I have to admit, getting dressed here in Texas — especially during the summer — has been a challenge for me. It’s hot and humid … and no, I don’t mean “hot.” I mean TEXAS HOT. Yes, yes, folks warned me and I argued that it’s also hot and humid in NYC. And it is … but at least NYC gets a break from the heat in the fall, winter, and spring. Here, it’s hot all the damned time. Well, except for maybe three or four months when it’s hovers around 70 degrees and then folks say it’s “nice.” 70 degrees is still too hot for me, especially in February! But alas, this is where I am right now so I need to suck it up.
And by “sucking it up” I mean that I need to find ways to cope. My wardrobe has changed significantly since I moved here. I’ve been focusing more on cotton and light shoes, and less on velvet, tights, and boots. While I mostly still wear black and dark colors, I’ve discovered LuLaRoe through a new friend and that means flowy clothing and leggings in crazy patterns. It’s called survival, folks, and I intend to survive in the most comfortable and glamorous way I can.
I’m learning that the lighter cotton found in athletic wear does really well in this heat. The top that I wore on Saturday is actually from a plus-sized workout collection found at Kohl’s. I deliberately chose a larger size so that it fits more like a tunic, covering my tush so that I can wear it with leggings. The cotton is light, breezy, and quite comfortable in the heat. The skirt, also bought at Kohl’s, is more of a broomstick rather than a real tailored pleat. It has the appearance of real pleats without the need for ironing, a plus in my book. Again, it’s made of cotton and is comfortable in the depths of the afternoon heat. Together, the outfit is a smart and cool rift on a vintage, 20s vibe. My bat necklace from Alchemy Gothic, bat earrings from Blood Flowers Jewelry, and leopard print Mary Janes from Hot Chocolate Design completed my outfit.
How do you survive the summer heat?
The Run Down:
Skirt and blouse: Kohl’s
Shoes: Hot Chocolate Design
Necklace: Alchemy Gothic, bought at Gothic Renaissance, NYC
Earrings: Blood Flowers Jewelry