The best summer uniforms, at any age. While I can’t call myself a bona fide minimalist (I have over 60 pieces of clothing, not counting shoes, who counts shoes?), I enjoy the concept of uniform dressing.
I’m not referring to actual uniforms like a judge, a lab technician, or a nun would wear on the daily. But a loosely-defined set of clothing that works on most any day or occasion, and feels authentic. They are the darlings I reach for to be sure that I’m confident, comfortable, and covered. 😊
And having a uniform of sorts doesn’t mean that we never change our style, of course we do. I for one will not be found in stiff, corporate suits, nude hose (argh) and pumps again. The uniform for that chapter of my life has been retired. Ditto the slinky sequin disco jumpsuit, dammit.
With my current summer uniforms, I can do everything I need to do (read, bike, sing, nap, sweep the floor, and drink Tequila). They express my easy, feminine style. By summer’s end I may be praying for the end of time, but this is what I am loving right now.
Here are my current three favorite summer uniforms:
Cropped jeans and a swingy tee or tank. Cropped jeans are my current jam – your jean of choice might be straight-leg, skinny, or wide. I like jeans and skirts more than shorts; if you love them, rock them. Readers over 50: do you bare your arms? I do, because it’s hot and there’s nothing shameful about arms that have lived a few years. Try a swingy tee or tank that flows away from the body.
Cotton or linen skirt and fitted tee. The skirt can be a summer neutral, like ivory, khaki, or navy – or a riotous print. I like the fullness on the bottom and the fitted portion on the top.
Easy sleeveless dresses. In solids or subtle prints, at least knee-covering, and easy to care for. I love a midi length knit dress in neutrals, with pockets and modern lines. A lightweight blazer or cardigan is worth taking with you.
Do you have a range of looks that are “you,” and do you feel uncomfortable when you move outside of your lane? Or are you a true chameleon, happy to change looks as the mood arises, and comfortable in many styles? No wrong answers of course, I love to hear your views.
Stay fabulous and safe, wash and wash and wash, xo
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