Hello, thank you for stopping by today! Often when we are going out for dinner, I have to remind myself that at this time of year, the restaurant is going to be very, very air-conditioned.

So as I reach for a cute sleeveless dress, I reconsider. This is when I love to wear something like linen trousers and a lightweight top.  Of course, I can wear a cute sweater to keep from shivering at dinner, but if I can avoid carrying extra stuff, I will. A light top with short sleeves fits the bill. And that top is a must-have Summer fabric.


The Summary

  Today's featured item is the must-have Summer fabric from J.Crew

  The top is modeled, and Kelly pulled together 2 alternates

  The top is shoppable via a text or image widget

  Each alternate is shoppable via a text widget

Must-Have Summer Fabric

1. Eyelet Top

Eyelet is always a popular fabric for summer. It’s so light, fun, and sweet. I like to juxtapose something classically femimine like eyelet with something more masuline, like trousers. This Eyelet Puff Sleeve Top is sold as a crop top, but on me it hits right at my waistline. Which works out well with high-waisted trousers. I am wearing an xs. 


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2. Pleated Linen Trousers

These pleated cupro-linen trousers from J.Crew are linen blended with cupro, creating a fabric that is softer and slightly lighter than 100% linen. Cupro is a really popular fabric this season; I have seen a lot of cupro-linen blends from J.Crew, especially. Cupro is a byproduct of cotton production; it’s a plant-based material that is chemically processed to get silk-like fibers. 

The breathable, silk-like cupro-linen blend gives these trousers a more relaxed look and feel – perfect for walking that summer line between comfortable and put together. 

I am normally not a big fan of pleated pants. But I took a chance on these because there is only one pleat on each side. So, minimal pleats. I have to take baby steps with certain trends and this is one of them! 

Well, I am so happy I took a chance on these trousers. I am wearing petite size 0 and they fit perfectly – in the length and the waist. So comfortable and they wear really well. 


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3. Accessories

I am bringing in black and white with my accessories; I love these leather and canvas two-toned slides from J.Crew. They also come in taupe. Really simple, but with that two-toned detail that makes them versatile and a little different. 

I am always in the market for adding to my woven bag collection. I have a few natural-colored clutches of varying browns, so I was looking for a black version. This foldover woven raffia clutch is the perfect addition to my collection. It has a magnetic closure and it’s roomy enough for all the essentials. I like the foldover design and its unstructured shape is perfect for a casual summer clutch.  


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Alternative Stylings

Linen Trouser Styling
Eyelet Top Styling

In Case You Missed It

Yesterday, we introduced our newest SAACA contributor, Jennifer Duvall.  Every Wednesday, Jennifer will write a beauty & makeup column.  Click the title or image below to read her first.

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