When it comes to summer, I rely on trusted uniform dressing to get me through the sticky, awful days. I want to look presentable, so no shorts for me (I do own a pair, but they are worn only when exercising). I prefer longer lengths—cropped pants, midi-length skirts—because hot legs mean swollen legs. And it all has to go with ballet flats, the only shoes I’ve worn since coming back from Paris.
I tend to wear variations on two basic looks. Above is the first: Cynthia Rowley midi lace cotton skirt, paired with whatever clean black top hangs in the wardrobe. Slip on some silver jewelry, step into black ballerinas, and grab the Dalvy—and now I’m ready. I wear this to visit friends, to run errands, to attend my commercial acting class, and most recently to meet up with a gang of Hermès devotees at the Madison boutique.
My second uniform is more casual with a touch of the tomboy. I have a handful of Issey Miyake pleated trousers, and the three cropped versions have been in heavy rotation these past two months. I wear them with the Uniqlo linen sleeveless button downs purchased over the last two summers—or with the sleeveless lace cotton tops I purchased at Uniqlo this summer. In my super humble opinion, Uniqlo is the best source for easy summer dressing, so I’ve gotten into the habit of picking up three or four simple tops each year. These three are all the summer shopping I did this year. When the heat is so overwhelming, I care less and less about putting together ensembles—the best is if I don’t have to think at all.
This summer I’ve also gotten into the habit of carrying a lightweight Longchamp tote. It’s an easy way to run errands without filling my hands with bags. Somehow, empty hands just makes me feel less hot. It also keeps a water bottle at easy reach.
What uniforms have gotten you through this year’s summer heat?