Hey friends! So I know Fall is fast approaching and Summer is quickly coming to an end but can we just talk about the heat? It’s been so hot this Summer in Dallas! When it’s over 100 degrees for more than 3 weeks your priority of clothing options becomes comfort over fashion. I can deal with being cold better than I can deal with being hot. I guess growing up in Wisconsin probably has something to do with that but when I’m hot I just CANNOT deal for some reason. I feel like when you’re cold you can always warm up – put on more clothing, wrap yourself up in a blanket, etc. But the heat… sometimes you just cannot escape, especially if you have to be outdoors.
Having recently moved to the Big D from Atlanta I was not prepared for the Texas heat. HOTlanta as it’s been so termed is, well…very hot in the summer so I really wasn’t worried about the Summer heat in Dallas. But when it hit 100+ degrees for a few weeks and 110 for several days in a row that’s a bit more “hot” than I’m used to! And while I’m used to the high humidity in Atlanta where you can almost grab the air and squeeze a glass of water from it to me, Dallas heat is a dry heat. I’m sure there are those that have lived here longer than me that would disagree but to me it’s kind of like opening an oven door and walking right in!
Humid or dry arguments aside, 110+ degrees is just downright HOT! And when you have an outdoor event that requires something a bit more stylish than shorts, a maxi romper fits the bill. I’m not a big shorts fan anyway – I just feel like they cut off my legs at the widest point and make me look even shorter and wider than I am so when I stumbled on this romper I was pleasantly surprised! I actually thought it was a dress when I grabbed it off the rack and hesitated when I saw that it was actually a romper but I gave it a shot anyway.
I’m super critical of my legs which is another reason I don’t like shorts so I absolutely love the fact that this is both shorts and a dress in one outfit! If you do ever see me in shorts you’ll usually find me wearing them with something long and flowy on top. It helps elongate your look and you can “hide” or cover your legs with a long top. Wearing a long sweater or lightweight kimono over shorts has a sort of lengthening effect as it draws your eye the full length of your body and not just to the widest part of your leg. And when you’re short like me you take all the lengthening effects you can get!
This is one of those outfits I probably never would have considered wearing and when I had to find something to wear to a rooftop patio dinner and concert this past weekend I wasn’t sure what I was going to wear. Shorts and a cute top? Nope – already determined I hate shorts on me. A lightweight dress? Nope – too dressy, since most people would most likely be in shorts (except me!) So, I decided I’d give the maxi romper a try. It’s like the best of both worlds – shorts but not shorts, a dress but not a dress! I was still a bit hesitant about wearing it but actually I got so many compliments on it! And let’s be real, compliments will take an outfit from the “one and done” rack of your closet to the “favorites” rack am I right?
This maxi romper just happened to match these shoes I have lived in all summer and the handbag my sister gave me for my birthday that I have just about worn out. Needless to say it was the perfect outfit for the event and I was comfy and cool and therefore pleasant to be around. (But seriously, does anyone else get cranky from the heat or is it just me?) I know it will be hot here in Dallas for a couple more months but I’m seriously ready for some cooler temps!
Photography by Madison Katlin