|By Rafa Castells, via Calivintage|
|By Édouard Plongeon for RIKA, via Shotgun Season|
|By Jeana Sohn|
|By Maya Villiger fro Dana Lee S/S 2011|
|By Hel Looks|
|By Maya Villiger|
|By Maya Villiger|
I'm the worst summer dresser--I don't own enough short-sleeved tops to go from one laundry session to another without digging in my long-sleeved shirt pile--and we've reached the point in the season where I feel like it's slipping through my fingers. I'm secretly longing for September (I have trouble admitting it), going as far as romanticising essay-writing and being the perfect student and thinking about, well, transitional dressing. I'm not crazy about the term, so let's just call it 'easy dressing.' 'Easy' in the way I can pick just about anything I own and not melt or freeze. 'Easy' in the way Maya Villiger's girls look: as if they barely put a thought in their outfit, but look and are more interesting--in an understated, friendly, charming manner--than anyone else in the room.
Dressing should feel just right, for a reason or none whatsoever, rather than be stressful or burdensome. I added my own version of 'easy dressing' to my long list of inspiration. I often stress about what the items I purchase reference or connote, but I'm learning not to justify my taste and purchases to myself, and assume that I can acquire many (mostly second-hand) items one month, and none the following. The above Velour skirt is, for me, an example of wearing what feels right. I have trouble buying brand new items, but after trying it on, I couldn't take it off my mind. I wouldn't have given it a second thought if I had seen it in a photo, and I wouldn't have thought I'd ever own a pink (or rather, 'faded red') denim skirt, but I've been wearing it every day since I bought it, and I just have to slip it on and go about my day.
Here's to effortless style being truly effortless.