I don’t usually do recaps of my favourite outfits at the end of a season. Mainly because when the season is over, what’s the point? I guess you could say that I prefer to plan for the future…
However, I find it can be very useful (not to mention inspirational) to review favourite outfits from a year ago when preparing for a new season. And the new season in this case is summer, of course. As far as I’m concerned, summer is the only season worth preparing for, whether that means planning a wardrobe overhaul, a major shopping spree, or just going through the wardrobe staples to see if they need replacing or updating.
This may, of course, be a bit counter-intuitive, given that I live in a country where summer only lasts 3 months (and is at this point still a couple of months off). But hey, summer is the only season when you don’t need a coat/gloves/loads of warm clothes, and therefore the only season worth dressing up for.
Besides, I hate March. I really, really hate it. Even more than I hate November, which I hate mainly because it’s wet and cold and miserable, and you barely see any daylight.
But March, that’s a different beast altogether. March is just evil. Think about it: the migrating birds are returning in droves, the sea is open again now that the ice has gone, and there’s more daylight every day. No wonder you start thinking that maybe, just maybe, there is an end to winter after all. And just when you think that now it’s going to get warm(er), it starts snowing again. And then you’re knee-deep in sleet…
As I said, March is evil: it makes you hope, only to crush your hope without mercy, time after time.
So, I need a little pick-me-up to remind me that no matter what evil tricks March has in store for us, one day it will be spring, and then summer, and we can wear nice clothes again.
And that’s why I decided to recap my favourite outfits from last summer. And by favourite I mean outfits that I remember without looking at pictures (in other words, it took me no time at all to find some photos) and that I would wear again tomorrow (if it was warm enough, obviously).
These photos will also be a useful reference point for me when I start planning what to add to my wardrobe. For summer, that is. Yes, I know spring comes before summer. But ‘spring‘ (at least in Finland) is just a fancy name for a sustained onslaught of every type of pollen you can imagine (and several that you cannot), and I will be way too busy stockpiling allergy medication to even think about clothes and outfits.
Anyway… Let’s get to the point (I know what you’re thinking: ‘finally!’).
This is my favourite dress (OK, it’s really just a shapeless sack, or a ‘kaftan‘ for the more trend-conscious crowd) for really hot weather (= anything over + 25 °C). I also love this photo: I know it’s a bit cliché, but it’s so ‘Finnish Midsummer Magic‘ (I remember this photo shoot: it was actually Midsummer Eve, and this was after 11 pm).
And I still love the statement sleeves on this dress! I also remember when this photo was taken: it was my birthday…
But my favourite piece must be the striped maxi dress that I was wearing all the time, everywhere.
The only drawback the dress has is that it’s sleeveless. And I need sleeves. Not for reasons of ‘modesty’ (oh please, that is such a ridiculous concept. Besides, rules that only apply to women are not just offensive but also demeaning, so let’s not play that game. Ever). No, I need sleeves to protect my very pale, very sensitive skin from the sun. So, a lightweight, loose shirt will do the trick.
However, the dress also works as a foundation piece when the weather gets a bit colder. Then a cardigan is usually enough to keep me warm. Or, as in this case, I add one of my ponchos. And that’s the maximum amount of layering I can do: a sleeveless dress with a cardigan, with a poncho added for extra warmth. Two sets of sleeves (= a dress with sleeves + a cardigan) would be too much and would make me feel as if I was wearing a straightjacket.
So, that’s it: my out-of-season recap of my favourite outfits from last summer. These pictures are my starting point for my style tweaks for summer 2021. I will no doubt wear some of the same pieces, but I will also be looking for the same style elements when I go shopping or put together new outfits.
So, yes, there will be some stripes in my summer wardrobe. OK, fair enough: there will probably be lots of stripes, and navy and white, and gold-tone jewellery. And dark red, or burgundy. If I can find it, that is: why is there always just pale pink in the shops for summer?!? I mean, who looks good in these paler than pale pastels shops are always pushing for summer??? Don’t answer that: I know, most people get a lovely sun-kissed look in summer. Well, I’m not most people: I’ll look like Miss Piggy if I’m not careful in the sun…
Are you going to wear your favourite outfits from last summer this year again?
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