I’m feeling that my summer wardrobe is in a very good place. Thank you for all the kind comments on my recent WIW thread; it really helped remind me that the outfits I'm putting together are not as boring as I think they are!

Summer is my short season here in northern New England. Even things from two or three years ago feel pretty fresh to me and aren’t showing too much wear. I also don’t need any indoor-appropriate work clothes from mid-June to mid-August, so I can get by with less. This is good news, because I’m generally not a big fan of summer trends. I’m happy with simple, streamlined essentials to get me through the hottest part of the year and have little need for statement pieces or wildcards. Summer is too short for me to get bored! Winter, when it’s dark all the time and cold cold cold is when I have to restrain myself -- chunky knits, tweeds, boots, denim and corduroy, and all the plaids, please!

Since I’m not seeing much that I want, I am focusing my attention on what I need: new sleep/loungewear and better sun protection. I just culled a bunch of grungy old sleep tops (5-10 yrs old, all thrifted) and am realizing I don’t have many options now! About 3 years ago, I banned myself from buying graphic t-shirts because I felt I had too many and wasn’t wearing them anymore, but the result is that now I don’t have much left to “demote” to sleepwear. I am thinking I’d like to find some very light, drapey camis to replace some of the tees. If I can’t find woven ones, I might settle for one-hundred percent cotton jersey, no spandex. I'd rather have them "relax" a little than feel clingy. I also culled my two oldest pairs of lounge pants and would like to replace them with a wider/straighter leg as opposed to jogger/sweatpant shape.

Revamping my sun-protection was inspired by last week’s canoe camping trip. I was on open water in pretty intense sun a good deal of the time and got really tired of slathering my hands and legs with sunblock. When you’re reapplying all day long, those layers of cream get pretty gross and rub off on all your clothing. And I still ended up with a weird paddler’s tan (backs of hands, tops of knees). So I’m going to try out some quick-dry capris (have not owned a capri in years, lol) and maybe some lightweight surf/swim leggings, to see which I like best. I also ordered some sun gloves (super exciting, I know!). I already have good brimmed hat options, but I looked up the specs for my favorite quick-dry top and learned it’s only SPF 15. I want to look into the rating system a little more to make sure it’s worth it, and then maybe invest in a couple of long-sleeve tops that are rated SPF 50.

That’s about it for the rest of my summer shopping. Thinking about it, I also wouldn’t mind a pair of extremely comfortable, refined flat sandals. But if they don’t turn up this summer it won’t be the end of the world.

(Bonus pic of the canoe last week in the Adirondacks!)

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