It’s the beginning of February. This time last year, it was the coldest day in Hong Kong in nearly 60 years. Before I went out for a full day’s activity, I’d checked the weather and acknowledged the temperature… but had still decided to wear a sleeveless tunic dress revealing my bare legs. Beauty is pain, right? Needless to say, it was an unpleasant experience and the late afternoon of the day saw me pulling on a pair of jeans because I just couldn’t take the cold anymore.
To celebrate the anniversary of the day my legs lost all sense of touch, I searched out the exact same outfit I wore on the 25th of January, 2016. Luckily, the temperature was at a comfortable 20ºC this year. I was beginning to get bored of my lazy cold weather fashion formula two months into the winter season and wearing a dress seemed like the perfect way to break it up. And so, to the displeasure of my family, I climbed into the legendary sleeveless tunic dress of my 2016. This, you definitely shouldn’t wear on the coldest day of the year.
See the outfit in action:
First things first. It’s winter, so to match the weather and to avoid looking like a mental case, your sleeves need to be the appropriate length. Since you’re already planning to wear your sleeveless tunic dress no matter the temperature, lessen the craze-factor by pulling on a neutral coloured long-sleeved top. Here, I’m just wearing a thrifted Grey Long Sleeve Shirt (link here) that I bought from the cheap Hong Konger’s heaven, Argyle Centre in Mong Kok, several years ago.
Sleeveless tunic dress
Next in line comes the shining star of your outfit: the infamous Sleeveless Tunic Dress (link here). If you’re more of a girly girl, feel free to opt for a patterned print or even florals to beckon spring’s arrival sooner. I’m personally more into minimal pieces, so my sleeveless tunic dress is a simple concoction of vertical black stripes on a plain white pallet. I got it back in 2014 on a trip to Bangkok, Thailand.
Since your legs are going to be bare with only a short dress on, you’d want to minimise that exposed skin. You can, of course, wearing a pair of tights or leggings underneath, but what’s the fun in that? Tackle the cold the right way and follow my lead: choose Uniqlo Crew Socks (link here). They’re not as boringly safe as tights, but they’re definitely more sensible than anklets… about 5cm more sensible.
If you’re feeling even more risque, then by all means, go for a pair of shoes that expose all. Sandals? Flip flops? Girl, you do live on the wild side! I myself am very partial to trainers, so I swept the dust off my all-white Nike Air Force 1‘s (link here) and matched them with my sleeveless tunic dress. Feel free to opt for booties if you need more warmth, but remember, if you want your outfit to truly remain in this the style of this crazy winter-ignorant outfit, no long boots!
Lastly, to accompany my self-proclaimed normcore dress up, I brought out my Green Cotton Canvas Bag (link here) that I purchased once again during my trip to Bangkok, Thailand. It turned out it was an appropriate choice for the anniversary of the coldest day of the year in Hong Kong because I had a lot to carry. Just look at the bulging fabric! Most importantly, this canvas bag complements the neutral tone of my sleeveless tunic dress.
Looking back at my ridiculous outfit, I’m not sure how I managed to survive 1ºC one year ago.
Well, I suppose I didn’t really survive it because I gave up halfway… I’d thought that backing my sleeveless tunic dress with a long-sleeved top underneath would be sufficient for near-freezing weather, but I had been wrong. Still, it was a good attempt at adapting summer wear to winter wear. At least I can safely say I learned my lesson now!
It happens to the best of us – y’know, wearing something totally inappropriate for the weather in the name of fashion. Or in the name of vanity. I’d love to hear about your own sleeveless tunic dress blunders in the comments!
I’ve got you all covered for outfit inspiration:
- Dirty Little Secrets to Looking Sporty—When You’re Not
- Fool-proof Lazy Winter Fashion Secrets from Me to You
- The Short Girl’s Survival Guide to Wearing a Long Coat
- Why Rose Quartz Is Still My Favourite Pantone Colour of the Year
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