We are getting into the car. It's date night! "Nice tights" says Mike. What? Tights? "No honey," I correct him. "These are leggings."
Mike looks confused. "They are? Hunh. They look like tights."
"I'm not wearing a skirt" I point out. "So these are leggings. Which are pants."
"Ok" he says, agreeably. "But they're kinda like tights since they're so sheer, right?"
I freeze. Sheer? Does he know what that word means? I mean, this IS the man who repeatedly confuses dresses with skirts.
I narrow my eyes at him. "Can you...expand on that?"
He absentmindedly fumbles with the keys. "Uhhh...they look silky and thin? Like tights?"
"I forgot something inside" I tell him. "Be right back."
Mike groans. "Babe, what did you forget?"
Apparently, I forgot my pants.
THESE ARE "PANTS" bumcoveragerequired
I do own thicker leggings. The J.Crew pixie pant-type things that are thick enough to show some bum. And my faux-leather leggings...yeah, I'm not as careful with bum coverage in those, either. But for whatever reason (in the above case, I LOVE the pattern)...I do find myself reaching for my cheapie black leggings from time-to-time. They're easy, they're comfy, and sometimes, heck, they're the only thing clean.
Here are a few styling tricks I've been using when I really (really, REALLY) need to keep my bum covered.
I think one of my very favorite things is when a reader emails me a pic and says, "I did it!" You guys are awesome. Love sharing the love so we can all be a bit more inspired.
How awesome is this pic of reader Meredith rocking the Sporty-Chic trend? She writes:
In Texas, it's most definitely still summer. But, inspired by your recent sporty chic post and a rare rainy day, I cranked the AC and tried out my new Onitsuka Tigers with a vintage varsity sweater I found in the Halloween section at Goodwill, which incidentally has my initial and a tennis patch--tennis being the only sport I follow besides ballet! Score!
Makes me want to sew a varsity letter onto one of Mike's work cardigans. Wonder if he'd mind...?? Who am I kidding? I don't sew. (I staple.) But here's a pretty fab DIY for those inclined.
Mamas! One of the very biggest trends this Fall is to wear multiple patterns at once. This "mixed print" styling trick started a few years back, and is still gaining momentum. So. If there was one. thing. a Mama could do to easily update her whole look...this is it.
From time-to-time I've gotten reader questions about styling mixed prints, so I thought I'd start with the basics. There are four prints that mix so easily they should be considered neutrals. In fact, if you're a little mixed-print-crazy (yup)...you can wear all four at once.
Another military-inspired moto jacket. This one is a lighter-weight fabric, and the subtle sheen reminds me of - wait. Could it be? It reminds me of a bomber jacket. So...this is a military parka / moto jacket / bomber. Yet somehow it all works.
Mamas, it's time to talk Fall Trends!! First up....the moto jacket.
I fully support running out and grabbing some badass leather moto jacket (this one is fabulous). I mean...Miranda Kerr sports one, baby in tow, so there you go. It's possible. And many of you have previously confirmed that it is indeed easy to wipe spit-up off of a leather jacket. There's no disputing that a leather moto jacket will seriously up your style game...forever. They're classic.
My issue, however, with leather jackets in general is the same issue I have with most jackets in general: I can't move my arms. And nothing makes me crazier than when my arms are constricted - especially when cruising around with the kiddos.
Happily, there are a ton of amazingly chic, made-to-move, washable moto jackets on the market. And if you treat your moto jacket like it's any old thing and throw it on over everything....BAM. Lookin' good, Mama.
Here are a few ways I'm wearing my moto jacket (both playtime and date night):
LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog - you have helped me a TON! Now, I have a big favor to ask. I'm headed to a wedding in Duluth, in April....which means there could be a blizzard or it could be balmy. I'm going to be chasing a three year old and carrying around (and nursing) a ginormous 9 month old. Thanks to your suggestions on other nursing/maternity items, I picked up this Isabella Oliver nursing dress in French Navy. It does a good job (with Spanx) of holding in my about 4 months pregnant looking pooch....I feel comfortable in it, but I need shoe and accessory suggestions.
Did I mention I am standing in this wedding, and there are NO suggestions in terms of color, etc.? The bride likes my dress.....where do I go from here!? All I have figured out is dangly earrings are out, cause I have a grabber, and maybe wedges would be better for toddler wrangling...Thank you thank you!
I've even attached a photo of myself in said dress, so you can see what we are working with ;)
Holly, you look seriously fabulous. 4 Months Post-partum? WOW.
So you need a few options to work with crazy Duluth weather, while toddler wrangling and standing up for the bride? Gotcha.
The most important one, I think, is the standing up for the bride part. While there may be no suggestions from the bride in terms of color, I think we should be careful. While your dress may look great with, say, a hot red pump for date night, I think that's the wrong choice for wedding photos - you don't want your bright pumps competing with the bride in pics. Know what I mean?
Holly, I came up with a couple of possible looks for you. They include some subtle accessories, and a way to stay warm(ish) if you find yourself in the middle of a blizzard (which seems likely....Marquette, MI just had a snowday last week). Warning: I said warm-ish, not warm. But you'll look amazing, and won't totally freeze. Which is the best you can hope for as a bridesmaid, I think. :)
WOOT WOOT Weekend, Mamas! The last two weeks have been very, very long. I have been inexplicably sick (with a cold! It's just a cold!) for over two solid weeks. This nasty virus has robbed me of motivation, sucked me of enthusiasm, and taken my patience out for a looong vacation. Grrrrrrr.
Even my kids have been attempting to cheer me up. "Mom, it's OK!" Raines said to me yesterday. "You're the best mom EVER EVER...even if you're always grumpy!"
Awesome. Let's put that on a mug for Mother's Day, shall we? "World's Greatest Always-Grumpy Mom!"
(NOTE: Mike, you had better freaking NOT. Just so we're clear.)
So. For this issue of Friday Fun, I have exactly ONE find. Happily you, lovely Mamas, have been doing a little shopping while I've been sniffling, and have been emailing me all sorts of fun finds.
After moving to New Jersey from LA in January I was looking for a long sleeved dress that is relatively warm, nursing friendly and pretty enough for a date night. I stumbled upon your post about affordable dresses on Zappos, and that's how I discovered the Patagonia brand dresses. I ended up buying two of them!
Helen ended up with Patagonia's Bay Laural Wrap Dress in black (currently on sale for $36!!), and the sleeveless Margot dress (also on sale for $36). They are both nursing friendly, and Helen reports that they can also help disguise a small pooch, as well.
I really, really loved your style resolutions for 2013 article a few months back, and thanks to you I have the beginnings of a decent wardrobe that's not full of things that sort-of-but-not-quite-fit for the first time in five years!
I love, love, loved the gray maxidress you featured two years ago, but couldn't find it anywhere when I started looking for something to wear this summer. I live in Jordan right now, and it's already 80 here most days so summer starts a bit earlier for me. A few years ago I would have bought a couple of dresses that I sort of liked from Old Navy and never have felt good about them...but I remembered your point about cost-per-wear and held out until I found something I loved. And I did! This maxi dress from Shopbop is exactly what I was looking for: beautiful drape, pooch-hiding blouson top, modest enough that I can get away with wearing it here in the Middle East, but still sexy thanks to the V-neck and the drape of the skirt.
Instead of a half dozen crappy dresses, I have one that I truly love and that makes me feel beautiful. Thank you, thank you, thank you for encouraging women like me to find what makes us feel good about ourselves and giving us pointers as to how to get there!
A few weeks ago I was driving Raines to pre-school (he's 5). He was sitting in his carseat, a grumpy look on his face. "What's wrong, buddy?" I asked. He sighed. It was one of those dramatic, drawn-out sighs of the long-suffering. "I jus' don't understand what is happening in this world, Mom" he said.
Whoa. I'm not...how to even...begin with that? I waited, concerned, for him to continue.
"I mean...what the heck is going on with the Sun? Where is it? Will I always have to wear this jacket?" [pause] I'M NOT COMFORTABLE IN THIS JACKET MOM!!"
Exactly, kid. Sing it.
Ready to talk Spring, Mamas? Us too. Most of these picks (if not all) can be worn while chasing kiddos around a park, and some can be dressed up for date-night (or the office). All can be paired with pieces you already own for a fresh, easy update. These are the new Spring Basics...101.
Have ya heard, Mamas? Leather is huge this season. Whether you rock it in small doses, or go hardcore-hot-Mama in leather jackets/pants...without a doubt, leather makes an impact. Leather can make even the meekest Mama look like a badass.
Think of leather as our version of a superhero cape. DA DAH DAHN!
Scared? Don't be. I'm the world's biggest wardrobe wimp (if it's uncomfortable in the slightest, I'm not interested) and have a couple of leather styling tricks up my sleeve.