I bought this BR shirt a good month ago after seeing Suz post about it  . It ticked off all the boxes : cool hand, crisp, breezy and polished for a casual summer top ....and it looked so cute on Suz .  It would be  an upgrade from my old t-shirts of years past.  Suz's is blue/white; I chose the brown/white.  It was also not inexpensive for what it is so I deliberated forever on it - but with some BR points it brought the price down to something that made more sense  to me.  I imagined wearing it with dark denim cut off shorts and sandals.....and then lost the plot at that point.  

I finally pulled it out to wear to the garden centre after work on Friday. It was hot out, but I don't actually *own* these magical dark denim shorts yet, so decided to wear light wash cropped flares. Next problem: the footwear. I don't own white or brown sandals , and wear white sneakers too often to work  to want to wear them on my days off.  Pulled out these vaguely taupe-y sneakers I never wear (because of the colour ) and it seemed good.  I don't own a bag that worked with this so stuffed my wallet and phone into a macrame market bag.  This was not going well.

The outfit was just ok, in my books, nothing better than a B. I wore  gold hoop earrings and layered gold ankle bracelets from Jenny Bird so that added some polish , but the whole thing felt off - far too low-contrast  I think . Did I make a mistake buying this shirt?  It's now going to require brown sandals and a brown bag plus the dark denim shorts....and I don't mind owning any of those things, but didn't have plans to buy another pair of shoes or a new bag at this point. UGH.  

I've attached photos of my ideal bag and sandal  - and a shot of the outfit as it was worn. Included a pic of myself in close-up and in better/more accurate light to get a sense of the colour of the shirt.

To add: I don't wear much white anymore and much prefer ivory/cream  which is why I don't own a white bag or sandals now. I also am not a fan of wearing a metallic sandal here (tried it but it didn't connect to the outfit in any way) .

Thoughts appreciated.

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