No, not a bikini. Or even a swimsuit. Come on, I can’t even swim; what do I need a bikini for???
Sunbathing? Seriously??!!?? Does this paler-than-pale face look like it has seen much sun? (BTW, in case you’re wondering, we do get plenty of sunshine in summer in Finland, practically around the clock. I just stay away from it.)
Anyway, last weekend I was in Barcelona (yes, again), and we went for a stroll on this very crowded Barceloneta beach. As it was a very hot day, I decided to wear my all-time favourite hot weather outfit: the kaftan. Accessorised with my trusty old sun umbrella, of course. You know, because that
pasty pale skin doesn’t stay pale without some precautions.
I usually stay out of the sun because I burn very easily. And no, I don’t wear sunscreen. I hate it; it smells disgusting, and makes me feel sticky. I do, however, wear a moisturiser with SPF 30 (or higher), and not just on my face and neck but also on my arms and feet. And of course I eventually get a slight suntan, too. Not that you’d notice; no one except me ever does. Apparently the ‘suntanned’ version of me looks a bit like most people look like in mid-winter…
But, for the most part, I carry a sun umbrella to protect my delicate whiter-than-white face, mainly because I don’t like sun hats. They don’t suit me. And they never fit properly; my hair is too big.
But let’s talk about the kaftan dress. I bought this one last summer. It’s basically just a shapeless sack, but it looked so cool on the tall, slender models when I first saw it at the Marimekko fashion show…
Anyway, I decided to try it on, and guess what, it didn’t look too bad on someone a lot shorter (and somewhat less slender), either. So I bought it. And I wore it throughout the horrendous, weeks-long heatwave we had last July and August. And I’ll never wear anything else on a hot day again. Ever.
I’m serious. Yes, It may be just a shapeless sack, but it is the perfect outfit for hot weather. For starters, it keeps me cool, as much as that is possible. And it barely touches my skin. And that is just wonderful.
Now, if you’ve been following me for a while, you already know that I really don’t like hot weather (for the record, anything over +23°C / 73°F is ‘hot‘; anything over 25°C / 77°F is ‘unbearably hot‘; and anything over 30°C / 85°F is ‘my-brain-is-melting-get-me-out-of-here hot‘), and I can’t stand anything touching my skin on a hot day. So, belts and tight clothes are out of the question. And since I can’t walk around wearing a tailor-made, human-size ice bucket, my options are a bit limited. This is my way of saying that while muumuus and kaftans may not be the sexiest summer outfits, they are the most practical. And for me, comfort always comes before everything else. Besides, who cares about looking sexy when you can look (and feel) cool?
kaftan dress: Marimekko (s/s2018, see this year’s version HERE) / sandals: Camper /
bag: Marc Jacobs /sunglasses: Prada / sun umbrella: James Smith & Sons
location: Platja de la Barceloneta, Barcelona
What do you wear on a hot day? And what do you consider ‘a hot day‘ ?
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