The minute I saw this dress online, I knew I needed it. It’s a wonderfully casual dress that works just as well with espadrilles as it does with flat sandals or sneakers.

Madewell Gingham Seersucker Ruffle-Sleeve Tiered Midi Dress | Staying Neutral

madewell gingham ruffle dress | Staying Neutral


While this is not a maternity specific dress, there is more than enough room for a bump. I will say, if you’re in between sizes or have a medium to larger chest, size up. There are no side zippers and the waist has no forgiveness so pulling it over and down can be hard if you don’t size up. (Very slight design flaw in my opinion– there should be a side zipper. With that said, once it’s on,  it doesn’t affect the appearance of the dress at all.)

bow mules

I kept things relaxed but slightly elevated in the neutral tones for accessories. These bow mules have been coming in and out of stock so if you want them, definitely keep checking back to see if your size returns. They are under $45 and fit true to size, but size down if you’re in between sizes. They are also available in wide too.

STAYING NEUTRAL | straw bag spring summer

Dress // Shoes // Similar Bag // Earrings (c/o)


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Carly, this dress looks wonderful on you. How cute and with your ear rings…you are set! Darling!


Do you wear these shoes out or just use them to style outfits? Did you have to break them in? I just received my pair (purchased from your link) and I’m not sure how to walk in them outside the house! I can only take the tiniest of steps in them and they hurt 😀 I love the neutrals though.


Mine felt great from day 1! Just wore them in nyc and walked home from dinner in them no problem- they do come in a wide version which may help?