Turning Heads Linkup -Linen Shirt Dress with Straw Bag and Scarf - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
post-template-default,single,single-post,postid-24307,single-format-standard,bridge-core-3.0.7,qode-page-transition-enabled,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,qode-title-hidden,qode_grid_1300,qode-content-sidebar-responsive,qode-theme-ver-30.0.1,qode-theme-bridge,qode_header_in_grid,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-6.10.0,vc_responsive

Turning Heads Linkup -Linen Shirt Dress with Straw Bag and Scarf

Morning Friends-

Hubby, pups and I decided to take a trip down to Freedom Park for this photo shoot. It is near one of the more popular green ways and often where my hubby walks the puppies while I am in PT. Not fair, I know.. me getting needled while he enjoys the outdoors! Anyway, I have had this Zara linen off white shirt dress for a few weeks and wanted to put together a look with neutrals. This week is all about whites and neutrals on the blog.  If you missed yesterday’s post- read – White Eyelet Look with Neutrals for Summer.


I used to be against linen, having it wrinkle, and getting into a tizzy when it would crease. But hey, I am over it! It keeps me cool and is stylish and easy to wear. I now have 3 linen dresses I can rotate in the summer, as it can get pretty hot here. Read my prior post, Trending Now-Linen.

The lighting was lovely this day as the sun hit my hair. Hubby just bought a reflector and diffuser to use for photos in the sun.  He just got it, so we didn’t have time to use it yet, but this would be the perfect time. The areas where there is more sun on my face, then shadow on the other, we can use for a more uniform photo. But you try and then, see what you need to do.. So in the future!

Here I am wearing my Andre Assous Cadence leather espadrilles. I love them! So comfortable and they give just a bit of height. I, of course, added my round straw bag, which has gotten much use this summer. I added a leopard scarf to the bag, and also tried it as a scarf accessory around my neck. I think I like both ways, but preferred it on the bag. Large, cream flower earrings  adorned my ears, another statement earring buy from Baublebar. Love these similar pair. 

New wine bar and Eyebrows

Hubby likes to be rewarded for his efforts, so we went to a new wine bar near the park, called, Foxcroft, where we had a delicious lunch of mushroom, cheeses and basil flatbread with a crisp, clean, fruity Chenin Blanc, perfect for the warm afternoon. Since the pups were with us,  they garnered a lot of attention and met with “Pickles”  an adorable Morkie ( maltese, yorki) 3 year old pup who was sweet on Gibson. I was a lovely afternoon, and let’s face it, it is a treat for me as well! And it wasn’t a one stop shop, there was a Eyebrow bar next to the winebar, so in between sips of Chenin Blanc, I had my eyebrows threaded and shaped. I can multitask!  Killed 2 eyebrows with one stone 🙂 My “Brooke Shields” eyebrows ( well, that’s what I called them in middle school ) needed some grooming.

Tried styling with a brown belt added instead of the cloth belt.

Scarf tucked into shirtdress styled, or worn on straw bag.

TBB Link Up hosted by Living on Cloud Nine

Style On the Daily hosted by Amy Ann of Straight A Style and Gina of On the Daily Express

Oh, Hey Girl! hosted by Brooke and Erica of Pumps and Pushups

Wellness Wednesday

How do you wear neutrals?

Outfit details-

Linen dress- Zara ( sold out.. sim)

Espadrilles leather sandals c/o Andre Assous

straw bag- Poshmark, similar

scarf- older ( charming charlies)


Style Splash

Confident Twosday hosted by Laura of I Do deClairw

Style Swap Tuesdays hosted by Saumya of Myriad Musings

#SpreadTheKindness hosted by Shelbee of Shelbee On the Edge


Most clicked- Meagan of Meagans Moda


Pinterest Pic- Bryanna of Coming in Clutch

  • Pingback:THT- Linen Trousers to Keep You Cool in the Summer Heat - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish - Fashion Over 50
    Posted at 20:24h, 12 June Reply

    […] Linen Shirtdress with Straw Bag […]

  • cheapchichome
    Posted at 10:27h, 28 July Reply

    You look so gorgeous! A linen dress with leopard and wicker purse accents is divine!

  • Narhee
    Posted at 00:22h, 27 July Reply

    Fabulous shirt dress! Love the look

    Narhee | Made in Mauve

  • Suzanne
    Posted at 08:02h, 26 July Reply

    Linen really is the best thing for the heat. I have a couple of linen dresses that I love for the heat and humidity of a Toronto summer.

    So fun that you can take your dogs when you are out going to restaurants.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:27h, 26 July Reply

      Yes, I agree. I used to not like it, but I love the feel of the fabric and it is cool! Yes, we love bringing them as many places as we can! xx

  • Suzy Turner
    Posted at 05:15h, 26 July Reply

    That dress is perfect for the summer heat, Jess! I used to hate wearing linen because of the creases but, like you, I’ve learned to love it! You look fabulous – I particularly love the dress with the brown belt!
    Suzy xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:30h, 26 July Reply

      Thank you Suzy! I like ti with the brown belt too! I was loving this one cloth belt on Mango, but it is no longer in stock. i like the contrast. 😉 xx

  • GlamorousandGeeky (@Gofashiondeals)
    Posted at 19:20h, 25 July Reply

    love this dress!!! so pretty! such a chic look!

  • Lindsay
    Posted at 13:24h, 25 July Reply

    I actually like how linen wrinkles 🙂 To me it is just part of the look and feel of linen. It does give a more causal vibe, but I don’t think it looks messy or looks like it should be ironed or something. I love how linen feels in the summer and I love this dress on you both with the brown belt and the fabric belt! I also like the scarf around your neck and on the bag…I really can’t decided between the looks, they all look great on you!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:29h, 26 July Reply

      Thank you Lindsey! Yes, I am growing quite fond of linen! It does keep you cool and I like the look too! Thanks for your comment 🙂 xx

  • Northwest Mountain Living & Style
    Posted at 10:09h, 25 July Reply

    I love everything about this look! I used to feel the same about linen and like you I am so over it. I even kind of like the wrinkles that come with it. Go figure! You always paint such a pretty picture with your words. Have a great rest of the week!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:57h, 25 July Reply

      Thank you Cheryl! Yes, I have learned to love linen. Thank you for the lovely compliment about my writing. I do enjoy it! You enjoy the week as well. xx

  • sophie
    Posted at 08:48h, 25 July Reply

    The shirtdress is so lovely. You look amazing.

  • Elsie
    Posted at 00:35h, 25 July Reply

    I love the dress and how you styled it. I especially like that you showed multiple options with the belt and scarf. Personally I like the scarf on the neck and tucked into the dress, so chic!

    Elsie | http://www.polishedwhimsy.com

  • Amber Rathvon
    Posted at 00:04h, 25 July Reply

    This linen dress is a summer essential piece! I love how you styled it with leopard here. =)

    I hope you are having a great week so far!



  • mtait4
    Posted at 21:53h, 24 July Reply

    What a classic summer look! I love the accessories, especially that bag!

  • Joanna Joy
    Posted at 20:57h, 24 July Reply

    I love this look! You look stunning in this eyelet dress and I agree, I like the brown belt the best. Also, it sounds like you had a great day of self-care and relaxation. Can’t wait to see your next post:)

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:56h, 25 July Reply

      Thanks so much Joanna! Yes, we do make the photoshoots more fun by going out afterward. Glad you liked the look! xx

  • aquamarinastyle
    Posted at 20:30h, 24 July Reply

    Jess, you really know how to put an outfit together, and I love this one! The linen and neutrals are such a cool and classy summer look. Loving it! Happy Tuesday, and thanks for sponsoring the Link Up.
    xx Darlene

  • Jill James
    Posted at 19:46h, 24 July Reply

    Looking so good in your cream linen dress. Linen is so cool to wear in hot weather, never mind the creases. Your accessories beautifully enhance the whole look. Nothing like multi-tasking- love the idea of brows with a glass of wine. Many thanks for hosting Jess.

  • Nicole
    Posted at 19:26h, 24 July Reply

    So stylish! I love those earrings!

  • blogthirtyminusone
    Posted at 17:27h, 24 July Reply

    This outfit is so stylish. I love your straw bag.

    Xx, Nailil

  • Cheryl Shops
    Posted at 15:18h, 24 July Reply

    I’m wearing a linen dress in my post this week too—the wrinkles drive me nuts, but it definitely is cooler! I love how you’ve styled yours with a little pattern and texture!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:48h, 24 July Reply

      Thank you Cheryl. I just go with the flow with linen, as it is a part of the fabric. 🙂 Neat, ill pop by! xx

  • Maureen
    Posted at 13:12h, 24 July Reply

    I wasn’t a fan of linen either but I had tried on a linen jumpsuit and I couldn’t believe how soft and easy it was to wear. Unfortunately that jumpsuit didn’t fit but I can vouch that linen is one type of material that you can bet I’ll be after! Love this linen dress you are wearing! I like how you paired it with leopard scarf to add a sophisticated look to your outfit. Speaking of eyebrows, mine is quite the opposite! It takes a month at least to get it to grow in!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 12:15h, 24 July Reply

    Beautiful linen dress, such a classic and it looks fab on you. Love you sandals and bag as well.

  • Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom
    Posted at 12:15h, 24 July Reply

    Just love this preppy summer look with the white dress, just love the leopard scarf that is peaking out!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:49h, 24 July Reply

      Thank you Carrie, I just had to add this scarf! xx

  • Laura
    Posted at 11:58h, 24 July Reply

    This is such a timeless. elegant summer look! You look amazing in that dress!

  • Amy
    Posted at 11:33h, 24 July Reply

    Wow! I love that look with the brown belt! Very stylish! I love the bag as well! And the leopard scarf! I read somewhere that leopard print is now considered a neutral. I’m good with that!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:50h, 24 July Reply

      Thank you Amy! Yes, leopard is a neutral and i just love it wiht tans and browns, but any color will do! xx

  • Jennie
    Posted at 09:58h, 24 July Reply

    Very nice linen dress and so perfect for our hot summer days! I enjoyed seeing how you changed this up with the brown belt and leopard scarf. Great look! I just had my Brooke eyebrows done last week and that was exactly what I was thinking they looked like – heehee! 😉

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:51h, 24 July Reply

      Thank you Jennie! Yes, getting some humid days due to the rain! Haha, see we both credit Brooke Sheilds for our eyebrows! xx

  • Amy Johnson
    Posted at 09:55h, 24 July Reply

    Love this neutral outfit. That linen dress is so lovely and it looks so cool and comfortable as well.

  • Mary Murnane
    Posted at 09:51h, 24 July Reply

    Always a fan of neutrals and you wear them so well! Love the linen dress and especially your sandals! Very cute!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:52h, 24 July Reply

      Thank you Mary! The sandals are wonderful one of my most comfy pair! xx

  • Shauna
    Posted at 09:11h, 24 July Reply

    What a perfect backdrop for this dress and these photos! How I mishit were that green here in CA… Somehow I missed this dress on the Zara website, so I need to take another peek! Would be perfect for an upcoming vacation. Have a great week, Jess!



    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:53h, 24 July Reply

      You know me and Zara are buds! 🙂 Thank you, yes i may have titled it “Welcome to the jungle’ ( one of my fav albums of Guns and Roses) back in the day! You too! xx

  • Meagan Brandon
    Posted at 09:04h, 24 July Reply

    You look great! Husbands always need rewards for playing photographer and a wine bar sounds perfect! Yum! I’d love to have my eyebrows done professionally sometime…I’m so curious to try microblading!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:55h, 24 July Reply

      Thank you Meagan! Hubby does a great job and it gives us another reason to go eat and drink! I have thought about microblading too.. for now I get them threaded 🙂 xx

  • Lisa Richardsonl
    Posted at 08:51h, 24 July Reply

    You know Jess, You named this blog so perfectly. You are truly “elegantly dressed and stylish” all the time. Beautiful shirt dress and I really love the espadrille wedges. I always avoid linen whenever possible. I’m big on looking at the fabric content before ordering and usually if it says linen, I just pass. So pretty, but so much work. LOL. Hope you’re having a great week! XO

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:59h, 24 July Reply

      Thank you Lisa,
      aw, that is so sweet of you to say! Thank you- the espadrilles are from Andre Assous and one of the most comfy pairs I have. I know what you mean about linen, it took me this long to consider buying it. I use downey’s Winkle releaser and smooth it before wear. I am a lazy ironer! You too! xx

  • terrigardner1
    Posted at 08:36h, 24 July Reply

    I love linen anything and always have. In fact, I’m working on a chambray linen tunic at this moment. As far as neutrals, I think they are a perfect background for an array of color combinations which is why they are always in my playbook.

  • Jodie
    Posted at 08:32h, 24 July Reply

    I’ve started embracing the wrinkles in linen too—just like I’m trying to embrace them on my face, ha ha!!
    And that’s exactly what we do after a photo shoot—go get food (and wine)!! It’s only fair!!

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 07:22h, 24 July Reply

    Jess, this is such a classic and elegant summer look! I love this dress and it is so versatile as you could wear it open as a long line vest over shorts or jeans. And the wide brown belt really adds a little something special to an already very pretty dress! Great styling, my friend!


  • awayfromtheblue
    Posted at 07:00h, 24 July Reply

    What a cute linen dress – perfect for summer! I really like the leopard print scarf with it, such a fun touch! 🙂

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope you are having a lovely start to your week! 🙂 It’s starting to warm up here which is nice, although it’s still so cold in the morning!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Andrea
    Posted at 06:26h, 24 July Reply

    You look so lovely. There’s something about a shirt dress that is so classy! Fun earrings too!

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 04:39h, 24 July Reply

    You look like you are on safari! The dress, the shoes, the straw bag, and leopard print are all perfect in that setting. Such pretty pictures Jess! The wine bar sounds lovely and hey, good photographers are hard to find so gotta keep him happy!!!

  • Mary, The Pouting Pensioner
    Posted at 03:35h, 24 July Reply

    Love how you’ve styled this with brown, different to the usual teamings wit white. Super-elegant, Jess! Hugs, x.

  • Nicole Mölders (@HighLatitudeSty)
    Posted at 03:25h, 24 July Reply

    The look with your own brown leather belt is my favorite. What a great belt!

  • passion fruit, paws and peonies
    Posted at 02:45h, 24 July Reply

    I love this look Jess! Your dress is gorgeous and that leopard scarf tucked in at the neck is a chic touch. The park gives a beautiful lighting to your pictures – beautiful xx Maria

  • Nancy
    Posted at 02:22h, 24 July Reply

    I never liked linen either but the skirt I am wearing today on the blog is linen and I have to say, it s great to wear with these temperatures! Your neutrals look fantastic with that beautiful color if your hair!

  • Vanity And Me Style
    Posted at 02:21h, 24 July Reply

    Looking super chic here Jess. I’m a huge neutrals fan as you most probably already know. I haven’t seen this dress in my local Zara yet. I’m going to keep my eye out xx

Post A Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.