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A Week of Outfits: Beatriz Carrero

A Week of Outfits: Beatriz Carrero

English teacher Beatriz Carrero lives in Zaragoza, Spain, with her husband and their four kids: Javier, Sergio, Vera and Raúl. As a teenager, Beatriz lost her right arm in an accident, and she was initially scared about what motherhood would be like with a disability. “But taking care of my children ended up being a totally intuitive, mammal thing,” she says. “Now, my kids are shocked when people ask about my prosthetic, because to them it’s totally normal!” Here, Beatriz shares five outfits she wore in a week…

A Week of Outfits: Beatriz Carrero

Dress: Compañía Fantástica. Socks: Condor. Sneakers: Adidas.

“Most of my clothes are secondhand, since I really like vintage style. Marianne Faithfull was a goddess, and I love that 1960s London look with a mix between preppy and punk. Regarding movies, I loved all the outfits Carey Mulligan wore in An Education. And the literary character Elizabeth Bennet is an inspiration when thinking about elegance.”

A Week of Outfits: Beatriz Carrero

Dress: Mango. Sneakers: Reebok, similar.

“I’ve always been obsessed with sneakers, and I like wearing them with dresses, especially elegant ones. When I saw this floaty, silky dress, I immediately thought how cool with would look with sneakers. I actually lent it to a friend a couple weeks ago, and she wore it to a wedding with high heels. But I personally never wear it with anything but sneakers.”

A Week of Outfits: Beatriz Carrero

Dress: Zara, similar. Sandals: Igor.

“I lost my arm in an accident when I was 16. When I started to think about having kids, in my 20s, I was scared about being a mother with such a major disability. When I was pregnant with my first, my mom bought me gadgets and accessories that she thought would make it easier for me to take care of him as an amputee. But when he was born, it was so intuitive. It’s a paradox, but I actually think it was easier to remove all that external help and learn to trust my own body. He didn’t care about my disability. He was my baby.”

A Week of Outfits: Beatriz Carrero

“I teach teenagers, and I always bring up my disability on the first day of school. I love talking about it with kids because they don’t feel strange asking a lot of questions. I think it helps to make them realize this is normal and okay. I tell them they can ask all the questions they want — but to try to do so that first day, because otherwise they’ll ask questions constantly and we wind up losing so much class time! They’re always curious about how I drive, how I change diapers, and especially how I do my ponytail (because I always wear one at work). It’s such an enigma to them! So I make them a deal: I tell them if they behave for the rest of the year, then on the last day of the school year I will show them how I do it. It works!”

A Week of Outfits: Beatriz Carrero

T-shirt: Zara, similar. Shorts: Urban Outfitters, similar. Hat: Kling, similar. Sunglasses: Ray-Ban, similar. Sneakers: Converse.

“Sailor shirts are my uniform whenever we’re at the beach. They make me feel like it’s summertime year-round. We do lots of things together as a family — biking, going to museums, exploring our city. But our favorite thing to do together is eat out. We’re breakfast junkies and we’re always looking for new bakeries to get muffins, bagels and donuts.”

A Week of Outfits: Beatriz Carrero

Overalls: Pull and Bear, similar. Long-sleeve tee: Zara, similar. Sneakers: Vans, similar. Backpack: Fjällräven. Kids’ shorts and skirt: Say Please Baby.

“I love coordinating with my children, and they go along with it! The kids are like their own little gang. They have their fights, of course, but they’re such good friends. For children’s books about disabilities, We Are All Wonders and A Different Little Doggy are great.”

Thank you so much, Beatriz!

P.S. More women share their weeks of outfits, including two podcasters and an architect in Manhattan.

(Most photos by Kike Luís for Cup of Jo; the rest courtesy of Beatriz Carrero.)

  1. florence says...

    So lovely! And the matching kids outfits are Wes Anderson level. Too cute!

  2. Parenting with a disability can be such a huge unknown in the beginning. When I was pregnant, I didn’t know how it would go for me. My kids are 11, 9 and 6, and Beatriz is right–you just adapt and figure out how to do it and rely on yourself!

    Beatriz, I would love to invite you to contribute to my blog series on parenting with a disability.

  3. Kav says...

    I admire your philosophy on re-wearing beloved items, Beatriz!! Better to have fewer items you love and are inspired by than a closet full of fast fashion. You are one cool lady.

  4. Christina says...

    Literally everything about her is beautiful, including her words, her style and her family. I feel so lucky to have been able to read this post!

  5. Joanna says...

    ZARAGOZA!!! I used to live there and Beatriz’s profile brings back sweet memories of Spanish style, friends, and the lifestyle. Felices fiestas! I hope your family enjoyed el Dia del Pilar.

  6. Kristin says...

    “He didn’t care about my disability. He was my baby” Is there a truer sentiment out there? Choked up over this simple line that encompasses so much about motherhood.

  7. Erin says...

    We need a week of outfits based on her kids! I love every outfit of hers and theirs!

  8. Lauren says...

    I don’t think this family could be any more Spanish if they tried :)

    LOVE the co-ordination and love that she’s a self-proclaimed “sock nerd”!

  9. Trish says...

    European kids clothes are so stylish. I love what the kids are wearing too.

  10. Alba says...

    Love your style, Beatriz! If you like stripes you should try batela shirts. They are awesome ;) Hugs from Cantabria!

  11. Mar says...

    Thanks for sharing Beatriz! nice to meet you and your family. You are a breath of fresh colored air! Un abrazo desde Mallorca :)

  12. Laura Allen says...

    LOVE these outfits!

    i had to laugh, because my daughter was born with limb discrepancies, and she gave a tedx talk featuring how she does a ponytail!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmbNhu6bR3M

  13. Carol says...

    She is so Cool and Hip! I love that most of her wardrobe is second hand and vintage. We can all take a page from her book!

  14. M in the Midwest says...

    Obsessed with all the prints the whole family wears! I love looking at prints, but hardly wear them, so I’m always envious of people who wear them so effortlessly. Tacos, polka dots, stripes, horses… they’re rocking them all. What a lovely crew.

    • thanks very much. When I was younger I was pretty shy when it came to patterns. since I am a mother I have started to love prints in any pattern. They make me happy

  15. Hannah says...

    Love everybody’s outfits, and all the coordination!!!

  16. Ramona says...

    So jealous of your yellow-striped Zara dress! Your family is so dang cute, too! 😉 and I, too, coordinate family outfits!

    • I bought it in the children department for 5 Euros and I have worn it during all this summer. Thanks Ramona😍

  17. Fiona says...

    love everything about it, the team picture in yellow stripes made my day! Beyond that, I love the idea of putting aside tools and just trusting your body, its something I struggle with sometimes. Thanks for the amazing perspective Beatriz!

    • Thank you very much Fiona. I also have to work on it everyday. And I tried to teach them to trust their body too😏.

  18. Maddie says...

    I loved reading this! It gave me hope as someone who too lives with a disability and is seriously thinking about having kids in the near future and wondering if that is feasible for me. Thank you Beatriz for sharing!

    • I am sure this is utterly feasible for you Maddie😙😙. Just trust yourself.

  19. Violet says...

    Beatriz- You are a very cool mammal! Love your style, your cute family, and your attitude.

  20. Erica says...

    Rad! And, yes, to sneakers with dresses! XO

  21. Meghan says...

    I love her style!

  22. Lacy Tannous says...

    In this lovely case, I feel like the woman wears the clothes and not the other way around. And I am HERE FOR IT.

  23. These are the cutest dang kids and mom I ever did see.

    • rose says...

      Agreed!

      And no one has every worn black knee socks so well! I loved that first look the best. She is a great dresser and her kids all look adorable.

    • rose says...

      … second look, I meant.

  24. Sarah Piontkowski says...

    Friends, let’s be careful about making/sharing observations about someone with a disability and assigning meaning to them from the perspective of able-bodied people. If you (like me!) don’t know what the lived experience of having a prosthetic is like, perhaps it would be better to not make (likely inaccurate) assumptions about someone’s posture, confidence, or integrity. Rock on, Beatriz!!!

    • Jessie says...

      Thank you for making this point so eloquently!

      And thank you CoJ for spotlighting this beautiful woman & her family. I hope this is the first of many more posts like this. 20% of the U.S. population is disabled & representation matters 💛
      (I realize there are many international readers here & I’m sorry I don’t know those #s)

    • Thank you very much Sarah for being so caring!! The comments have made me think a lot. I don’t wear the prosthetic all the the day, just when I am outdoors because of practical reasons. If I didn’t wear it all the sleeves in my clothes should be fixed. It is not an articulated Orthopedic hand because these ones weigh too much for me so I don’t use it for anything practical. Maybe it is a restaurant that it doesn’t seem so present in the pictures

  25. Nadja says...

    My grandpa had a prosthetic leg – also due to an accident he had when he was a teenager. One story of fatherhood he told over and over was when my uncle (then 5 or 6) ran into the kitchen in SHOCK saying that he’d seen his friend’s father swimming and that he had two real legs! (My grandpa would take his prosthesis off to swim). My uncle assumed that, because his dad had one leg, so did all dads. He had always figured that when he grew up and became a dad, he would lose a leg, too. It wasn’t something he was scared of, it just struck him as a fact of life! Kid logic is THE best!

    • This story should be taught to illustrate that their logic is much better than ours😁😁

    • C says...

      Love this! One of my grandfathers was German and lost a hand in the war. When I was little I thought all German grandfathers had one hand and all American grandfathers had two. Made perfect sense to me! :D

  26. LK says...

    This is awesome – loving the “high low” style (a fancy dress, with casual shoes).

    Also reminds me of my childhood friend’s father…we knew him for probably over 10 years before my dad casually brought up his prosthetic leg, and we said “WHAT are you talking about”? We had never noticed! He didn’t hide it, he just was so casual about it we never noticed or thought about it.

    • Thanks very much!! People sometimes doesn’t notice it at the beginning, but little kids are really quick at noticing ;-)!!

  27. Elise says...

    Her style is great, but I’m distracted by her children because they (and their clothes) are just. so. cute. Little Wes Anderson children … adorable.

    • I am in love with Wes Anderson so it is their most beautiful compliment you could give me😏

  28. Yvonne says...

    You’re such an inspiration! You’re a cool Mom with cool kids and no doubt you have a cool husband. I love your outfits and the way you coordinate them with your kids. The books you mentioned are wonderful for kids and for adults too. You go, girl!!!!

    • Thank you very much!! I am really happy that you like it. Regarding my husband you know how it works. One day I love him and another I want to smother him with the pillow a little bit.

    • Angela says...

      The comment about your husband made me laugh!! I feel the same!

    • María says...

      Incredible!! Its the biggest day in my city Zaragoza (el día del Pilar) and I found Beatriz in my reference blog!! Favourite week of outfits ever!! So inspiring both personal and stylistic ways. Go mañica go!! 😎

  29. Christy says...

    What a lovely and stylish lady and family. I especially love the sock choices ☺️

    • BEATRIZ Carrero BONAFONTE says...

      I am a sock nerd. I don’t care much about accessories except in that point

  30. courtney says...

    I LOVE her style. It’s refreshing to see the more eclectic, thrifty, creative looks featured. I also love her tone being down-to-earth and whimsical at the same time.

    Thanks for highlighting someone living with a disability and showing what it means as a normal part of life for them. Being intentional about your variety here builds empathy, which is so appreciated.

    Just a note the beginning of the fourth paragraph, remove the word “was” (I ‘was’ lost my arm…)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you, courtney!

  31. Karen says...

    Beatriz you look like such a COOL and FUN mom and wife!! Loved this piece CoJ!!

  32. K says...

    i’m floored by the kids outfits. You guys found yellow stripes in the same color and style! You guys are all wearing that delicious shade of warm dirt tan?!

    My favorite pieces: 1. the slouchy yellow shirt with white arm band stripes Beatriz is wearing. 2. Her daughter only wearing a flared blue top that looks like a lampshade with giant blueberries on it 3. In the same photo the middle son wearing a playsuit the shade of cheddar with vintage red font. 4. In the same photo the baby in a slouchy white and red playsuit 5. The warm dirt tan track shorts in the last photo. So dreamy.

  33. Nina says...

    TOO CUTE

  34. Dee says...

    I really love her casual, easygoing style – and that she is wearing normal, affordable brands. It’s clear she loves each item and is not afraid to rewear. I find that so refreshing in today’s culture of shopping as a hobby, and over-consuming or over-perfecting everything. It also shows that anything can be ‘sustainable’ as long as you are thoughtful about your purchase, get plenty of wear out of it and look after it. Her kids are also ultra cool with those matching outfits, parenting is hard so this is some meta level stuff!

  35. agnes says...

    I love your style! It’s really the first time I identify with a woman on one of those posts! I totally have that Marianne Faithfull vibe. What I admire most about teachers is their imagination and creativity, I can tell from what you tell that you are one of those teachers! Muchos saludos, desde Francia, de una familia francomexicana!

    • agnes says...

      I meant YOU totally have that Marianne Faithfull vibe (defibitely not me ha ha, though I wish)

  36. Kristina says...

    LOVE <3

  37. Katrin says...

    Now I want to know how she puts her hair in a ponytail.

  38. Jovita says...

    Gosh, I love the patterns and colours in her wardrobe! And what a beautiful family!

  39. kim says...

    love this

    • Lorena says...

      This is my favourite Week of Outfits! Beatriz, I love your style and love how you coordinate with your kids. You’ve inspired me to try some mother daughter matching ensembles. You sounds like an amazing teacher!

  40. CS says...

    I love the name Beatriz! Those orange overalls in the last picture look so effortlessly cool. Adorable kids – a beautiful family. :) The story about wearing the same thing two days in a row made me smile. Thanks for sharing!

  41. Susie says...

    Thanks for this! Great outfits, and fun to see the kids’ oufits. I love sneakers with dresses, too! I work in elementary schools, and some dresses would feel too fancy, but with sneakers, they are cool and toned down.

  42. Alex says...

    Love this.

    If anyone’s looking for more resources around limb difference I would highly recommend Alexis Hillyard’s youtube channel. Stump Kitchen videos are SUPER fun, informative, and just all around delightful!

    https://www.youtube.com/stumpkitchen

  43. L says...

    Thank you so much for posting this! My husband uses a prosthetic arm (he was born without his left forearm) and one of our sons also has a disability (Down syndrome). It’s so affirming to see someone lIke Beatriz on your blog, who has great style and such a beautiful family—and also happens to have a prosthetic limb.

  44. Eileen says...

    Thank you, Beatriz! I, too, love sneakers with a dress, but don’t pull it off as well as you. My favorite photos here are the coordinated looks with your precious children.

  45. Zulema says...

    Wow four kids! You go girl, I have two and can barely breathe right now 😅. Love your style… everyone looks so retro and cool 😎

  46. Amy says...

    Lovely family! Love the easy beachy look. My leave-the-house look is pretty structured and Beatriz inspires me to step out of that a bit. (at home I’m covered in baby’s cookie crumbs and overstretched yoga pants. )
    Those coordinating outfits are so cute!

  47. Jennie Tanner says...

    When I saw that beautiful polka dot dress I thought. “this looks so cool styled with sneakers” before I even read the caption. Love that look.

  48. Robin says...

    I love her clothes but I want to know where the kids’ clothes come from. So cute!

  49. China says...

    Hi from a fellow breakfast junkie! Even before we bad kids my husband and I loved visiting new cafes and bakeries when traveling – and now it’s something our kids can easily appreciate too!

  50. Capucine says...

    Wait, wait, wait – is family coordinating a Spain thing? Is it? My husband’s brother lives there, and once during a visit on a Saturday afternoon on a grassy strip in a square under the trees I saw a family with four kids. The mum had an ombre blue shift dress, the dad an indigo blue linen shirt and navy pants with a sweater slung over his shoulders, and each kid was in a rumply cotton-linen light blue shirt or shift and they all had espadrilles. It was the chicest family I have ever seen, matching with effortless slouch and zero dorkness. They couldn’t possibly have looked more stylish, urbane, or connected, the opposite of an American Christmas card. I can still see it in my mind! That dad with his dark beard, the mom’s silver bracelet on her dark skin…amazing.

  51. Anita says...

    I have never commented before but it’s been a weirdly proud moment to see a Spaniard being the star of one of your articles, yay Beatriz!
    Molas mazo! (=you are so cool)
    From a “Barcelonian” living in Mexico City having followed CoJ for 9 years :)

    • Laura says...

      I totally agree!
      Orgullo :)

  52. Jamie says...

    She’s beautiful! I love her style!

  53. E says...

    Thanks CoJ and Beatriz for this one. It’s great to see an amputee featured in a Week of Outfits. I find that media often confines people who are different (whether it’s sexual orientation, physical ability, whatever) to talking *only* about their difference. Especially since they’re often tasked with doing the work of educating white/cis/straight/able-bodied people. I love reading Beatriz’s thoughts about disability/parenting/teaching, but am equally thrilled to hear her style inspiration.

  54. liz says...

    love her style, she looks so cool!

    • Robin says...

      Beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  55. Belen says...

    I love her style and the matching clothes with her kids <3

    • Heather says...

      Same! I love all the vibrant colors a patterns too – what a breath of fresh air!

  56. Annie K says...

    I love the coordinated outfits! So cute without being (and I just learned this word) twee. I can barely get myself coordinated but this is inspiring.

    I got to study in Spain and had the hippest literature teacher. She wore the same outfit on Monday-Tuesday and then changed for Wednesday-Thursday and changed again for Friday. I loved that. When I wear clothes two days in a row, I tell myself- You’re so European.

    • Caitlin says...

      This might just be the hack that finally changes my life

    • Chelsea says...

      I studied abroad in Argentina and my professors were the same way! So chic and realistic.

  57. KayN says...

    Loved this, but I am curious about the fact that she (perhaps unconsciously) is hiding her right arm in EVERY photo, either behind a child or behind her own back. Curious why, when she says she’s very upfront about it in real life?

    • Ashley says...

      I think there’s a difference between being open about something (i.e. allowing kids to ask all the q’s they want) and being “upfront.” Often, our differences are the first things people focus on and it can be exhausting. I think it’s okay to highlight other things about ourselves.

    • Alix says...

      That was my first thought as well! Why hide it?

    • Rosie says...

      I noticed that too, but just because she’s upfront about it doesn’t mean she wants to show it all the time. Something like that can pull attention away from what she wants the picture to show. She wants to look like a mom with her kids instead of immediately being a disabled mom with her kids.

    • shannon says...

      Very confused by this question. She’s definitely not hiding her prosthetic. Both sides are shown in front and also behind children or her back in this group of lovely photos.

      It is very difficult to pose for photos without doing something with your arms/hands. I imagine the team came up with a few creative poses to help the photos look dynamic. Standing straight at the camera with both sides equally visible would feel stilted and lose the sense of vibrancy and life these photos have.

    • Jane says...

      Maybe her prosthesis just looks strange in pics? I am tall and have small, delicate hands and while I love them irl, they look really strange in photos and I mostly hide them (semi-consciously). I think it is ok to want to look our best in photos and has nothing to do with not being accepting of one’s body?!
      But maybe I am wrong and she has entirely different reasons? Or it is a coincidence?
      Either way, I think that is totally up to her.
      And: LOVE the dress & socks in the first photo!! 😍

    • Kat says...

      I noticed this too. I’m glad she’s confident about it in conversation at least :)

    • Stefanie says...

      I was thinking the same thing!

    • KayN says...

      Just to clarify my own comment, this absolutely is up to Beatriz and I don’t doubt it may truly just be a matter of poses or she may be wanting to focus on other aspects of herself! Her style and approach are awesome and my comment wasn’t a negative one, just an honest question.

    • Jackie says...

      Aw this thread makes me sad. What does it mean to be “upfront” about something? Maybe we address it because we know the people around us are thinking of only that, so it takes some of the power back (and makes us feel less powerless). But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have feelings about it, or how she looks. We all have our insecurities about certain things – why can’t it all be true, and not “question how up front she is about it.”

    • Laura says...

      I wonder if it’s partly because the prosthetic is only able to be in certain positions. There is one picture where it is very visible (where she is sitting on her husband’s lap), so I would not have guessed that she is trying to keep her prosthetic from being photographed. I think we who don’t live in Beatriz’s body and mind need to be careful about assigning meaning to a few pictures that can only provide a tiny glimpse of her reality.

    • alison says...

      I was conflicted about this — I wear an insulin pump, which, is usually tucked away in a pocket out of sight, but sometimes tubing pokes out or it’ll beep in a meeting and people are like “huh?” – I’m “up front” about being diabetic, but I’m definitely not one of those folks who wears their (affectionately nicknamed) “robot parts” front and center on their arms or on their belt loops for all to see. There is a balance for sure – of wanting to blend in and prove that a disability / etc is just another thing on our list vs being a spokesperson on a pedestal at all times.

    • Kate P. says...

      Shes all good leave that alone.

    • Kristen says...

      This thread bums me out. It’s really none of our business how she chooses to present herself in photographs, and I don’t think it’s appropriate for us to try and interpret anything about her disability or how she lives with it.

    • Jodi says...

      Kristen, I agree with you completely. I was actually torn about this post altogether because I wondered why there was any need at all to mention the fact that she lost her arm and wears a prosthetic. It seems very personal whether someone might want to focus on this aspect of themselves or not, so I’d be curious to know if Beatriz was the one to bring it up. I personally would find it SO refreshing to enjoy her week of outfits without any need to even discuss her being an amputee. I say this as someone who does not live with a disability though, so what do I know? Maybe she/they want to talk about and normalize it? Either way, love your playful style Beatriz, thanks for sharing!

    • Raquel says...

      Kristen, thanks for expressing my thoughts so well. I really wish Beatriz didn’t have to read this…

  58. Sarah says...

    I love Beatriz’s beachy style! Beatriz, where did you get the floral dress you’re wearing in the 5th photo down in your instagram? I’ve been looking for one like that!

  59. Molly says...

    I love that this is not only a week of outfits for Beatriz, but for her children too! That photo of all of them in yellow stripes–my heart!

    • Kav says...

      Couldn’t agree more! The yellow stripe photo belongs on a magazine cover.

  60. Julie says...

    I love her style! One of my good friends has a prosthetic leg and her son’s pre-school class all wanted a “gold leg like his Mommy.”

    I’m curious how she puts her hair in a ponytail too! I’ve been dealing with frozen shoulder of my right arm and can no longer reach high enough or behind to put my hair back. Off to the Googles!

    • Vero says...

      I love this Beatriz. What a beautiful family and I love your outfits so much. You look so “you”! Thanks for sharing.

      I also feel such a collective sigh of relief the more we can bring ALL people to the table. I feel this every time you feature anyone who doesn’t fall 100% into the group from which we usually hear. Thank you Jo for finding these incredible people and letting them shine <3