I guess the title of this post should be Short Substitutes for Women Who Choose Not To Wear Shorts. And that would include me. Except for working out and washing windows, I prefer to cover my upper legs in public. My calves, well, they are awesome.
The no-shorts decision is a problem in Florida, starting about, um, now. And a month from now, daily highs will be in the 90’s. Jeans, my favorite casual wear, will be too suffocating for day wear, although still fine for evening events.
So here is what I’ll be wearing in the day, for casual times (Work wear is simpler, because I go from air conditioning to air conditioning pretty quickly).
- Airy cotton skirts. I love these for steamy days. Gathered waists are more comfortable than zip-and-buttons. Knee length or longer, so I can bike in them too. Machine washable, of course. These are actually cooler than shorts because they allow for more cooling breezes to circulate!
|A couple of bright skirts like this, only 3″ longer. Banana Republic.
- Sundresses. This is a tough category for me, because I don’t like to go out in just spaghetti straps. Most sundresses are built that way. But I have found a few airy dresses with some coverage. These are wonderful for lunch with friends, shopping with my sister, and looking cool. Just add sandals.
|And a couple of these yummy dresses, Athleta. Offered in five colors.
- Knee length shorts. Some occasions call for a pant. If I’m going to be climbing or rummaging or doing a long bike ride, a skirt is not going to cut it. Bermuda shorts are having a revival on the runway, and making their way into the shops. I’m going to pick up a pair of slim Bermudas and try them out this summer.
|I love the slim shape of these Bermudas. Vince Camuto at Nordstroms.
I’ll tackle the up-top wear next post! How about you: are you a shorts woman or do you seek alternatives when the days get steamy?