A Pants Free Tradition
I’m approaching my fifth summer of no pants policy, and I am so excited. It is by far my favorite challenge and I’m pretty sure I’ll do this the rest of my life.
And this year, I’d like to ask you to join me!
The parameters are simple.
- For a solid six months, the first of April through the end of September, try to wear only dresses and skirts.
- There are, of course, a few exceptions to the rule. Pants or shorts are totally fine if you’re doing an activity that requires them. My pants activities include going to the gym, sailing and painting the house.
- Try to be strict about your exceptions. You may find dresses are appropriate in more situations than you think!
You’re probably wondering why I subject myself to this (especially in Seattle), and why on earth you should do the same. The answers are simple and numerous. Let me give you my sales pitch!
Benefits of a No Pants Policy
Below are the reasons I enjoy this challenge. Maybe some of them will resonate with you.
First and foremost, dresses are way more comfortable and less confining than pants – a thing I live for in the summer months and a thing I desperately miss in the winter.
Dresses also make getting dressed WAY easier.0
Getting bundled up in the winter means I have to pick pants, a shirt, a sweater to go over the shirt, a complimentary scarf, and then the right boots. Oh, and if I’ve chosen booties, I have to be very specific about socks. Is it super cold? Don’t forget the beanie. Then finally, after I’ve selected a coat that is warm enough and does not do a disservice to the rest of my ensemble, I can leave home.
Sherpa lined military parka (similar)
What a pain in the ass.
Now compare to my summer morning ritual. I put on a dress, slip into a pair of sandals, then grab my sunnies on the way out the door.
And bonus…I get to look 100% more fabulous.
Exercising The Closet
I used to be one of those people who loved dresses, had heaps of them stuffed in my closet, but never wore them. I’d have every intention of wearing them… Oftentimes I’d put one on in the morning, just to take it off a few minutes later feeling like it made me too dressy, or that it made me look like I was trying too hard.
I became very frustrated. I hate having crap in my home that I do not use, but I did not want to get rid of my pretty dresses. What to do?!?!
Wear the damn things! And thus, the no pants policy was born. Now all of my dresses get a ton of use each year.
Additionally, I get to stretch my closet creativity in a different way. Shoes can become more of a statement accessory if you’re in the right kind of dress. You can also do a lot of fun things with jewelry, bandanas, hats. And don’t forget the array of lightweight cardigans that can be easily stuffed into your bag. So many fun options!
So if you’re still not sold on the benefits of a no pants policy, I implore you to answer just one question: What on this planet is more wonderful than a Meg Blue gingham wrap dress with pockets?
Not. A. Damn. Thing.
Ok…What Do I Do?
- Just give it a try! You may find that you’re not the kind of person who can wear dresses and skirts seven days a week. Maybe you prefer four days a week – and that’s totally fine! Also, your list of pants-needed activities will probably be very different than mine. Bottom line, you do you.
- Share some of your pants-less stories! Tell me what works for you and what doesn’t. If you run into a bump, feel free to ask questions! You can do this by leaving comments here on this post or sending them to me via the CONTACT FORM. Additionally, if we’re bros on Facebook, you can contact me that way.
- Send pictures! Did you just find the killer combination? Did you just discover a dress that is perfect for you in form and function? I want to know about it!
Periodically throughout the next six months I may post an update with things I’ve heard from you and photos you’ve sent, so please let me know if you do NOT want me to share you’re lovely stories and images.
So…what do you say? Are you in?