The paradox of summer ease is in how difficult it becomes to remove yourself from the black hole that is comfort.
Don’t get me wrong, though. I understand that comfort can be a tremendous thing in that it can, if prompted to, remove pain from an equation or make you feel safe when nothing else does. On the other hand, though, it can also propel laziness and you know what laziness propels? Atrophied limbs on the one hand and bad outfits — or worse, passive outfits — on the other.
I’ve been doing that thing I tell you about approximately every three months where I stare into a full closet and state the inevitable if not entirely false: I have nothing to wear.
At this point, I will typically revert back to wearing what lackadaisically makes me feel the most like myself, which is often some version of a striped shirt with denim bottom. But what’s been interesting about this most recent tango with the trivial, unfounded lament is that instead of combining reliable looks that I may, though more likely may not have at some past point combined, I’ve been relying on copying myself and re-wearing two or three YOLO-dressing style outfits that I’ve previously put together, verbatim.
So, what gives? Is my mind is so indolent that I can’t move past knocking myself off, or do my limbs just feel too tired to move past the “recently used” section of my closet? Either way, I blame laziness and believe it must stop — life is too short to leave a closet full of goods pristinely folded and unworn. Should you, too, find yourself falling victim to the same cycle, I say that together we use the above five outfits to cull tips and get the wheels of our closets in motion and bounces back in our steps (or, you know, hair).
From outfit #1, tip #1: Forgo blue denim and consider white denim. Pair it with meme-non-colored sneakers.
Outfit #2, tip #2: Participate in the aftermath of Spring’s plunging neckline trend. That and, why don’t I ever try slicking my hair back tight and complimenting it with funky sunglasses for funky women in North America?
Outfit #3, tip #3: Do not think I am above Birkenstocks just because they are au courant. By combining them with a purse so fancy it is almost alienating, they are elevated. By tying a scarf around my ankle, they’re no longer just another pair of Birkenstocks. The handbag also becomes vaguely more approachable as a result of said ‘stocks and the easy dress buffering the disconnect serves as a welcome reprieve.
Outfit #4, tip #4: Part a) wear a damn sarong around New York, Leandra! Part b) combine navy with white and don’t let your mind trick you into thinking you look like the kind of sailor Amelia aims to marry.
Outfit #5, tip #5: Tie a shirt around your waist but don’t wear pants so that the anterior shirt kind of looks like a skirt. Also, ballet flats, man. They’re so back.
Still confused as to what to wear this week? How about approximating this look! Or, let some Friends of MR guide you through a week of outfits: Maryam Nassir Zadeh and Claire Beermann, right this way!