I live live live in dresses. Sure, I wear shorts and jeans and other, more casual options, but when it comes to easy spring and summertime style, nothing compares to a dress. They’re easy, versatile and comfortable, and they’re my go-to on hot days. It’s not that I’m lazy, but, okay, well it is because I am lazy, but who can blame me? I am crazy busy like every single other mom I know, and let’s face it, sometimes one piece of clothing is all I can manage to get on in the morning. And fortunately, a dress means that one piece is enough. But sometimes, I get bored. Everyday dresses, by definition, need to be versatile and somewhat casual, which can also make them a little predictable. So how do you take a dress from dull to delightful? As always, the answer is accessories, and a statement piece that elevates the entire look. Here’s a simple formula for a daytime dress look:
Dress + Flats + Statement Accessory = Adorable
Easy peasy. Whether it’s the bag, the necklace, or even a fabulous pair of sunnies, the statement accessory (or two) can really bring a simple dress to life. Here’s proof, in 5 different affordable spring outfits to suit 5 different BeautyMommy styles. (Don’t know yours yet? Click to take the 2 minute QUIZ). Best of all: Everything is under $50. (Yes, even the shoes and the bags.)
1. Relaxed BeautyMommy Style
This easygoing look features a soft chambray dress that can be dressed up or down, versatile neutral accessories and a necklace for a statement pop of color.
2. Boho BeautyMommy Style
A pretty lacy dress is a huge trend for spring, and with the addition of super-girly accessories this look becomes even more feminine. The pink clutch adds a pop of color and ties the look together.
3. Classic BeautyMommy Style
This updated striped dress is the foundation for a look anchored by classic, timeless accessories, like a raffia clutch and gold hoops. This time, the red shoes are the statement accessory.
4. Chic BeautyMommy Style
Trendy chic moms will love this clean, on-trend dress in pale blush, accented with bold black. The gorgeous clutch is the statement piece in this look, adding color and texture.
5. Preppy BeautyMommy Style
Springtime and preppiness go hand in hand, and they both share the same crisp, breezy manner and nature-inspired motifs. This easy, timeless look starts with a striped dress and finishes with bold preppy touches, including bright canvas sneakers, which serve as the statement piece. Substitute ballet flats in an equally sunny shade if you prefer.
Inspired? Try this at home, with dresses and accessories you already own, and create a few fresh new spring outfits without spending a cent, then photograph them for later reference. Because, tragically, the days of wearing easy, breezy spring looks like these are still weeks away. And until then, there’s shopping.
Uta Rollins says