Blue is my color

Blue striped cotton-linen midi skirt outfit with navy silk shell — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Navy silk shell spring work outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
J.Crew Factory blue striped cotton-linen midi skirt work outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Navy silk shell and blue striped linen skirt spring work outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Work outfit with navy silk shell and striped midi skirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

It comes as no surprise that blue is one of my favorite colors to wear. After black and white, the majority of the items in my closet are blue. It’s been a favorite color of mine ever since I was little. I love the sky…and the ocean…and my birthstone is blue sapphire, which is lucky since I think it’s the prettiest of the birthstones. ;) I just love blue—and in all shades, though I have a soft spot for deep blues like the one that makes up this silk shell. When it comes to adding new items to my closet, I’m typically drawn to blue colors first and tend to keep the blue item if I’m deciding between colors (see: this skirt here, which I also tried in red when I ordered it a year ago!).

Speaking of the skirt, the cotton-linen fabric is a dream in the is-it-spring-or-summer heat and perfect for those with a more conservative workplace or those that prefer to dress modestly. These photos were taken after a day of wearing it to work (lots of sitting involved), and it’s not noticeably wrinkly, which is amazing for a cotton-linen blend. Plus, pockets! J.Crew Factory brought it back this year if you’re in the market. I purchased a size down from my usual after reading reviews, but the elastic waistband makes me think that if I had taken my true size, it still would have fit fine.

I haven’t worn this silk shell in a while. Even though I love the feeling of silk on my skin, I’ve found myself gravitating away from silk garments since it is such a high maintenance fabric for me…but does it have to be? I’ve been too scared to hand wash my silks, but I know a dry cleaner washed my red silk dress in water to remove the pit stains (bleh) and it turned out just fine. Of course, this outfit was the first time wearing this shell after getting it dry cleaned, and I, of course, got an oil stain on it. (Plus, it wrinkles when it’s tucked.) I’m annoyed that I have to taken it back to the dry cleaner so soon, unless I become brave enough to wash it by hand, but I’m worried that it may change the feel of the fabric... Have you washed silk before?


OUTFIT DETAILS

Grana top / old; similar from Nordstrom or by Eileen Fisher (last seen here)
J.Crew Factory skirt / exact (last seen here)
Earthies sandals c/o / old; similar (last seen here)
Gorjana necklace / exact (also available from Shopbop)
Le Specs sunglasses / exact style
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

One-piece wonder

Spring outfit with charcoal grey tie-waist dress — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Amour Vert Kim tie-waist long-sleeve dress spring outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Grey tie-waist dress, white sandals, black circle bag — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Spring casual outfit with charcoal grey dress and black circle bag — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Casual spring outfit with Amour Vert dress and Earth sandals — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Over a year later, this Amour Vert dress is still one of my favorite dresses and best purchases! I’m in love with the easy fit that skims over the body and hides the area I’m most self-conscious about (stomach), the modal fabric that’s soft and wrinkle-resistant, and the fun tie-wrap that cinches the waist. If Amour Vert made this dress in a sleeveless version, I’d 100% buy it! (My exact dress is sold out, but they do have a short-sleeve version available in limited sizes.) I’ve only worn this dress on the weekends, but I’m tempted to wear it to work…do you think it’s work appropriate?

Even though my dress is no longer available, Amour Vert has many other excellent tie-waist one-piece wonders available (though many are selling out). For reference, I’m wearing a size small and typically take size XS or small at Amour Vert depending on the fit I’m aiming for.

  • Denver Dress (on sale in limited sizes) — This style is most similar to my dress and features 3/4-length sleeves, a scoopneck, and a twist detail along with the tie-waist. Available in black, grey, and a dusty blue-green.

  • Colombe Dress — Midi-length short-sleeve dress with a built-in tie-waist detail. Made from an organic cotton/modal blend. Available in black and pomegranate. Also available in a sleeveless version in more colors but fewer sizes.

  • Tasha Knit Dress (on sale) — Modal dress featuring 3/4-length sleeves, a tie waist, and v-neck with button closure. Available in black in most sizes.

  • Marguerite Dress (on sale in limited sizes) — Features sweater-knit modal fabric, short sleeves, v-neck, and tie-waist. Available in grey.

  • Gardenia Jumpsuit — Made from their modal blend and features a v-back, tie-waist, and cropped silhouette. Available in black, terracotta, and spruce.

I love re-wearing my favorite items and featuring them here on the blog, but it’s difficult to “restyle” a dress since it’s just one piece. Hope you don’t mind seeing this dress with different sandals and bags, haha! I feel like I’m just cycling through my sandal and bag options at this point. ;) Though, it just dawned on me that I should try wearing it with a light jacket… I’ll keep that in mind when fall rolls back around!


OUTFIT DETAILS

Amour Vert dress / old; short-sleeve version (limited sizes) or similar options above
Earth sandals c/o / old; similar or similar (last seen here)
ABLE earrings / exact (receive $20 off your first purchase with my referral link)
Minnie + George bag / similar by Lucky Brand
Le Specs sunglasses / exact style
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

Seasonless

Ivory cardigan, white tee, olive green jeans, brown flats — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Casual spring outfit with white tee and olive green jeans — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Ivory cardigan spring outfit with white tee — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Olive green jeans casual spring outfit with white tee — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Olive green jeans casual spring outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

We’ve been experiencing some large temperature swings—85°F one day down to 60s the next. Gotta love spring! I’ve mentioned before that I don’t mind the crazy changes in the weather so much because I get to wear pretty much anything from my closet on any given day. Though, I will say that it’s strange to pull out the sweaters in June. Haha.

For one particularly chilly day recently, I pulled out my olive green skinny jeans. Like my sweaters, it feels a little weird to be wearing them in June, since I tend to prefer wearing olive in the fall and winter. I think I’ve decided that olive green is seasonless, though. I just adore wearing it and am giving myself permission to wear it whenever I want.

Besides the jeans, this outfit in general feels seasonless. A white tee, cozy cardigan, and everyday flats finish this look, which is one I’d wear on a cool summer day, in the fall, or even on a warmer winter day (with a heavier base layer). I’m a big fan of the earthy color scheme, too, of course!


OUTFIT DETAILS

American Eagle Outfitters cardigan / old; similar by ModCloth or Forever 21
Everlane tee / exact
Madewell jeans / similar by Old Navy
Earth flats c/o / old; similar by Frye (last seen here)
Le Specs sunglasses / exact style
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact