Fluttering Around

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Winter is surely not the time to be thinking about hummingbirds. Hummingbirds are the stuff of spring, summer, and warm, sunny days. Hummingbirds make you think of flowers, nectar, and greenery. They do not make you think of frigid temperatures, snowfall, or–worse–dead grass and barren tree branches.

But sometimes we have to bring a little summer to our winter. That’s what I did yesterday. I wore a hummingbird shirt, and I felt great because of it.

Aren’t these creatures lovely? I wore this shirt with a tank top and necklace I got over 10 years ago from a boutique in Charlottesville called Cha-Cha’s. Here’s the whole look:

People loved the shirt. Students told me how much they loved it. One student said that my shirt-necklace combo was on point. Another said that it reminded him of a game he plays with kids at camp, wherein he asks them what animals they would ride into battle, and the hummingbird–albeit a larger than life one–is a popular choice.

I like to wear clothes that surprise people. You know, the kind that make them go, “Are those birds? Oh, they’re hummingbirds!” I like big, bold patterns. I like drapey shirts, too.

A word to the wise when it comes to these kinds of shirts–the bold graphic drapey ones–wear a basic neutral underneath. A white or black tank and pants let the shirt do its thang. Keep the focus on the top, not the bottoms.

Alright, y’all, we still have a lot of months left in the winter, but that doesn’t mean it has to be all solid turtlenecks and fleece. Spice it up a bit!

You never know, you might just feel light as air and flutter around the workplace. 🙂

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