Such an unusually hot Summer we have this year - I just have to document it. The thick hot air brings back memories of a few years living in the Midwest, only both the heat and the humidity were even stronger back there, most of the time, from May till October... You'll probably be surprised, but a typical July in Siberia where I am from, is also hot and sticky, and from time to time we have Summers where the temperature is 90s F and even 100s F for full three months. I am a mild weather person, but a week or two of hot sunny days feels good to me. I love how heat gets into my skin, granted - as long as there is an air conditioner to come home to and the house doesn't feel like sauna. Yesterday was lovely. I spent it with Justin running some errands and enjoying a walk by the sea after all. It almost felt like a vacation in some southern country, partly because of my outfit.
This sundress was love at the first sight. Everything, from the colors and pattern, thoughtfully placed, to the lovely details, makes this dress stand out. I'm still mad about dresses and browse them constantly. I have to say, this year designers are coming up with especially lovely ones, and I want to buy them all (they have to stop doing it, at least for a while!). So when I fell for yet another dress, I asked myself if it feels special to me - and if it's not special enough, I pass. This one will become a favorite for years to come, I think.
The hat is also new, I found it, browsing the local mall. I had a wide brimmed hat in mind for a while now, and wanted to find something less common looking - in other words, special. This one fits the bill with its striking black and white pattern, and I believe will go with many outfits. Accidentally, it was the only one in the store, and my size (it's one big head, let me tell you - not so easy to find a hat that fits me).
I picked old beloved jewelry with a rustic, natural feel: metal, wood, leather and stone. Most days in Summer, I don't wear any jewelry, but these pieces worked for me. The necklace is so lightweight, I barely notice it.
And finally, shoes! I took my daughter to buy her sandals earlier this week... and found these beauties for myself. They are super comfortable, very light and soft, with a good supportive sole, but what mostly matters to me, is that they are made in wide width. You people with regular width feet probably feel just like I feel in these sandals. Most shoes feel from snug to way-too-snug on my feet, but these sandals are even a little loose, which is not bad at all as my feet tend to get swollen in hot weather. I love the soft tan color. Great find. Finally I can wear something other than Crocs in Summer! :) I mean, my favorite Crocs pair is quite stylish, but real leather sandals are so much classier. And they'll go with everything. Me happy.
I'm still sorting out my Summer fashion preferences. Here is what I learned so far:
I think the key to me is to wear something interesting on its own, without necessary additions of layers or jewelry. It can be a maxi skirt with a comfortable, brightly colored top, or a dress - with not only beautiful lines, but also great colors and patterns, so it sort of becomes an outfit in itself.
I skip jewelry most days - and if I wear them, I tend to reach for pieces that are lightweight.
Comfortable shoes are the key element. They must be easy to wear all day long without me thinking of taking them off.
This outfit is definitely the winner in my Summer wardrobe.
What are your style secrets for hot days? Do share!
Dress - Lane Bryant (available online)
Hat - Old Navy (available online; when people comment on stiff material, I think they comment on another color hat - I don't find it stiff at all)
Sandals - Clarks, via Nordstrom Rack (all those items bought on sale)
Clutch - old, via TJ MAXX a few Summers ago
Jewelry are collected over the years
I'm taking my new hat to beautiful Judith's Hat Attack
and also linking up with these gorgeous ladies:
Alice for Throw Back Thursday
Dawn Lucy for Fun Fashion Friday
Nicole for Top of the World Style
and Tina's Pink Friday!
Come and join us!