Happy Thursday, fashionistas & welcome to my fashion haus 07.2020, a round up of my latest OOTDs and SIA interpretations. It has been hotter than blue blazes in far west Texas so this summer I’ve gotten over my inhibition about wearing shorts. Or maybe I’m just hotter than I am self-conscious!! Whatever the case, most of my OOTD have featured shorts. And by coincidence my 2 Style Imitating Art interpretations are dresses! Follow me into my fashion haus 07.2020 for a look.
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My Fashion Haus 07.2020
We are roasting in El Paso. Have had about a week of heat warnings and triple digit temps. Yesterday the high was 110* but today we have had a cold front move in bringing a high of only 99*. Really and truly, there is a difference between the two!!
Trying to think back how long I have been wearing shorts again. Hmmm, probably very reluctantly since my first Get Your Pretty On summer capsule wardrobe in 2014.
Before that, I might wear a pair to run, and even as a young mom I didn’t wear them much. Once I turned 50 or so, I wore a few very long walking shorts that I wore like the white ones above. Which were some I bought for the first CYPO summer challenge. I was 56 years old and felt like any shorts I wore need to be ‘longs’.
Fast forward to summer 2020. I am 62 years old. Wearing shorts more often and some that are shorter than the ‘longs’ I wore 6 years ago. I alternate wearing shorts that are between 5, 7 and 9 inch lengths. I have stripes, paisley, floral prints and solid colors. Twill and denim and a linen blend.
Nine Inch Shorts
Where the white shorts above were 11 inches long, I think, the shorts below are 9 inches. Having a print or pattern seems to make them look less long = shorter. The print breaks up the length of all that fabric. My shorts and tee are from Loft Outlet, several years old.
Seven Inch Shorts
Next up, my 7 inch shorts. This is probably the length I feel most comfortable wearing. Even the solid pair on the right doesn’t look 3 yards long!!
In the pics above, the floral shorts on the left are from Old Navy Outlet this year. The blue shorts are from Loft and so are both tees.
Five Inch Shorts
When Alison at GYPO suggested a 5 inch short on the summer capsule wardrobe shopping list a few years ago, I was pretty sure she wasn’t talking to me!! But the gals in the Get Your Pretty On private Facebook group were encouraging everyone to give the 5″ shorts a try. So I did.
And guess what? I liked them. In fact, they may be the most flattering length of all the shorts I own. See what you think.
Not sure if it is better to see 9″ of fabric + my knee or 5″ of fabric + 4″ of skin on this grandma body. Or maybe something in between = 7″ of shorts + 2″ of skin?
My white denim and red twill shorts are from Loft Outlet. My distressed denim shorts are from Old Navy. Can you tell how much I like wearing a kimono with shorts this season? They are like a security blanket…offering a little extra coverage.
How Do You Feel About Wearing Shorts?
Coincidentally, except I don’t really believe there are any coincidences in this world, Alison at GYPO talked about wearing shorts in a recent video on her blog. Would invite you to listen to what Alison says about self-consciousness and stepping outside your comfort zone when it comes to fashion and style. The whole video is very encouraging but if you are short on time, fast-forward to around minute 3:00 for the heart of the message.
Alison speaks about her feet. I have feet issues, too!! And hips and legs and stomach and behind. But finally, at this late date, I am becoming more accepting of the body I have.
Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire
This week I began reading Jen Hatmaker’s book Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire. Well, not reading…listening to. One of the things she mentions in the first chapters really spoke to me. It was something Hatmaker gleaned from an interview she conducted with Dr. Hillary McBride for a 2019 podcast. Jen also mentioned this same light bulb idea when she herself was interviewed by Gretchen Rubin, here. So Jen’s ah-ha moment became an ah-ha moment for me.
I was interviewing Dr. Hillary McBride for my podcast last year, discussing her incredible research on our relationship with our bodies. Her approach was so revolutionary, it was the top-downloaded episode of 2019. She suggested calling our bodies a “her” or “she” as an integrated, cherished part of who we are, not just an unfortunate container carrying around our brains and feelings. It flattened me in my chair. That interview and her work changed me and became the foundational research I used in a chapter in Fierce called “I Am Strong in My Body” which I have never read one time through without crying.
Guess what I have been doing? Yuppers, referring to my body (in my mind…not aloud!) as a she/her. I am so much gentler, more forgiving when I think of my body that way. Would never ever say the things to someone else that I think about myself. Trying hard to change that mindset.
Now let’s move on to some Style Imitating Art interpretations, shall we?
SIA with Daenel, Salazar, Kim and My Sister
I try to open my fashion haus at least once a month but that doesn’t always happen. A few weeks ago, I invited my sister Valerie to join us for the first Style Imitating Art challenge for July.
Paper and Textile Collage
Early in the month, Daenel at Living Outside the Stacks offered the art below for an edition of Style Imitating Art.
I really like the color palette of this piece, the oval shape (I see an Easter egg), and the textures in what looks like handmade paper. After scrounging around in my closet, I came up with this interpretation.
Old Navy denim jacket, French Grey maxi from last summer’s Stitch Fix, Charming Charlie coral necklace, 2-tone chambray flats from Target, DSW thong sandals.
My sister has been doing the summer capsule wardrobe with me so I invited her to try her hand at an SIA interpretation, too. Here’s what she put together for the art Daenel selected.
The colors in Valerie’s kimono are very similar to the colors in the art. I really like her jewelry, too.
Old Navy white shorts and Amazon kimono. She paired this outfit with her new JCrew tennies, some suede sandals, and in the photo below, some good old flip-flops.
I love my baby sister. We have fun no matter what we do together. And playing dress up was no exception.
The Tlingit Mask
Kim at Fierce Fashion curated this week’s SIA art. She decided to have a little fun with this whole Covid face covering stuff and chose this Tlingit mask.
And again this week, I used a maxi dress for my interpretation.
I bought this maxi dress several years ago but can’t remember where! It is very light with an elasticized waist under the off-the-shoulder ruffle. Paired the dress with rattan earrings and wooden wedges.
One of my summer 2020 bucket list activities is to wear a maxi twice a month. Had forgotten how feminine and pretty I feel in a longer dress. They are actually more comfortable in our hot weather than jeans or pants. Love this one and this one for fall. But I guess before I buy any more, I need to be able to wear them somewhere other than the backyard!
What OOTDs would you share from your fashion haus 07.2020? What are you wearing these days? Are you comfortable wearing maxis? Shorts? What length are your favorite shorts? Would love to hear from you in a comment below.
Off to bed. If we hurry, we might be able to fall asleep to the very rare sound of rain as a summer shower has just begun. Things are so dry, we need it to rain all night long.
Hugs and kisses,