One thing I miss most about my younger self is the freedom I felt to go bare without a second thought in the summer time. Nowadays, it’s a bit more of a challenge to stay cool in the sweltering heat! How do you do it?
There are lots of different tactics, because we all have different body parts we want to hide. We all have different styles we find acceptable for ourselves, and we all have different limits. Just how hot does it have to get before you say to hell with sleeves? Even though you feel better in a bikini than a one-piece, does a little bit of belly fat prevent you from wearing one? Are you absolutely married to mid-length skirts because there’s some sag in your thighs?
I have seen some women who are beautiful, stylish, and also dare to bare. Admittedly it’s not often, but from time to time I do see them. She is usually tan, healthy, and tastefully dressed. Her taste is simple, so she attracts attention with subtlety rather than the “bling” I tend to disparage. Above all, she is comfortable with herself; she exudes a quiet confidence. She is not flaunting or flying in the face of good taste.
Just like everything else that has anything to do with taste, it’s all in how you execute it. We’ve all seen those women whose ability to “pull it off” we admire. You look at her and think, “couldn’t do it myself, but she’s pulling it off.” That has typically been my response in seeing one of those lovely, healthy, tan ladies willing to bare.
Is that look easy to pull off? Hell no. There is a fine line between baring and slovenliness, between comfort and decorum. This is the look that I’m personally working on this summer. It’s actually the look I work on every summer. Someday I want to be that wrinkly old brown lady, with the gauzy, backless, summer dress on. The one at the market with the basket on her arm, the great earrings, the great sandals and that’s all.
What do you dare to bare? What tactics do you use to stay cool and sexy in the summer time heat?