Dress, courtesy Karen Kane
Shoes, Marni via Yoox – similar on The Outnet – more Marni on Yoox
Bracelets, Bibelot – similar
Necklace, Fossil (no longer available) – similar
Earrings, UO (no longer available) – similar
I seldom do sleeveless at work. There’s no rule against it, just my personal preference. Today, however, it was a necessity. Let me tell you a little about what it’s been like here in MN for the past few days:
- It’s so hot that the moment you venture outside you break into a sweat and everything you’re wearing sticks to you.
- It’s so humid that the moment you exit your air-conditioned car, your glasses fog up so badly you must take them off or risk walking into a lamp post.
- Today the heat index reached 117° F (47.2° C).
- There’s an Excessive Heat Warning through Thursday this week. Then it’ll cool down to a mere 89° F (32° C).
- Don’t believe me? Here.
This year, Minnesota has decided to put all of its residents through some sort of weather-related obstacle course, starting with a winter so snowy that we had 10-foot piles on street-corners, moving through a delayed, gray, cold, relentlessly rainy spring complete with destructive tornadoes, and on into a summer so unbearably humid and hot we all want to submerge ourselves in bathtubs full of ice cubes. The weather here really impacts life, and it certainly impacts dressing choices. It influences my mood, my day, and my outfits.
Cold weather is easier for me to handle, sartorially speaking. I may hate it and it may grind my soul to dust after a while, but at least I can layer. The heat/humidity combo, on the other hand, wins. I cannot fight it. I cannot embellish or accessorize when it is this hot and humid because it makes me unbearably physically uncomfortable. The moment I leave an air-conditioned building, I become so visibly cranky that strangers move out of my path. I will be simply dressed until this heat wave breaks and that’s a fact. Those of you who live in Rio, Mumbai, and Atlanta can totally relate, I’m sure.
Heat/humidity wins, humanity yields. Simple as that!
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