I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time finding the perfect summer clothes. I always end up over or under doing it. The tales of shopping stupidly/impulsiveness are legendary around my mom’s house. I bought my car, my laptop, and took trips to Cuba by myself on impulse. I was/am as the impulsive one who is willing to see how far she can take an idea. While I don’t regret the trips, my car (maybe I do) and my laptop, I do regret the random illogical patterns that are now apparent when it came to my summer clothes shopping. As we know already, this summer is going to be a scorcher, and dressing appropriately, and on budget is going to be tough. Because I split my time working from home and meeting clients, I have to find that delicate balance of not looking under dressed and being comfortable and professional. There is nothing worse than showing up at a meeting and looking sweaty and dishevelled. Gentlemen, I can’t imagine how uncomfortable it must be to wear a suit in 100 degree weather.
I was the girl who would go shopping for a tank top, spot a “deal” and buy the same tank in all the colours. Instead of thinking about my cost per wear, I would just stuff everything in my dressers and promptly forget about them. This cycle would occur over and over each summer until I would get to a point where I would run out of room and start throwing things, and donating items out with tags still on them. Yeah, I was that girl.
The last 2 years I’ve started to focus on quality vs quantity, and the fact that I travel so much now makes me look for items that can pull double duty. My fabric of choice is silk. It comes in an assortment of styles and can save your butt on a hot day. Its a pain to wash, however, and I refuse to buy items that require dry cleaning. With a little practise, it is possible to wash these delicate items at home. If you aren’t willing to splurge on silk, there are tons of options that easily transition from day to night and in both casual and professional settings.
Each year, I have seem to have a few must have items that go everywhere with me and are almost in every picture. This year’s tops come from the lovely Audrey at Conversation Pieces. She sent over the first 2 tops, and I am over the moon about them. They are the perfect things to toss in my carry-on and head away for the weekend, or toss on with a cardigan, and pair them with a linen pants or a skirt and head out to see a client. The best part is that I don’t have to distinguish between casual and professional attire. I am able to stay within my summer clothing budget, and still dress cooly and survive this intense heat wave. Most of the pieces are between $25-$40 and certainly worth when I look at the cost per wear.