Is summer over already?
Nooo, it’s not. Labor Day might be behind us, but “officially” we still have two weeks of summer left. Even with some warm temperatures, I don’t feel like wearing all my summery pieces the same as I would a week ago. Kids are back to school, and I’m finally having my normal work time again — I don’t regret having them home — but with preparing myself for my Citizenship exam (I passed!!!) and my family visiting from Colombia at top of my list, and everything else took a back seat.
So what am I wearing in this transitional period?
Style It: Summer Dress = Kimono
I’ve said bye to shorts for the most part, but I’m not ready to part ways with my summery dresses yet, at least some of the more versatile kind. As you’ve seen on my IG (@julietatorresd) and past posts, I love to work them into my outfits with jeans. It immediately feels less summery, more put-together and stylish. One of my favorite ways to wear some of my summer dresses as kimonos over jeans and a bodysuit. It’s simple, yet looks like you put more thought into getting dressed. PLUS, I get to take something I already own and love, and make it fresh — it’s one way to try and make my closet more sustainable.
Note: Do you know how sometimes outfits are planned and photos are taken by a professional photographer? Well, this is none of the above. It was a real family outing — we were taking my 81-year-old grandma to see Brooklyn. Pics are taken by my husband with my iPhone and I was lucky enough to get some good enough for a post haha.
How To Wear A Dress As A Kimono?
- The dress has to be either a true wrap dress or a simple button-down dress.
- It has to have sleeves, short or long, so you’re not worrying about all the straps. However, some sleeveless dresses work great over long-sleeved tops.
- Extra points if said dress has a drawstring to cinch the waist or has some shape to it; this is very important if you’re petite and have a small waist. I personally can’t wear things that have no shape, they look terrible on me! This dress had drawstrings, and I was able to cinch the waist.
Top – Lively seamless bodysuit – Wearing size S. This bodysuit is seamless and very comfortable. It’s been a staple in my closet since I was a breastfeeding mama. I’d wear it under high neck sweaters and wouldn’t worry about showing my belly skin when nursing my baby. Want thicker strap and less cleavage? Try this one!
Jeans – The Tripper (Mother) – I’d only cheat on my Levi’s with Mother jeans. They are rigid enough, yet have some stretch to them. Wearing a 24 that were very tight at first, but I broke them in with my easy process. I prefer tight jeans that get more comfortable with wear, than comfortable jeans that get looser with time.
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It’s end-of-season and you can score some great dresses for less. Here are some favorites.
What are you wearing as fall is on its way? Do you like these easy, put-together mom outfits? As much as I’d like to be more casual, my personality needs to feel more put-together but still comfortable to run around with my two boys.
PS. This is my grandma! I still can’t get over the fact she got to travel to another country at her age for the first time in her life. It was so amazing to see my kids with her great-grandma!
Chao, chao. Julieta
For more dresses worn with jeans, find me over on IG (@julietatorresd). You’ll also find all the high-rise jeans, and a raw and vulnerable take on motherhood. Social media shouldn’t be for the good things only. See you there!