Typically I’d wear this dress to church or on a date, since it’s not really practical for nursing. Standing in my closet with two minutes to get gussied up, I would quickly grab my pair of tan wedges and a necklace, or black sandals and black earrings, or ballet flats with a camel cardigan. Those all feel like feminine combinations.
But the last time I threw this dress on, I wanted to mix it with stuff I would normally throw on with boyfriend jeans. Add tennis shoes, a baseball hat, and layer on a green utility shirt and this pretty dress is instantly ready to go for errands, Saturday morning donuts, or let’s be honest, a date… since sporty is one of my husband’s love languages.
Madewell baseball hat // my grandma’s locket
If you’re trying to have a lean closet, it’s really helpful if you can find ways to use even your “fancy” clothes more often. Practice pairing them with more casual pieces from your wardrobe, and suddenly they’ll become versatile staples that you can use more than just a few times a year! This could work for any fit-and-flare dress paired with a button down shirt and slim tennis shoes (NO bulky shoes allowed here!). Also, denim jackets or chambray shirts will always work magic when you’re trying to make a dress more casual.
p.s. More about Sunday morning scurrying, my favorite day to dress up in this season of staying home.