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White Linen Shirt Dress with Hi -Low Hem

Hello friends

Its all about white – fresh, crisp and clean for summer.


I will preface this by saying, my hair fell by the time we got to pictures. I did use hot rollers, but then …FLOP.

I have been diligently searching for a white dress to keep me cool in this hot of hot summers.Β  My mom and I were doing some on-line surfing, looking for this elusive perfect white dress.

Ok, well no dress is perfect, but this is perfect for these hot 100 degree days, when the sweat begins to trickle down your neck and chest upon stepping out onto the back deck.

Linen. The key is linen and cotton, two fabrics that are essential for living in the South, in the summer months.

My mom spotting this linen shirt dress on Chicos website. I loved the more a-line shape of the button down shirt dress, and the Hi-Lo Hem, that made it different. Not your average white shirt dress.

I knew it would be cool and I could accessorize it as I pleased, being a white dress.

I kept it simple and classic with larger gold hoop earrings, my round rattan bag, and my delicate gold chain. Simple is more of my preference in the heat.

These pictures were taken again at Robbins Park. There are so many lovely areas and nearly no one around.

Italian Meal Idea

Well, putting our heads together on the homefront, Mom, my hubby and I , thought of s potential plan regarding what we could do since we won’t be going to Italy this year.Β  Coronavirus has curtailed many plans I am sure, but we thought of how we could bring Italy to our home.

I suggested, since hubby has been dilagently been practicing his Duo Lingo Italian for more than two years now, that he put his skills to practice! I mentioned we have several bottles of Italian red wine my sister introduced by my sister. We could make Caccio E Peppe, a dish consisting of cheese and peppered pasta. It sounds simple but it is oh so good! Prepare the meal, have the table set on our deck for 2, ( mom and I) and we could order from Italian menus I made up. We would have to order that dish, ask for wine, water and also later where the bathrooms are. We could practice the few phrases I would need to learn, and hubby could practice the waiter skills, ultimately serving himself as well. Whatcha think?

See what you do when you are at home far to much? :[)))

White dress- Chicos ( on sale!)Β  Comes in back and white

shoes– Mango ( on sale!)

bag- Amazon

Prada sunnies

Soft Surroundings earrings c/o

Have a great day,

Stay safe,

Jess xx

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  • Reply
    August 5, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    Excellent dress, I love a white dress. Jacqui xx

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    August 3, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    Love the cool simplicity of this dress and the effortless accessories. Mid-summer perfection.

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 4, 2020 at 10:25 am

      Thank you! I just love the ease of this dress!

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    August 2, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    Yes to this dress Jess. . . You will get a lot of wear out of this white linen and the fit is perfect. I can see the sleeves rolled up on your next vacay too. Enjoy August my Dear

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    August 1, 2020 at 8:22 am

    What a fabulous dress, Jess! You know I love a little white dress in summer. And the tan accessories are perfection. Although I wouldn’t dare to eat any of that amazing Italian food while wearing a little white dress! I would completely ruin it with sauce! Thanks for linking up!


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    July 28, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    Cotton and linen! The ac went out at the condo where we are staying: need some coolness right now!

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 30, 2020 at 1:06 pm

      Yes, those are the best fabrics in the summer heat! Oh boy!

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    Nancy Weiss
    July 28, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    Cooking together can be so much fun and experimenting with a new dish can be quite an adventure. Of course you need to wear an older shirt and apron when you cook Italian getting tomatoes splattered on that beautiful white shirt dress would be a disaster.

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 30, 2020 at 1:05 pm

      Oh yes Nancy! That was a seperate thought! I wouldnt wear this dress to eat an Italian meal! It was fun though to think of how I would order in Italian

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    July 28, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    I love this classic look! Perfectly accessorized too!

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 30, 2020 at 1:04 pm

      Thank you!

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    July 28, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    Beautiful, simple dress! Love the straw bag too!

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 28, 2020 at 12:11 pm

      Thank you! It is cool and easy . I love the rattan bags for the summer.

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    July 27, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    What a pretty dress! I wouldn’t think to look for such a “basic” at Chico’s. Your outdoor dining sounds fun, so smart of your husband to try to pick up Italian.

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 27, 2020 at 9:38 pm

      Hi Kim!
      He is very vigelent about leanring Italian, as we had hoped to go to Italy in the fall. Since that is a no go, I was thinking of ways he and I could practice it! So glad you liked the dress, mom pointed it out to me when she was looking

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    July 27, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    What a splendid idea Jess, in the situation like today you have to make you and I love your spirit. You couldn’t choose a better dress for your Italian theme. I will definitely look up that pasta dish.

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 27, 2020 at 9:36 pm

      Thank you Anna! I neede some additional linen pieces as this heat wave leads you sweltering. I appreciate it, we are trying our best for sure.

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    July 27, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    I think you should plan your Italian meal around your outfits. For instance, you wouldn’t want to be wearing white with tomato sauce…so a nice alfredo sauce would be better this day…LOL

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 27, 2020 at 9:35 pm

      haha, no I wouldnt eat Italian in this! That is only asking for sauce to be on it. I would have to change to something more sauce friendly. I couldnt resist the white linen for warm summer days here.

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    eva @ StyleMyThrift.com
    July 27, 2020 at 11:58 am

    Jess, you had me at Caccio E Peppe!! lol! now I’m hungry ; ) lovely white dress! so effortless in style…
    ps i have to be more diligent about learning my french–thanks for the reminder…so can your husband speak italian yet?
    xo eva

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 27, 2020 at 1:11 pm

      Oh yes! hubby will be making that soon, its so good! Thank you! I loved that it was my style and linen, as we have been in a heat wave here and it is very hot.
      He has learned quite a bit, but most is not having conversations, I think for true language knowlege you need immersion. But he does quite well!

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