Year round wardrobe

11454297503_e27946e4ff_hThe passing of time is liquid, like you’re tubing down a lazy river, when you live near the equator. The temperature stays about the same. The sun rises and sets at the same time virtually every day. There is no need for Daylight Saving Time.

So as North America pretty much kicks off Daylight Saving Time right about now, I’d like to pause and recognize that without the change of seasons, your wardrobe rarely needs “a spring cleaning” or a “fall make over,” etc. As a lady, you feel almost like a man or someone wearing a uniform, in that your clothes selection is pretty much always “safe” for various occasions. However, when living in a predominantly Muslim country, to be respectful, you may want to cover your toes and shoulders.

sandals year round--have you missed me Zappos?

sandals year round–have you missed me Zappos?

At the same time, I can reach into my closet and not tire of my “summer selections.” They’re usually clothes that I bought for and on summer break. And actually, I was never really a fan of tank tops or sandals. But in Indonesia, I have grown to appreciate the comforts of tropical living.

It’s taken me awhile though, since I do love my boots. I’ve worn a pair only once or twice each year I’ve been in Indonesia. Yes, literally 2 or 3 days. On none of the occasions was it out of necessity, simply fashion. The only exception was that I took them to Korea and Turkey when I visited autumn during 2 separate October breaks–an amazing concept that must be observed in the US soon. Oh, and I also schlepped a pair to wear back home during the Christmas break 2012. It was a rare treat.

scarf for taxis, movie theaters and church where the AC is set to 22 C or below

scarf for taxis, movie theaters and church where the AC is set to 22 C or below

But be sure to have a wrap handy in your purse for high powered AC situations: taxis, the movie theater, church, etc. In fact, keep it in your purse along with all of the other Indonesian survival items: hand sani, sunscreen, bug spray, and lip balm. Not pictured, an umbrella.

Indonesian purse travel kit

Indonesian purse travel kit

If you live in California or Florida or in the Southwest at all, none of this will be of interest, except the almost exactly 12 hours of daylight and night year round.

Happy Daylight Saving Time to all North Americans and others who observe! I’ll just go back to living my own version of Groundhog Day, the movie, again . . . and again . . . and again . . .

P.S. I have to mention, though, that in juxtaposition to the breezy borderline cruisewear that is my daily wardrobe, you will see Indonesian people in knit caps, puffy jackets, gloves, hoodies, long pants, scarves . . . in 90 degree heat (Fahrenheit, people). They are afraid they will “catch the wind” and get sick when they ride motorbikes.

black dress from Korean subway shop

black dress from Korean subway shop

tailored shirt from a colleague

tailored shirt from a colleague

pink shirt from outlet

pink shirt from outlet


About jaclynfre

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8 Responses to Year round wardrobe

  1. b says:

    So interesting the connection you make between Groundhog’s Day and living in Jakarta. Things I wouldn’t even think about in the schizophrenia called midwestern living!!! You’re not missing anything today though — yesterday, 70; today, snowstorm, 9. Yes, 9. I’m salivating over your sandals and tanks! Enjoy the sunshine today!

    • jaclynfre says:

      One week in March while living in MIchigan, as I was leaving for school on a frosty morning, I saw a patch of sunlight on the floor (a few weeks into DST since otherwise, it’s darker in the mornings) and just wanted to curl up into it and get warm, like a cat. Spring Break seems further away during the LONGEST month of the year for teachers: March.

  2. Jaana says:

    Two days ago we had an unusually warm day for MI. I wore a shirt (=not a heavy sweater). I felt different! Today, however, I am back to wearing my fleece and sweaters. I do love watching the days getting longer!

    • jaclynfre says:

      March in MIchigan is such a tease. Do you remember 2 years ago when there was a week of 80 degrees in March? One year we also had an ice storm, either at the end of March or beginning of April. CRAZY!!

  3. valsgalore says:

    I’ve always wished to live in a warm climate, but I console myself with the thought that, because I do not, I get to have twice as much variety of clothing. Keep the tips coming! I will be visiting Indonesia this summer and everything you say about it is fascinating!

    • jaclynfre says:

      Really? Where will you go in Indonesia? There are so many islands to choose from? I’ve never wanted to live in a warm climate. I took this position because of the opportunity to receive IB Training on the job and also teach Middle School again (I was teaching 2nd and 3rd grade in my previous job). It’s super humid here as well. Which I used to hate, but now realize there’s a lot of benefits to–including never having ashy skin. But it isn’t kind to many hair styles–except maybe ponytails or the crew cut. Looking forward to hearing about your stay here!!

  4. aggiekesler says:

    I love having four seasons, but when I just want it to warm up like I do right now, I’m jealous of your tropical climate! 🙂

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