Petite Fashion Challenge #9: “Heat Wave Appropriate”

I decided to take part in PFC#9! I figured, this challenge can’t be too difficult, I do this just about every single day in the summer (when I’m working)! But as it turns out, it was really difficult. It’s was a huge challenge for me to put something together PFC-worthy because when it gets as humid as it does in D.C. during the summer, I really just don’t care about being creative. LOL.

 

The Challenge: 

Create an outfit that accounts for the various environmental factors that plague us in the summer. I want to know how you dress when it’s 90 degrees outside and 65 degrees inside. Do you utilize peel-able layers? Are you particular about choosing fabric that is light but resistant? Or do you just tack on a blazer over summer clothes?

Here in D.C., it’s more like 100F (37C) outside and 65F (18C) inside, so it’s pretty darn hard to get fancy. And to be honest, I don’t. I also tend to get a little more casual the hotter it gets.  Not really on purpose, but I prefer not have to go through the laundering process (dry cleaning!) of all my nice blouses if I can avoid it. So I usually pick light, machine-washable fabrics because they are much easier (and cheaper) to clean. The best I do is try to add color and mix prints (which I’m not that good at), otherwise it’s usually a skirt and a short-sleeved or sleeveless top because I sweat like a fat kid. Long sleeves is just not a good idea unless I want massive sweat marks circling my underarms right down to the bottom of my shirt. Oh yes, it’s happened. Over top, it’s usually a cardi or a scarf depending on how cold it’s going to be in the office, sometimes even both. =P I actually would prefer to wear a blazer, but it’s not something I like to carry around on my commute to work and I don’t have a permanent office space to store it.

To start:

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Add a colorful layer:

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DRESSED ACCORDINGLY Banana Republic Lightweight Wool Pencil Skirt / GAP Striped Tank / LOFT Linen-blend Cardi / Forever21 Pendant /Michael Kors Runway Watch /LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Zabrina Pump 

 

Or a scarf:

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Scarf: Tolani 

Or, bright colored cardi and a scarf!

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Thanks for hosting, Elle! I can’t wait to see all the other PFC posts!

Bejeweled

DSC07589_2 LOFT Jewel-bib Tee / Theory Larryn Skirt / Ann Taylor Patent Skinny Belt / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Zabrina Pumps 


Do you know what’s great about this little tee? That it accessorizes itself!

You may not notice at first glance, but there are actually few things happening in this outfit:

(1) As mentioned, self-accessorized.  Too lazy to think of jewelry? No problem!

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(2) The fact that this skirt sits right at the waist elongates the legs; and

(3) the high heeled pumps don’t hurt either. Leave out the strappy mary-janes and you give yourself a longer leg line.

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High-waisted skirt + non-strappy pumps = long legs!

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(4) While the skirt and the shoes elongate the legs, the little belt actually draws attention away from the fact that my torso is very short (and it would be really emphasized if I removed the belt); and last, but not least,

(5) This skirt flares out at the waist camouflaging my very narrow hips.

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This simple outfit is actually doing a lot of work for which I’m thankful, because it disguises my true laziness.

Take me to the Street Market

Because that’s what I feel like doing when I wear this fedora. It’s the closest I’ve come to finding the perfect fedora that I’ve been searching for forever. I managed to find it for $15 on Goorin.com. It’s a little bit too tall, but it actually fits my small head, so I’m not going to complain too much about it:

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 Hat: Goorin Bros. Hammond Fedora / J. Crew Cardigan / Banana Republic Cami / ASOS Patent Leather Skinny Belt / H&M Flower Pin / GAP Broken-in Skimmers / Miz Mooz Kaylee Cork Wedge Sandals / Michael Kors Runway Watch / American Apparel Medium Carry-All 

 I know my blog hasn’t been extremely exciting the last little while. I’ve been struggling with a lot of personal things as of late. I’ve been making a lot of big decisions only to have them crushed by things that are not within my control (I really just have the worst luck). So deeply frustrating and I can’t help but feel dejected most days. If it all doesn’t get even just a little bit better soon, me and the “man upstairs” are going to have to have a little chat.