In Part 1 of this series, we talked about the key wardrobe pieces for leg lengthening, and did a little fashion math involving sneakers. Today I want to focus on the leg-lengthening miracle flat: the nude ballet.
In Part 1 of this series, we talked about the key wardrobe pieces for leg lengthening, and did a little fashion math involving sneakers. Today I want to focus on the leg-lengthening miracle flat: the nude ballet.
As promised, here are my favs....
1. Breezy Tunic, $68
The whole over-sized shapeless dress thing is so hard to get right. Despite the obviously fabulous pooch-hiding abilities, these dress/top hybrids are often unflattering everywhere else. The one? NAILS IT. The fabric is gauzy and sheer (so it's a little sexy - especially in the nude color), and it has a tie-back waist so you can reign in the volume.
2. Lakeside Cami, $68
This is Free People's current version of my hardest working post-partum top. Would be perfect over a nursing cami (or shaper cami) for new mamas. It's a surprisingly silhouette: I love mine over flare denim, cut-offs, maxi skirts, and long slim shorts.
3. LA Livin Shine On Tank, $58
This is the least embellished one of the bunch, but the gorgeous colors (sea green or peach) and stunning swing back make it seriously special. (The model in the peach one makes me want to wear this cage-back bra instead of a black bikini top.)
4. Outskirts Lace Cami, $48
A perfect little wisp of a thing for distracting from a slight tummy.
5. Pintuck Crochet Button-Down, $118
I don't typically do sleeves on the beach, but I'd make an exception for this one. Love how this looks like pretty little vintage blouse. Equally good with destroyed denim for everyday or menswear trousers for an unexpected work look.
6. Work Wearin It Tank, $98
Love the combo of stripes, crochet and....rope? I'd pair this top with light pink lipstick and a baseball hat. Crazy good for hiding a stomach pooch, and the back is stunning. (Smaller busted nursing mamas would probably be able to pull down this top if you really, really wanted to.)
Before kids, my husband and I would try to escape the winter cold by doing our own little mini Spring breaks. South Beach was our favorite. I'd pack my XS bikini top (snort), the tiniest bottoms I could find, a little scrap of a dress and off we'd go. We'd stay out all night, sleep in until noon, and then roll out to the beach around 1PM.
Well. THINGS HAVE CHANGED, PEOPLE. And these changes have resulted in a decidedly different Spring Break uniform:
BAM. Because vacation or no, my kiddos get up around 6:30AM. And can you guess how long I can stand to be in a CONDO with two boys under the age of 7 before I lose my mind?
9AM. If we're lucky.
(And if we're in a run-of-the-mill hotel room, I change my answer to 6:37AM.)
Which means I'm on the beach bright and early, and, typically, freezing.
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sweater: old....similar ASOS striped swingy sweater
Heather from Rookie Moms asked me to help her out of a North Face Jacket rut. Personally, I've been loving my K-Way windbreaker over just about anything....but I do have a few other ideas. Head over to Rookie Moms to check out the full post.
So. It's been three months since my last chemo treatment. I'm feeling completely back to normal. I still get tired (like, really tired) by the afternoon, but I can no longer remember if that's a chemo-recovery thing or a mom thing. Probably a bit of both. And I am making peace with my short hair. I even...like it? Mostly?
It's just a lot to get used to, you know? I never realized how much of my personal style was wrapped up in big, messy hair until it was gone. So many of my go-to outfits now look...strange. But I'm learning. And when I look back at what my hair (or lack thereof) looked like just a few short months ago?
I'll TAKE THE PIXIE, THANK YOU.
No wonder I always wore a wig. You forget, you know? You forget how bad it was. Ugh - especially when I lost my eyelashes and most of my brows (middle pic). That one just kills me.
Shortly after the third pic (above) was taken, I made an appointment to see Shannon at Salon Ziza. I was feeling slightly ridiculous - what could Shannon possibly do with so little hair? (If you recall, Shannon and Salon Ziza have been my saving grace through all of this chemo mess.) But I was desperate - I hated my hair, it felt mannish, not sassy, and it was looking like a helmet on my head. If nothing else, I just wanted her to tell me that it was, IDON'TKNOW, growing back fast or something (lie, if you need to, lie!).
As it turns out, Shannon had a ton of ideas. Here's what she ended up doing:
1. Warmed up the color overall. The ashy brown (aka my natural color) wasn't doing anything for my skin tone. Just by adding color, not only would it reflect more light, but the color would actually plump up the strands of hair, making it look thicker overall.
2. Once my color was done, she painted on a few highlights with a brush - just where the sun would naturally hit. Tonal variations (even in short, dark hair) help to keep the 'helmet head' look at bay.
3. Used a ton of product to "push" my hair forward. You know those cute little Mia Farrow-like points in a pixie? The ones that - and I'm reaching here - I'll refer to as "bangs"? Yeah. You have to make those. With boatloads of product.
I've actually started carrying around one of those little hockey-pucks of molding cream in my bag so I can refresh my 'do. The more I wear it like this, the more it cooperates, but we'll see. I've heard horror stories of insanely curly hair post-chemo....soooo...yeah. (Shannon assures me that we can relax it, if necessary.)
The other thing that really, really helps? Not washing my hair. I rinse it out in the shower, but it's been about a week since I used actual shampoo, and it looks so much better. Food for thought, I guess.
Anyway, here are the products I swear by for both growing out and styling a pixie. I'm shocked by how well these have worked. It's more than I dared to hope for.
This is the standard recommendation post-chemo. (It helps to strengthen your nails, too.) I suspect this is the biggest reason I'm seeing such massive growth. (Hair typically grows only 1/4 inch per month....I've had almost double that.) You can get fancier biotin, but I've just been using the Target brand.
Yup. I'm rubbing Target-brand Rogain on my head. Nothing about that sentence sounds like something I ever thought I'd say. Sigh. But this little tidbit is endorsed by breastcancer.org, so there you go. Apparently, it helps to 'spur' the regrowth after your last chemo treatment. I used it twice a day at first, and now I'm down to once a day.
Nice hold, not too crunchy. Helps to keep the hair pushed forward. Shannon told me to think of 'shampooing' my hair with the gel (aka rub it all over) after I got out of the shower. Slightly wet hair will help dilute it somewhat.
I've been trying a bunch of hair wax products, and I think this is my favorite. I apply it several times throughout the day, pushing the hair forward and sculpting my "bangs" into points. American Crew's Fiber has great hold (and is Mike's fav), but I have to add something shinier on top (I like a little shine).
My eyelashes (now) look amazing. I still have a few holes in my eyebrows, but they are coming along nicely. They didn't actually fall out until January, so this regrowth happened in just a little over a month. All thanks to Latisse (I've been using it on my eyebrows, too). Lovelovelove this product.
So that's what I've been up to lately. A little Rogaine, a little Latisse...you know. The usual. (snort)
Know what's funny? Mike's been after me - for months - to ditch the wig. He's always been a fan of the head scarf, and now the super-short pixie. Which is weird - I always thought my long hair was so sexy, you know?
He says health and comfort are pretty sexy, too.
This guy. Love. Him.
More snow out East, you say? Hold tight, because winter's not over?
Well. As we speak, I'm watching the sun come up over the Emerald Coast in Gulf Shores, AL. We've been here all week, visiting my parents. I don't usually disappear from the blog without a word, but right before we left there was a perfect storm of sick kids, school events, and a bout of hating my hair.
This hair, you guys. It's like I can no longer dress myself and look like me, you know? I don't know if that even makes sense (unless you've ever suddenly gone from super-long hair to pixie)....but GAH! More on that front later.
But I do have several fun Friday links for y'all. (Or is the proper use 'all y'all' in this case? I'll have to ask a local.)
Meagan Francis of The Happiest Home (formerly The Happiest Mom), is one of my very favorite bloggers. So when she asked if I wanted to pop over and do a segment for her Kitchen Hour podcast, I didn't even hesitate. The Kitchen Hour is Meagan's version of NPR - an hour of interesting topics, cool interviews, and fun discussions - something you can listen to while you get dinner ready. In my first one, Episode 21, we talk about whether mom style really matters. (And I'll bet you can guess where I stand.)
Have you heard of Quirkie Kids? It's a line of unisex, hot-pink tees for kids. And they're awesome. I'm loving the new rhino design, Pax really likes the monster. The designer, Martine, is currently running a kickstarter campaign with 11 more days to go.
Kate Upton teamed up with Neff Headwear to create two perfect winter beanies (gray or black - bestillmyheart). Purchase either of these before March 14th, and Neff will donate 10% of proceeds to Stand Up To Cancer.
Reader Laura swears by this Free People top. "I was looking for a good, cool beach cover-up and ran across this. Thought I would share :) I love it. Super cute with skinnies or leggings, too, I would think. Yay! Ordered it in plum, but that was the hardest decision!" Love this - thanks, Laura!
Remember when I swore that you could wear plaid, leopard, stripes and camo all together in one look? Kate sent me this link to the Atlantic-Pacific blog. See? I'm not the only one pattern-crazy.
Refinery 29 claims you can wear sweatpants on a date. I kinda love it...but do I just want to believe? I suspect Mike would be a firm NO. He likes walking behind a nice-looking bum on date nights....
Madewell has some seriously cute denim styles for Spring. I'm loving these overalls, these railstripe jeans (they look SO much better in person and are unbelievably soft), or these slightly-patched boyfriend jeans. Yes! Patches!
Speaking of...here are Boyfriend jeans for curvy Mamas. According to my sister, "these jeans are awesome for your curvier readers (pear shape) who want boyfriend jeans but haven't been able to find any that look good on them!" Thanks, Scotti!
And the happiest news of all? Scotti is pregnant! I'm insanely excited, you guys. Like, crazy, OMGsquishybabycometoAuntyShana EXCITED. She finds out boy/girl next week. YESSSSSSS.
Now back to the beach!
"Though she be but little, she is fierce."
My Hermia impression.
Anyway, a couple of months ago, I received not one, but four different emails from readers asking this exact question: How can I make my legs look longer while wearing flat shoes?
So I googled it. And the number one answer? Wear heels.
Um. Ok. Thankyoufornothing?
Leaving Google behind me, I started playing around. And I think...I THINK...I'm on to something here. There are a few styling tricks and a few key pieces I keep coming back to. Per usual, I've created something ponderous (on par with a dissertation, because YES I take all of this fashion stuff very. seriously.) so I'm breaking it up into multiple parts in the hope that one can actually read it over morning coffee. At this point, it's looking like a three part series? Hopefully not more, but no promises. Sometimes I think I should've named this blog 'an engineer's approach to fashion' just so there were no surprises, and I could then feel free to use charts.
But enough blathering. First up, the key pieces....
Clockwise, from top left:
1. High-Waisted Denim (or Shorts)
Nothing will visually elongate your legs faster than high-waisted denim. Of course, you've gotta show off that waist, so tuck (or half-tuck) your top.
2. Nude Ballet Flats
In general, the more of top of the foot you show, the longer the leg line. So ballet flats are a better choice than, say, loafers, simply because they show more foot. Nude ballet flats kick the illusion up a notch further, and are like leg-lengthening magic shoes when wearing shorts or skirts. The key is to find a pair of nude flats that are in the same color family as your skin. I'm a sunburn-easily kind of girl, so I had more luck with a blush pink than with a true nude.
Featured: Tieks in ballerina pink
3. Trapeze Dresses or Tops
The trapeze silhouette is perfect for leg lengthening because the swing starts above your bustline, completely obscuring where your waist actually starts. Perfect for the short-waisted - especially with a pair of high-waist denim.
4. Drapey Cardigan To Create a Long Line
A cardigan that creates a sharp vertical line has overall elongating powers. Just be sure (if you are on shorter side) that it doesn't overwhelm your 'small but fierce' self.
Featured: Llove Short Sleeve Geometric Cardi (currently 40% off for a grand total of $28)
5. Two-Button Blazer
You are trying to fool the eye into thinking your waist is higher than it actually is, to give the impression of longer legs. Buttoning the top button of two-button blazer does this perfectly.
Featured: J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer
6. Black Sneaks, Black Laces
In general, sneakers are not leg lengthening. They cover up the entire foot and add bulk. However, sneakers are sofreakingpractical for Mamas trying to chase their kids around a park that I had to figure something out. Here it is: Skip the contrasting laces. Black sneaks with white laces? No. Red sneaks with white laces? No. But...if you can find cute sneaks with laces that are the same color - BAM. It'll work for leg lengthening. I like the black/black combo.
Featured: Onitsuka Tiger by Asics (lots of non-contrasting laces options - the lighter pairs would be perfect with light wash denim for spring)
7. Over-The-Knee Flat Boots
Not only does this trick work, but it works really, really well. And it almost doesn't matter where the boot hits - anywhere between above-the-knee and mid-thigh makes your legs look longer. The trick is to make sure the boot is sleek, and fits well (slouchy boots should be avoided for leg-lengthening purposes).
8. Disco-Band Tops and Dresses
Those tops and dresses with the elastic waistbands sewn in? Some - some - will hit slightly higher than your actual waist, making your legs look miles long. However, some won't (maxi dresses often are too heavy and pull the elastic down). But keep your eye out - it's worth a shot, right?
9. Peplum Tops
Some peplum tops are fitted through the waist, flaring out at the bottom. You don't want those. Look for peplum tops that flare just above the waist.
Featured: Petunia Peplum Cami
Use accessories to draw the eye up towards your face. A little cleavage, a stunning statement necklace, a scarf or a cool hat will lift eyes up. This whole feeling of up will help to elongate your body.
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Our family pictures tell our story. The story of who we were, who we are, and help to illuminate our life's path - who we are becoming. A picture can bring back the memory of Raines' sweet, vanilla-scented baby breath, or what it felt like to squish Pax's fat legs between my fingers. Seeing the photographic evidence of my husband's progression from an all-night partier in college to the man rocking his baby to sleep to the man caring for his wife after my recent mastectomy...it brings me to tears. Pictures are powerful.
So it's no surprise, then, that there is a huge demand for family photographers. As parents, we watch, awed, as our children - and ourselves - grow in all kinds of surprising directions, the time often slipping though our fingers (even as it seems to stand still). This is BIG STUFF, we think. This is our life. And so we hire the photographers, hoping to capture our children's spirit, the depth of our love, our unique lives.
And when they get it, when they get that shot, that one that so perfectly captures our family....it's magic.
Not perfect, but perfectly captured.
But it's hard to do. The kids sometimes don't cooperate, husbands never seem to know how to smile naturally, and many family shots come off as forced...the exact opposite of magical. So let's redefine the family photo. Let's go for something that's uniquely you. Let's go for something real. Let's go beyond the 'everyone sit and SAY CHEEEEEESE'.
So. Over the next year, I'll be partnering with various photographers to highlight some amazing family photo inspiration. We'll cover natural posing ideas (hint: based on activities so no one stands around awkwardly), fun props, and how to pull together family outfits that are cohesive, without being matchy-matchy. And we'll cover ideas you can use now. Like, right now. Because who says you have to wait for autumn leaves to get a good family pic? Not. Freaking. Me.
First up? Our first-ever Family Photo Inspiration: Late Winter. Think snuggles, snow, and smooches.
The Photographers: Vafa-Coffman Photography
The Vafa-Coffmans (Paul and Amy) are husband-and-wife photographers based in Marquette, MI (my hometown). Our recent photo session kinda blew my mind. I wanted something relaxed, but special. And something uniquely us. As they mention on their website, "We are supporters and listeners. We are dreamers....it is our dream to bring out your confidence, capture your beauty, and create irreplaceable memories." And yup - they sure did.
The Scene: A morning at home, in pajamas.
Clothes: Try pajamas or loungewear! And maybe decide if you want bare feet or cute socks / slippers. (I ended up switching to slippers last minute because I forgot to get a pedicure - oops.) To keep the color scheme cohesive, try pjs of different patterns in similar shades, or bring one pop of contrasting color throughout (for us it was red - on my lips, the trim on Mike's shirt, and Pax's stuffed animal.)
Props: Favorite stuffed animals, a good book
Posing Ideas: Snuggle up together on the bed, whisper secrets in each other's ears (remember the telephone game?). Tickle the kids, fly them up as airplanes, or sit down and read a favorite book out loud. And make the most of the winter sun by looking out the window - you can get some amazing shots with the reflection on the glass.
The Scene: Brave The Cold And Play Outside
Posing Ideas: Instead of just meeting the photographer outside, have them first come in to take pictures as you get ready. The act of putting on boots, zipping up coats - these are things we've done a million times, this is the stuff of life...and these everyday moments can make for some really tender shots. Once outside? Play. Run up and down the street, give each other cheesy kisses, push the kids into a snowbank, build a snowman (on my list for next year).
Props: Your full winter gear - snowboots, mittens, etc.
Clothing: Kid's winter gear is typically bright - just go with it. If everyone (or almost everyone) is wearing something bright, it'll work - especially if there's also grounding black in everyone's outfit. Additionally, choose one of the colors in your kid's gear to pull into your own outfits via a scarf, mittens, hat or lipstick.
The Scene: Go Out For Cocoa
Posing Ideas: Try heading out to a favorite family haunt for hot chocolate. Have the photograpers treat it like a wedding and shoot the location (especially if this places holds a special spot in your heart). Then, walk in (have them shoot you walking down the street, walking into the place, etc.) and order up. There will be plenty of photo opportunities of your kids being themselves, and they'll probably sit still for a bit once the hot chocolate comes. You and hubs can even sneak off to a nearby table for a few shots. (Plan this one in advance, though. It's always a good idea to call first and let the establishment know you are coming in. Most coffee shops, etc. don't charge a fee, but you never know.) This scene works really well with grandparents, too.
Props: Mugs of hot chocolate, the coffee shop itself
Clothing: We peeled off the bright snowgear, and went with casual, cozy pieces - jeans, sweaters, plaid and stripes.
Want to participate? Family Photo Inspiration will be a recurring series on the blog, so if you've recently had a family photo session that knocked your socks off, or you are a family photographer with an eye for something fresh or unique, I'd love to hear from you. Email me: aintnomomjeans (at) gmail (dot) com
We had the most amazing Saturday. It was our long-anticipated day date (aka my Christmas and Valentine's Day present). And while I had visions of waltzing around the city in something wildly glamorous...Saturday was a mushpot of snow, sleet, and freezing rain. So instead, I wore this:
We started at the Art Museum, where we - get this - wandered leisurely. I read some of plaques hanging on the wall. I KNOW!!
And afterwards, we strolled around downtown. Held hands. Got coffee at our fav, La Colombe.
(I'm all about the cuffs these days.)
Of course, I posed a little. Wearing two jackets like all the other fashion bloggers.
But aren't these sexy jeans? Even with the combat-ish boots. (Grace, you asked about these boots and so I hopped right to it you #shoppingenabler More later.)
I swapped the combat boots out for heels before our dinner reservations at Vetri. In hindsight, that was a mistake. Mike had booked us a six course dinner at 6PM, with tickets to see Ballet X at 8PM. By 7:45, we were only on course four. By 7:56PM, Mike signed the check, and by 7:59PM we were running - no, SPRINTING - like the crazy people we are. (Thankfully I can still run in heels.) And at 8:00PM sharp? We were busting through the doors of the Wilma Theater.
It was a tough call (stay/go?) but wow. We made the right decision. Ballet X was mindblowing. It was exciting and funny and sexy - Mike didn't even fall asleep!! (The man always falls asleep at ballets.) We'll be going again....with, I think, the boys. The Wilma theater is such an intimate setting that you can hear the sound of their shoes squeaking on the stage, hear the dancers breathing, and see the subtle expressions on their faces. And I love how it was such a departure from traditional ballet, but with all of the rigor. It was like Balanchine-meets-hiphop-meets-threestooges. (OK, maybe not exactly that last part. But close.) And tix were only $35.
After, we went back to Vetri (sheepishly) to collect our entrees and dessert.
Philly, thanks for a beautiful day and an amazing night. You are one seriously cool city. I can't wait (hint, hint Mike) to do this again.
blouse: Emerson Fry jet print (old) - similar at LOFT
sweater: Ann Taylor cropped sweater (old) - this back-zip sweatshirt at Madewell has a similar cropped fit (and is otherwise fabulous)
denim jacket: Joe's Jeans (vintage - ha! that just means I bought it in 2003 or something) - but Modcloth has a really cute one with stretch.
wool jacket: Iro (old) - or try layering a cool trench over a denim jacket
combat boots: Steve Madden Bickett Boot (at local DSW for $35!!) - similar
heels: Nine West (old) - similar
scarf: Banana Republic (old) - similar
Whoa. The number of layers I'm wearing is ridiculous. But the thought of putting on my puffer coat - yet again - is starting to affect my mental stability. I had to get creative. In the name of health, you guys. HEALTH.
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I need to start keeping a list of Stupid Summer Purchases. I have a ton. They are stupid not because they don't fit, or because I tried to venture out of my style comfort zone, or anything I can even put my finger on....they are stupid purchases only because come summer, the sum total of what I wear is this: cut-offs, white tee, flat sandals...or a summer dress.
Of all of these, I often fail with summer dress purchases. I buy beautiful silky maxis (NOPE), eyelet mini dresses (NOPE), strapless anything (NOPENOPENOPE). GAH! I mean OK - they get worn, sometimes, but not nearly as much as my old soft jersey swing dress, which is nothing more than a glorified t-shirt/tank dress. And??? It's at least eight years old. EIGHT.
The good news is that there are a ton of soft jersey dresses out there....with a twist. Some have interesting necklines (thankfully not strapless which Pax cannot resist pulling down)...some have cool cut-outs, or fancy details or strategic ruching which makes the dress both insanely sexy and easy to wear at the same time.
I've rounded up my favorites, sorted by body types. All of these dresses are soft and comfortable - anything from scratchy polyester didn't make the cut (no matter how pretty). And nursing mamas? There are dresses for you sprinkled throughout. Look for this nursing symbol:
Lastly, some of the dresses below are from Piperlime, and are 25% off until 2/18 with code HAPPY.
Pregnant, Post-Partum and Otherwise Poochy
1. Glamorous Knit Shift Dress, $59
Swingy enough for a very poochy stomach, would also be adorbs on a pregnant mama.
2. Michael Kors Romper, $128
So perfect for the playground, and 100% cotton. Wear over a bright bra, and let the straps peek out.
3. Monrow Sleeveless Shirred Dress, $115
This is probably the closest I could get to the bodycon trend. The goal here is to get the ruching/blousing to hide the stomach pooch. (Perfect for first-trimester mamas!)
4. LA MADE St. Tropaz Dress, $99
I didn't put the nursing symbol on this dress because the chest hits too high on the model, but if I were having a baby this spring/summer...I'd try this dress. Amazing pooch-hiding, and I'll bet you could pull down the front of the dress to nurse (maybe try buying a size up?).
A gorgeous low back takes this unassuming dress in a sexy direction. Wear a pretty bra.
6. Ella Moss Sam Stripe Maxi, $198
Too many maxis rely on empire-waists, which put a post-partum pooch on full display. I like how this dress uses extra fabric and clever contrast stripes to camouflage.
7. Colette Scoop Neck Maxi, $89
A slight trapeze shape will hide a small pooch. Head-to-toe navy is surprisingly glamorous, even in a ho-hum shape.
8. Riller and Fount Caftan Maxi Dress, $198
This is such a great update for a new mama, or (like me) just a poochy one. So sophisticated and cool! Yet forgiving.
9. Lanston Racerback Maxi, $139
Ok - this made the cut because tall reviewers were happy with the fit. Why do we care? Because there should be enough fabric above the waistband to hide a poochy stomach. (This dress obviously won't work for the very pregnant.)
Ah, the ruched banded waist - so kind on a pooch. And I love this mushroom color. Picture it with flat gold sandals and gold cuff bracelet.
Calling All Curvy Mamas
This fabric is not to be believed - it's light, comfy, and feels expensive. I didn't have enough hips to keep this dress (the ruched part hit well below my stomach pooch) but on someone with curves? Oh, Mama.
12. Tibi Spring Tweed Dress, $298
I know - it's so expensive. But fabulous, nonetheless, and could be a go-to for years to come.
13. Old Navy Fit and Flare Jersey Dress, $30
Fit-and-Flare dresses are so cute on curvy mamas.
14. Skies are Blue Stripe Ponte Dress, $64
It looks exactly like the Old Navy dress, but this is ponte, which will be much thicker. Ponte helps to keep everything held in....while still allowing for movement. One of my favorite fabrics.
15. Splendid T-Shirt Maxi Dress With Slit, $128
Soooooooo sexy. SOOOOOOOOO SEXY. Especially on a mama with some curves.
16. Monrow Shirred Tee Dress, $117
And there we have the hottest t-shirt dress ever made. Yowza.
17. Hive and Honey Mixed Stripe Dress, $69
I like how the top of this fun, bright dress would balance out a small waist and curvy hips.
18. Bailey 44 Marilyn Dress, $168
A bombshell shape in an everyday fabric. LOVE.
And the Rest....
These banded-waist dresses are so hit-or-miss. Some can work for post-partum, but....it depends. Some can work for curves, but....yup - it depends. Here are four that may be worth a try.
19. Sabine Knotted Grecian Knit Maxi, $69
I love the greek goddess vibe here.
20. ASOS Bodycon T-Shirt Dress, $55
So freaking cool.
21. Colette One-Shoulder Maxi, $89
I love a black-tie-inspired dress rendered in such a casual fabric.
22. Free People Andrina Dress, $98
I suspect this is for the tall and skinny, but oh how I love this dress.