Sort of Digression:
Not only do I like the look of layers, and the creativity that is involved in pairing proportions, colours, textures and patterns, I have realised that for me there is also a sensory issue involved. I sleep best under heavy covers, which as you can imagine also makes summer a challenge. I like weight and would probably sleep really well with one of those lead vests they give you in the X-ray department. I have always layered my bedding, with at least two duvets in winter, not because I live in a Canadian Igloo, but because I like the weight of the extra bedding. I have to give up on some of it in summer.
So I am beginning to think there is a connection here to my preference for winter clothes and for layers that also has to do with weight and the feeling of weight on my body. Clearly I am in danger of floating away if I do not weigh myself down!
Now, back to the regularly scheduled programme.
Recently I wore a long skirt with an over-sized washable silk shirt. If I'm just home for the day,having a bad hair day and feeling hot as in sweaty not hot as in sexy, I happily wear it all long and loose, but I also like it tied at the waist layered with another skirt as a cooler weather option as shown in the headless photo. Do you ever just get tired of seeing your own face? I do.
I also experimented with more nightgown dressing. Loose was definitely the requirement for this outfit, as it was one of the hottest days, with little breeze. The dress is, I believe, actually a nightgown but I like it and so I would rather wear it as a dress, though it can't be worn on it's own since the bust coverage is rather ineffective. When I went to the grocery store I put on the crocheted top over it to look a little less like I was wearing something I'd slept in. I also added a touch of lipstick because lipstick always says, hey I really did make an effort today.
Another experiment was in figuring out what to do with a thin, loose little green dress that cannot be worn on it's own and which I love but have yet to figure out how to wear. I think it is going in the upcycling pile, and I am considering sewing this scarf onto the skirt portion as another layer, but maybe I will just wear it pinned on like in this photo. I also really like this purple silk sleeveless blouse worn over top. I often buy a sleeveless blouse that buttons at the waist but won't button over the bust and wear it like a waistcoat. apparently I really like purple silk. The top above is a deep purple-indigo and I am just now recalling a violet silk man's shirt I used to wear years ago. The shirt was violet silk, not the man, though I might quite like a violet silk man.
And finally, I've saved the worst for last. This is what I am wearing right now as I type. I love the individual pieces but I'm not loving the outfit as a whole and I think that is because I feel washed out in all of these pale colours. I was trying a monochromatic look. These pants are the only beige item I own. I generally avoid beige, (or stone or cement or putty -such hideous colour names) but following the advice that beige capris wouldn't chop up my leg line, and with beige being one of the typically available neutrals for summer clothing, I happen to have ended up with these kicking around in my closet.
I attempted all beige, white and brown and even put on my biggest earrings but this outfit is not working and it seems to me that is largely a colour issue. It's all just so blah. I'm tempted to dye the pants and the sleeveless blouse, but I still love the poet blouse in white.
Rumour has it that men hate it when women wear capris or even other women hate it when women wear capris and they are said to be hideously, mummish, and non-stylish. This is me not giving a feck. I think I'll dye these ones dark brown and the sleeveless blouse a nice orange/red.
Did you notice how the metal circles of my earrings look like they belong in the painting behind me? Yeah, I totally did that on purpose.
So there we are, three days of layering fun in a heatwave. It's a long weekend here and I am gearing up to stumble out and do a few things as there are many local events going on. My dear friend's husband plays with one of our best local bands so that's just one event I'm looking forward to.
Have a lovely weekend, dear readers and bloggy friends.