Monday saw Summer officially arrive for us all living ‘down-under'(well, it happily arrived here in SE QLD on the first day of Spring, but that’s another story) it’s the time when everyone generally thinks about getting their legs out.
Man Woman and Child.
The rising temps start to gently tease away our winter/spring layers.
Razors and fake-tan go to the top of every females shopping list.
I’m no exception to this rule 😉
Spring/Summer also see the arrival of shorts into stores…they have arrived by the bucket-load at Country Road.
Which if I’m truthful, causes me grief!
I think shorts are notoriously difficult to wear. Unless you are stick thin, they seem to cut you off in all the wrong places.
The Fashionable Mum (who positively loathes shorts too) was challenged by her mate Agent Mystery Case to find herself a pair of shorts that she wouldn’t mind being seen in public wearing…you can play along by tagging your favourite shorts pic on IG and hashtag with #shareyourshorts. Just so you know, she rocked the shorts she found!
Any how, as you probably already know by now, my legs are not my favourite body part. Immediately after I spy a pair of shorts, my mind starts to seek out alternative choices for my summer wardrobe edit.
Yes, I love shorts but they are better on other people – One thing I must acknowledge though, is they are the perfect daytime piece when the mercury rises.
I would love nothing more than to feel carefree about throwing on a pair of shorts with a stripey tee. Or a singlet and a floral kimono cape – which is one of my favourite looks.
But if I’m honest with myself, I know that shorts always look so much better on other people, rather than on me.
Yes, I own a few pairs which I occasionally pop on – but I never feel that comfortable. I always find myself messing with them, never content to just ‘be’ when I’m wearing them.
My name is Bev and I’m a very curvy pear.
My biggest problem area on my body, is my thighs. I’m more than ok with having a sticky out bottom, but my thighs on the other hand are my nemesis.
Closely followed by my calves – but I’ll save that rant for another day.
The solution to my dilemma of course, could be to walk round all summer in a fashionable version of a black neoprene wetsuit (yes, always Black lovelies) – something that would hold everything in, at the same time as banishing my cellulite 😉
But it ain’t gonna happen.
Just so you know, my thighs and black will forever be eternal soul-mates – no matter what the season!
So, instead of looking like Morticia from the Addams Family all summer long (just the mention of the Addams Family makes me sound old, right?) I have found ways to feel cool and look summery at same time as making peace/calling a truce with my pins for at least 3-6months of the year.
- Shift Dresses – just above the knee is my limit.
- Maxi-Dresses – preferably floor-draggers.
- Jazzy Pants – think linen, cotton, silk or viscose.
If you hangout over at Instagram, by now you will know just how much I love my Jazzy Pants – when I worked at Witchery it was all I wore.
They make me feel summery and bright (as long as the fabric is breathable – I obviously run a mile from polyester) and I’m more than happy to wear them all through summer.
So on my recent trip to Byron Bay I bagged myself another pair of Jazzy pants, but this time they are palazzo – and all kinds of lovely!
They are the perfect piece for skimming my thunderous thighs.
They are feminine and flowy.
And make me feel utterly fabulous!
Pants: Palm Print Palazzo Pant $129.95 (I’m wearing size 12|) – Witchery
Top: V-neck Poplin shell top $79.95 (I’m wearing a medium) – Country Road
Sunnies: Wayfarers – RayBan
Wedges: Dune London from 2 years ago
Being high-waisted, they suit a shorter top. There is lots of fabric going on in the pants, which means streamlining the top half of your body as much as possible, trying not to add too much bulk and lose definition.
How cool would a matching singlet look? A jumpsuit without the hassle.Yes?
Best bit though?
My thighs are summer ready with not a hint of cellulite in sight!
I just know these palazzo pants will be my summer saviour. I guarantee you they will be on high-rotation for anything from lunchtime drinks with the girls, to a dinner date in the city.
They are a true show-pony piece that I can’t wait to wear…CR Christmas party on the 12th maybe?
Are you a summer shorts wearer? Or do you run a mile to find an alternative like me?
If you’ve found the perfect pair, share the love…