If you follow me on Instagram, you can’t have failed to notice the fact I spent the past few weeks inhumanly sweaty, bright red in the face, scoffing Pringles and mangos, and cuddling Vietnamese babies. Yep, I cycled 350 miles from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City in 100 degree weather for fun, as you do.
Most of the time I was squeezed into joyfully padded cycling shorts and wicking jersey tops (I will never badmouth synthetic fabrics ever again), but occasionally more modest attire was called for. A highlight of our trip was Angkor Wat – but it was quickly pointed out to Nina and I that our skintight lycra wasn’t suitable for visiting the temple (in fact, just the top level representing “heaven”, which is holier than the rest).
Luckily for me, I had another Colette Moneta maxi up my sleeve (cycling bag)!
Before I left I whipped up this up in about 2 hours, going for the short sleeved version this time, using my maxi skirt hack, and scooping out the back more. I imagined I would wear it under a rotating fan on a verandah, sipping a cocktail… but no, instead, it went on my ridiculously sweaty body and over the top of my padded shorts, having just cycled 20 miles in the heat.
Hence my err… “shiny” appearance! (I heard models have to use Vaseline for the same effect). Please also excuse the crazy sweaty hair, lack of makeup, or any other resemblance of my normal self!
Of course my Moneta TNT didn’t let me down – it’s just the right blend of comfy and swishy, and paired with my raw leather belt nicely. Only downside is that the weight of the jersey pulled the waistband down a bit (despite the fact it has elastic in it) – next time I’ll either use a lighter weight jersey, or shorten the bodice by an inch.
The dress did just the job for covering me up and helping me to narrowly avoid heatstroke that day. It also highly pleased our cycling guides, who seemed to think that I would *usually* wear cycling gear to do sightseeing, and remarked that “in their country” my dress would be seen as much nicer on a woman. Yep, dear sirs, in the US and Europe too.
Here are some final shots of Angkor Wat for you – a truly stupendous site. Did you know it’s the largest religious building in the world? Crazy. The other temples in the area are also phenomenal – some with massive smiling faces, others with miles of bas-relief carvings.
I’m thinking that I must stand a chance of being the most exotic Me Made May participant this year! How about you dear readers – do you make things to take on vacation? Where’s the craziest place you’ve worn a me made outfit?