I recently realized my closet is lacking in warm weather “completer” pieces: light layers I can throw over a tank and skinnies (or simple dress) for easy polished outfits; like jackets, kimonos, draped cardigans, and vests.
It all started with this utility jacket I found at TJMaxx…
It’s made from Tencel, a sustainable fabric made from wood pulp. It’s produced on a “closed-loop system,” in which “99% of the non-toxic chemicals and solvents used are recovered and recycled with minimal waste and very low emissions (source). Any time I see a good piece in Tencel, I scoop it up. The fabric feels luxurious, with a soft silky finish and a flattering drape, and holds its shape and sheen after many runs through the laundry. While I love it year-round, Tencel is especially great in the summertime: it’s composed of tiny fibers that absorb moisture, making it breathable and comfortable in the heat and humidity.
I didn’t mean to get on a Tencel tangent, it’s just really good stuff.
This versatile jacket became an instant favorite in my closet, and I decided I needed others like it. So I added a sleeveless version, also from TJMaxx, and a chambray drape vest that I found when I stumbled into a Chico’s for the first time last week. (When you’re on a shopping mission, leave no stone unturned!)
Now I have my feelers out for a linen blazer. J.Crew has one in a bold coral that I’m sale-stalking; I think it would be perfect with a pair of white or dark skinnies and a silk camisole.
The search for summer completer pieces continues…