This is I was wearing on my birthdayThat was last weekend, in Barcelona. It was a short trip, just 3 days. And the weather was quite hot, especially the last day.
Now, hot weather makes me very uncomfortable and I find it difficult to find something to wear. I tend to prefer slightly more streamlined clothes and fitted dresses, or at least a dress or a skirt with a clearly defined waist. Yet, when it gets too hot (for my comfort), the last thing I want is something sticking to my skin and making me sweaty. So, belts and tight clothes are out of the question... And then there's the sun protection issue. Yes, I know, should wear sun screen, SPF over-the-roof, if possible, but I hate the stuff. If possible, I hate it even more than I hate hot weather. For starters, it usually smells revolting, and it's sticky. And it stains clothes. Did I mention it's disgustingly sticky?
So, that's why I'm wearing a maxi dress and an over-sized linen shirt: it's sun protection. The dress covers the lower half of my body and the shirt covers my arms and shoulders. Of course, I also carry a sun umbrella...
Given my body shape (big boobs and an even bigger bum and a small waist), an empire waist maxi dress is a bit risky: anything that's not nipped in at the waist easily makes me look bulky. In other words, there's no hope whatsoever to achieve that slimline, ethereal, breezy look that we usually associate with maxi dresses. This is called managing expectations: I'll be happy if I don't end up looking like a hippo in a muumuu... But that's the risk I have to take: it's either a roomy dress that allows me to breathe and move freely or I could just walk around wearing a bathtub filled with ice. Actually, I don't quite know how that would work, so I guess I'll have to go with the
maxi dress: Boden / linen shirt: marks and Spencer (old) /
sandals: Clarks / bag: Furla / sunglasses: Coach / necklace: Purificacion Garcia
What's your favourite hot weather outfit?
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