Since I moved to Arizona in April, my at-home wardrobe has consisted of a series of sleeveless, loose, breezy, comfortable dresses that I refer to as my house dresses, like this rayon patchwork one that I bought from a street vendor in Boulder about 15 years ago.
And this swingy tie dye number that I only wore once in Gig Harbor on an unusually hot day, but here it's in regular rotation.
Little did I know that this is a trend! I googled house dress to check on the origins of the term (it goes back to our grandmothers' days) and discovered that with summer heat and everyone staying home because of Covid, women are ditching their sweats in favor of loose, comfy dresses. So for once, I'm in style!
The purple tie dye is from Chico's. I bought it years ago and never found the right time for it -- until now.
Same with this painted orange gauze dress from a vendor at a farmers market in Hawaii about 10 years ago. Once I got back to the Northwest it went to the back of my closet, but now I love throwing it on.
This embroidered ankle-length dress from India is one of my favorites, and I'm glad to finally be wearing it every week.
Here is why pants are becoming increasingly uncomfortable:
And who wants anything hot or constricting when this is the weather forecast:
Temps have been hellish this summer, and we're setting new heat records left and right. May through July was the hottest three-month period on record in Tucson, and July was the hottest month EVER recorded here going back to the 1800s. Definitely some climate change going on.