Friday, October 3, 2014

Lessons from Skirtember

Well! Skirtember is over. I'll admit I had it a bit easy, since I work at home and don't always NEED a real outfit (I also cheated a few times, but it is really hard to work up the gumption to get fancied up just to go to the post office... which I did do at least once.)

These were my take-aways:

- If a skirt or dress requires special undergarments, it ain't gonna get worn.
I've got some of those no-show "hipster" undies from H&M that really aren't bad, compared to thongs, but still. The notion of a strapless bra will not even be entertained. This is a really good thing to know about yourself and keep in mind while shopping :-P

- Getting into or out of a tall car in a short skirt is exceedingly difficult.
I've got a lot of sympathy for Britney and Lindsay now. Though, knowing this information, I probably wouldn't go commando.

- You'll get more comments when you don't wear pants
Some of these will be the creepy-leering-dude sort, many will be the ladies-of-all-ages saying your outfit is cute sort. Nobody likes the first kind, and if you're as painfully introverted as I am you may find the second kind a little stressful too, even though they are delivered with the kindest intentions. I find that sunglasses really cut down on how many people talk to me, as does walking around with a gait and expression that says "I'm running late because of someone else's incompetence and they are definitely losing their job and at least one limb when I make it back to the office."

More like "Keep Calm and Don't Fucking Talk To Me"

- Tights need to be like, three inches longer in the leg.
Seriously, I'm not particularly tall and I don't usually have to buy "long" jeans, but tights crotches are almost always way too dang low. Makes you feel like a penguin, but not as cute.

- A skirt-based wardrobe is annoying to launder
All kinds of tights and fabrics that shouldn't go in the dryer... just how many lingerie bags is a gal expected to own, man? I guess you could choose only hardy-fabric items and skip the tights and it wouldn't be so bad, but...meh.

- I love jeans... but skirts are more fun to style.
They're also tougher to style, since you have to actually consider the colors on your bottom half instead of just going "PFfffff jeans go with everything!" I've got my wardrobe whittled down to a fairly limited palette, though, which definitely helps.

- I definitely feel more comfortable in skirts than when I started
...which was the goal (I'm prone to feeling too "dressy" and getting a bit self-conscious... it's also the reason I rarely wear earrings.) I'm also kind of sick of them, but I'm sure that'll fade. There were a few skirts/dresses I didn't get around to wearing, and now I need to take a long hard look at them and figure out if I really like them enough to keep.

All in all, definitely a challenge I'd recommend.... and it's not too late, I just saw the word "Frocktober" somewhere! And then there's always "No-pants November" and "Dresscember"...


  1. I love this challenge! There's definitely a lack of skirts in my wardrobe at the mo... your Halloween outfit is fab! I'm pretty tall and my tip for tights is go up a size from whatever the packet says, better than hoicking them up all day :)

    1. Yeah that's a good idea- I always worry they'll be too wide but I mean... they're stretchy. So it's probably fine, right?

  2. "Tall" tights are a thing! They're the best.

    If you get the right tights, you can also just throw them in the washer and dryer. Sheer and/or lacy tights need a little more TLC, but well made opaque tights, especially cotton ones, can survive the wash. They won't last more than a few years if you do that, but usually dogs do their damage on mine before the laundry ever gets a chance.

    1. That's good to know! I'll have to keep an eye out for talls. I usually put 'em in lingerie bags because we have the type of washer with a center spindle (I know there's a name for that but I'm blanking) and I don't want them to get wrapped around and pulled out of shape- though I have been surprised by some of the tank tops that have gone through that torture and popped back into shape in the dryer, haha. A few pairs slipped through without getting bagged this month and were fine though- one of the black ones fuzzed a teensy bit, but, wevs.



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