When I wrote about the positive things I’ve discovered about wearing skirts, I mentioned in the comments that I’d be doing a post about this. I have really enjoyed this experiment and am surprised that I’ve actually been able to dress this way about 95% of the time. However, there is that 5% of non-skirty time that will likely grow to a higher percentage in the upcoming months and here’s why:
1. When it’s cold, I just want to wear pants. Wearing skirts in the summer has been quite easy for me overall and I love how much cooler and more comfortable I am. The weather is mostly still sunny and nice, but every once in awhile the chill of Fall moves in along with a few raindrops, and my pants are just calling out to me! I definitely plan on pairing leggings with my skirts and dresses, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to do that every day especially once it starts getting “for reals” cold. But you know I’ll be honest about my outfits since part of this experiment is about stretching myself and moving beyond my comfort-zone.
2. When I don’t feel well, I just want to wear pants. And it doesn’t necessarily mean that I feel sick, but maybe just, you know, not much sleep, lots to do etc… Lauren said it best in the comments, “I love skirts/dresses and all things feminine but there are just days when all you want are your stretchy yoga pants.” Yep.
3. There are certain types of tops that I think look better with pants. Primarily I’m thinking of tops that gather at the bust and flow down from there creating a shapeless mid-section. Paired with a skirt, I feel like I just look like a big sack. For example, I didn’t particularly care for this outfit, and think this top looks better paired with pants or capris. This is a matter of personal opinion of course.
4. There are certain activities that are best handled in pants. I’ve mentioned before that I teach childbirth classes. For the classes that I’m demonstrating the pregnancy exercises (think squatting and butterflies) and pushing positions, I’m just not going to handle that in a skirt. The potential for flashing is just way too great and I’ve got not just women there, but their husbands too. Pants it is. (Although for other classes where I’m not doing those activities I’m happy to wear my skirts.) Rachel in the comments said, “To be honest, it is not easy to be all skirt-y and feminine with some of the things we women are required to do these days. I decided to rearrange my bedroom without my husbands help and threw on very old jeans to get the job done.”
Here is an example from today. This is what I wore to church.
After church we came back home and I took the kids to play tennis. It’s pretty chilly out today, so I threw on these for running around the court:
Anyways, I want to encourage you that wearing skirts doesn’t have to be an all or nothing thing. Prior to this experiment I was 95% in pants/shorts and I’m definitely glad I’m out of that rut.
Have a wonderful day!