Off Shoulder JCrew Cotton Dress

Summer means kicking back and taking some time for air, sea and vaster skies. When it comes to fashion looks, summer presents the opportunity to dare to wear brighter, shorter and sexier even for those in our 40’s. My friend Melissa’s mom counseled her to wear her bikinis even after babies. Ten years down the line, she advised, you will look back and think, “why didn’t I”? So mamas, rather than look back at what you may have had to offer 10 years ago, look forward to a future time and imagine yourself looking back and saying “actually, I didn’t look too bad at all.” This forward-view window will liberate you from fashion inhibitions and give you the courage to venture out and try new styles.

I kept the off-the-shoulder trend at bay until this cotton JCrew dress caught my eye last Spring. Not knowing what to expect, I debated over the red color, but then took the plunge and purchased it online. While trying it on, I at first found it too small: the cinched waist hit the bottom of my ribs, and I though “oh no.” Once I pushed the gathered top down below my shoulders, the dress fell into place. I was hooked!

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Summer Outfit Ideas

Off-shoulder dresses — originally called Bardot dresses after French actress Brigitte Bardot — present themselves in all sort of shapes and sizes this season: you can find fitted pastels, such as Pippa Middleton recently rocked at Wimbledon, or long maxi dresses.

This Jcrew dress strikes the right balance since it’s neither too long, not too short, nor too frilly. The thick cotton lends a casualness rendering it perfect for day-time with flat sandals or for night with all sorts of mid-to-high heels. The width of the top ruffle is more than an after-thought and gives the dress some confidence, right?

I wore it for Lachlan’s 12th birthday birthday at our rented apartment in Barcelona, feeling comfortable while serving up spaghetti and lemon meringue pie to a pack of ball-throwing boys.pretty summer outfitsMy talented friend Tara snapped these photos from our terrace before we served dinner. With a background in television, Tara has applied her production and creative skills to Tara Wilson Designs, which offers elegant lucite boxes, frames and trays that can be personalized with your family’s photos and monograms. Go Tara!summer lookssummer outfit ideas Once my dress had made its debut, I forgot about feeling self-conscious and just had fun. Try to do the same!

That’s it for this week’s fashion post. Feel good, mamas, feel pretty and never doubt yourselves. Don’t forget to enter our giveaway below.



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  • Natalie

    That is a gorgeous red dress! You have the shoulders to wear it well 🙂

    • Aw thanks, Natalie! You are too kind!

  • mami2jcn

    I love the color of the dress.

  • cynthiac

    Off the shoulder seems to be a huge trend. Very nice!

    • I really like it! Thanks for reading!

  • Angela Spengler

    Very pretty dress, I like the color

  • Jenna Hudson

    Red is your color! You look lovely.

  • Tiff

    Some of my best outfits this summer was a green flowy dress, my denim skirt paired with my favorite white perfect-fit T-shirt that I bought from J crew and any outfit that allows me to add my sleeveless denim jacket. I love the off-the-shoulder trend but I don’t know if I can pull it off. Oftentimes a little confidence makes an outfit.

    • I bet you can pull it off beautifully. You never know till you try it! 🙂

  • Jessica W.

    I think I’ve seen the shoes before, I need to find some like those! The dress is gorgeous too!

    • I love them and they go with everything!! Thanks so much for reading!

  • Christina Almond

    I love that dress–and it looks great on you! J. Crew clothing is always classic and fits well–I love it!

    • Exactly! J.Crew never goes out of style IMO!

  • evamack

    stays in style

  • Joretta Foster

    love jcrew

  • Jodi Hunter

    So pretty!

  • Leela

    Such a beautiful dress!

  • Margaret Sarsfield

    ruffles are the best. my favorite.

  • kathypease

    That dress is gorgeous and it looks so great on you 🙂

  • honeypie411

    Beautiful dress!

  • Julie Terry

    The ruffles on the dress are great and you look beautiful in it.

  • Anita Mitchell

    The dress is cute. I love the off the shoulder look.

  • Ed

    I like the textiles of JCrew.

  • slehan

    Nice dress, fun shoes.
    Thanks for the contest.
    slehan at juno dot com