Do you have certain clothes that have very strong memories attached to them and actually make you feel things? I figure this must be a pretty common thing since most of my clothes seem to have at least several memories that involuntarily rush to the surface of my thoughts whenever I put them on. This shirt is one of these items for me. In fact, it is known between my group of friends as “The Connecticut Shirt”. And although I grew up in and spend a great deal of time in the state, this shirt has very little to do with Connecticut. At least in as far as its name.
So here’s the story. Last summer I was on Nantucket for the Fourth of July. This past week was my second year making the trip for the fourth with an absolute all star crew. But last summer we were sitting out on our second story porch having a few cocktails, listening to the kind of playlist that you can’t help but move to and enjoying the views of the beach (and the throngs of people leaving them for the day). That’s when we saw it. My friends and I simultaneously spotted a girl wearing the best coverup top we’d ever seen. It was gauzy, cropped, blue and white, embroidered and had tassels. It immediately made me think of a Zara jacket that I was (still am) obsessed with.
We needed it.
So naturally, we scream at the top of our lungs to the unaware-that-her-clothes-were-
But I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Probably due in part to the fact that the girl wearing it had been beautiful, sun kissed and was skipping down a dirt road laughing with her friends in my favorite place on the planet when I saw it. But I needed it. So one night soon after getting back to NYC from the week in Nantucket I searched through nearly ever top on the site. And finally on page 37 – I saw it. The shirt was by Free People. It was less than $60 and it was in stock. Victory was mine.
Needless to say I ordered it immediately (and sent many triumphant texts to my gal pal group chat with the DL on The Connecticut Shirt). And no, the name isn’t going anywhere. Now, a full year later, my friends and I still call the top The Connecticut Shirt. And every time I wear it I get brought back to that humid July day on the second floor outdoor porch with some of my favorite people. Memories, man, they really get me.
Happy July, kids – get out there and make some good ones.
Wearing: Lovers + Friends Jack High Waisted Shorts, Free People top (VERY similar top here — also love this, this and this), Bandana (used as headband), Illesteva Leonard Sunglasses, Goyard Bag, Zinke striped bikini top (also love this), Bobbi Brown Hollywood Red Lipstick, Rebecca Minkoff Phone Case (also love this), Sandals from Capri, Italy (also love these)
Jewelry: Shourouk Love Happy Bracelet (also love this, this and this), Shashi Lilu Seed Bracelet, Belliza Knight Evil Eye Bracelet, upper arm band and Star Necklace, Lionette Lennon Bracelet, Stella & Dot Chiara Embroidered Bracelet, Twine & Twig Tribal Stack Bracelet, Miansai Cuff, Bing Bang Crystal Shard Stud Earrings, Bing Bang Tiny Geometric Stud, Number ’13’ Stud Earrings Found on Etsy, Steven Alan Gold Bar Stud Earrings (also love these ones found on Amazon)
Photography by Lydia Hudgens