Casual Summer Travel Wardrobe, part 2

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Linen: love it or hate it?

That depends… I love it when I first put it on. And hate it exactly 10 minutes later. And I really hate it when I’m contemplating whether or not my linen shirt needs ironing…

Yet, here they are: the two identical (except for the colour) linen shirts that form the backbone of my summer travel wardrobe for a hot climate. And yes, they were comfortable and kept me coo(ish) enough on my recent trip to Barcelona. And now that I have washed them, they will probably be be waiting forever for me me to ‘get inspired’ to iron them…

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There used to be these types of shirts made of washed silk, log ago. I’m talking about the late 80’s-early 90’s here. remember those shirts? They were made of thick silk, but you could just toss them into a washing machine, and a dryer. No ironing needed, ever. I miss those shirts…

My travel wardrobe necessities (besides shirts with long sleeves to protect me from the sun) are comfortable shoes (only flats) and a sun umbrella.

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A Sun Umbrella?

I’m not romantic or nostalgic or even retro; there is a purely practical reason for carrying a sun umbrella. It provides instant cover, and I can forgo the sunblock (I really, really hate the stuff). And, as you can see, I’m quite pale (and remain pale, even after my holiday, not to mention the almost around the clock sunlight we get in Finland this time of the year), and some sort of protection is a must. BTW, it’s a folding sun umbrella, so it’s easier to carry around and pack into a suitcase (see the end of the post for a link where to get one)…

Adolfo Dominguez tote

I’m wearing:

linen shirts: Marks and Spencer / pink dress: Ghost (old) / trousers: Marks and Spencer (old) / top: H&M (old) / white shoes: Gabor / gold shoes: Clarks (old) / pink and white gingham bag: Coach (s/s 2014) / brown bag: Adolfo Dominguez /sunglasses: Tom Ford (left, old), Miu Miu (right, old) / necklaces: East (left, old), Hirst Antiques (right) / sun umbrella: James Smith & Sons

Which linen shirt look do you prefer, the left or the right one?



Linking up with: 

High Latitude StyleSydney Fashion HunterThe Pleated PoppyStyle ElixirGet Your Pretty OnHappiness at Mid-LifeA Labour of LifeDoused in PinkCurly Crafty MomFashion Should Be FunRachel the Hat, Sincerely Jenna Marie


  1. josep-maria badia
    16 June 2015 / 8:19 pm

    Two beautiful looks.

    • Tiina L
      18 June 2015 / 7:42 am


  2. Jill James
    17 June 2015 / 4:33 am

    I know what you mean about linen , I have a love/hate relationship with it too. Both of the shirts suit you really well but I do like the pink. I must admit I have never used a sun umbrella , I guess maybe because I love a hat.

    • Tiina L
      18 June 2015 / 7:44 am

      I've tried hats a few times, but they really don't suit me. Such a pity. I guess I don't have a 'hat face'… and my head is too big, too. Or my hair, the hair sort of pushes the hat up, it looks weird…

  3. Jessica Jannenga
    17 June 2015 / 11:59 pm

    I like linen but dont own any! I guess I am lazy :-) Love the pink and the gorgeous bag!Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesdsayjess

    • Tiina L
      18 June 2015 / 7:46 am

      Thanks, Jess! I find linen very frustrating. It's the ironing…

  4. Jenna R.
    18 June 2015 / 6:34 am

    I have the same dilemma with linen! I want to love it but I get so frustrated with the wrinkles. Both tops are so classic, but I think the blue is my fav- so versatile!xoxo jenna @ sincerely jenna mariePS- I'd love for you to stop by and link up your favorite look from this week!

    • Tiina L
      18 June 2015 / 7:47 am

      Thanks, Jenna! I guess we just have to accept the wrinkles, as the price we pay for lovely linen. Thanks for the invite!

  5. Carrie
    18 June 2015 / 12:47 pm

    Both are great looks. I really love the pink ombre bag of yours, too! Wrinkles can be a pain, I guess you could try that wrinkle spray…

    • Tiina L
      19 June 2015 / 10:35 am

      Thanks, Carrie! Wrinkle spray? I must get some of that!

  6. Alice Warren
    19 June 2015 / 1:20 am

    I feel your paint about linen but I figured it's just the way it is and just accept it. I love your gingham purse – it's so fun!Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week. Have a great weekend!

    • Tiina L
      19 June 2015 / 10:36 am

      Thanks, Alice!

  7. Nicole Mölders
    21 June 2015 / 1:55 am

    Thanks 4 linking up to Top of the World Style. What a great and brave idea to use the umbrella for shade.

    • Tiina L
      22 June 2015 / 11:40 am

      Thanks, Nicole! It's a sun umbrella, or a parasol, so it's coated with sunblock.

  8. Mrs C
    25 June 2015 / 10:54 am

    I love these outfits! The pink one is so pretty, I must say one of my favorites from you. When travelling, comfort is key and if comfort could meet style somewhere in the middle, that's a plus already! Thumbs up, Tiina!

    • Tiina L
      26 June 2015 / 9:42 am

      Thanks! Yes, pink is one of the colours that always makes me look my best, in my book it's a 'classic' and a sure thing. Oh yes, it's always quite a balancing act, between comfort and style. For me comfort comes first, always. Style sometimes gets compromised in extreme temperatures (= if it's too hot or too cold I don't care what I look like…)

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