In June I stepped out of my shorts and pants only life and into a life of skirts and dresses. For two weeks I wore only skirts and dresses, except when exercising.
At first I felt silly putting on a skirt to putter around the house, although that was nothing compared to how silly I felt when I actually left the house.
But, I kept at it. I even bought some new skirts and dresses on Thredup to help me through since I had literally two summer dresses to wear (and no skirts!). And I noticed some things.
I noticed that skirts can be surprisingly breezy. Your choice of fabric matters a lot here, but I bought only cotton or linen skirts and I felt very light and breezy while wearing them. One time a little too light and breezy as I stuffed things into coolers in the trunk of my minivan!
Skirts don’t mean you’re dressed up. They don’t make you try-hard. They are just things to cover your body. They are just clothes.
Skirts can be fun. They can be drapey or twirly; they swish, they swoosh. I found a huge stock of twirly skirts at Goodwill when shopping with my girls in July. We tried on skirts in the aisle over our jeans and I ended up getting two that I never would have even looked at twice before. Sometimes I do want to be a flouncy princess.
In short (or long) I changed my mind on skirts. I now think of them as a component of my wardrobe instead of something to be avoided at all costs, or something that means that I am dressing up. This experiment gave me options. And, really with so few options in life right now, it feels nice to embrace the abundance.
What about you? Have you done a skirt/dress only challenge? Has practicing wearing something different changed the way that you dress?