Beauty & Fashion

Linen pants outfit with cashmere sweater

“Chill” in both the literal and figurative senses of the word. Here’s a relaxed look that’s comfortable on those May Gray cool & foggy coastal days.

Some days I want to wear color, but on others I gravitate toward the calming simplicity of neutrals. I love the easy elegance of this look, thanks to the soft cashmere and fluidity of the linen trousers.

Some might find this look boring, but to me, it feels calming and expresses a very Californian type of casual elegance. Anything that feels too fussy or contrived is my style Kryptonite, and I’d rather be too simple than overdone.

The cashmere sweater is from Madewell, and it’s such a good one! It’s lightweight, very soft, and relaxed but not hugely oversized. And I love that neckline! It’s also available in 3 bright colors (yes, I bought the green too!) sizes XX-Small to XX-Large. (I’m wearing the X-Small.)

My wide leg linen trousers are from last year, but this year’s version have a very similar cut. I love the fluidity and breathability of linen, and don’t mind the wrinkles.

I love my chunky, funky footwear, but at the moment am leaning into this more delicate sandal style with wide leg pants to add definition and refinement. These sandals are quite comfortable too! I put on this outfit to photograph in the morning, and ended up wearing it all day, including running a few errands. I felt well-dressed, but not overdressed.

I’d happily wear this look for casual drinks/dinner out on an outdoor patio, or an evening garden party.

More sandals like these

You’ll be seeing more of these trousers and some similar styles in upcoming outfit posts. Linen pants are a great summer alternative if you don’t wear dresses and prefer some leg coverage. They adjust to fluctuating temperatures, are washable, and wear well. (I’ve made peace with the wrinkles, but if you spritz with a little water and hang overnight, most of those creases will fall out.) I’ll be featuring more of my linen favorites in upcoming posts, so be sure you’ve subscribed for updates.

Do you wear linen in the summertime? What pieces do you reach for most often.

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