This is the time of year that I usually start to crank up my traditional grouse: based on what’s available on retailers’ racks, they seem to think that we ALL spend our summers cavorting at the beach, or a lakeside resort, or anything other than slogging into the office five (or more) days per week. But I think the message may be getting through. This year I’ve had better luck finding lightweight Business-esque clothing, including this linen blazer and some fun slouchy pants.
Even though my life doesn’t get noticeably more relaxed during summer months, sometimes the usual metal jewelry can feel just too heavy and hot to wear, or not quite right with lighter summer fabrics and styles. And even if I’m not spending my summer enjoying sand and surf, accessories that channel the beach or natural world are a fun way to capture that vibe even as I’m sitting under fluorescent lighting through a software development meeting.
Materials such as wood, resin, horn, lucite and glass beads are all great options for summer jewelry.
You may be familiar with Tamera Beardsley though her lovely and inspiring blog, but don’t forget to check out her jewelry designs! I especially love her “Coastal Inspired” collection, and am coveting this set of four sea glass bracelets.
As an alternative to a hot metal watch, how about one made of cool, lightweight wood? Jord watches are available in several types of woods, styles and sizes. (Look for more about this brand here next week.)
“Casual” – Earrings: J.Jill // Watch: Jord “Fieldcrest” // Sea Glass Bracelets: Tamera Beardsley // Tassel Necklace: Halsbrook // Horn Stretch Cuff: Nest // Tee: J.Crew // Jacket: J.Crew // Shirt: J.Crew // Pants: J.Crew here and here // Bag: Sophie Hulme // Shoes: Vince and Kristin Cavallari
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