If you’ve been keeping up, Peter and I committed ourselves to a date a week for the New Year. I’m happy to announce we’ve been sticking with it for the most part. It had nothing to do with booking a double sitter once a day, and more to do with spicing up our regular routines. Ice cream in bed, movies and popcorn on the couch, massages, waking up early to read beside each other on weekend mornings, mini photoshoots, bike rides, and recently, a quick hop over to a local café for lattes and breakfast.
When it came to what to wear, I was a little stumped. I knew it was just a coffee date, but I wanted it to feel like we both weren’t running off to our respective jobs shortly after spending 30 minutes together. I believe that little things make a big difference. Like that time I actually put on a silky dress for movie cuddling instead of a comfortable pair of sweats.
When it comes to doing multiple things in one day, at this point, I’d like to consider myself an expert of sorts. It wears you down eventually, but I know how to do it without feeling worn down during the process of it all. Changing faces, remaining comfortable, and attempting to be my own version of chic and practical along the way. The New York hustle, if you will.
What to wear on a summer morning date.
1. A floral dress. It’s no secret, that I love floral dresses for their patterns, but they are practical anytime you need to transform and feel good all the while. I wanted to feel a little bit romantic while also lending myself the opportunity to hop on over to a meeting without feeling too overdressed.
(A few favorites here, here, and right here.)
2. A top layer. Summer mornings are usually a toss up, they can be either super muggy or chilly, and both can lead into a hot day. Because I wasn’t sure, and the likelihood of an afternoon rain shower was high, I wore a vintage button down over the dress. The woven tones the dress down a bit if necessary, while also giving an illusion of a skirt and a top (if you wanted to feel more casual). And of course, if your dress is more sheer like mine, a woven provides a dry layer in the case of rain.
(Mine is floral, but here are a few favorites here, here, and right here.)
3. Flat shoes. I’ve spent many of my days here hawking clogs, which I still obsessively love. But there is true convenience in a flat shoe. Of course, if the flat has a bit of color to give it some pump, all the better. I love how a bright or muted, yet, classic flat is in style these days. I plan on pairing these flats with a pair of skinny jeans and a chunky sweater for the fall. I can’t wait.
(My flats were a gift from Zou Xou shoes. Another favorite right here.)
4. A straw market tote. If you would scroll through my camera roll, you’d find one too many photos of me and this tote. It has become a life saver, especially on days when the calendar is packed. It’s sturdy and practical. It fits my books, my calendar, a water bottle, snacks, lipstick, and so much more. When I’m running to pick up the kids after the day is done, the bag holds all of their camp things and play things and just things.
(Another tote that I adore right here.)