Sometimes the best laid plans… Wins and Fails
Happy day, Reader Dear!
Whew! We have had the weather from #&%%. And my wardrobe was NOT ready for it. Fail! Yes, I factored in for heat, this is Georgia after all.
But multiple consecutive days above 100 for close to three weeks?
THAT I did not count on. Someone from Texas mentioned that she saw Satan dancing in the lawn sprinkler. I can only assume to cool off!
How hot is it?
The cows are giving giving evaporated milk.
Chickens are laying hard-boiled eggs. AND
By the time you get the bread home from the grocery store, it’s toast!
I subtitled this post Sometimes the best laid plans… because my summer wardrobe plan looked fine.
Until the heat wave threw my capsule plan (and my French 5 Shopping plan into the trash.) What’s a French 5 shopping plan? Here’s some info and how working a F5 has improved my life. Sounds dramatic, doesn’t it?
What Went Right
The inspiration was fine! Win! It’s simply the execution that was flawed.
If you want more about my Summer Capsule Inspo, you can find it here.
What Went Wrong
Well, the weather for starters! That was poor planning on my part. The past two summers have been unusually pleasant. Spring 2020 & 2021 were long and cool and even June brought only a few 90 degree days. Both years, the real heat waited until July and August and then merely hit for one or two days before dipping back into the upper 80’s and low 90’s. This year, we hit the upper 90’s in the first few days of June and triple digits for days on end. (Let’s not even begin to talk about the humidity. #itsnottheheat…)
Sartorially speaking, there’s a big difference between a high of 90 and 105 with a heat index over 115! The hotter the temps, the lighter the clothing needs to be, both color and fabric weight. So when the first predictions of five days in a row of upper 90’s came along, I knew I was in trouble. My summer capsule had a lot of potential outfit combinations, but not enough super lightweight items.
How I Fixed It
I went shopping. Strategically. Shopping is not my first choice, but I had already pulled my most lightweight items for my summer capsule. I needed another pair of shorts and and at least one super breezy dress. (I did find a breezy-ish dress in my box to add. It’s out of sync with my color palette, but a dress is one-and-done and doesn’t need to go with everything else!)
What I Bought
When I found the dress above, I bought two. That is NOT my shopping M.O. (I don’t buy multiples.), but a light breezy poplin dress was exactly what I could imagine wearing for days on end. I’ve worn them on repeat so I have no regrets. The white shorts are another surprise. They will work with anything my white jeans do, so they should be a smart addition. Do you struggle with wearing white? Here are some tips…
I did not intend for this post to turn into one of those Lookie What I Bought/Haul posts you see all over the blogosphere. I have NO desire to encourage the crazy and wasteful fashion cycle! But I also don’t want to pretend that my capsule plans always work perfectly or create the illusion that yours should, too. We are human. Circumstances create change. Living a capsule wardrobe style is not meant to be an exercise in suffering! (Or heat stroke!)
How About You?
What’s the weather like in your corner of the world? Is your wardrobe right for it? Are there any strategic pieces you’d like to add to make your wardrobe work better for you? What are they? If you share, I bet someone reading may have seen what you need and will let you know where to find it! You lovely readers are a generous bunch… Wishing you comfortable sunny days and cool nights. And a cool place to dip your toes!