Readers, allow me to introduce our newest contributor, Madeleine! Madeleine Burka Hill is a writer, shoe-lover, and girly-girl raising two boys with her fabulous naval aviator husband. In her spare time, she indulges her online shopping habit and practices yoga. In Dec. 2010, her husband's Navy career will take this self-proclaimed east coast girl and her family to live in central California.
Due to the fact that I live in a locale where summers are super hot and steamy, one of my seasonal staples is little cotton knit dresses. What I love about dresses is the effortlessness: I can grab one piece from my closet and I’m dressed. And the right dress is capable of transitioning from the park to a casual dinner out. This fall, I’m already looking for ways to break up the jeans monotony, so I decided to “autumn-ize” one of my favorite summer uniforms.
My criteria for fall/winter dresses is the same as my summer criteria: not too tight (I want to look casual, not tarty), but not a mumu either, soft non-wrinkling fabric, unfussy yet polished, and capable of spanning at least two seasons.
I adore this J. Crew flannel dress. I’m wearing it with tights (one of the best things about cooler weather, in my opinion) and tall flat boots – all pieces are capable of withstanding a day with my little guys. When it gets colder, I’ll throw a parka on over it. You can catch some parkas on sale already.
As is the case in any season, my everyday uniform always includes a roomy carry-all bag. Although I have my fingers crossed that I’ll soon be able to ditch the pull-ups, I still need a very large bag. Any day I venture out with both boys, I am poorly prepared if I don’t have two snacks, two drinks, and pull-ups on me at all times. Only two of these bags are actual diaper bags, but they all are capable of carrying the many essentials a mom needs.
Here are some potential outfits incorporating all the above elements!
$13 - hannaandersson.com
$164 - rosenberryrooms.com
$198 - zappos.com
$165 - bluefly.com
Quilted jackets »
$128 - jcrew.com