Unsung Heroes

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What’s the real star piece in your wardrobe?

No, not the prettiest, or the most expensive piece… I’m talking about the unsung heroes, the hardest working clothes in your wardrobe. You know, the quiet, unassuming, reliable clothes that you never pay much attention to but expect to be there for you, day after day, making your outfit look just right.
And they do that because they are the perfect background pieces for your statement jewellery, or the trusty companions to your more trendy items. And because of this, these are the clothes you you hold onto, long after the trendier, prettier one have been discarded. And that makes them the real stars of your wardrobe.

My star piece this summer has been the humble Marks and Spencer linen shirt. I have 4 of them. And I’ve worn at least one of them several times a week for the past 2 months.

I’ve worn the shirt loose over a dress or trousers…

(Original posts: left / right)


…or tied at the waist (left / right)

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And I think I can still come up with new outfits  based on this versatile piece… Well, at least one: next week I will be posting the last outfit featuring the linen shirt, to mark the end of summer… 

What are the real stars of your wardrobe this summer?



Linking up with: 

Elegantly Dressed and StylishGaray TreasuresStyle NudgeHigh Latitude StyleSydney Fashion HunterThe Pleated PoppyStyle ElixirGet Your Pretty OnHappiness at Mid-LifeA Labour of LifeDoused in PinkCurly Crafty MomFashion Should Be FunRachel the HatSincerely Jenna MarieColor and Grace


  1. Shybiker
    August 26, 2015 / 1:23 pm

    Your linen shirts deserve praise. They enhance every outfit.

    • Tiina L
      August 28, 2015 / 2:08 pm

      Thanks, Ally! I have been wearing these shirts non-stop all summer.

  2. No Fear of Fashion
    August 27, 2015 / 7:52 pm

    Your shirts are great work horses, but that cute blue skirt with all the colours (bottom right) really caught my eye. Beautiful.Greetje

    • Tiina L
      August 28, 2015 / 2:09 pm

      Thanks, Greetje. Well, I think I have another post with that skirt coming up soon…

  3. Antionette Blake
    August 28, 2015 / 3:19 am

    I have quite a few unsung heroes and am trying to wear them before the cold winter winds arrive. Great looks for you in each of these outfits. #HighLatitudeLinkUp

    • Tiina L
      August 28, 2015 / 2:10 pm

      Thanks! Yes, now is the time to wear all those summer favourites, one more time…

  4. Dana Jo
    August 28, 2015 / 11:11 am

    I LOVE linen, will also show in the next blogpost my linen skirt!Wonderful peaces dear friend. Love also the skirt on the last picture! :-)have a nice weekend Dana 🙂

    • Tiina L
      August 28, 2015 / 2:10 pm

      Thanks! I only wear linen shirts. I don't like ironing…

  5. Carrie
    August 28, 2015 / 4:44 pm

    My favorite is the light blue one and these shirts tie so well in the front, very stylish! I have I think only one linen shirt in my closet, I need more colors!Carriecurlycraftymom.com

    • Tiina L
      August 28, 2015 / 10:52 pm

      The blue one one is my favourite, it seems to go with anything.

  6. Grace Liang
    August 28, 2015 / 8:45 pm

    I am such a lazy person so I only own a few linen clothing. I don't like ironing. 😉 But you are so right, they are such useful pieces and I like how you tie them. :)Take care and keep in touch!Please stop by every Wednesday for Color and Grace Fashion link up! :)Gracehttp://colorandgrace.com 

    • Tiina L
      August 28, 2015 / 10:53 pm

      Trust me, none of these shirts has ever seen an iron… To be honest, I'm not quite sure where my iron is…

  7. Nicole Mölders
    August 29, 2015 / 7:17 pm

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style

    • Tiina L
      August 31, 2015 / 7:06 pm

      Thanks, Nicole!

  8. Alice Warren
    August 30, 2015 / 12:46 am

    Love your pretty linen blouses. My favorite summer piece is probably my denim shorts which are worn every weekend. Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week. Alicewww.happinessatmidlife.com

    • Tiina L
      August 31, 2015 / 7:07 pm

      We all need those trusty basics we wear more than anything else. That's what I call a true investment piece…

    • Tiina L
      August 31, 2015 / 7:07 pm


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