Let’s play the game two truths and a lie. Can you guess which of the following about me is a lie?
1. One time in college I climbed up on the back of a motorcycle behind a cute guy I didn’t know when he offered me a ride to school.
2. Two secret guilty pleasures: America’s Next Top Model and donut holes.
3. North Texas is setting heat wave records this summer (seriously, 60 days over 100 degrees y’all), and I don’t have one single pair of shorts to wear.
Did you guess which one is the lie?
They’re all true!
Not kidding. Don’t tell anyone about #2.
Now let’s focus on the lack of shorts for a minute because that was entirely unintentional.
Last winter I packed up my shorts and capris into a box of summer clothes before we went to Italy, and when we came back I opened up my box, but I couldn’t find them! I knew they would turn up, so I couldn’t make myself buy new ones when there were perfectly good shorts somewhere in a box.
I’ve been gradually reducing my wardrobe for the past five years, but this was a shortage I didn’t intend. I think I made it work, however.
When I shared my minimal winter/spring wardrobe, I mentioned a concept I use called “The 3-Piece Rule.” The idea is that wearing three pieces of clothing (a top, pants, with a third piece: a scarf, jacket, or cardigan) makes a more complete outfit than wearing just a top and pants. (See the other tips in the post for stylish dressing with a small wardrobe.)
But what do you do when the heat is so oppressive that you can’t wear a scarf, jacket, or a cardigan? And maybe it’s even too hot for pants? Now I know the answer:
You switch to the 1-piece rule: Wear a dress. It looks polished and put together.
Most years in the spring I would have good intentions of wearing cute dresses, but by summer I would default to more casual shorts or capris. This summer I had no other choice but to wear my skirts and dresses.
Sure, it looks like I’m dressed for date night when I go to Target, but that’s not a bad thing. I almost bought some shorts this week, but when I tried them on I thought they were too casual. I’ll just finish the summer with what I already have.
One tip to feeling comfortable wearing dresses is to feel comfortable in your shoes. If your shoes have little plastic heels that make you feel wobbly when you walk, you won’t wear them. My shoes have to feel good to walk in, so I have one comfortable, cute pair of sandals that go with everything.
Wearing a dress is easy. It’s one-piece, basically a long shirt, and you’re not even wearing pants!
For winter I’ll pair them with my boots instead of sandals and add a cardigan.
And for the record, which one did you think was a lie?