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Monday Musings on Cotton Gauze, Long Skirts, and 4 Ways to Wear Red Pants

Monday Musings on Cotton Gauze, Long Skirts, and 4 Ways to Wear Red Pants

Happy Monday, ladies. This week, I’m musing about the fashion choices I’ve spotted other women making while traveling. This is what I wore to fly home on Friday.


When I got home to my wardrobe on Friday, it looked uninspiring and bland. Perhaps it’s because I’m still dragging my tail feathers from my recent bout with COVID, but I’m wondering if it indicates I’m in the mood to shake things up a bit. My daughter urged me to take it slow, so the citron yellow top I adored, did not get ordered yet, and I’ll see how I feel in a few days.

Here are some of the things I spotted. I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please share in the comments.

Long Skirts

I spotted many women wearing long, almost maxi skirts with athletic sneakers on the streets of Helsinki this summer. The look seemed ‘off’ when I first started seeing it, but the more outfits I saw, the more it appealed to me. Long skirts are cool, easy to wear, and a great solution for covering your legs in the heat. Athletic sneakers may not be my first choice with a skirt, but there’s no denying they’re comfy, and the skirt length conceals much of the foot. You could see the shoe as these women walked, but all it looked was sensible and comfy. I only have a few skirts but the more I saw, the more I wish I’d packed mine. Are you a fan of maxi skirts? Do you feel the length gives you more freedom to choose comfy footwear?

Cotton Gauze

I spotted no less than 5 women wearing cotton gauze sets in the airport last week. All were pants with some type of coordinating top. I used to think of this look for more leisure time, like running errands, being near the ocean, or hanging close to home, but apparently not!

These ladies all looked coordinated, comfortable, and put together in an elevated way. Several wore white sneakers, and a few wore sandals. I think what really stood out for me was that they all looked modern and stylish. They were also in colors, not a black, beige, or white in sight.

Cotton gauze is one of my favorite fabrics for summer because it’s cool, easy-care, and never requires ironing. Many brands are making them this year at all price points. I believe you get what you pay for and also recognize that we must shop within our budgets.


4 Ways to Wear Red Pants

Styling your clothes in multiple ways saves money and allows you to work with a smaller wardrobe. That’s not only good for your wallet, it’s good for the planet. It makes getting dressed easier when your pieces can be styled for different looks. You may think red pants wouldn’t be versatile, but here are 4 easy ways to wear red pants.

collage showing capsule wardrobe wirth red pants and 4 ways to wear red pants

Outfit #1

Outfit #2

Outfit #3

Outfit #4

This is just the tip of the iceberg for the number of outfits you can create around one great pair of red pants.

Thanks for reading, and be sure to wear what makes you feel confident.

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