Spring Dress-capades

by kate on April 24, 2021

I’m a self avowed jeans and tee girl. Seriously, almost every day I wear this. I cannot help myself; it’s an addiction. I know there must be a secret club out there to help us mommy uniform wearing bunch but I have yet to find it…maybe J. Crew or Madewell can sponsor us?!? Oooh, that’d be cool.

How about you join me? Let’s make Stacy and Clinton of What Not To Wear proud and start wearing adorable, easy, comfortable dresses. Get out of the jeans. AND the yoga pants. C’mon, you know you do it. You know you wear yoga pants as real pants. I know I do. And, no, I don’t work out enough to justify them either.

I know, I know, dresses are hard to find…they feel so (ahem) dressy…yada yada yada. But if you can find a good dress source, then choosing to wear something other than jeans and a tee would be super easy!

So in honor of founding this secret society of Dressy Mamas, I’ve found a few places that have adorable cotton dresses that look awesome and seem like they’d feel like wearing one big, long tee-shirt. Or nightgown. Only less muumuu-ish and more stylish.

J. Crew - Always a good source, and so ever-present. They are like the Starbucks of clothes stores. Here is what I just put in my shopping cart (!) as I was “researching.”

Strapless dresses usually aren’t my thing, but this one looks comfy and fitted enough to keep me all safely inside, if you know what I mean.

Drawstring striped cotton frock. I’ll wear this everywhere! Can’t wait till it comes.

This green tank top dress is the bees knees. It’s bright for me, but with a few well placed neutrals, I think it will look great.

Anthropologie - I love this store because it’s quirky yet smart, stylish in an effortless sort of way.

Be as bright as the sun in this yellow jersey dress. I have to admit, it’s a little bright for me, but I want to be comfortable wearing it.

Chevron prints are always good for visual interest. I was going to buy a chevron striped rug, but maybe a dress would be better….or maybe I’m going a little far with this whole thing?

And finally a large print that I think I’d actually love wearing. Again, probably with lots of neutrals to tone it down a bit.

Madewell - I think J.Crew bought them, but it seems like their selections are a bit less mass produced.

Another tank top dress. Is this too nightgown-y?

Polka dots make me smile. Could you wear a whole dress of them? Hmm.

And, you have to have a maxi-dress, so I hear. I’m pretty tall, so I’ve shied away from maxi dresses so far.

The thing is, I don’t understand why women don’t wear dresses all the time. What could be easier? Just slip it on over your head and voila! You look great. Of course, there is fit and silhouette to consider, not to mention cold arms and legs, but I think I’ve just talked myself into a dress. What about you?

Oh, and I’ve got to think up a “reason” why my “research” just cost me and my hubby a few hundred bucks of dresses. Got any ideas?!?


top image: J.Crew

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busy kids=happy mom April 24, 2021 at 5:21 am

I love to wear dresses, but rarely find ones that flatter my “mom figure”. I wish we could find dresses that run like men’s clothing - I’m this size here and here and the length is this…. have a perfect formula and buy the right one every time!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm April 24, 2021 at 6:13 am

I’m not really the dress type, but I do love that 2nd dress and it looks really comfy!

MomHomeGuide.com April 24, 2021 at 6:19 am

I like the J Crew dresses — will have to check them out. I, too, have a “mom figure” (I am working on fixing that…), so hopefully I can find a dress that doesn’t show off my flaws! (I need Stacey’s and Clinton’s help big time!)

Joquena April 24, 2021 at 6:53 pm

I can only do dresses with leggings… I guess I’m just not ladylike enough to sit with my legs crossed all day :-)

Shani April 24, 2021 at 8:21 pm

J. Crew has *always* owned Madewell.

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