Blouse and Skirt

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Remember the movie Body Heat where it’s so bloody hot that the characters are covered in a sweat sheen in every scene?  The Twin Cities have been doing their own version of the body heat sheen all week.  Turns out that we are a lot less sexy sweaty than Kathleen Turner and William Hurt circa 1981.  It’s difficult to point fingers though because the only outfit that really works in this steam box is an ocean wave layered over one’s altogether.

So, all we can do is try to muddle through.  Kathleen Turner (Matty) did more than that (and mastered the Rule against Perpetuities to boot).  She wore a deceptively sexy blouse and skirt that burned a hole in poor William Hurt’s (Ned) brain.  Any time you have a conversation like this with a guy, you know you’ve got him:

Ned: Maybe you shouldn’t dress like that.
Matty: This is a blouse and a skirt.* I don’t know what you’re talking about.
Ned: You shouldn’t wear that body.
* Fun fact: Jamaicans use the phrase “blouse and skirt” to indicate surprise, as in “Blouse and skirt, you look less sweaty than I expected!”
I did not choose a blouse and skirt today, because I think a dress is better when it is brutally hot.  I went with this ancient, linen JCrew dress and paired it with a very cool 70s belt from Lula Vintage Wear


Subversive Pants

How you like me now?

For the first time since this blog began, I am wearing pants.  Not just any pants — kelly green pants!  (You can see them hanging in my closet above, although there they look like they look like knee shorts.)  Even though bright pants are tres chic for Spring/Summer, they still sort of feel like the sartorial equivalent of the middle finger.  In other words, they feel awesome!

The trickier part is what to wear with kelly green pants.  Whatever you pair with them has to take a back seat to their in-your-face greenness.  I went with a very basic, black twin set and these old Donald J. Pliner shoes.  There may be nothing that bores me more than a twin set, but I think it is ok here.  At least I am not wearing pearls.

ShopStyle has tons of bright pants.  http://www.shopstyle.com/browse?fts=bright+pants#/browse?fts=bright+pants&pos=9_0 

I got these bad boys at J.Crew, and they appear to still be available.  http://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/pants/cafecapri/PRDOVR~57064/57064.jsp

Now, before you jump all over me about wearing capris, given my prior diatribe against them, I ordered these in Tall, so they are more ankle pant-like.  Deal with it.