When it comes to staying cool and comfortable, the last several summers have been somewhat miserable for me. When I was younger, I froze year round. Not anymore. Now I’m hot more often than cold. My inner thermostat detects 65°F/18°C and begins the meltdown process almost immediately. When I wear long pants and leather sneakers or brogues when it’s warm out, I turn into a squishy puddle of goo. And don’t even think about what nylon and polyester do to my body. It’s gross!
The Journey of a Thousand Dresses has been a real eye-opener in this regard. I simply don’t have nuclear meltdowns when I wear a dress. My whole body breathes a sigh of relief. And, when the evenings cool down, I simply add a light sweater or jacket. What a treat to enjoy summer without feeling the searing heat from inside out!
It’s Time to Dance
A couple of months back I wrote about meeting Laura Tanzer, the Tucson fashion designer who won Emerging Designer of the Year last year at Phoenix Fashion Week. Laura practices sustainability at every turn–from the fabrics she uses to the local people she hires to make the clothes to how she handles leftover scraps when they’re done.
It also means that a lot of her designs are made from fabrics that are not as hard on the environment, such as silk, Italian viscose, and linen. These materials are breathable and soft against my skin. And for those of us with cranky internal thermostats, there’s nothing better.
That’s something worth dancing about!
I purchased two dresses from Laura when I visited her atelier in Tucson in April–a red one and a striped one that is reversible. You might say I purchased three dresses for the price of two.
More reasons to keep dancing!
To check out what Laura’s been up to lately
and to visit her online shop, click here.
Both dresses are sheath dresses. They’re lightweight but not so much so they blow away in a breeze. I can wear them both without a slip or bloomers–which also means fewer hot-flash-inducing layers!
Both dresses are easy to dress up or down for different occasions. I nearly always pair the red dress with the long pendant necklace seen above. On occasion I add a lightweight cardigan and, in early May I added tights. In fact, this dress got me through the toughest part of my dress challenge because it was so easy to layer and change for different situations.
I’ve had the necklace for years.
Find vintage pendant necklace styles here on Etsy.
The striped dress is even more flexible because it’s reversible. To create a similar but different look, I simply flip it inside-out.
Here’s the lighter side:
Here’s the darker side:
This is a great piece to travel with. It doesn’t wrinkle so I get double the mileage out of it without taking up too much space.
Keep Dancing and Wear Fun Dresses
I started out the month of May uncertain if I would be able to go a whole month wearing a dress every single day. It was a difficult challenge–surprisingly so. But I’ve discovered–and am still discovering–the marvel of dresses as everyday wear. Not only are they easy to style but they keep me cool during the hottest season of the year.
I’ve got two more posts on this Journey of a Thousand Dresses. Next week I’m off to spend time with my parents but I’ll be back August 7th doing a Fab Collab with the ladies of JTouchofStyle.com. The following week I’ll finish off this dress series with some spunky styles I never EVER thought I’d wear!
Don’t worry, though. I’m not done with dresses. With autumn just around the corner, we’re just getting started.
Harry Belafonte, among others, kept me grooving during the shooting of the photos for this post. If you need a little something to get you moving, hit the Play Button on the playlist below!
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