A Portrait Of Feminine Dress, Part 3 ~ Outdoor Activities and Exercise
There is so much to enjoy in the world~ the ocean and lakes for swimming and kayaking or canoeing, wild uninhabited beaches to stroll, woodlands to explore, pastures, and country roads to bike.
Welcome back to Deep Roots At Home for the Outdoor Activities and Exercise portion of the ‘Portrait Of Dressing’ series. I thought this segment would be the hardest of all the posts for which to find good ideas. Thankfully, I came across some really lovely things and have gathered them with their links for you here.
Bring a little romance (not the romance novel kind) and beauty to your life. Here is Tara’s lovely 1940s sundress creation for the beach. How wonderful and romantic it is to have a dress that can double for Sunday worship or for a stroll along the shore to collect shells.
And Shannon is making a splash with this very cute nautical bathing suit of her own creation. For years now, she has made an impact on my daughter’s taste by sharing her creative sewing skills and ideas on feminine dress. Thank you, dear Shannon 🙂
This looks like a painting, but it’s not…it’s from Aspiring Homemaker. Their family shared a sunrise picnic on the beach before the crowds arrived. I can’t imagine anything more lovely than an early breakfast with songs and prayers of thanksgiving as the sun ascends into the sky.
If you ever wished you could go back to a sweeter, simpler time, how you dress can lend that sense of whimsy to how you live. I found this at Rookery Ramblings. She captures a bit of what I mean when she says, “The way that bottom ruffle flounces out with every step just makes me feel so feminine!”
This skirt does not cause problems for my favorite bicyclist by getting caught in any moving parts. It works with light running shorts underneath and is comfortable.
Riding on a horse in a skirt is not unsafe, unless you don’t know how to ride 🙂 These ladies have done this together for years and always in skirts.
In Paris, France, this young lady was photographed dressing with modest and classic good taste. I wonder, is she heading to la boulangerie (the bakery) ? She looks so typically French!
There are times when you just need to get out and work with your animals or help with the birth of a calf! A sturdy woman can handle it, maybe in a skirt, and maybe not. With a shorter skirt, you need not trip.
This is one of the very cutest ways I have found for your young ladies or for any of us to get on a bike or a horse and hit the trail with the men in your family 🙂
Good hiking boots are a must in the Alps. So are a GPS and a camera!
There is some really cute swimwear out there now, too, although a bit more expensive than a bikini that you could floss with. I think it is well worth it, and the fabrics are wonderful.
Pairing pantaloons (bringing back a dreamy idea from yesteryear) and a flowing linen wrap-dress is a wonderful idea. You creative souls can probably make your own 🙂 This collection is from the UK.
There have been a lot of reader questions about footwear…and how to look great in a skirt. I will have to explore this topic of shoes when I get a chance. In the summer, we wear nice flip-flops quite a bit, and they go with everything unless it is dressy. Crocs as foot wear are a cute, comfortable, and a quick on~and~off shoe for treks and also some casual situations.
Such a dreamy look! And very practical.
Homestead and outdoors friendly, this is helpful for gardening, keeping chickens, long walks with the children to catch tadpoles, and work on nature journals where long flowing skirts just aren’t practical. On some of our home-school treks into the wilds, I would get tangled up in vines and thorns or covered with burrs, so I had to rethink what I wore! Lol
There is something refreshing to see a mother and daughter show their affection for each other by coordinating outfits. We still do it here in our home occasionally.
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