I love summer (like, a lot), and even more so since I moved to Michigan and experienced the pure bliss that is a Michigan summer. But..dressing for summer?
Yeah, not so much.
There’s nothing like trying to get dressed on a hot summer day to to stir up all those body insecurities I spent the last nine months convincing myself I didn’t have. It serves as a good reminder of why Fall is my favorite season- jeans and oversized sweaters aren’t just favorite outfit options- they are precious protective layers! I’ve joked before about my “cottage cheese” thighs, but it’s a lot harder to find the humor (ha, ha….ha?) when I’m trying on shorts and bikinis for the first time of the summer. And, (TMI?) I’m a big time “sweat”er and sweat + shorts = an uncomfortable, irritable Jess.
So over the years I’ve figured out a few ways to adapt my summer wardrobe to soothe my summer style stresses: skirts and dresses (ha! that rhymed). Midi skirts are the length I feel most confident in. My favorites are midi skirts with side splits, because they cover enough skin while allowing me to stay cool (or at least less sweaty). In July and August I usually throw on a basic tank or lace cami, a midi skirt and my Birkenstocks and I’m good to go for the whole day. Here’s how I styled a few of my favorite midis….