As a total sweaty Betty, I always have to dress rather strategically in sweltering conditions to disguise the party that my sweat glands inevitably throw (even when I’m not exerting myself in the least). Mr. L3 and I will be headed to Italy next month which may sound grand and glamorous, but the temps will be well into the 90s F/30s C and I’m going to MELT which is not so grand and glamorous. Even though the trip is still a ways off, I’ve been fussing over what to pack.
I’ve decided that linen and 100% cotton are my two best friends for this trip, and I’ve been scouring my closet to see what items I have that fall into these two categories. I’ve had this Banana Republic lightweight 100% cotton top, dress (OK fine! I admit it’s actually supposed to be a bathing suit cover-up) for years. I love the print, color and ruffley sleeves.
I’ve only ever worn this piece as a tunic with jeans like so:
Needless to say, I will not be taking ANY jeans on this trip, but I desperately need to be able to use all of my hot-weather friendly pieces. The light bulb went on in my noggin and I thought “Hey! I wonder if this Topdressswimsuitcoverup will look good with any of my skirts”?
So I promptly tried this:
The white Ann Taylor skirt is 100% linen – Yay!
The lining of the skirt is 100% poly – Boo!
I wonder if it’s feasible to take out the poly lining and replace it with something more breathable and hot weather friendly. Different story for a different day.
I think this look works with the Madewell belt, a couple of gold necklaces and my new Paul Green walking sandals to pull it all together.
While I was at it, I also tried the top with my blue ASOS midi skirt because you all know how obsessed I am with orange and blue together. I think this works too!
I’m really happy that I’ve learned over the years 1) to look past what an item is originally intended for (in this case swimsuit coverup) and just make it work for my purposes; and 2) to play dress-up. Creating these looks inspired me to keep trying different outfit combos even if I think they won’t work. Who knows what else I might put together!
Do you pay close attention to what fabric items are made out of for your summer dressing? What are you summer go-tos when it’s sweltering?
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