You’ve shopped our Summer Survival Guide, made your summer bucket list, and you’re ready for all the fun and all the adventures. It’s time for the most important question: can your wardrobe keep up? Before you resign yourself to a summer of athleisure (which wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing…) check out our picks that will keep up at the park, the pool, and on day-to-night excursions, all while keeping you looking fresh this season:
The perfect summer dress turns an “I woke up like this” look into a really, really good thing. This HATCH Collection tank dress hits mid-shin and is sure to keep up with little climbers, and looks as good with a baseball hat and tennis shoes as it does with hoops and heals. If you still need nursing access, this trendy number is as discreet as it gets. And if you didn’t know, now you know: a wear-anywhere jumper is pure wardrobe gold.
Basic tees can be dressed up with the right accessories; look for designs with a slightly longer bodice to keep you covered during all those momma-ups and momma-downs. Nail French-girl-chic with a classic boat tee from SAINT JAMES featuring a very modern update: UV protection. When the inevitable heat wave hits, you’ll be happy to have this linen tank in your closet.
Ditch the workout capris for dress-up-or-down joggers, and here’s a hidden gem: shorts in the perfect length (and a TON of colors) courtesy of Target. Love the look of denim shorts, not so much the feel? Meet your match: Madewell’s pull-on chambray shorts.
Parenting toddlers can feel like high-impact exercise, so be sure your shoes keep up with marathon morning walks and impromptu games of tag in the park. Allbirds’ Tree Runners are made of super-breathable eucalyptus pulp (who knew?). And great news for grown-up feet: the super comfy, oh-so-chic PLAE kicks aren’t just for kids anymore. To put a little fun in your step, these classic Seavees slip-ons in a eye-catching Trina Turk print fit the bill.
Beach and Pool
The only thing harder than sunscreening a writhing toddler is, well, sunscreening yourself. Rather than spray your back and hope for the best, cover up: Snapper Rock offers SPF 50+ rash tops, and Cabana Life’s cover ups feature the same coverage with prints-a-plenty. For easy-on, easy off footwear you’ll use for so much more than beach jaunts, check out the endless color options at Freedom Moses.
For the times you don’t need a fully stocked diaper bag, reach for an abbreviated version perfect for the essentials. The Bindle Bottle is a fully insulated water bottle (truthfully, one of the best we’ve tried) with a lower storage compartment, perfect for keys, credit card, and a small snack. For a truly hands-free experience, Freshly Picked’s Park Pack is perfect for the essentials — it even fits up to a size 6 diaper. Weighing under 1.5lbs, the Boundless Charm bag by diaper bag newbie Humble-Bee is one of the lightest we’ve used, but its features — like a built-in wet bag, removable diaper changing kit and 4-bottle insulated pocket — rival best in the biz.