So, I went shopping…
Now that I’ve edited my wardrobe so that it mainly contains pieces that I actually like and wear, it’s easier to see what I need to add to fill the gaps. And by gaps I mean clothes that I really need, or that would add interest to my small wardrobe (which mainly consists of basics).
And what I think I need at the moment is a few more maxi dresses to get me through the summer. And what my wardrobe needs is an injection of colour.
Lucky for me, this wrap dress manages to to kill two birds with one stone, so to speak.
And it has long sleeves! I love that!
Let’s make one thing clear: this has nothing to do with modesty. In fact, I hate the whole idea of ‘modest dressing’. I find it’s demeaning and discriminating against women. It defines women as sex objects, just as much as the sexy bimbo look does (you know what that is, I’m sure). I hate the idea so much that a few years ago when someone suggested a collaboration on ‘modest style’, I totally lost it and let them know in no uncertain terms what I thought of this concept…
No, the reason I like to wear trousers, maxi dresses, and long(ish) sleeves in summer is simple: I hate sun screen, so I need to cover up to protect my paler-than-pale skin.
My style has always been based on pragmatism: I dress for real life. And while personal style plays a huge role in the way we dress, it is always secondary to the physical reality of our surroundings, i.e. weather. And since we cannot control weather, style must adapt to the climate we live in. After all, that’s the ultimate purpose of clothes: to protect us from the elements…
Of course, there are other factors that limit personal style: body shape and size, what’s available in stores etc. Often the clothes I like (and the majority of clothes available in stores) would not work for me. And I’m not talking about lifestyle or weather here: they’re simply made for someone a head (or two) taller and a whole lot slimmer than me… Which is infuriating, by the way, but totally beside the point here.
Personal style is always a compromise: it’s not simply wearing what we like. It’s wearing what fits us, suits us, and serves the purpose (= keeping us warm or cool, depending on the season). If it also pleases us aesthetically, we’ve hit the jackpot. And that doesn’t happen too often, at least in my reality. More often than not, I really struggle to find anything that I like (or that fits me, suits me etc). So, when I do find something I really like (and that fits me, suits me etc), I usually get it, whatever it costs. And trust me, I don’t buy clothes nearly as often as I’d like. Which is probably good, from the financial point of view…
Anyway… Given everything I’ve said here, is this the perfect dress? Of course not. There is no such thing. For starters, it wrinkles quite easily. I love it, but it will probably end up just hanging in my wardrobe for ages after I wash it because I hate ironing…
dress: Marimekko (Limited Edition) / bag: Marc Jacobs / sandals: Camper / sunglasses: Nina Ricci
What are you planning to add to your wardrobe this summer?
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