Clothes to Wear in Arizona When the Calendar Says Winter
Finding clothes to wear in Arizona has been much different than what we used to wear in Denver during the winter. Now I will say that everyone says this AZ winter has been cooler. And that’s fine with us so we can still wear sweaters. But I thought it’d be fun to showcase a day in the life.
Quote of the day: “Most of us live ‘outside in’…we seek to create the right circumstances around us, so we can feel whatever we seek to feel–happy, powerful, secure, validated and on and on. Instead, we can learn to live ‘inside out’…to be able to generate our inner state of well being from within, regardless of outer circumstances. To me that is the ultimate freedom.” Eva Charlotte
This is a quote from one of the speakers at FierceCon in LA this fall. And it’s perfect for everyday. Including this post since we are talking about winter weather and our clothes. Granted, this day we took these photos was warmer than many of the days we’ve had lately. We have been wearing our boots and coats in the mornings.
You can see the variety between the three of us. I wore shorts while Lesley wore more of a cropped pant. But the best thing was the festival we took these photos at. It was my husband’s idea.
Charlotte’s Arizona Winter Outfit
Jeans: My mom made them ~~Sweater: Lauren ~~ Top: Scala ~~ Shoes: Jambu c/o~~ Earrings: ~~ Purse: Style & Co ~~ Visor: Dollar Store
Is it Too Warm for Accessories?
My mom will tell you that no outfit is complete without accessories. I have noticed that in the dead of summer, I certainly don’t wear necklaces as much. Which is why I have gravitated towards larger earrings.
This pair of earrings are ceramic and made by a friend’s son from over 25 years ago. The son was working as dental lab tech which has much of the same equipment as a jeweler. So he would make jewelry and sell it on the side.
As for the visor, my mom hasn’t worn visors much, but this one was a steal at the Dollar Store. It’s a great way to keep your face shaded and not have something over your hair.
The Difference with Arizona Layering
You can see that my mom is wearing a top under her sweater even here in Arizona. In Colorado it would be a long sleeve turtleneck and might even be accompanied by some long underwear too.
For this outfit, the pink funnel neck top is sleeveless. And the blue sweater is very thin and lightweight. It’s always nice to think about the sleeves, so you can push them up if it gets warm.
Sneakers for Any Age
Sneakers are comfortable. Women want comfortable shoes. So the two just go together like peanut butter and jelly. I love how there are so many variations everywhere now.
For a day of walking, it’s nice to have the support of a good sneaker, but also to have some ventilation. That’s the other feature I see on a lot of shoes. Ventilation in either the material or holes in the shoes. It’s like air conditioning for your feet.
Light Weight Jeans
My mom made this pair of jeans right before our Alaska cruise. They are reversible with this print on one side and they are a grey solid on the other side. (You can see the grey side in this post, look under the Skagway header.)
Since she made them, she left the hem raw at the ankles, which gives them a modern vibe. And the material is very lightweight. Perfect for the Arizona weather. The other detail that makes them great for the warmer weather is they aren’t tight.
How Charlotte is Finding Clothes to Wear in Arizona
When we first moved here to Arizona 4 months ago, my mom described the weather as “boring.” It was always the same sunny weather, LOL!! At least now we have been here enough to see some variation.
I did look up sunny days in Phoenix vs. Denver and they are both 300 days of sunshine a year. The best part is we don’t have to shovel sunshine!
My mom purged many of her cold weather clothing items. Some pieces she actually misses and is going to replace. But she is getting used to the weather here she said.
The funny thing is she said her straw hat wardrobe has increased since she’s been here yet she still doesn’t wear them much. I bet she will the more we are here.
Photo credit: Rob Filogomo
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