This past week fall has suddenly arrived in San Diego and it took me by surprise, especially when it comes my wardrobe. This year, more than ever, I just want the warm weather to last forever - I don't like the cold and I don't like layers and layers of clothes.
It's no secret that I love wearing dresses, not only because of how feminine they are, but also because of how easy an outfit they make. I got used to throwing a dress on and going about my day. I feel my best and most comfortable when I wear a dress.
But, when it got cool this week and I had to cover up,
In spite of the official fall season, it's still warm in SoCal, so I can't think of wearing jeans during the day (I explained why in this post). So yes, my go-to outfit, on pretty much any given day is a dress. But not all dresses are made the same. Sometimes, I want to wear a dress that covers everything up without being or feeling constricting - you know, something I can throw on and run, if I need to. Shirt dresses are perfect for that.
I also talked about how I find and where I shop for affordable clothing here. It was in one of those stores once again that I found this shirt dress I'm wearing here, for which I have received many compliments. I have worn it so many time already, just because it's that comfortable.
Yes, here I am shamelessly wearing white after Labor Day.
It's bewildering to me that in this day and age, people are still following the "no-white after Labor Day" rule.
I read somewhere that this so-called fashion rule comes from the 1900s, when women were wearing dresses so long that they touched the ground. Labor Day marked the beginning of the rainy season, therefore, wearing white was a no-no, since they would get extremely dirty in the muddy streets. During those times, it made perfect sense to switch to darker colors and forget about white until after the warm season would come back.
I follow rules that make sense and I would like to understand, why, out of all the ones in this country, this is one that some people follow as if it was a religion. I am not trying to shame anyone for doing so, I only want to understand one's position, so I stop feeling like I'm committing a fashion-crime every time I decide to wear this color this time of the year.
To me, there really is something about wearing white ANY time of the year, that makes me feel more sophisticated, light and lady-like; after all, I do have to be more careful about keeping white - white.
While everyone is thinking about fall, and rushing into it, I can't help but linger in the summer. Truth be told, I hate cold weather and I hate layering. Layers make me feel heavy and not that comfortable. And no matter how many layers I had on while we lived in colder climates, I was still always cold.
As we're heading into the Labor Day long weekend, I'm still wearing my whites and summer-fit clothes.
I know there are debates over wearing white after Labor Day, and I simply don't get the "no-white" rule, especially in SoCal. As we head into fall, we usually have a lot of warm, sunny days, so not wearing white here is outrageous in my book - call me a rule-breaker.
We have finally had some perfect low-80s days here in SoCal and we couldn't have been happier. I was able to put on something other than a dress and, truth be told, I was looking forward to that.
It's a known fact - we women are crazy about fashion. Clothes, shoes, accessories, the list is never-ending, and there's guaranteed something on that list at any given time. There's also this misconception that nice things must cost more but I have come to learn that you don't have to spend a lot of money to get quality and look good. Of course, this rule doesn't apply to everything, but it works for a lot of things.
I have, however, found so many affordable clothing items that have withstood time and trends and are with me 10 years later - yes I have clothes that are that old and still look like new and don't feel like they're from another "era".
I don't know of where you are, but in SoCal, summer is still going strong - a little too strong, if you ask me. It's been very hot and humid, which is uncharacteristic of the weather here. The only clothes I can wear these days are dresses; I've been wanting to style these cropped pants again, but I seriously can't stand wearing pants in the heat.
Because of this hot weather, our weekends have been low-key, usually somewhere inside, with A/C to keep us cool.
We went to Trader Joe's and I was pleasantly surprised to find fresh lavender, so I bought myself a few bunches - I love lavender. As I'm writing this, I can smell it, coming from the bedroom - I put some in there to help us sleep better; the heat has definitely been impacting my sleep.
When going out these days,
Out of all the things I am or not, it's very clear that I am a dress lover. There's one part of me that is too weak to resist a pretty dress. I've always leaned towards simple style, and when I say simple, I mean easy. We can all agree that the simplest style there can be is wearing a dress, and maybe that's why I love them so much.
I'm not sure when my obsession with dresses began, but from when I was a little girl, I vividly remember a pastel-green fit-and-flare dress that was my favorite and was so sad to grow out of.
I haven't always worn dresses. Throughout the years, I have tried to define my style, just like most women out there. Yet, I've always felt best in a dress. The last few years, I have embraced, without any reticence, this side of me and my closet has been filling with dresses.
One of our favorite things to do in San Diego is visit Coronado Island, which is in fact a peninsula, but who am I to point out the obvious, right?
There's lots of reasons to love this place but we keep going there because it's the perfect place to bike, walk or be lazy on the beach. Another favorite activity of ours there is admiring the amazing houses and their yards/gardens. We love walking around the neighborhoods, while enjoying the quiet streets.
And now that summer has arrived here (meaning, the HOT days are upon us), I'm adjusting my wardrobe accordingly. Gingham has been everywhere this season and it's starting to show up in my closet more and more.
Gingham is everywhere these days and I'm not upset about it, especially when many of the pieces featuring it are simply irresistible This print has definitely grown on me. And now that summer is officially here, so are the gingham sundresses. I asked you in this IG photo, if gingham is a "yes" or "no" and the replies were all pro, which lets me know that you're also liking it as much as I do.
Truth is, I'm not and never will be a casual kind of girl. Yoga pants, sweatshirts, sweatpants or sportswear are not my thing. Sure, they're comfortable and warm for those freezing winter days, but you won't find me wearing them outside my home - no, not even if I have to run to the grocery store. For as long as I remember, I have been drawn to dresses and all the feminine details like lace, ruffles, full skirts and so on. Looking at my blog and Instagram, I think you can get a clear image of what my style is. In fact, this blog was created to share my true style as an inspiration for you to develop your own. But please know that you won't find me wearing or using something I don't like.
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