I have a lot of summer dresses that I can’t bear to get rid of, from my pre-mom days. They’re loose dresses, so it isn’t a matter of them not fitting, it’s just that they’re too short for my lifestyle now—all the bending over and picking up I have to do in life with an 8 year old. So a couple of weeks ago when I saw our friend Stephanie, the mother of 7 year old twins, wearing this adorable short dress, I was both jealous and surprised. But she immediately lifted up her dress to share her secret with me—she had on white short-ish shorts underneath. They were the key to the whole outfit. I am so going to copy her all summer–I’ll be able to have a new look with only buying a pair (or two–because with a dark dress, I’d wear dark shorts). I just found some good short cotton ones from J. Crew.