love letters to linen: jennifer connolly

Is there any fabric more perfect for warm weather than linen? It’s cool, it’s comfortable, and it’s flattering, and this season, we’re especially drawn to the way artists have transformed the textile into truly remarkable pieces with unique details and interesting silhouettes. So, to honor this spring-ready fabric, we’ve invited our brand ambassadors to share with us their favorite linen piece from our newest apparel collection.

Today, we’re joined by Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life , a website devoted to exploring fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and travel. As a professional image consultant, Connolly encourages women over 50 to live with confidence by sharing her real-life fashion tips, so they can discover a personal style that feels uniquely—and authentically—their own. Read on to see why Connolly is smitten with the Vera Vest by Beau Jours, and discover her expert styling (and laundering!) tips.

 

This winter is finally giving way to spring, and I couldn’t be happier. Of course, I shouldn’t complain because I do live in a mild climate, but nothing feels more hopeful than sunny, warm days and trees bursting with blossoms.

The next thing you know it’ll be summer and we’ll be bringing out our lightest weight clothes—like linen, which is my go-to for the hottest weather because it keeps me the coolest.

I added this new Vera Vest by Beau Jours to my wardrobe this spring and have already started wearing it. It strikes the perfect balance between structured and flowing, with side pockets and a hood. I love how effortless it is to toss over a simple tee and jeans. It’s that perfect third piece for hot days on the run.

Beau Jours is designed with the busy woman in mind, taking her from running errands to dinner out with friends—without changing clothes. This vest’s minimalistic lines make it a great chameleon for your wardrobe. Its straight silhouette is edged with ribbing along the pockets, armholes, front opening, and hood. The longer hemline is straight across the front, then angles up in the back for an unexpected surprise.

The soft gray color is created with a special oil-dyeing process, and the effect looks ethereal. To keep everything soft, I paired it with a column of white and pale gray accessories. It would also look great tossed over leggings or even workout gear for a little bit of polish running to and from yoga or the gym.

I used to be neurotic about linen. I wanted it to look as crisp as a starched cotton shirt. I’d iron the living daylights out of it until it was smooth and stiff. Then, five minutes after putting it on, I’d be disappointed by the knife-sharp wrinkles that set in the moment I moved!

No more. Life’s too short for that. I’ve decided to care for my linen the modern way and wear it with insouciance. It’s casual elegance at its best. The Vera Vest is machine wash- and dryable, which means it comes out of the dryer with very soft wrinkles. I hang it warm from the dryer and steam it lightly to soften the biggest wrinkles, and call it a day.

How do you care for your linen?

Thanks for reading and have a great day. Read more styling tips on my blog A Well Styled Life.

And there’s more linen online! Visit our linen collection to see more pieces crafted from this spring-perfect fabric, and check back soon to read more from our brand ambassadors.

By | 2018-04-20T13:48:04+00:00 April 20th, 2018|apparel|

One Comment

  1. Sandra Sallin April 26, 2018 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    Love that vest. So perfect to have a little bit of warmth and style. Great looking. How did I miss it looking at the catalogue.

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