As we spend time up in Northern California, I am delighted to introduce you to another Bay Area girl.
Whitney Lundeen is the creator of Sonnet James, a line of dresses with the goal of being comfortable, making you feel put together and glamorous, while still being able to play freely with your children.
Whitney has two boys she will be homeschooling in the fall. I know I personally related to Whitney’s dilemma that sparked the idea for this line, and I’m assuming some of you feel the same way.
I think people try to connect clothing with vanity, but I’ve learned over the years that is a form of self-expression for many. This of course, does not define us as people, but there is a freedom and a joy that comes with being able to express ourselves in this way.
There is the common complaint among mothers that they start feeling frumpy or that they’ve let themselves go because they are putting their child before their own needs. I think with clothing it comes down to the fact that there just really aren’t very many options that allow you to feel like you have the ability to play at the park with ease as well as feel put together. The monotonous yoga pant mom uniform has its moments of being awesome, but I do understand why wearing something that isn’t an expression of you and feeling like you have no other option but to wear that can be depressing.
Then there is the other end of the spectrum. You get ready for the day, but then you end up in restrictive clothing and you can’t play with your children freely.
I think what is great about these dresses is that the cuts are flattering, the material is comfortable, the length is great for its purpose, and it can be dressed up or down, which means tennis shoes, ballet flats, or heels, depending on your activities or mood for the day.
Check out their website and Kickstarter for more information about how to order a dress! Brian’s favorite cut is the doutzen dress and mine is the remi.
Also, check out the very sweet and inspiring Kickstarter video! It made me want to run outside and play with the boys.