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I know I’ve mentioned this, but when I was in my twenties I backpacked around Europe for several months wearing heels and skirts every single day, because, you know, nothing quite says “backpacker” like a 50-pound pack paired with 3-inch wedges and a micro-mini. That, my friends, is a true commitment to fashion.
With kids, though, that commitment has waned until I hardly ever wear heels anymore (part of which is San Francisco, a decidedly unheel-like place) and I rarely wear dresses because I don’t have the brain space to remember to pay attention when I have to bend over (not good for anyone involved). So when I found Sonnet James I was genuinely thrilled.
Started by a mom of two boys here in San Francisco, Sonnet James makes dresses that moms can play in, which is obviously the dream. And they’re adorable! Full disclosure, I haven’t tried on any of them, but they look super-easy to wear, like you can just throw one on and still be able to crawl under the table at Starbucks to retrieve lost fire trucks.
I also like that they offer quite a bit of coverage, but don’t feel stuffy. I mean this coral number is totally fresh and fun and who knows where she’s off to? A coffee date? A lunch meeting? To hide from her kids in the bathroom? Wherever it may be, she’s going to be as comfy as she’d be in her yoga pants, just look a whole lot cuter.
And because their designs are nice and simple, you can wear them a variety of ways. Throw on a statement necklace or a blazer with this little black dress and you’ve got an outfit ready for a night out.
In this case, they just added a belt and heels to this adorable blue and green number and suddenly it’s ready for work (or in my case, ready for an enormous backpack I can barely lift).
Speaking of which, will you look at this one? They’re paired it with Tevas of all things, the shoe of backpackers the world over, and it still looks cute. I feel like a trip abroad may be in my future…
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