It’s coming towards the end of summer but that doesn’t mean it has to be the end of sunny days. Who else remembers the various warm Septembers we have had over the last couple of years? Now sunny days require lazy dressing. After all, who really wants to be faffing about with colour coordination and fabric thickness when there is sunshine (and Vitamin D) to be lapping up! (Look at the reformed indoor dweller talking!)
Everybody has a cheat outfit for lazy dressing. I have two combos that last me all year round, with a few seasonal twists in the shoe and cover up department. Seeing as how we’re talking about sunny days, we can forget about the cover up options for now.
Instead, let’s focus on creating one particular lazy dressing combo: tunics, leggings and backpacks! In terms of practicality, this is the queen outfit of lazy dressing. Leggings, regardless of length, are comfortable, flexible and so much cooler in the summer heat. Because, if we’re being honest, no one wants to deal with tripping up on maxi skirts or sweating into their thigh-hugging jeans. Breathable cotton, particularly in go-with-everything black, is just 20 times more practical no matter what you’re up to. Just ask the rushed mum doing the weekly shop; the harried postgrad student in the library; the teenager camping in the rain (again); the girlfriends catching up over coffee (or juice?).
Unfortunately, leggings come with one fatal flaw. They’re not particularly modest when worn with a regular top. With their clingy, reveal-everything-around-the-bum, slightly-see-through nature, leggings don’t exactly score highly on the modesty scale. This is where tunics come into play. Long enough to cover one’s derrière, tunics allow “the woman about town” to enjoy the freedom of leggings while maintaining her own levels of modesty.
It’s not just modesty where tunics excel. Their shorter-than-dresses length makes them ideal for wandering around parks without getting in a tangle. As much as I love maxi skirts, they have a tendency of getting in the way while wandering on an adventure. With tunics and leggings, that problem disappears. Your legs are free to run, jump, leap… or maybe just slowly amble to the local park with smoothie or frappe in hand.
The other fantastic thing about tunics is they remove the need to figure out colour combinations when you just can’t be bothered. I’m a fan of a limited colour range in my wardrobe anyway but having one item to put on definitely reduces the need to match colours. No looking for a top that complements both the colour and shape of my skirt or trousers. Instead, I stick a tunic over my go-with-everything black leggings and I’m good to go. One outfit that ticks off lazy colour combos, freedom of movement, and modesty all in one go! Is there anything better?
Well, when it comes to sunny days in the park, there is one thing. Lazy dressing requires a bag that is equally relaxed and easy.
Introducing the rucksack! Hands-free bags are the best way to go for wandering through parks on lazy days. Okay, so if you’re getting something out, they can be a bit of a pain. But does it outweigh the joy of not balancing your handbag while trying to get a photo of that beautiful tree? Or not having an aching shoulder weighed down on one side?
So a rucksack might not be ideal for shopping, when you’re constantly in and out of your bag. But when you and your friends are heading to the park to laze around on the grass, hands free is what bags are all about. Making the humble rucksack the perfect accompaniment to a lazy tunic and leggings combo.
Photo credits: Mahnoor Khan
Style notes || Tunic: Charity Shop (similar here) | Leggings: Peacocks (similar here) | Shoes: Next (similar here) | Necklace: British Red Cross (similar here) | Sunglasses: Charity Shop (similar here)
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