Monday, June 8, 2015

What I'm Wearing This Summer


For some reason, Calvin slept in until 8:00 yesterday, which happens maybe once a year. To celebrate, Cory and I slept in until 9:15, ignoring repeated pleas for ridiculous things like breakfast and attention.

The air was so chilly and the bed was so warm. It didn't hurt one bit that Silas and Ruby were watching Holly Hobby's Christmas just two rooms over. I've never experienced Christmas carols in June as a gentle breeze and aggressive train horns blow through the window. It was magical.

Yada yada, we barefly had enough time to get out the door to church, as evidenced by my half-baked hair and lackluster make-up.

But let me back up.

Remember when I went rogue and only bought second-hand stuff for over six months? Well, it got a little nutty. I ended up with, um, several things I'll probably never wear. It turns out greed and discontentment know no price limit, and now I'm paying the price by having a bunch of stuff I either 1) don't understand or 2) plain hate.

I DON'T WANT TO HEAR "I TOLD YOU SO".
At the very least, save it for a day I'm not PMSing.
Save yourselves! You've been warned, and if you're still weighing your risks, keep in mind that Calvin "accidentally" pushed a brand new watermelon out of the van earlier today when we were carrying in groceries.

The point is, of all the ways I've gotten it wrong, I somehow, "accidentally" did something really, really right.

It's called the midi skirt, and it happens to be en vogue this year.

More importantly, you can find them for dirt cheap at almost any thrift store and yes, they're mostly from the '80's, but who can argue with a bold floral or a classic polka dot? Are they high-waisted? Yes. Are waistlines creeping back up? Yes they are. Did that make you think of having a wedgie? Me, too.

But we're talking skirts, people. Waistlines be creepin'. It's fine.

Plus, most of them have pockets!!!!!!!!!!

(It can be tricky to figure out a shirt situation with a high-waisted skirt. But I remembered this pin and gave it a shot. I wanted to wear my gray v-neck, but it was dirty and church started in 15 minutes. Though none of this explains why no one had my back enough to tell me there was a leaf stem on my bosom when this photo was taken.)

I bought this skirt in the fall for $2.50 and it's my new favorite. My kids thought I looked like a waitress from the 1950's. #winning!

WARNING: I'm somewhere in the size 12 range when it comes to vintage midi skirts. Shop accordingly. Be empowered, like Marilyn Monroe!

Incidentally, the t-shirt is a Goodwill find. It's totally basic, but I wear it all the time because it has a long torso.

This necklace came from my church rummage sale for $1.00 and I know it's not real diamonds, but I always secretly think it could be.  It's just that they're really sparkly and also I run a constant screenplay in my mind where amazing and wonderful (and sometimes tragic) things almost happen.

The tote? 50 cents, last week.
But now I'm just bragging.

And it's seersucker, so hate me forever.

If it helps at all, my finger-toes are naked. Bless my heart.

Since  we're practically besties and on the topic of skirts, I have some undergarment wisdom to pass along.A friend clued me into the magic of Jockey skimmies, which are basically super stretchy, nude bike shorts you wear under a skirt so you don't get sweaty inner thighs or associated discomfort. Though the Amazon reviews are correct - they do fit true-to-size, I'm going to have to take issue with Rebekah's review, which states they look "very sexy" when worn "around the house" with a "camisole." The day is never that I will attempt to be sexy in nude bike shorts. I AM DYING LAUGHING RIGHT NOW. Oh, humans, you're so weird and hilarious!

Be honest, do you feel like you could get on board with this idea, or is this just a different version of the grandpa day-jammies??

I'm dying to know.



30 comments:

  1. I read the same post about the Jockey skimmies. I picked up a pair at Target, which were priced at $12. But, at the register, they rang up for $3.60! There were no sale signs or clearance stickers to be found. Needless to say, I went back for another pair! Love the midi skirts. En vogue or not, I've been wearing them steadily since the 80's.

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  3. Oh how glad i am to have company in the wearing of skirts in the summer. So comfortable, especially with the jockey skimmies. They have been a go to companion to my summer skirts for a few years now. Skirts are so much cooler than cutoff jean shorts, burmudas, and capri pants.

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  4. I think I'm going to get out and find me a pair of Jockey skimmies....lol they sound wonderful....lol I love reading your blog, you are such an inspiration. I love your sense of humor and your honesty.

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  5. You always look smashing in your thrifted clothes and I am so jelly over your dollar necklace...

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  6. Cut of a pair of tights, or buy thrifted bike shorts. It will save you a quarter!! Love your life!! LOVE IT!!

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    1. I hear you, but the skimmies are super light and breathable.
      I feel sweaty just thinking about spandexy bike shorts!
      Although they might be sexier with a cami???
      Ha! :)

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  7. Love those skirts! Seems like they'd be harder to pull off for us shorties, but if I stumble upon one I will give it the ol' college try!

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  8. your dying?? I'M dying! I thought u were going to continue the thread and say u do your underwear and skimmer shopping 2nd had too! I am greatly relieved by your mention of Amazon. (smiling)

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    1. I have bought swimwear secondhand.
      How do you feel about this admission???

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  9. "you're" "hand" "skimmies" ( . . .see how upset I was??! lol.)

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  10. Those skirts are making me miss my waist. 8 months pregnant and it's nowhere to be found. I barefly even fit into my maternity clothes anymore at this point! (All your bareflies [bareflys?] in recent posts are killing me!) the other day I thought I was having contractions and it turns out my skirt was just too tight. sigh.

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    1. This comment is HILAR. Thank you for "getting" my barefly's.
      Hand to heart, I spell it that way EVERY DANG time. I just don't bother fixing it, because who doesn't love a little inside joke?
      Wishing you elastic waistbands foreverrrr.
      xo

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  11. dang. i'm laughing out loud...and i can hear your smirk-laughing as i read along. hilarious

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  12. I actually like the more modest mid skirt. Don't get me wrong I love to show off my legs, but sometimes short skirts are just not as comfortable as a mid skirt. And most times for vertically challenged women like myself the long maxi skirts are too long. I actually just bought a cute mid skirt on the discount rack at a life is good store at the LV airport last week, that I will definitely be putting to good use this Summer on Martha's Vineyard. I wear a lot of skirts most of the year here in Phoenix and when I live in Martha's Vineyard during the Summer they are easy to pack and wear. Happy Summer to you!

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  13. So cute!! My legs are maybe half the length of yours so I'm not sure it will work but I am definitely keeping my eye out.

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  14. Okay. Longish skirts have been my go-to summer wear for several years now. How have I never thought to solve the sweaty leg problem? I've just been putting up with it, like there was no possible solution. I didn't even realize it until right now, but that's probably where 90% of my warm-weather angst comes from. The leg sweat. I cannot possibly overstate ho much you have just changed my life, Shannan. No joke.

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  16. *how

    I'm not calling you names, I promise.

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  17. If I look really closely, I probably have a "vintage" midi skirt hiding in my closet right now. My favorite length.

    You and Emily have made me a happy camper with your fashion news. Bell-bottoms and higher waistlines? It's just too much.

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  18. Some how you always make it work.

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  19. I have never heard of Skimmies but will check them out since I have two teenaged girls who wear dresses all the time. I discovered one of my girls was wearing my biking shorts from the 90s under her dresses! Didn't even know I still had them!

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  20. i am officially glad to be short for the first time in my entire height-maligned life.** because GUESS WHAT: regular skirts? equal midis for me. this has opened up an entire arena of skirt potential for me, even if the trend only lives two minutes. hallelujah.

    **actually that is a big fat lie. i am quietly rejoicing in my shortness every time i'm hunkered down in the confines of coach on a transcontinental flight. all my friends with the gloriously long legs, i am (theoretically) feeling your pain. pole sana.

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  21. Three things:

    1. Silas CRACKS ME UP. Love the poses.

    2. Yesterday, my daughter gasped, laughed and ridiculed my unsightly panty lines. "They are so THICK!" (Thank you not so very much, Jockey underwear.) I am putting the Skimmies into my cart right after I get off this site.

    3. Love thrift stores!! I scored a pair of Tod's slides and a pair of Loubotins at our local one for the unbelievable crazy prices $1 and $2!!

    Hope you are enjoying your summer.

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  22. it's maybe been a year since i've read a blog post.
    but i"m bopping around your blog while
    my kids are swimming in the 106 degrees.
    bless your heart, i really have so specific comment to this post, just that i like you so much.
    i am hoping you are having such a relaxing vacation and feeling taken care of.
    you are a treasure and i really need to remember to read your blog more often so i can laugh alone in my echoing house.

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  23. YES. I recently discovered sun dresses, and thus, bike shorts! The yoga pants like top holds in the tummy, and the legs prevent unsavory chafing in the absence of any thigh gap. But NUDE!? Gotta get me some of those because my black shorts show under the white dresses. And that floral midi? SLAYS me! <3

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  24. Ok. So I admit it. I have forsaken spending time here as much as I used to.
    Gah.
    But when I was sneaking a bit of catch-up today at the end of a work day, this undie thing made me laugh out LOUD IN MY OFFICE!
    I could almost imagine a COMMERCIAL of everyone "joining forces together" to show their undie pride! So cute you are.
    I shall never forsake my reading of this planet ever again!!!!
    I seem to MISS too MUCH!!!!!

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  25. Ok. So I admit it. I have forsaken spending time here as much as I used to.
    Gah.
    But when I was sneaking a bit of catch-up today at the end of a work day, this undie thing made me laugh out LOUD IN MY OFFICE!
    I could almost imagine a COMMERCIAL of everyone "joining forces together" to show their undie pride! So cute you are.
    I shall never forsake my reading of this planet ever again!!!!
    I seem to MISS too MUCH!!!!!

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  26. I Reeeeeaaaaallly want to do the midi skirt thing. But I'm fluffy and girthFULL. Not sure I wouldn't look like the circus tent. But you? Girl you are rocking those midis. Keep on! :)

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