cool water

calivintage: aqua

this is actually one of the outfits that i wore while i was on vacation in hawaii, but i never managed to snap a picture of myself wearing it while i was there! so yesterday, when i saw the sun shining outside, i pulled on this easy linen dress and took it for another spin. it’s one of those dresses that i don’t think i would ordinarily wear– it’s decidedly ladylike and much more mature than my usual girlish garb– but after having seen the sturdy linen fabric and well-constructed lines, i decided that it was just too nice to pass up. and definitely the type of thing to bring on a tropical vacation.

i’ve actually been a bit obsessed with linen this summer. i think i’ve mentioned it before, but it has always been one of those fabrics that i sort of hated because it gets wrinkled so easily. but then i realized that part of it’s charm is that it does get wrinkly. it’s supposed to be that way! i like that i don’t have to iron it and i can sort of just let it do it’s thing. it’s got this perfectly easy quality that’s pretty much the epitome of summer casual.

dress: knitted dove linen dress
shoes: kork ease ava in water
bag: thrifted vintage purse
lipstick: ysl fard a levres rouge pur in rosy coral


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46 Responses to cool water

  1. Estefany August 4, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    I really love this dress, plus that shade of lipstick you have on goes great with it!

  2. Senta August 4, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    So in love with the colours of that dress. Pale blue looks great with a slight tan.

  3. Stef August 4, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    I’ve been swooning over this dress eversince I first saw it on modcloth and I don’t know if you wore it on here before or if my imagination was running away with me but I sort of thought how great that would look on you.
    I’ll add clairvoyance to my resume right about now ;)

  4. Phara August 4, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    That dress just screams YOU :) Love those soft colours.

  5. emma August 4, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    I love this dress, Erin! Great shoes also. Such pretty colours, reminds me of the sea xx

  6. Misty August 4, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    Lovee your dress ♥ It has gorgeous colours!

  7. Joy August 4, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    I love the minty tones. Everything looks really clean and fresh. You are positively glowing here!

  8. Sarah Louise August 4, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    So cute! Is that a new tattoo?

    • erin (calivintage) August 4, 2011 at 11:58 am #

      nope! it’s just in a sneaky place, so i think it usually doesn’t show!

  9. Hillary August 4, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    I agree that your lipstick compliments the dress, great summer pallet. There is something quite nice about perfectly wrinkled linen on a hot day. :)

  10. Frances August 4, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    What a perfect summer’s outfit! The slick of coral lipstick is the perfect finishing touch.

  11. lacee August 4, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    such pretty colors, love!!

  12. Dom August 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    So cute. I love the pattern on the dress.

  13. LH August 4, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    you always have gorgeous outfit pictues, and the dress is pretty tooo!!

  14. rachel d. August 4, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    beautiful! what shade and brand is the lipstick? – i LOVE it!! (and your blog;)

    • erin (calivintage) August 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

      there’s a link to the lipstick in the post! it’s ysl fard a levres rouge pur in rosy coral! one of my favorites this summer!

  15. rachel d. August 4, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    yeah thanks, I was just fixing to retrieve my question! hah

  16. Kristin August 4, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    oh what a great dress and photos at all!

  17. Elyse (Give Me Bows) August 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    Ohhhh I love this dress, it’s been on my modcloth wish list forever but I was worried the waist might be too low/long on me as I am short. It looks absolutely fabulous on you, and I love how you’ve made it “yours” with the blue sandals x

    • erin (calivintage) August 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

      yes, you’re right! it is big in the waist, so i altered mine to fit! and i do find the torso to be sliiightly long, but not too bad. i’m 5’5″ to give you an idea. it really is a lovely dress and well worth it even with the alterations!

  18. Dalena Vintage August 4, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    It suits you!

  19. DNA (designers+artists) August 4, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    This is one of those “feel good” dresses and I like it! Looks pretty on you!

  20. Ana August 4, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    I am IN LOVE with this dress!! I want it so badly! It is adorable.


  21. Mallory | Storm in a Teacup August 4, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    Wow, it looks great on you! Linen is so great.

  22. Girl & Closet (Veronika) August 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    Oh my, what a lovely dress, just saw it on Jen’s blog of (Jen Loves Kev,) in the other colour AND I’m loving this one too, the silhouette is just SO lovely. Happy wearing. xo

  23. Lindsey Niles (@lindseyniles) August 4, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    You look so elegant and easy breezy. Love it! The colors are something you don’t see very often but they’re gorgeous!

    The Bombshell Manifesto

  24. asia August 4, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    It’s such a beautifully cool and fresh look, makes me wanna buy a plane ticket to someplace nice and not like frisco just for one nice sunny stroll haha and cute shoes~

  25. Shelby August 4, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

    I love this dress so much, but i love your shoes even more. boy have i got to get my hands on a pair of kork ease wedges.

  26. Jamie Rose August 5, 2011 at 12:58 am #

    I really love that dress! The colors are lovely and it looks so nice and light!

  27. Amber August 5, 2011 at 1:23 am #

    WOW, I really like that dress, you look gorgeous in it! (:

  28. Fran August 5, 2011 at 1:36 am #

    Gorgeous outfit! I definately need to get some Ava wedges in blue. I’m now a kork-ease convert after discovering them via your blog. I must say that they are the most comfortable platforms I’ve ever owned, totally worth the postage costs to Australia.

    xx Fran

  29. Isi August 5, 2011 at 6:13 am #

    Nice dress, it seems perfect for hot summer days ;)

  30. Victoria / Justice Pirate August 5, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    this is so lovely!!!! I adore the colors and the stripes. It looks amazing with the shoes too. Linen is really fun to wear in the summer. I think you look beautiful in the girly dresses.

  31. steffy August 5, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    i love repeating outfits for pictures. that dress is PERFECT, you look amazing in it!

    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

  32. paula August 5, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    Great dress. Very forgiving. Would hide alot of my flaws. If I’d seen it in your closet and knew you were wearing it so infrequently, I’d snatch it up. With the heat wav we’re experiencing, I’d wear that dress as much as I could.

  33. mochaccinoland August 5, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    u look absolutely adorable in this dress. love the dress and your styling :)

  34. Alli August 5, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    I think this is my absolute favourite look of yours. SO pretty! And colourful! And summery.

  35. Dark Blue Stripes (Christie) August 5, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    Such a cute outfit! Love the stripes on the linen dress. Lovely summery bag!

  36. kara marie riley August 6, 2011 at 3:52 am #

    you are just too cute!

  37. Prettygreentea August 6, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    This dress is so pretty, the different shades of blue really suit you !

  38. Vanessa August 6, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    Oh I love this outfit, so very much! The colours, the lightness – you are quite right to love linen! It looks so airy and floaty and light. Especially the colours and stripes :)

    x Vanessa

    ps – perfect shoes!

  39. MarieBayArea August 8, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    That is a muy beautiful dress.

  40. Julie August 14, 2011 at 1:00 am #

    Super cute! Love the colours, epitome of summer!

  41. Josette December 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    Great post, really enjoyed it!
    — Josette


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