british khaki

express white denim, j.crew utility shirt

the skies cleared, so we’re making hay while the sun is shining. today’s it’s all about safari chic and a gorgeous summer color palette – tan and white. the quintessential safari look first appeared on the scene one hundred and fifty years ago in colonial Kenya. the look was soon adopted by rugged outdoorsmen Teddy Roosevelt and Ernest Hemingway who loved to hunt big game in africa. soon after hollywood movies Mogambo, Out of Africa, Indiana Jones, and Romancing the Stone had us drooling over khaki twill and far off adventures. in the early eighties banana republic tapped into the safari craze opening their first store doors in the bay area decorated with jeeps and palm fronds. by 1983 they had a thriving catalog business infused with hand-drawn illustrations and travel essays. that’s when gap decided to buy banana republic outright. the brand slowly evolved from its safari origins and military surplus clothes but now and then you can still snag a utility shirt or safari jacket loaded with cargo pockets. 

express white denim, j.crew utility shirt

today, i’m sporting a menswear-inspired safari shirt from Ralph Lauren that’s several years old. take heart as J.Crew offers a similar shirt in three colors. boot cut white denim jeans from Express is the perfect companion. the trend for jeans this year is a looser fit, ladies, hooray! since these jeans have a longer length, i slipped into a pair of cork wedge sandals similar here and grabbed one of my favorite summer handbags similar here to reinforce the color scheme. brown belt, a few baubles, tortoiseshell sunnies complete today’s ootd. perhaps i’m not ready for a bush walk in cape town but you’ll see me toodling around target in style.
 

style tip: some reviews on Express suggest to size one size up on the denim. that’s what i did.

express white denim, j.crew utility shirt

denim | similar shirt | tank | watch | belt | gold logo bangle | bracelet | similar handbag 

express white denim, j.crew utility shirt

express white denim, j.crew utility shirt

express white denim, j.crew utility shirt

denim | similar shirt | tank | watch | belt | gold logo bangle | bracelet | similar handbag 

express white denim, j.crew utility shirt

express white denim, j.crew utility shirt

express white denim, j.crew utility shirt

denim | similar shirt | tank | watch | belt | gold logo bangle | bracelet | similar handbag 

express white denim, j.crew utility shirt

all right, gang, let’s get tuesday started! 

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7 Comments

  1. Diane wrote:

    I adore this classic look you have on today. I always feel so well put together when I wear a classic look. You mentioned the trend this year is for a looser fitting jean. I say hooray!! What kind of tops can we expect to see with this looser fitting jean? Shorter? Fitted? Tucked-in? What works to keep the silhouette looking polished and not baggy?

    Posted 8.21.18
    • if you have a looser bottom a fitted top is the way to go. and vice versa. xo

      Posted 8.27.18
  2. Sue Smith wrote:

    “I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong hills…”

    Loved the clothing and Isak Dinesen’s house in that movie. That book is beautifully written–it’s on my shelf and will never leave. And you are beautiful here in this classic look as well. Happy Tuesday.

    Posted 8.21.18
    • awww, love to hear that book is sitting on your shelf! and it translated well into film. oh the fashion that was depicted. it truly set the tone. xo

      Posted 8.25.18
  3. My heart just dropped when I saw “similar shirt” in the buying guide. I WANT THAT SHIRT. No, actually I just want to look like you when I wear it…FAB!!

    Posted 8.21.18
  4. i do remember that store. and there was another store, can’t remember the name, that offered classic clothes with an equestrian twist. i would always find something fun there that had silver buttons on the skirt or a long denim vest. now i have to go in search of the name of the store! do you still live in houston? xo

    Posted 8.25.18
    • mississippian wrote:

      I moved from Houston in 2005 and I live in Ohio now (with stops in Mississippi and Nashville on my way here). My parents (92 and 89) and 2 of my kids still live in Houston and I visit often. My parents are in a retirement high rise in the Tanglewood area and my kids live close by.

      Posted 8.25.18

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