Wednesday, August 9, 2017

How I Wear My: Sundress, Romper or Jumpsuit

Are you finding it a challenge to stay cool in the height of the heat? It seems like a lot of stylish ladies we see around town make summertime dressing a cinch by reaching for either a sundress, romper or jumpsuit as their go-to essential and building their outfit from there, so Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country and I wanted to devote August’s “How I Wear My” to these three easy pieces!

What a fun post to put together. It was interesting to see that rompers and jumpsuits appear to be either non-existent or in short supply in your closets. I can relate! I also loved all the floral and print looks featured in the photos you sent in. Enjoy!

Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country.

Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country, my lovely “How I Wear My” partner, writes, “I have been living in dresses this summer. I just can’t imagine wearing my jeans this time of year with the heat and I’ll only wear shorts around the house. I was done buying summer clothes a few weeks ago, then I saw this beautiful sundress at Gap and had to have it! I love the red and pink colors, the ruffles along the bottom and it has pockets!”

Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb.

Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb says, “I styled this lovely orangey-red floral jumpsuit for a photo shoot I did with fashion brand JD Williams when I was asked to be a guest editor for their magazine - this was the shot they used on my editor’s letter page. It goes so beautifully with the khaki shirt which I left open like a jacket, and I love the cropped length of the wide leg trousers.”

[Editor’s Note: What a beautiful shot of Catherine!]

Ana of Mrs. American Made.

Ana of Mrs. American Made writes, “I went through my closet and found this the only remaining romper or jumpsuit after my most recent closet purge. I do have some sundresses left but honestly I haven’t been wearing dresses too much lately. So I chose this silk jersey boho print romper made in USA by Nanette Lepore which I have had for several years, but a couple of years ago I added the lace to the hem to make the shorts a bit longer and now I love this piece. It’s easy to wear - just throw on shoes and I’m done. Here I am wearing some espadrille wedges for a bit of height!”

[Editor’s Note: I love that Ana added the lace hem to make the romper work for her better, particularly this beautiful wide lace. I also love these colors on her!]


My good friend Rosie, looking as elegant as ever, is wearing a dress and sweater by J. Crew, a Kate Spade necklace, beige suede shoes, and carrying a Coach handbag. She writes, “Navy is my black. I like to include a pop of color with Navy. Usually, it’s something red, like the Coach Handbag. Recently I have been using a bright yellow as the color pop.”

Greetje of No Fear of Fashion.

Greetje of No Fear of Fashion says, “Would I wear this dress to the beach? As the word sundress implies? No, I won’t. But... I only put this dress on when it is very hot as it is very lightweight. Without a lot of sun I would be very cold wearing it. Which makes it a sundress in my universe.”

Teresa. Photo by Denton Taylor.

Photographer Denton Taylor says of his wife Teresa, “The dress she is wearing is by the Colombian designer Beatriz Camacho. She bought it on a trip to Colombia.”

[Editor’s Note: What a lovely photo of Teresa!]

Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style.

Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style writes, “I am a huge sucker for white, because then I feel like I can add in any other colors to make it different. I even tried adding in a brooch at the waist for this look!”

[Editor’s Note: I always love a brooch at the waist, so I am a big fan of this look on Jodie!]

Dee (in the middle!).

Dee says, “I wore this sundress to a bridal shower for my close family friend Savannah, who married Cole on July 9th. At this event, it was by the ocean so I added a white jacket.”

[Editor’s Note: What a gorgeous trellis for Dee and the happy couple to stand under. Congratulations to Savannah and Cole!]

Claudia of HappyFace 313.

Claudia of HappyFace 313 says, “When I bought this dress it was baby blue. I liked the style and the fabric, but the color didn;t suit me at all. Since it was available in blue only, I dyed it in this shade of berry. It has become my favorite summer dress, as I can combine it with almost everything. Here I’m wearing it with orange and liking it a lot—it’s so summery and happy.”

Trina of Tea Time with Trina.

Trina of Tea Time with Trina says, “This sundress reminds me of a big gunny sack and yet I love how you can dress it up by adding a fun statement necklace and or earrings. I also love any dress that has pockets and is super breathable in our desert summer heat.”


Our friend Sandy says, “I recently wore this jumpsuit out and about to the city with my family. It is super comfortable and perfect for summer! I wore my favorite striped sneakers with yellow laces to add a pop of color!”

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun.

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun says, “I wore this pretty maxi sundress to the Pala blogger event, where I was so happy to finally meet Adrienne, in real life! And yes, she really is as gorgeous and sweet in person!”

Nicole of High Latitude Style.

Nicole of High Latitude Style says, “I love the colors of this sundress. They remind me of the Caribbean.”

Nina of Sharing A Journey.

Nina of Sharing A Journey writes, “I totally love sundresses and am a dress girl at heart. This was a button-up dress being shown with cutoffs which, when I tried it, did not work at all, so I went with classic styling. The dress is from Shein and the hat is from my closet.”

Charlotte of Jodie’s Touch of Style.

Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style says of her mother, Charlotte, “She is wearing a sundress for one of our family outings! I love that my mom still loves wearing dresses when we go out, and enjoys being part of the blog! I’ve certainly introduced her to many new styles, but she always feels comfortable in a light and breezy sundress!”

Kim of @kandidlykim.

Kim of @kandidlykim says, “I am staying cool this summer with this cute sundress I got at H&M for just $10. I love the pattern and added some turquoise jewelry.”

Shelbee of Shelbee On the Edge.

Shelbee of Shelbee On the Edge writes, “Since it doesn’t stay warm for very long in northern New York, most of my ‘sundresses’ have long sleeves. I adore the flowiness of this tiered floral maxi with its bell sleeves. It makes me feel feminine and free! The lightweight fabric is perfect for a mild and sunny day! And the lace-up booties were a perfect match.”

Debbie of Fashion Fairy Dust.

Debbie of Fashion Fairy Dust writes, “I love pieces that can transcend seasons and work all year round depending upon how you style them. Slip dresses are one of those pieces. This black slip dress is perfect layered over or under sweaters and tops when the weather is cooler, but also works perfectly as a sundress during the summer months.”

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style.

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style says, “Although the dress is black, it is my favorite summer dress because of the flowers and the combination of pink and green.”

Michelle of RetroChic Mama.

Michelle of RetroChic Mama writes, “This is a black long-sleeved Topshop playsuit that I actually wear in Winter too! Super versatile especially for a playsuit, which generally gets a bad wrap for being a pain in the neck when you need to go to the loo.”

Nora of Jacket Society.

Nora of Jacket Society writes, “I am wearing our brand new dress Floral Print Off the Shoulder Dress with our Gold and Black Suede Chain Knot Necklace with Tassels, Black Franco Sarto espadrilles and Gucci bag.”

I know it isn’t exactly a sundress, but I bought this tie-waist sleeveless shirt dress from Old Navy at the beginning of summer and it has been one of the best buys ever! It is so comfortable and I love pairing it with a big necklace. This particular one, featuring Swarovski crystals in a neon pink setting (and which I have worn on the blog before), was one given to me by my talented friend Nerida, who lives in Hong Kong.

Duchessa Jewels necklace.

I hope you are wearing your sundresses or rompers or jumpsuits as much as possible this month!

The dog days of summer may be over by the end of the month but we know you will still be wearing all your warm weather essentials as the season winds down so join us in September for “How I Wear My: Straw.” Whether it’s a hat, a belt, a bag or a shoe, if it is made with straw we want to see it on you! Send photos to us at by September 11, 2017 and be sure to include a description of your outfit, which we will use directly in our posts.

Do swing by Adrienne’s to see even more summer looks featuring a sundress, romper or jumpsuit.

And THANK YOU to all the fine foxes who participated this month!


jodie filogomo said...

I do think our definition of sundress certainly changes over the years. Like my mom's dress. She doesn't like her arms to be exposed, which is why she likes this dress since the sleeves are sheer!!
That being said, I think your dress certainly qualifies as a sundress too, Jill!!
And that necklace?? Incredible!!
What a fun variety of outfits in this post!! You guys sure know how to put together a fun party!!

Adrienne Shubin said...

Great turnout this month! I love Sandy's cute denim jumpsuit. And your ON dress is darling. Some of my favorite dresses for summer are from Old Navy.
I thought it was interesting how many interpretations of a "Sundress" we had. Like Jodie said, some women don't like to have their arms exposed (myself included from time to time) so a Sundress with sleeves rather than the traditional spaghetti strap works better for them.
I am looking forward to Straw next time!
Thank you for being such a great partner! xo, A

GSL said...

Very nice all around! Retro Chic GSL has recently become a big fan of the Maxi & Caftan which these summery selections are all close cousins too.

Tired of all the sausage casing leggings that not only do not flatter but visit pathetic ridicule on formerly sensible women.

Some timely GSL pushback should purge these eyesores from the face of the earth.

The Den's Fall Fashion Preview will right the ship in a coupla weeks.

GSL said...

...btw, we see Mya has you bobbing in fine form!

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

Love it all as per usual! i will def do something for straw!!! xxx

PinkCheetahVintage said...


Denton said...

[Viewer’s Note: What a gorgeous photo of Jill!]


Shelbee On The Edge said...

So many great looks! I love all the summer prints and colors. Nina's red printed dress, Nicole's blue shades, Dawn Lucy's fun printed dress, and Catherine's amazing red floral jumpsuit! And never underestimate the power of all black with statement jewelry. You are looking as gorgeous as ever, Jill! I am honored to be in such company with so many stylish ladies! Thank you as always for putting together such a fun post!


Camille Gaines said...

I am glad to see this because I bought a romper and am always reluctant to wear it because I think I might be too old:)

Dawn Lucy - Fashion Should Be Fun said...

Thanks so much for hosting, Jill! It was so fun to finally meet Adrienne in person and hope to meet you someday too!

Dawn Lucy

rosie said...

Thanks again Jill. Love that the ladies had such such different takes on their sundresses. So creative!

In the past few years, whenever I wear a sleeveless piece of clothing, a jacket, cardigan or wrap is a must.

Jill said...

Hi Jodie, so glad to feature you AND your mom this month! You both looked wonderful! xx

Jill said...

Hi Adrienne, I didn't realize sundress would be so open to interpretation but I love it! Yours is so good on you and pink is definitely one of your colors! Cheers to another fun month! xx

Jill said...

Hi GSL, uh oh, I worry what you will write lol. I know how you despise the cropped pant. You will be happy to note that I do not believe leggings are pants, but I still see a lot of people treating them as such. I can't wait to read your Fall Fashion Preview! xx

Jill said...

Oh hi Naomi, we would love it if you join us for Straw! xx

Jill said...

Hi Becky, I hope you will think about joining us next month! xx

Jill said...

Hi Denton, that is so nice of you to say. I am still so reluctant to put my stick arms out there lol. That is a terrific shot of Teresa--she looks lovely, I love her dress, smile and those beautiful flowers behind her. Well done as usual! xx

Jill said...

Hi Shelbee, I am so glad you could join us this month and I loved how flirty you looked in those shots! xx

Jill said...

Hi Camille, thank you for stopping by! I hope you are wearing your romper proudly! You have beautiful hair btw. Think about joining us next month! xx

Jill said...

Hi Dawn Lucy, you looked so good in both of your photos this month. Thank you for joining us. I am glad you got to meet Adrienne in person. That is still on my wish list! xx

Jill said...

Hi Rosie! Thank you for joining us again. I hear you re the cardigan, wrap, jacket, etc. I really do not like putting my arms on display and almost reached for a jacket myself for this theme. I hope all is well with you! xx

Nicole Mölders said...

It's amazing to see all these great summer looks!

Ana from Mrs. American Made said...

Love your classic dress dressed up with the bling, Jill. And I love this post, but it is making me wish summer would stick around longer so I could wear more styles like these LOL Thank you as always for a great round-up.

No Fear of Fashion said...

Such a delight to see all these cheerful women in summer clothes. We don't have a lot of sunshine in the Netherlands. If we are very lucky, we have warm weather from half April till half October. Average 70 degrees F. Usually a lot of these months also hold a lot of rain and lower temperatures.
Which is why I like summer dresses. It brings joy and... sunshine.
Of course you don't lose your elegant style. This dress is so you, so French.
PS linking to your blogpost and Adrienne's in my blogpost of this week.