Yup, I'm wearing a pair of shorts that I worked out are nearly old enough to vote. I remember buying them in the Ann Harvey shop in Nottingham in the summer of 1996 - which makes them 17 years old. Luckily for me the fabric is something manmade which has proved impervious to wear, tear or any sign of fading (wish I could say the same for myself) over the past 17 years!! They make an appearance every summer - though only worn around the house and garden - and though I have a couple of other pairs (also only worn when no one else can see me), this pair are my absolute favourites. Most years they only get worn a few times but with the prolonged heatwave in the UK, this year I'm certainly getting some mileage from them.
This very hot weather has meant I've had to resort to wearing skirts - it's far too hot to have my legs encased in their usual jeans (even the long-sought-for white jeans have had to remain in the wardrobe as it is just waaaaay too hot and sticky for them too.) I don't like wearing skirts as I have quite swollen feet and ankles (a nice little inheritance I got from my Dad, who got it from his Mother, who no doubt got it from one of her parents too - there's no getting away from genetic inheritance, is there?), so I only possess three of them - two from charity shops and one from a jumble sale.
Those three skirts are in constant rotation at the moment as are the three tops I possess that are short enough to wear with them. (I usually choose tunic-length tops to cover my behind when I'm wearing jeans and that length most certainly doesn't lend itself to being worn with a skirt.) One of the T-shirts is actually a pyjama top that I've had to start wearing as outerwear - apparently it looks OK as I wore it out on Saturday and no one raised any eyebrows!!
I do have to venture to a Post Office tomorrow (I'll be out and about mega early to try and beat the heat) and am hoping that I may be able to find a few more skirt-friendly tops in one of the three charity shops whose doors I will have to pass. Failing that, I may have to resort to retail - yet again - to bolster my 'capsule' heatwave wardrobe.