I’m nearly halfway through my 21 day Skirt and Dress challenge, and Memorial Day weekend (plus the Skyhook fly-in) popped up in the middle of the challenge. Not one to be daunted, I was able to plan and work around not only travel plans, but a few very hot days in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and some fun times at the airport in order to hold steady. Wearing a skirt on a airport tarmac / runway is not the easiest thing to do…on the contrary, it can be very windy at an airport, and that can cause challenges to a lady’s modesty unless the skirt is straighter and has no wrap styling, if you know what I mean!
During the day, when I was helping to judge activities and basically sitting on a lawn chair in the grass, I did not wear my skirts – it was simply impractical for the environment I was in (and the number of BUGS I was fighting!). The evenings were when I got to return to my skirt-and-dress wearing self.
On Friday, May 25th, I was traveling – and you’ve seen that post – it’s the Day 5 post on my blog. On Friday night we went to the annual Skyhook fish fry (my hubby and I) and truly enjoyed ourselves. I pulled on the grey maxi skirt that I had traveled in on Friday. The grey maxi skirt was surprisingly comfortable – even in the humidity of the afternoon, and I was glad I had the matching open cardigan when the sun went down. I paired the maxi and cardigan with a white gauze tank – lined, of course! Added bonus – the t-shirt style material of my skirt is easy-fitting, meaning I was able to indulge in some yummy food without worrying or feeling overly constricted. Comfort and style…perfect match!
Saturday, May 26th was the first day of competition – bright, sunny and HOT. My attire for the competitions during the day was khaki cropped pants and a Black Pilots of America polo shirt – comfortable and relatively cool. At night, I shifted to a beautiful white gauze dress with bright yellow embroidery – part of my recent haul from T.J. Maxx. The dress was lined, giving my modesty some reinforcement. Be careful when purchasing gauze seperates – make sure that they are lined – especially light-colored garments. Also check the lining to make sure IT is functionally thick enough to hide your undergarments, or you’ll be relegated to wearing only certain colors with the garments. Adding a slip or camisole under the gauze just defeats the purpose – you’re trying to get cooler, not warmer! I found that when standing in bright sunlight, even with a lining in the dress, there was a little “show through”. Try to be careful with this – my outfit wasn’t bad or immodest, but forewarned is forearmed!
We finished up the night with a special after-hours gathering where we danced and laughed and had tons of fun. My attire for that night was a navy blue maxi dress (a little less formal than black) with beautiful straps and a low-cut bustline. I wore a scarf as a hip wrap in our home chapter’s colors – the Connie Nappier Jr. Chapter of BPA.
Sunday, May 27th was another bright and beautiful day, the last day of competitions. My cropped pants and BPA polo – this time in white) kept me relatively comfortable all day. The big awards ceremony was that night, so it required ‘dress’ attire. I wore the dress from Saturday night – because when you go on vacation, you do NOT need to bring your entire closet! In fact, with the new restrictions on luggage weight and suitcase size in the airline industry, it could cost you a pretty penny to try and bring more clothing that you truly need. Remember that most of your garment can do double-duty – a change of accessories is what you’ll need to bring a different ‘feeling’ to an outfit and this can be done successfully and at not a huge cost.
Monday, May 28th was our final travel day – headed home – and I wore a black knit maxi skirt with a white tee and ‘cocoon’ open-weave sweater. The high-contrast combination of black and white is one of my favorites, and by choosing whether you wear the black on your upper body or your lower body, you can change your visual proportions. I tend to wear black on my bottom half, leading into black footwear, to give a longer, unbroken line and an impression of greater height. Wear the darker color on the part of your body you wish to “recede” or take the back seat, so to speak. Wear brights and white on the parts of your body you’d like to draw attention to – and especially near your face to draw the eye upward.
Packing for a weekend vacation does NOT have to be stressful or confusing – I made it through a very busy weekend with the following items:
- 1 grey maxi skirt w/matching jacket
- 1 black maxi skirt
- 1 white embroidered gauze dress
- 1 white tee and cocoon sweater
- 1 pair capri pants
- 2 polo shirts
- 1 navy blue maxi dress w/coordinating scarf
- 2 pair sandals – one black, one silver
- Assorted matching and contrasting jewelry
All of the garments I list would have fit into a reasonable-size carryon bag that, depending on the airline and the airplane configuration, might not even have to be checked – making for quicker transit between planes and when reaching your destination. How is YOUR 21-day Dress and Skirt challenge going? Comment below and let me know – I’d love to hear from you and hear your thoughts on what’s changed for you since wearing more dresses and skirts!