some of what i wore (sept-oct)
A more complete record of what I wore the past few weeks would have much fewer sleeves, because the humidity has truly reached sauna levels. I can't believe there were days where I comfortably wore long-sleeves, but if I recall correctly, I spent one of those days almost entirely in AC (attended a workshop) and the other day was a cool, drizzly day. Even socks seem like a huge thing to ask of me.
The weather has made me really happy about my decision to chop the sleeves off that gingham top, which I've had for a few years now. The top is coarse, almost-linen like cotton, which is perfect for this kind of weather: doesn't stick to the skin like a T-shirt and far more breathable.
I'm also really happy with the linen and cotton gauze tank tops that I've added to my wardrobe this year, one of which is pictured here (the white one with the gathered neckline). It's from OZMA, a new-to-me brand, which I bought secondhand. Had I paid retail, I would have found it pricey for what it is, even after factoring in their sustainable and ethical production ethos. It's nice, but not that nice, if that makes any sense...
Trying expensive and new-to-me labels via the secondhand market has working out for me, as the ones I'm interested in tend to be available online only, making the risk of mistakes high. It's also yielded surprisingly practical buys, as I used to think shopping secondhand was for "Holy Grail" type items rather than useful day-to-day things.
Yet the patterned pants from MATTER (pictured above) for example, is a secondhand buy that turned out to be indispensable; the fabric has been outstanding in keeping me cool yet clothed in this hot weather.
The unassuming sleeveless black dress in the third row is also a nice and practical secondhand find - the Clyde dress from Elizabeth Suzann. Most ES designs aren't my style, but I've been hugely curious about their much-raved-about linen, possibly my favourite fabric of all time. So when the Clyde dress - one of the few ES items that intrigued me - showed up on Noihsaf Bazaar in my size, I went for it.
It was a good choice - the fabric is as awesome as everyone says it is, it's beautifully cut to balance between volume and drape, and it's easy to wear. Would I pay full retail for ES? Sure, if the right item came along. But I'm glad I got to try it out in a more wallet-friendly way first.
An acquaintance recently commented that I seemed to have a lot of clothes, to which I responded: "I do!" She laughed, telling me she hadn't expected me to agree, but she was glad I seemed to enjoy clothing as a hobby.
The competitive aspect of shopping has been on my mind lately, as I'd once or twice swayed too closely to the "collector" mentality trap, where I feel like I need to possess something, even though realistically I won't wear it much. The acquaintance's comment was a reminder of small pleasures, and how dressing myself is one of the things in my life that isn't achievement-oriented. It should stay that way.