A dress and a cardigan
That’s practically my uniform these days. In the sense that this is the combo I wear on most days if I actually go out (to run errands or something), or in the evenings on our walks in the neighbourhood.
I live in dresses in summer. I think a dress, especially a loose dress, is the most practical piece of clothing on a warm day: no waistbands to make me sweat and feel constrained. And on cooler days, I just add one layer to keep me warm.
And styling a dress is so easy: just add accessories. One-stop-dressing, that’s what I call it.
Given how much I love wearing dresses, it may seem odd that I hardly ever wear them in winter. But that’s simply because what is so easy in summer is anything but in winter.
Yes, at first glance the same formula – a dress and a cardigan – should work in winter, too. But the problem is that in order to keep warm, I’d need to wear tights and boots. And I hate both, with a passion. OK, I can live with boots, maybe… Although I prefer ankle boots.
A pair of ankle boots with a dress? Yes, sure… It might get a bit cold, though. But I guess it depends on what we mean when we talk about winter (FYI: for me, ‘winter‘ means really cold weather and lots of snow).
It’s the tights (or pantyhose for my American readers) that is the problem. I really, really hate them. I would only ever wear them with dresses (never in a million years under trousers, I don’t care how cold it is).
Now, when I say ‘tights‘ I mean the thicker, opaque tights that you’d wear when it gets cold; not the flimsy, sheer nylon tights (why would anyone wear sheer tights??? Seriously, can you think of a more useless piece of clothing?).
Anyway… the problem with tights is that they never fit right. Have you noticed that? Yes, I know, I may need a bigger/smaller size. Been there, done that, and it doesn’t really fix the problem.
Because the problem is not how they fit around my legs but how they fit (or don’t, to be more precise) around my waist. Either they keep riding down, gradually being pulled towards my knees (yes, I know: get a bigger size), or I they reach my armpits…
And if the waistband somehow manages to stay put more or less around my actual waist, then it sort of curls up and forms a tight roll. This happens even (or especially) with high-waisted tights. Do you know what I mean?
So, what made me think of tights and winter and all that now? Well, autumn is just a round the corner, and I’d like to keep wearing some of my favourite summer dresses for a bit longer. But this inevitably requires some sort of a compromise and planning (= better start sorting through the two drawers of tights I have barely looked at for the past couple of years).
In the meantime, let’s enjoy these final (not so warm) summer days.
hoodie: EDC / dress: Marimekko (old) / bag: furla (old) /
shoes: Jenny / sunglasses: Woobs
Do you like wearing dresses?
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