It’s summer season and time to dress for the heat & humidity! This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I might receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks for checking out my review and also a BIG thank you to Joanna with Pyne & Smith who gifted these lovely dresses for my review!
You guys all know that I have been wearing, sharing, and preaching the love of Wool for a few years now. My deep dive into the benefits of wool has piqued my interest into other natural fibers and one has extra appeal to me as a Southerner: Linen. Believe it or not, I’ve not really owned much linen in the past, but I recently started researching a few linen brands and I am happy to share a new one with you today.
I have enjoyed my communication with Joanna, who is the owner and founder of Pyne & Smith Clothier. Her story is absolutely inspiring and in fact gives me so much encouragement as a creative! Born in the English countryside and now living in California, Joanna started Pyne & Smith in 2014. Her journey began with a very hot summer season. She started sewing linen dresses and fell in love with the magical properties of linen as the fabric stays soft, keeps you cool in the heat and warm in the cold, and holds up beautifully. As she continued to hone the craft of creating linen dresses, she documented the journey on Instagram and slowly started building a business which became today’s delightful, vintage-inspired Pyne & Smith Clothier. Incredibly, all Pyne & Smith collections are still made locally in Los Angeles, in small, sustainable batches. And each and every piece is absolutely gorgeous!
What is even more exciting is that I also have a coupon code to share with you from Pyne & Smith: P&SLEAH10
This code will save you 10% from now through the end of June, expiring 7.1.23. Pretty awesome, huh?
I would like to share a little bit about the linen from Pyne & Smith’s website, because they say it better than I could: “Linen is Eco-friendly, Biodegradable, & Buttery Soft….The journey of a Pyne & Smith dress begins in a flax field in Europe. Pyne & Smith dresses are made from 100% fine European flax linen, which is a natural fiber fabric that will not only last, but soften and improve with time. Breathable, durable, low maintenance, and hypo-allergenic, this magical fabric is also environmentally friendly – it requires very little water to grow and is also biodegradable.”
Doesn’t it sound incredible? I absolutely love the vintage-inspired, classic and feminine styles that I discovered on exploring Pyne & Smith’s product line. Joanna was kind enough to send me two pieces to try and share with you all and they are both absolutely stunning in person! Thank you Joanna! Trying the Pyne & Smith linen was nothing less than delightful. I will continue to enjoy these pieces for many seasons to come.
First up, I received the Culottes No. 11 Linen Cropped Pants. Here’s the description for these:
“Crafted in soft Azure blue color linen, the culottes are a comfortable, cropped linen pant with a soft, stretchy waist band and deep inset pockets. Stylish and versatile, these culottes are perfect for beach days, a pair of sandals and a breezy top. “
I am wearing these in size Medium. The color Azure reminds me of a Robin’s Egg Blue and it’s absolutely perfect for spring and summer. The linen is light, breathable (though not see-through), soft, and feels wonderful breezy. The waistband is comfy and thick and I feel these pants are true to size, if not a little generous in size. Like many linen brands, Pyne & Smith seems to favor an oversized style which is a nice change. Also, I’m happy to share that Pyne & Smith has inclusive sizing, up to 3X and they also include many different models wearing different sizes which is always fantastic.
Who says you can’t wear black in summer? I decided to first pair up these culottes with my favorite wool& tee, the Stella tee. I’m also wearing Allbirds Tree Breezers and my Kendra Scott Inez Pendant.
I also threw on my Woolx Kinsley Cardigan in case things got a little chilly! I think this look would work just fine for working in my office which has a very relaxed dress code. I also think if you paired these pants up with a cropped jacket over a silk white blouse and heels, you could dress it up for a more formal workplace event, as well.
I also thought I would try something a little different because I dearly love a boho outfit! I added on my Julahas Belt and the gorgeous Julahas Jiva Wool Silk Kimono Air!If you like a Volume on Volume style, this is a fun look to try and the combo of wool and linen is just the best!
Here’s a pic of the outfit without the Kimono. I really love this belt and it goes with so many different colors.
I had to try these flowy culottes with my very favorite tank top, the Woolx Ava. I love this look and it’s so cool and comfy! Also pulled out my favorite thrifted wedges from Birkenstock, Birkenstock Papillio Namica Wedge Shoe.
I love a layered style and it can be a little tricky in the heat of a South Carolina summer. For that reason, floaty kimonos have been one of my favorite thrift finds. Yes, this is a synthetic fabric, but it’s a nice way of adding a lightweight layer.
I also tried the Kimono tied, which gave the outfit great balance and ended up being my favorite look, I think.
Just wanted to share the side view because I really like this combo!
Almost anything goes with a Jean Jacket and these pants are no exception! Layering up means these will take me WELL into fall and I love the versatility.
There is obviously so much more these pants can do! I can’t wait to try them with a crisp white shirt, some of my favorite floral tops, a lightweight cropped sweater, or maybe my Woolx Bodysuit? I’ll be styling them more going forward at my Facebook Group, Wool Obsessed.
Next, I can’t wait to share my review of the Model No. 37 Wrap Style Linen Dress
This dress is truly a show stopper, check out the details:
Crafted in our soft Butter linen, this timeless wrap dress is sophisticated and comfortable. Wrap dresses are incredibly versatile for nearly all body shapes. Wear as a statement piece or dress down with a denim jacket and chunky soled boots.
I will be sharing photos of both size Medium and size Small. I was on the fence about sizing (because I am a pear shape) and Joanna was gracious enough to let me try both sizes. I ended up keeping the size small but I think both sizes work well. This yellow color is absolutely stunning and even though yellow isn’t my best color, I am not going to let that keep me from loving this dress!
The great thing about a wrap dress is it can be self-adjusted for a good fit. Even in the smaller size, there is plenty of overlap so that the dress feels modest and secure, which makes a huge difference in my comfort level with a dress like this.
Me trying to capture the light from an absolutely gorgeous late May sunset. I adore summer sunsets!
I feel like a classic wrap dress is the perfect foundation for layering year round, so I decided to try it with a couple different jean jackets, and two of my favorite Julahas Capes. Shown here is the Fusion Graphic Cape and the Daria Bosphorus Cape. You can use my code, LEAH to save 10% at Julahas.com. I’ve shared about Julahas capes before, they are absolutely my favorite way to add some personality to my outfits. Once fall rolls back around, I will definitely be trying these combinations along with some of my favorite boots.
The natural linen of this dress is truly lovely and it really does soften and relax as you wear it. I love the soft, light feel of linen and the beautiful, feminine cut of this dress is also right up my alley. Thanks again, Pyne & Smith for sharing your lovely linen, it was an absolute delight to experience it myself.