You’re going to laugh…it’s 90 degrees here and that’s the maximum I can handle. I feel like I’m melting. All I want to wear is either a comfy jumpsuit or a just-long-enough dress. I know it’s my cold Bogotanian blood, in other words — because I hate the word Bogotanian — I’m from Bogotá, a city where the average temperature is 60 degrees all year round. The almost 10 years living in seasonal climate has not overpowered the 20+ years I lived in Bogota. One day…maybe I’ll love sandals more than boots. 

Casual Dresses For That All-Day Lifestyle

So until that day, I’ll look for beautiful, easy-to-wear dresses. Early this summer I got this red dress (from the same collection as this red top I shared before) and have been wearing it non-stop. I just came back from a weekend in Philly (we went for Shana and Mike’s vow renewal and decided to have a kidless weekend). I wore this dress ALL day walking around the city. My plan was to change my shoes later in the day for dinner, but we were lazy, starving, and decided to skip going back to the hotel to change. So I went just like this, and honestly, it was great. This dress proved to be as great for a casual walk and a museum visit, as for a delicious dinner. 

Important note: I hemmed it, cut about 3 inches off. If you’re tall, you’re fine! Would look just like it does on the model, but if you’re petite like me, getting it hemmed is a must. The flared bottom doesn’t look good when it hits too low on your leg. 

1 & done. It's time to celebrate the simplicity of casual dresses for everyday life, mamas. Get dressed easily, look sexy & take this look from day to night. 1 & done. It's time to celebrate the simplicity of casual dresses for everyday life, mamas. Get dressed easily, look sexy & take this look from day to night.

1 & done. It's time to celebrate the simplicity of casual dresses for everyday life, mamas. Get dressed easily, look sexy & take this look from day to night.

1 & done. It's time to celebrate the simplicity of casual dresses for everyday life, mamas. Get dressed easily, look sexy & take this look from day to night.

My 2 Requirements For All-Day Casual Dresses

  • Fabric: When it comes to summer, fabric is everything, you know polyester is basically plastic and not breathable, so I usually try to find one in a natural fabric like cotton or linen, or a blend of it. Rayon, while not entirely natural, is still breathable so it also works.
  • Length: I love mini dresses, but agh as a mom of little ones, I don’t find them very practical, so I usually stick to midi length. You’re also able to avoid those not-hot-at-all red marks on your legs after sitting. 

Outfit Details

Dress – Remember I hemmed it, and it’s worth it for this dress. Since we’re talking fabric, this one is 97% cotton, 3% elastane with a lining that’s 95% rayon, 5% elastane. The elastane is amazing because it allows better movement and recovery. Sometimes cotton without elastane tends to stretch with wear. It’s TTS, but beware if you have a bigger chest, you may need to size up and see if the bottom part doesn’t get too big. 

Sandals – The sandals I’ve been wearing non-stop this summer. 

Necklaces – Choker I Pendant necklace – Btw! It’s adjustable and I love it, depending on what I’m wearing I need a shorter or longer length. 

Shop Dresses To Wear All Day

Below I’ve searched the web for similar dresses, and I added the fabric composition in the description of each of them! Is that helpful? Let me know. Happy day dress shopping!


For more everyday style of this cold-blooded mama, follow me on Instagram (@julietatorresd) and my personal blog The Unbosom. I share more of my style as a mom to 2 little ones, the story of my postpartum body and now my life after an abdominal repair aka tummy tuck. See you there!

3 COMMENTS

  1. I’m a huge fan of maxi dresses with kids. It makes me feel more feminine and put together while also being covered and able to squat down to tie a shoelace. I love all your dress suggestions, any input on their anti-wrinkle capabilities?? That’s something I struggle with when it comes to dresses…especially when my day is full of in and out of the car for carpool. I hate tummy creases.

  2. Thank you so much for mentioning what these items are made of! I also prefer natural, breathable fabrics, but a lot of resources don’t mention what things are made of before they make me fall in love with the look. 🙂

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