Summer weather in Pittsburgh is notorious for being the 3 H’s (Hazy, Hot & Humid) and the day I wore the outfit I’m featuring in today’s post was typical for the season. I really envy some of the younger women who can work light layers into their summer wardrobe repertoire. Just the thought of putting on one additional piece of material on my body is enough to make me want to burst into Tasmanian devil-like behavior.
The i-cool For Menopause commercial, that targets women in the SHC (Spontaneous Human Combustion) demographic, is sheer genius. If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing this mere 16 second blip it shows three women in three different scenarios all having hot flashes:
- The first one strips out of her pull-over sweater down to her cami right at the table in a busy restaurant.
- Number two comes out of her jacket in the middle of a business meeting. I’d love to know the thoughts of the guy sitting next to her giving her that “what’s your issue?” look.
- While I can relate to all these situations the third woman is my favorite. She’s standing in a packed elevator looking as if she’s going to lose her cookies all the while holding the handle of her handbag with her teeth as she shimmies out of her jacket.
Hot flashes are a wretched malady and unless you’ve experienced them it’s kind of difficult to articulate the misery they evoke. It’s almost as if the heat is rising up internally and nothing combats the thermal nuclear-like updraft. Being that I’ve always been cold I knew I was in trouble when, in the dead of winter (back when I was driving), I’d do my own shimmying routine out of my coat, roll down all the windows, open the sunroof and pray for it to ebb. Right after it would pass then I would inevitably be freezing because my body was damp with sweat. If I thought the days were bad the nights were excruciating as my ‘private summer’ (sounds like an advertisement for an exotic perfume doesn’t’ it?) would give new meaning to the term water-bed. Oh well all this talk of hot flashes leads me into the outfit chosen for today’s post.
A halter top and maxi skirt are pieces perfectly designed for Pittsburgh’s hot, sticky weather.
The Zenana Outfitters lace-top black halter I got from Zulily. The upper part of the bodice and strap consists of a lovely floral lace with the lower part being a lightweight jersey material.
This Kohl’s AB Studios black and white tribal print jersey maxi skirt has a side slit and is soooooo comfy. The elastic waist band and lightweight material makes this such an easy to wear article of clothing. I like that I can play it casual with a pair of sandals or I can dress it up with heels, jacket and jewelry for a summer evening soiree.
My sandals are Bandolino Acherly from 6pm.com. These sassy flat black sandals with a hint of shimmering copper are so, so cute. The banded open toe has intricate beaded detailing that subtly sparkles when the light hits them just right. The back-zip ankle closure envelopes the foot in cozy comfort.
I kept my jewelry simple (just like extra articles of clothing, I cannot wear too much jewelry in the summer): a pair of earrings and two bracelets were just enough for this ensemble.
The earrings I came across in a little boutique while shopping with my cousin. Each of these darling silver hoops, contain 3 hollow mesh balls and between each ball is a rhinestone covered separator. They are very light, airy and I can wear them with ease.
For the bracelets, the one on my right wrist is a black macramé and silver B&B Couture 7 Small Crystal Bead Shamballa that I bought from Beyond the Rack. I love how the crystals sparkle when the light hits them at just the right angle. The black beaded stretch bracelet on my left wrist I got from Kohl’s last year.
At the outset of spring/summer 2014 I said that I would endeavor to wear more light and easy clothing more for comfort than any other reason and today’s outfit achieves this goal. I highly recommend maxi dresses and skirts for their ease of wear. Like I said on previous occasions you can pair them with a tank top, tee-shirt or a lightweight hoodie for a casual chic look.
“I am a fast dresser, 30 minutes max with hair and makeup. I don’t have a uniform, but I like to be comfortable.” ~Diane von Furstenberg