dress (similar) | hi tops | sunglasses | backpack
Hey hey. Can you believe summer is winding down? No, me neither. Most of the country has even started school already. Gasp. Up here in the PNW, we get until Labor Day (this year, a bit before and apparently everyone went insane about that).
Regardless of school starting, it’ still HOT in many places. I don’t typically wear dresses, but this recent stint of living without AC has made me realize that dresses are the coolest outfit to beat the heat. No thank you to shorts sticking to your nether regions (insert covered-eyes monkey emoji here) or heaven forbid pants above 90 degrees. Nah gurl. Put on a dress and feel pretty even though you’re sweating buckets.
My edit? Balance out girlie pieces (like a dress) with something tougher. I rely on my trusty black hi tops to add an unexpected element to the ensemble. What I adore about this combo is that it’s great for all-day this time of year…cool enough to get you through the heat of the day yet not overly casual for picnics, BBQ’s or dinner on a patio.
Keep reading to see a few no-fail dress styles that have worked really well with hi tops…..
Short Hemline + Denim Jackets
Hi tops can really cut your legs off visually. I like to stick to a dress that hits either above the knee OR has a high-low hemline and flowy feminine details. The denim jacket balances out the sporty vibe of the shoes.
dress (similar shape and style) | hi tops | jacket (similar) | sunglasses | backpack
If you follow me on Instagram (@elletrain) you saw this dress in it’s original length, a maxi that made me look like I was playing dress-up in my mom’s clothes. I shortened it to a much more flattering length and it’s become my favorite to wear with my Chuck Taylor Hi Tops. I’m a sucker for hand-made details and the embroidery on this is so fab.
Sidenote: GO visit the San Juan Islands. We just got back from Orcas Island (we’ve been 3 times now) and it’s so gorgeous up there. The San Juans are just off the NW coast of Washington State and Canada and an easy (but reserve ahead to take your car over) ferry ride from the town of Anacortes, WA. There’s plenty of hiking, kayaking and horseback riding to do on the island – restaurants, art galleries and shops to see, too.
This day we were waiting on the ferry to go to Friday Harbor, on San Juan Island, where we checked out the San Juan County Fair. There were baby pygmy goats, you guys. (heart eyes for days) The seafood up there is amazing, as you can imagine, and the weather this time of year is insanely beautiful. There are many Airbnb places to stay or a few inns on Orcas Island. Doe Bay and Rosario are popular for fancier stays, but I’d highly recommend a place with a water view on the North side. Breath-taking. Lots of photos of that over on the ol’ IG account, too. Seriously. Add it to your list!
Try With a Maxi, But Consider Some Details
dress (similar) |hi tops | jacket (similar) | sunglasses | backpack
This is another dress that is a fave of mine with the sneakers. It does hit below my knees in front, but I think it still works with the high-low hemline and the fact that it’s super light and flowy. I wish every piece of summer clothing I owned could be out of this cotton gauze type fabric. OMG.
Linen + Stripes + Hi Tops = My Fave
Somedays you just need a new perspective. So, this #myeverydayedit photo from the coffee table it was! But I love this combo. It’s my fave fave. There’s just something about linen and stripes in a fun, simple dress that makes me happy. I think this length dress is probably the most flattering, too.
End-Of-Summer Dresses and Favorite Chucks
Any favorite beat-the-heat, interesting outfits you’ve tried? Let me know! It’s still roasting over here y’all.
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I’ll have to skip the hi-tops because I always feel like that height of shoe gives me cankles, but I’m loving the sneakers with dresses look. Great momming look!
I’ve been wearing this combo a lot this summer !! Except I don’t have high tops so Ive been wearing my regular converse shoes (no idea what the style name is haha sorry!), and I love it !!
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I really like what you did with the embroidered dress.
Thanks so much!
Coming from Houston I know about heat and sweat! So forgive the coming rant, it’s freaking August in Houston, I deserve a rant! Personally, dresses really don’t work for me in the heat. I think it’s the thigh rub. Even if you’re blessed with thighs that don’t start a fire when you walk, they’re going to touch when you sit, and skin on skin equals SWEAT. And then there’s the butt cheek touching thigh sweat. Something I never really notice until a single drop of sweat starts rolling down the back of your thigh like the most unsexy lined stockings ever.
My best beat-the-heat wardrobe trick is to keep your body in airconditioning between June and September. And that worked for most of my adult life. But then I went and had these kids, and they like, want to play outside and stuff (ugh). Don’t they know that no wardrobe trick known-to-woman can avoid boob sweat!?!
Girl. Yes. Being from the South and having visited Houston, AC is definitely the best answer.
Lol yes to this comment! We live in San Antonio and it’s even too hot for my 3.5 year old. She walks outside and says ‘hot!’ and tries to run back in the house lmao we honestly just stay inside most of the time from May-November lmao I don’t know how people stay here permanently lol looking forward to moving to the East Coast next year.
Actually, I just remembered something. I did recently find something that kinda works for me. Athletic skirts with built in bike shorts pretty much solve the thigh sweat issues. BUT it’s an extra layer AND it’s hard to make it not look sporty. Therefore, it’s pretty limiting. I attended an outdoor afternoon party in July (it was one of those things I HAD to go to) and I wore the skirt. Everyone thought I just came from tennis, but oh well, at least I wasn’t melting like everyone else. It would be an interesting experiment to see how one could style these kind of skirts into non-sporty looks.
I love dresses in summer but had issues with sweat and thigh rub so didn’t wear them that often. But this summer I tried these slip shorts from target and they are awesome! Super lightweight and comfy and (bonus) now I don’t worry when my two year old tries to hide under my skirt when we’re in public. I’m not sure they’d work for Texas summers but they’ve been a total game changer
for Colorado summers. http://www.target.com/p/jky-by-jockey-women-s-wicking-jacquard-slip-shorts-cafe-latte-l/-/A-49165289
YES! Shorts under dresses solve a million and 1 issues, especially as a teacher and mom. I think I actually saw the idea on this site and decided to give it a try. It’s been a really, really hot summer but I don’t actually find it to be too hot when I have on shorts under a skirt. I find it much more comfortable!
Love the feminine dress with the chucks! Sandals just look boring– the chucks give it an edge. Rock it girl!
Thanks so much, mama <3
Love this look, mama! So easy + cute, especially if you’re going to be walking a lot during travel or sightseeing. Or just on the playground. WORK! <3