Monday Musings- Habitual Dressing and the Outfit of the Week
Happy Monday, ladies. I’m thinking long and hard about my wardrobe this week. Where it’s working, where it’s failing me, and how I need to adjust things. When triple-digit temperatures struck last week, I found my wardrobe sadly lacking, again! I am also sharing a wide-leg pants outfit of the week that has elements I may need in my evolving style recipe.
My habit (yes, it’s a habit) of reaching for a pair of jeans and a simple top just won’t cut it for day after day of blisteringly hot weather. And because I love jeans, I own more of them than anything else in my wardrobe…which makes my habit easy.
I do have some cotton and linen blend dresses but they require ironing, which I just don’t want to do in the hot weather. They could be worn straight out of the dryer but I prefer them ironed. I have a few denim skirts but in that kind of sweltering heat, even they feel too warm because their structured shape and fabric allow less airflow.
I’ve tried the caftan route and know it to be totally unflattering on my shape so I’ll reserve them for tropical holidays, trips to the pool, and days when I’m not leaving the house. I don’t wear shorts and think capri pants are unflattering. I know that’s not a popular opinion. Many of you love them and brands aimed at midlife women continue to churn them out, so I’ll continue to style them for you…but I don’t plan to wear them.
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We need to adjust our wardrobe as our bodies, location, and lifestyles change. I am obviously past due for a change because of our climate. We can radically modify how we want to look, or make subtle updates. I’m going for subtle right now and will share more in the coming weeks. I have always gravitated to structured garments because of my body shape and taste, but I plan to experiment with looser silhouettes and see where it takes me.
Outfit of the week in natural Fibers
This wide-leg outfit of the week features natural fibers that will breathe and comfy shapes that feel easy on the body. The shapes are semi-structured but have a looser silhouette.
I love the shape of this palm leaf boater. Its dipped brim adds a fun touch of drama and it’ll provide plenty of protection from the sun. My sunglasses are always polarized because I’m as serious about protecting my eyes from the sun as I am with my skin and this shape is fun!
This inexpensive straw bag holds a lot so I use mine as a tote.
This Johnny Was long cotton shirt could be worn open as a duster, or buttoned halfway like this over pants. I just ordered these wide-leg organic cotton gauze pants and think they’ll be a perfect addition to my “looser, less structured” pant collection. I finished the look with natural wood bangle and some cute raffia earrings.
Do you have wardrobe habits you’d like to change?
Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident and happy.
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