Sidewalk Style: Fuss-Free for Summer

It’s 90 degrees and humid at 9 AM—summer in Washington has finally arrived. Haute mom Makia Smith Thomas knows how to beat the heat.

By: Rachel Cothran

Makia Smith Thomas, 31
Department of Housing and Urban Development, employee
With her son, Kirk Junior, or “KJ”

What she’s wearing:
Dress and shoes from Urban Outfitters, bracelets from Forever 21.

Is it a challenge to get dressed in the morning with a three-year-old?
“You just get up an hour earlier, but it’s easier that he’s a boy. A crisp white shirt is my staple at work. I buy them probably twice a month. I wear them with black pants, Via Spiga pumps, and a red or yellow bracelet.”

What do you wear on the weekend?
“My friend Tristan Blake has been making distressed, bleached jeans. They’re so cute. I went to Amsterdam and Geneva, and people there were stopping me and asking where I got them.”

What will you wear this fall?
“I’m really into cute blazers, and I want to get some really high boots. I saw a girl last night at Republic Gardens with a really cute short dress and really high boots. It was a cute look but not when it’s still 90 degrees outside. I’d like to do a lot more of that this fall.”

Rachel says:
Makia’s filmy dress is perfect for hot days, and I love her sandals. With minimal jewelry, the focus is on her great legs and enviably dewy skin. The look is pulled together but appropriately fuss-free.

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