What does one wear for a Canadian summer?
- Sweaters and boots? Check.
- Shorts and flip-flops? Check.
Like every place with a northern latitude, our summers are short and the weather variable.
I’ve been to a couple of places where it isn’t. For instance, a week in May in Washington DC was 37 C and sunny every day, with freezing air conditioning in every building. A week at the theme parks in Florida in August was also 37 C every day, with predictable torrential downpours at 4 o’clock. And in San Francisco, it’s cool and foggy every morning, until it clears up around 10 am for yet another 18 degree day! So no, not every place has variable weather. Someone from Jamaica once told me they don’t talk about the weather there because it’s always the same (except for hurricanes).
My summer wardrobe needs a makeover, but so does my motivation to do it!
I work in an air-conditioned building where I’m cold enough to need a sweater. So my summer work wear is dress pants, a plain-colour T-shirt, and a summer cardigan (of which I have many). I buy fresh work T-shirts every year or two – and hang them to dry, to preserve the colour.
At home I have one pair of shorts which I wear around the house when it gets over about 27C! I have a huge stack of casual T-shirts. When it’s too hot for T-shirts (that would be about 8 days a year!), I have a few tank tops.
Confession time – rather than create an actual hot weather wardrobe, when it gets too hot in the house, I will wear a short nightgown all day!
An easy solution would be to pick up a sun dress or two, but I just don’t like them or want to wear them. I have two nice cocktail dresses that I purchased for weddings, so I have special occasions covered, until they look dated.
My problems with sun dresses are:
- Sundresses tend to be cute, and I don’t do cute! I found one last summer that I haven’t worn yet. It is ALL GREY and has an unusual design.
- You need shoes or sandals to match. I only this week found canvas slip-ons to go with the one sun dress!
- They don’t layer well. Either it’s hot enough for one or it isn’t!
- My entertainment for the summer is usually concerts, festivals, family reunions, and other outdoor events which involve sitting on the ground
- My lifestyle does not include drinks on restaurant patios while wearing immense sunglasses
- I don’t go for the flowy, bohemian look – it is just not me.
So there you go, I am just not a sundress person. You would think I’d wear capris, but I don’t like them either. I’m not proportioned right for them!
My solution has been to retain an all-purpose, shorter denim skirt, and to buy a skort. You can layer with them, and wear casual shoes, and sit on the ground! I am not sure these fashion criteria are very typical, though.
The one summer dress I love and don’t own is a classic Dickies dress (as seen at the Hard Rock Cafe):
I would be interested to hear from anyone out there who prefers a practical, less feminine look for the summer. What do you wear? Is anyone but me afflicted with terrible modesty? (No beach wear!)
Of course, I could just emulate Mr. Walk n Talk because he is perfectly turned out every day!
Here are the options I’ve found so far. (Click a photo to start a slide show, if you like)