Mamas, sometimes the key to shopping your closet is knowing what (and when) to purge. You just can't make good outfit choices with a closet stuffed full of unflattering, ill-fitting items. But when something has sentimental value...it can take us (or at least me) a loooong time to say goodbye. But man, pictures sure help speed up this process.
I've written before about high-waisted denim for post-partum moms. It's a strange strategy, to be sure, but my old high-waisted Sevens served me well after each baby was born. Of course, I never showed off the high-waist (which included a jelly-belly squeezing out of the top), wearing them instead with my favorite pooch-hiding sweater.
You'd never know they were high-waisted.
But my pooch is starting to shrink (albeit very slowly), and high-waisted denim is great choice for all of the shorter tops we're seeing this season. And tucking a little tee into a pair of high-waisted denim is such a cute nod to the 70's.
So I busted them out. You've actually seen this outfit before....but not the a full body shot. Why? 'Cause I hate it.
What's the problem? Oh...so, so, so many things. But let's just start with the fact that I look like a munchkin and go from there:
But goodbye was made infinitely easier by finding an awesome pair of high-waisted denim on sale at Nordstroms. Hello, Mother Denim. Look at the difference:
A huge difference, no?
One more side-by-side compare:
Sometimes, Mamas, you just have to commit to a trend, in order to make it really work. When I bought those Sevens, I wasn't quite committed to the high-waist concept (granted, I was 5 weeks post-partum...) so this might be a good example of needing to simply refresh a trend. It often takes our collective eye several years before we really are ready to jump into something so radically different. And my stand-by denim pre-pregnancy was very low-waisted...making the high-waist on the Sevens felt like a shock. Now? Not so much.
I should've known that the Sevens were done, even before I saw the pics. I haven't worn them once in the past...10 months? Not a good sign.
They are gone*. Wave bye-bye!
ps. And by "gone" I mean that I stuffed them into a box in the basement to be resurrected again if we decide to have a third baby. Because they are really soooo comfy post-partum. IknowIknowIknowIknow! Mamas...should we have a third baby? I seriously can't decide. Leaving it up to vote seems just as valid as the "let's just see what happens" approach that other people take, right? (I'm making myself and Mike crazy.)