Shelley: Blurring the Lines

By Shelley Graham

with commentary from Editor Marcie Everhart

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A herringbone pattern on a beachy, linen drawstring pant and a tie-dye pattern on a floating sheer top blur the lines between casual and dressy dressing, making the combination perfect for all occasions. Shelley keeps it polished with a coral tank underneath and floral platforms with a little height.

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A summer evening out beckons.

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By pairing the two pieces together, we get a nice repeat of strings tied in a bow at the neckline and waistline. Shelley “ties” the outfit together with soft black and white color.

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The vertical lines at the bottom and the horizontal lines at the top create a super strong, flattering silhouette for Shelley. This is old-school Clothing Selection 101 using stripes to guide the eye, and a wide, dark stripe falling exactly where you want to appear smaller.

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Shopping Links

The Herringbone Stripe Linen Ankle Pant by Athleta (GAP), $84. Soft and washable, with a gently tapered leg and adjustable cuff to get just the right drape on your frame.

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http://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=596332002&rrec=true&mlink=5050,12413545,atproduct1_rr_3&clink=12413545

The Avery Tie-Dye top by Gypsy Junkies features billowy sleeves, an adjustable neckline, and a beautiful gradient design. Available in Merlot and Smoky Slate. $68.

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https://gypsy-junkies.myshopify.com/collections/all-clothing/products/avery-tie-dye?variant=25342387856

The Real-Real Behind the Scenes

You may notice the bottom band of Shelley’s top is dark while the company model’s is light. Why? I don’t know! TIE-DYE, I guess! They’re both good, though. Btw, this is a lot different than the tie-dye t-shirts I used to make with my kids in the backyard. :^) – Marcie

A Little Background Music

Shelley chose this amazingly soulful video for this post, shot in black-and-white, that is so relaxed, and romantic, and sweet. This is a newly signed artist from her neck of the woods in Texas, Leon Bridges, and the title song from his 2015 debut album, Coming Home, which was a Top 10 Most Viral Track on Spotify. I can’t get enough. Just grab somebody already and start slow-dancing.

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