch so much!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:46h, 17 June Reply

      Thank you. This dress is so cool it is one I grab often in the summer. The clutch is fun- as I love straw and rattan in the summer. xx

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 07:22h, 17 June Reply

    I really need to up my linen game – I don’t think I own ANY! But gosh I need to keep cool in this miserable heat. Love that belt too – I do need one myself. Sounds like you all have been having lots of fun! I think brandy is exactly what makes sangria good – I have a recipe I love! Looking great Jess!!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:44h, 17 June Reply

      I know what you mean about the heat.. I was getting used to the cooler breezier weather we had with mom here, and now, it is getting hotter! We have been doing so much, so fun! But I am tired! So right. i didn’t think I would like brandy, but it is so good in a Sangrira receipe. xx

  • savvysouthernchic
    Posted at 06:07h, 17 June Reply

    That is a fabulous dress and I love the accessories. I really like it belted. Sounds like you are having a great time!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:45h, 17 June Reply

      Thank you Fonda! Yes, we have been doing so much, as I love to show my family around Charlotte and the places we visit. xx

  • Suzy Turner
    Posted at 06:07h, 17 June Reply

    I adore this dress, Jess! I used to really dislike linen but I’ve grown to love it too (probably because, like you say, it’s a good fabric if you sweat lol). I’ve just bought a gorgeous linen shirt which I’ll be featuring on the blog soon enough.
    Suzy xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:42h, 17 June Reply

      Oh, I look forward to seeing your linen top Suzy! Yes, this is so easy to wear and light- We had a few weeks of cooler weather and repreive, but now its hot! xx

  • Anna
    Posted at 02:10h, 17 June Reply

    I love your dress a lot Jess. It looks light, summery and you wear it so effortlessly. Both the scarf and the belt look really nice with it, I can’t decide which one I prefer ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:41h, 17 June Reply

      Thank you Anna! I love linen as it gets really hot here in the summer. It is one fabric along with cotton that keeps me cool. Glad you like the look, I was glad I bought the belt, as it goes with many dresses in my closet. xx

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