There are many things that begin to hint to us that summer is coming to a close. The on-going pressure of back-to-school ads and the slow creeping in of the fall television line-up promos all point strong fingers toward the end of summer and the beginning of cool weather seasons. It's a bummer for so many reasons, but perhaps one of the worst struggles is the everyday battle of what you are going to wear based on how wild of a ride the weather could be in one single day.
Transitioning seasons are a royal pain in the butt. It begins to feel as though mother nature is on a permanent PMS trip and we as citizens of the world have to pay for it. One minute it's scotching hot and the next it begins to downpour and all the while you are standing there sweating in shorts without a raincoat, of course. Even putting your best effort forward to prepare for a sudden change in the weather can be annoying. No one wants to carry a tote full of extra layers and an awkward umbrella only to find out they won't actually need it that day.
The struggles are real, and they are a battle necessary to be had. I am going to lay them all out for you so we can cry together over the immense brawl we take on to look good AND feel comfortable as we face the struggles of dressing for transitioning seasons.
1. TRUSTING YOUR WEATHER APP
One of the biggest errors I make before the weather get's cooler is trusting my weather app. If mother nature can't seem to make up her mind hour-to-hour how am I expected to believe an app that tells me it could rain a few hours out of the day? Usually when that happens I dress for the worst and it ultimately ends up being sunny all day and I am sweating like crazy. Gross.
2. OVER PACKING
To the same point as above, thinking the weather could drastically change over the course of your workday can be just as detrimental. It often requires an extra tote you have to carry around with another layer of clothing and an umbrella because you don't want to be the girl running to the subway with a commuter paper over her head. The downside to over packing is not having to actually use any of the items, yet having to carry this extra bag around in addition to your purse, lap top, and emotional sanity.
3. UNDER PACKING
The opposite of above but worse. This is when you DO become that person with the commuter paper over your head because you once again didn't trust your weather app and assumed it would be gorgeous and sunny all day. And now your leather sandals are ruined.
4. STORING ITEMS AT WORK
Of course the best way to avoid over or under packing for the weather is to leave supplies to work as back-up. This becomes annoying when the weekend hits and that black cardigan you left at work just in case it got cooler is the very black cardigan that would go perfectly with the dress you are planning to wear to dinner.
5. SWITCHING SHOES BACK AND FORTH
In addition to the items you are storing at work you now need to have a shoe collection readily available because no one wants to wear their rubber boots around the office.
6. BEING TOO HOT
It was gloomy before you left your house. Now the sun is out and you are sweating like crazy without many layers to get rid of. Plus, people on the street are scratching their heads wondering why you're wearing a knit sweater when the sun is blazing.
7. BEING TOO COLD
It promises to be a gorgeous sunny day, but after a few hours of running errands the weather does a 360 and it is now freezing outside and here you are in a sundress so cold you could cry.
8. PACKING FOR A WEEKEND GETAWAY
Packing for a weekend trip to the cottage or a friend's house is a complete and utter nightmare. Instead of using an overnight bag, you have to upgrade to two bags or actual rolling luggage because the weather is THAT unpredictable. Back up layers including jackets, pants, sweaters and shoes need to be packed in addition to enough shorts and tank tops to fight a necessary cool down. The only solace in all of this struggle is the promise that at some point or another the weather will make up its mind and you and your wardrobe can once again begin to live in perfect harmony.
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