Easy Athleisure Dress For Spring

This post is sponsored by Nordstrom and ShopStyle. Athleisure wear has taken the fashion scene by storm. Workout clothes and easy-to-wear clothes that are comfy are more popular than ever, so today I am stepping it up a notch and sharing how to wear an athleisure dress for spring. I’m delighted once again to partner with Nordstrom to bring you a fun, easy-to-wear look featuring Nordstrom Made Brands.

fashion blogger jennifer connolly wearing nordstrom striped dress

Did you know that Halogen, Treasure & Bond, Caslon, and 1901 are just a few of the in-house clothing brands by Nordstrom? Their design team in Seattle houses a team of fashion designers whose sole purpose is to create brands for you, inspired by you. They focus on fashion and value which includes clothing, shoes, jewelry, loungewear, hats, activewear, you name it. They have everything you need for spring!


Athleisure dress

Is there anything more classic than navy and white for spring? Today’s ootd starts with this classic Caslon Slub Knit dress in a fresh stripe that couldn’t be easier to pop on, accessorize and go. It’s a great weight for spring and will be cool enough to get you through the summer. You know I love a V-neckline because it flatters every silhouette.


blonde woman sitting on bench wearing striped dress and straw hat


I love that this dress has short sleeves that are a little longer than most so they offer more upper arm coverage. It has a slight shirttail hemline and would look great with a belt. It runs large so I sized down to a small which skims my body without being too body-conscious.


What clinched the deal for me was the vertical side panels that optically slim your silhouette! You can see the side detail from straight on which is very slimming. It’s sized from XXS-XXL and seems to be selling out pretty fast so I hope they will restock it. It’s also available in Olive if navy stripes are not your thing:)


White sneakers

This dress would look super cute with a denim jacket and some espadrilles or sandals. I dressed it down with these totally classic BP. Sonny white sneakers for a sporty look that’s perfect for so many things. The 1 1/2″ platform adds some extra comfort and a tiny height boost while still being flat. They have a removable insole so you could add an orthotic or any extra cushioning you need to make them perfect for your feet.


woman stepping off curb wearing tee shirt dress and straw hat


They run a bit small so I went up from an 8 1/2 to 9, and they’re perfect. In fact, I think they still make my feet look tinier than they are which is always a plus when wearing flats with a dress. They’re nice and roomy so I wore them all day after our photoshoot and found them super comfy! They come in black, pink, tie-dye, or this classic white which is perfect for so many looks.



Nothing beats a crossbody bag for ease and comfort these days. Many are so tiny they hold very little so I was thrilled to find this leather camera bag shape which is a dead ringer for my expensive bag! It comes in several colors but I knew I needed this pale blue to go with all my white garments this summer. It holds everything I need yet is totally compact. I can pack it with my sunglasses, a wallet, a small makeup bag, several clean masks, hand sanitizer, mints, keys, and have room to spare. It also comes with a tech accessory pouch you can clip on or off the strap.


woman sitting on bench wearing white sneakers and athleisure striped tee dress


The strap has several adjustable holes so you can shorten the strap to wear it as a shoulder bag or lengthen it to wear across your body. I’m finding a crossbody bag invaluable these days because it keeps my hands free while I’m juggling grocery bags, etc.



blue cross body bag and blue straw hat on table


You know what a fan I am of hats. They’re the perfect accessories to add attitude to your outfit plus they’re invaluable to protect your face from the sun. When I spotted this packable Panama Hat, I knew it would be a perfect addition to my collection. Packable hats can be rolled and stuffed into a tote bag and emerge looking fresh and ready to wear. I always keep a hat in my backseat for unexpected times when I’m going to be out in the sun.



Mine is a soft blue and it’s also available in a pretty Mauve that appears more peachy to me. It’s made from paper and polyester which allows it to bend and not break. I know from experience that packable hats can take a beating and keep looking good. This one has an inner drawstring so you can tighten it to snug up, or loosen it to fit your head. Its sporty style will go with all of your casual outfits.


woman wearing straw hat and striped dress with sunglasses

I added these very simple silver hoops to keep the whole look sporty and easy. These are very lightweight which is the name of the game with earrings for me these days. They click to lock in back and have a fresh modern look.


fashion blogger jennifer connolly of a well styled life wearing blue and white athleisure dress

And don’t forget that Nordstrom always offers free shipping and returns, BOPUS…buy online and pickup in-store, and curbside pickup…which is how I bought all of these! You can also join their Nordy’s Club here (free to join) and earn shopping notes for every dollar you spend. It feels like free money when I spend mine which is a good feeling to have:)

Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.

Thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post and thanks to you my readers who support the brands that support A Well Styled Life.


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  1. Debby
    April 18, 2021 / 4:07 pm

    Hat is already gone in blue. 🙁 A darling summer outfit.
    All so cute!!

  2. Elaine @ Following Augustine
    April 15, 2021 / 7:01 pm

    I have a similar dress, but mine is sleeveless. I’ve only worn it at the beach, but you’ve just inspired me to put it into wider circulation this summer!

  3. Lauren
    April 14, 2021 / 5:22 pm

    Well…Nordstrom does it again….dress is only available on the USA website. They sure know how to p!ssoff their Canadian customers. nordstrom.ca has a striped T-shirt style dress but it has a round neckline, shorter sleeve and no stripe down the side. I do wish that someone at Nordstrom would make the offerings equal on both nordstrom.com and nordstrom.ca
    I will send you my money…please buy the dress and ship it to me “sigh”

  4. Kay
    April 14, 2021 / 5:20 pm

    Love the hat!

  5. jackie
    April 14, 2021 / 4:59 pm

    Really nice items. The neckline and side panels on the dress are perfect, but wait! No pockets? Please, Nordstrom, dresses need pockets, too.

    • Jennifer
      April 14, 2021 / 7:17 pm

      Lol! Pockets would be perfect!

  6. SusanR
    April 14, 2021 / 4:49 pm

    I own a similar dress but can’t wear it because my arms are disgustingly crepey! Are ther similar dresses with 3/4 sleeves ( or even long sleeves- I’d cut/hem them.

    • Jennifer
      April 14, 2021 / 7:17 pm

      Most tee dresses do have short or no sleeves but I will keep my eyes out for longer sleeves

  7. Claire Gerrard
    April 14, 2021 / 2:36 pm

    Love this look. It is a real winner – modern, fresh and youthful and classy.

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