How To Wear Leggings and Denim in the Summer

As a mom who works part-time from home with a long to-do list, it can be easy to succumb to the pajama uniform for the day. I will usually start working as soon as my husband and kids leave the house in the mornings and the next thing I know, it’s almost lunchtime! And. I’m. Still. In. My. Pajamas. Not a good look during daylight hours.

Although I am not a huge fan of leggings, I would be lying to you if I said my closet didn’t include a few sets of both ankle leggings for cooler months and capris leggings for spring and summer. I’ll admit, not only are they comfortable, but they make figuring out what to wear sooooo easy! For a quick fix to look put together and still comfortable, I will reach for a pair of leggings and pair them with a long top (I don’t know about you, but if I’m wearing leggings, I like a top that provides adequate cover for the rear view. They are just too casual of a pants to wear shorter tops). Today’s look features ankle leggings from J Jill and a sleeveless denim top also from J Jill. I threw these two pieces together in the morning and was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable they were. I also felt that I could leave the house in this outfit (and I did) and not feel sloppy.

To dress up this casual look a little more, I added silver accessories with Alex and Ani bangles, my daily silver watch,  silver hoop earrings, and a pendant necklace. My leather gladiator sandals are comfortable and are an important reminder that we should relax a little more during the summer months.

But my favorite accessory is definitely the straw tote, which I picked up from Deep Creek Vintage, a local woman-owned business that sells antique and vintage goods in a historic manor house in Fredericksburg, VA. This tote would be perfect for the beach; it’s large enough to carry sunscreen, a towel, sunglasses and a great book. What else do you need?

Speaking of the beach, I picked up this straw hat at Virginia Beach last summer. It offers great protection from the sun, adds a little extra oomph to a casual outfit, and is the answer to bad hair days. Because my hair sometimes prefers to stay in pajama mode.

Still, crazy hair, a work-at-home-schedule, or the pressure of too many tasks on a to-do list don’t have to keep us from creating a simple, but put together look that is comfortable, casual, and cute. Just like a great set of pajamas.

Photos by Edward A. Vollbrecht, Jr.