It’s almost summer where I live, except for the fact that the skies are overcast and the forecast is calling for six inches of snow. Naturally, that’s for today (Sunday). By Wednesday, it should be 75 degrees and sunny.
What’s a mama to wear when the world is so unpredictable?
Now, no one would ever confuse me with being a fashionista. I’m a denim and t-shirt gal. I work from home. I have two little boys who love to roughhouse, play in the dirt, and sit on my lap while they’re eating peanut butter and jelly. My clothes need to be rugged and washable.
But I don’t always want to look like a lumberjack. So occasionally I go in search of something feminine, but durable (if I’m going to be wearing it in the vicinity of my little spawn) or something super durable but cute.
The Icebreaker Allure Dress ($140) comes in a classic, flattering cut. Seriously. I usually avoid simple dresses like this because I don’t have much of a waist. At first I shied away from the dress because it comes with a tie-around belt that I was afraid would accentuate my lack of a (tiny) waist. I’m glad I took the plunge. I love the dress’s neckline, the way it flows, and that it can either be dressed up or down. I can throw a long sleeve shirt and tights on, and it’s a foul-weather outfit. Or I can wear the dress and sandals and I’m summer casual chic. It’s made from thin merino wool, which means it’s soft, durable, and comfortable. And to wash it, just toss it in the washing machine. I wore it to a BBQ last week and got more compliments than I ever have about my clothes. Whether that’s because no one could believe I was wearing a dress or because they actually liked it…well, the jury’s out on that.
I realize that by mid-May in most parts of North America, calf-high boots have been replaced by canvas shoes and sandals. (Or, if you are in Boulder, by Dansko clogs.) But when the weather can go from temperate to temper tantrum, I love my new Keen Bern Baby Bern Boot, $115. I’ve got big and wide feet, and the Keen’s footbed fits them well. The full-grain leather on this boot protects against the elements, and the side zip makes for easy on and off. I can wear them with pants, tights, or, when the weather’s warmer, just socks and a skirt.
So there you have it. If you see me out this spring or summer, it’s likely I’ll be wearing one or the other—or both—of these.