As much as I love wandering city streets aimlessly while people watching, there is nothing that makes me feel more free than a good ol’ “adventure.” And by adventure, I’m referring to a journey into the woods/a vacant park/an area that I shouldn’t be entering. Regardless, summer seems to be synonymous with freedom for most teenagers, and inevitably, adventures may ensue. While thinking this over and wondering if I’m the only crazy person who thinks the best days involve discovering empty fields, I’ve come to the conclusion that “adventures” may not always be as faux-/suburban-woodsy as mine. There are many situations that arise during summer where dressing up is just inappropriate. Sight-seeing on a trip? Wandering aimlessly through the city (using feet as transportation)? Or those days when it’s simply too much of a hassle to wear anything that’s not simple?
What to wear when you’re going on an adventure or wish you were:
1. Simple dresses are key. Ideally, cotton is best – it’s breathable and machine washable. Opt for looser silhouettes so you won’t be constantly tugging at stretchy knits. Choose prints for a fun look, or go for solid colors that will go with anything.
2. Don’t go overboard with accessories. If you’re walking around, do you really want to hear piles of jewelry? Didn’t think so. Keep it practical. Sunglasses are a summer necessity, and a small bag that won’t weigh you down comes in handy.
3. Comfy shoes are necessary. This has room for variation though – if you’re walking through a grassy field, it’s pretty safe to say you don’t want to wear heels. However, if you’re taking a city stroll, comfortable sandals would be appropriate. However, looking at my own closet and taking into account the lack of durable but stylish sandals on the market*, I decided sneakers are an appropriate choice.
1. ASOS Bleach Mini Smock Sundress , $35.51
2. Modcloth BFTee Dress , $27.99
3. BB Dakota Ross Tank Dress , $54
4. Pins and Needles Dream On Dress= , $48
5. The Bo Tank Dress in Navy by Alternative Apparel , $22
As one’s idea of adventure may vary, the outfits suitable for adventures are also up for individual interpretation. Loose tanks with high-waist shorts? Yes please. Printed t-shirts with comfy cotton skirts? You get the picture.
So maybe your adventures will turn out differently than mine did today… I didn’t get much further than the park I frequented as a kid. Either way, this weekend is the unofficial start of summer, and with that being said, I hope you all do whatever it is that makes you happy.
For a different view of adventures and more posts by me, visit my personal blog.
*I adhere to a vegan diet, but I also apply those principles when buying new clothing/accessory items. The most practical choices for fashionable summer sandals are usually made of natural materials – from canvas (which is vegan friendly) to leather (which is not vegan friendly). Most faux-leather sandals are simply not durable nor very comfortable.