I post my outfits on the blog every day at noon (12 p.m. EST) under this Style category #OOTD Daily Style and then I do a summary of all the looks in my Month of Style roundup at the end of the month.
So… this is actually a vintage Edwardian 100% linen, hemp and flax night shirt … it is seriously thick. I mean like.. WOW. It feels like triple faced silk when I first got it, but then I washed it, and whatever the seller put in the detergents to make it feel soft, I let it air dry and it dried up to something rough and scratchy. WOMP WOMP.
Turns out, the detergents or dryer sheets she used (a bucket??) must have left a film on the shirt to make it feel so soft and luxurious, but the smell was just overwhelming to the point where I wanted to throw up from the perfume.
It’s strange, but I just had to steam it a little and it softened up a little bit. I think air drying doesn’t work for this item, I need to lightly dry it as well to remove the scratchiness.
I tried it in a few looks here, this is the unbelted look, just open, and like a regular white night shirt:
Then I belted it, and felt much better. I obviously have a sickness in belting things. I need to belt EVERYTHING I WEAR or else it feels unfinished in some way. (LOL) I just need my waist defined. I can’t leave it open and Olsen-ish because I am not at that vibe level yet.
The sleeves are thick, and I rolled them up because they have a strange pintuck at the end I don’t love, and it looks fantastic:
I chose my favourite belt – an old Burberry double-belted look one from an old trench coat I had, and I already sold (but kept the specialty cuffs and belt from), and it works perfectly in this situation. I think another good belt would be a brown braided one or maybe an obi belt as well, or a skinny one.
At any rate, maybe I can wear it unbelted and then see how it goes, but for now, I like the look of it belted rather than not. Baby steps. I’ll try it unbelted one day and see how I feel about looking like I am running around in a chic potato sack.
Isn’t this sage cuff divine? It’s from an artisan – Alkemie Sage Cuff and it is made from recycled brass. I LOVE the look of nature, made into jewellery, leaves, flowers that sort of thing, and being recycled? I love that even more. They make incredible pieces, I covet at least 5 or 6 more cuffs of theirs, and would not put it past myself to buy more of them in the near future.
Before you say it.. or maybe you won’t notice.. this slit on the side is SCANDALOUS. Seriously. It is a little too high for my liking or taste (even though if I wore shorts, it would hit me at the same spot), so I plan on hand-sewing the slit down to close it up to just above the bottom (leaving a bit of a slit).
OR… alternatively.. I could wear a slip underneath, and just leave it open as-is. I am not loving this idea as much because I hate wearing layers unless it is to show them / for a purpose, so I will likely hand sew the slits up to a more comfortable length.
Update: I hand-sewed the slits and now the dress is perfection, and not at all scandalous for any sort of outing.
The bag, is a nice size for running errands and carrying things I need, without weighing me down. Also… these heels are FIERCE. That’s all I am going to say:
I could also wear this outfit with some flat leather sandals, maybe have fabric wrapped up around the ankles gladiator-style, or different shoes, whatever I feel like, as this can be super dressed up or casual. I mean c’mon it’s just a white shirt dress! It goes with ERRRRYTHING.