Remember how I wasn’t going to wear pants in July? Well I didn’t. Mostly. Saturdays when we worked on the kitchen were yoga pants days. But mostly it was all skirts and dresses. And guess what: I DIDN’T DIE!
I recreated a few of my ensembles for your amusement. A style blogger, I have concluded, I am not. In the process of taking these in my back yard last week, I got no fewer than two dozen mosquito bites on my legs and ankles. I stopped changing up my accessories after a while, too, and I’m wearing the same shoes in every shot, which was not the case last month. Also, playing dress up by yourself gets boring, as you can see from some of the pics. Things got a little weird. It’s fine. Whatever.
ANYWAY. I learned a few things from that little experiment, and I’m in a sharing mood, so here we go:
1) When it’s a million degrees outside and uncharacteristically humid, wearing a skirt is not going to make you feel much cooler than wearing pants. Plus skirts don’t have the added feature of absorbing the sweat in your knee pits so that when you get out of your car you don’t look like you’ve lost control of your bladder. (Not that it would be the first time I’ve looked like I peed on myself in public, of course.)
2) Monsoon season is windy. Wind and flowy skirts are a bad combination. Unless, of course, your goal is to moon everyone in the grocery store parking lot while buckling your kids into their car seats. That was not my goal but I was pretty successful at it nonetheless. Twice. Awkward.
3) Jeans hide messes a lot better than skirts do. This is the main reason why I didn’t end up taking daily outfit photos. By the end of the day, I had snot and chewed up graham crackers and who knows what else plastered all over me. That’s no different than any other day, but when I wear jeans the grossness is not as noticeable.
4) I can do lots of things in a pencil skirt. Drill pilot holes in the corner cabinet to then install a lazy susan? Wash, fold, and put away a bajillion loads of laundry? Bathe splashy children? Check, check, and check. I wasn’t always especially lady-like while doing those things, but when I’m at home with just the girls, who cares?
5) Skirts and dresses are awesome. Maybe I don’t want to wear them every day, but I liked a lot of the outfits I created and will definitely be wearing them more often. Hooray for wardrobe versatility! And for getting more wear out of old favorites! And for being a girl in general!