Asymmetrical top, Thrifted / Drape skirt, Thrifted
When the temperature rises, our immediate response is to shed layers of clothing. I find that difficult to do because I consider clothes as armor and the more I pile on, the more secure I feel. That is why it is rare for me to step out with just a shirt and jeans. The last time I did that felt like utter shit. I can only pull that off with certain pieces of apparel, pieces that feel like second skin: my trusty oversized button down, a favorite black top, a breezy dress.
Personally I think that only confident persons dare present themselves to the world with only the barest of vanities. I envy them, men and women who traipse through life effortlessly, or at least seemingly so. Maybe someday I too can be secure with myself and get some self-esteem.
I'm not alone in this though. Many women feel incomplete without a ton of slap on their faces. I've met people who act as if they lost an arm if they forget to bring a handkerchief. Meanwhile I get jittery if I'm not swaddled in yards of cloth. I may have managed to lessen my accessorizing but I compensated with thinking of more ways to hide myself through clothes.
It's ironic that I'm writing this wearing a striped shirt (a great staple), loose trousers, a pair of cotton mary janes and nothing else. And I feel fine. Maybe it's really just a matter of perspective.