Whether they're skinny or flare, denim or wool, I'm willing to bet that you have a pair of black pants in your closet. And while [yawn], they may not be [snore] the most exciting [zzzzzzz] sartorial choice...just you wait.
Mamas, I've been working on some holiday style posts...and I'm still obsessed with all-white (or soft creams, beiges and taupes) for the holidays. I know. I did this last year, too.
But all-white ensembles are turning out to be athing this year. Which means that many of my favorite cream-colored pants (especially cords) are selling out fast. So here's a quick round-up, if you are so inclined. I promise to follow this one up with more styling ideas later on.
I actually can't decide if I like these the best or LOFT's Marissa trousers. Thoughts, anyone?
Ok, that's it! More on the topic later....
ps. Seriously - THANK YOU for the laughs on our Christmas cards. I'm still not sure which one we'll be sending - it's hard to choose! And I'm finally starting to recover after my last (LAST! WOOT WOOT) chemo treatment. I'll talk more about all of that later....I'm trying to squeeze in a bunch of posts before the holidays. The last month was so tough, I fell way behind. Bear with me. :)
Due to a trick of lighting in my last post...it looks like I was wearing a shimmery tee with my old beat-up bootcuts. The problem NOW is that I'm now dying for a shimmery tee...and based on the comments, I'm not the only one.
Also, many of you have recommended some really cool track pant/trouser hybrids after seeing how cute Rachel looked in hers...so CLEARLY a shopping post is in order. (Let the record show that I am NOT the only shopping enabler here.)
Which is your favorite? I love the wash of #2 from Patterson J Kincaid - a perfect blend of old-gray-tee and shimmer...but I really prefer a v-neck. I just wish Eileen Fisher's (#1) had a lower neckline (and price)...perhaps if you size up? But for only $35, it's hard to beat #5.
What a wild ride this past week has been. But despite the crappy news, we are all doing OK. Like...honestly OK. And Mike and I both have been blown away by the love and support we've received from family, friends, and you. It's funny, so many of your comments start with, "I know we don't know each other but I feel like we're friends" and YES. I do too. We feel your love and support and have read - out loud, to each other - every single word we've received from comments, Facebook, email, and Instagram. And we are in awe.
At one point Mike looked at me and said, "Babe, who are these amazingly wise, loving, compassionate zen-Buddhist-monk-type readers that you have?? Seriously, who??"
I grinned at him. "Moms" I said. "They're Moms."
We went out for some (much-needed) drinks in the city this weekend. We started at a friend's house (I feel the need to explain Raines' bare feet) and then went out (in shoes) for pizza.
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.
First, let me say that I love your blog! I read it religiously. So much so that my husband no longer asks where I get new ideas from. Thank you for helping me feel kid-friendly, mom appropriate and sexy all at the same time.
Here's my question...I'm looking for some ideas for work appropriate layering of a lace shirt. I am an attorney and need office appropriate wear, but get bored with the same old dark suit getup. If I can at least make the tops under the jacket interesting, I feel like I win. On non-court days, I have a little more freedom in what is appropriate. I'm 100% on board with the layering a turtleneck. I tried a t-shirt today.
(wearing: GORGEOUS lace tee is Lauren Conrad for Kohl's)
Is there anything else? Would a button down work?
Suzanne - Thanks for writing in! You obviously read the article (linked above) where I recommended a lace top. If you recall, I claimed that it was oh-so-easy to style and soooo very versatile and...well. I see that you are calling me out. (Nicely, of course.) Challenge accepted!! It's time to put my styling where my big ol' mouth is, and attempt to style one up for the office. Not just any office....but one of the most conservative of work environments.
Maternity workwear. Isn't that phrase just so...depressing? Ugh. It conjures up images of schlumpy, black, ill-fitting suits and those awful maternity button-down shirts. (shudder)
We can do better, Mamas.
I threw together a small Spring capsule wardrobe for working mamas-to-be. And it's almost completely post-partum friendly, and much of it is pumping-friendly. But best of all? Maternity workwear (blaaaah) has come such a long way that not only would I happily(!!) wear any of these pieces NOT pregnant, but most are pretty. darn. affordable.
First off, I have to tell you that if it wasn't for you, I'm not sure I would have left the house after baby #2. It wasn't so much the baby weight as it was the overall body changes and new shape. Plus it's so hard to feel sexy after giving birth! Empowered and in love, yes. But sexy? Not until I found your blog. I would read you hourly if you chose to post that often. And my husband has been loving my style lately--major plus!
My dilemma now is that I randomly bought this shirt from j. crew and now that I'm home, I can't for the life of me figure out what I was thinking!
Is there any way to wear this without looking like a prudish Daisy Duke??? You are tops when it comes to wearable, stylish mom clothes and I'm hopeful you can help. Thank you so much--for everything!
With love and gratitude, Stephanie
Stephanie - Thanks so much for your kind words! And I'm loving your purchase. Gingham shirts are a pretty safe bet. They'll add a pop of color and pattern to just about any outfit. The trick (for me, at least) is to prevent a preppy-overload, and, for you, to keep the look far, far away from those crazy Duke brothers. Gotcha. Here's what I found:
Here's my challenge. I'm an aerospace systems engineer (yes, you MAY call me Madame Rocket Scientist) in Pasadena, CA and I have no idea what to wear to work when the weather gets hot. Oh, did I mention California? Yes, it will be 80-105 degrees here from now until November. That's half a year by my Excel spreadsheet calculations. My workplace is actually pretty casual, but the managers certainly dress nicer, and I've always heard you should dress like who you aspire to be at work. So, what to wear when skin is in season at the beach/park, but no so for those of us sweltering in their desk chair? Cut-offs, short skirts, flip flops, maxi dresses (any that scream "I'd rather be on a tropical island than here in this meeting with all of you!), bare arms, etc. are really not options. And, I am of course up to my elbows in mommy-mode (and other disgustingness) immediately before and after work so everything has to be kiddo friendly.
Tracy, I have a soft spot in my heart for geeks. Geeks who mention aerospace, spreadsheets and fashion? We should be BFFs.
As you know, engineering is a funny field from a dress-code perspective. It's not as conservative, as, say, some crusty old law firm, but neither is it consider creative, like marketing or a hip ad agency. And while my company flirted with a denim dress code in the heady dot-com days, the pendulum seems to be swinging back to fairly conservative roots.
Personally, I tend to favor a professional look, with touches of casual ease thrown in (especially in the summer). Here's a weeks worth of outfits:
MONDAY: Cheap, Modest, Summer Dresses
(wearing: Target dress, J. Crew belt, Marc Jacobs heels)
A few of my favorite places to find cotton summer dresses include Target, Shabby Apple, Modcloth, and Forever 21. Look for classic cuts with a bit of a sleeve in dark, conservative colors. I keep them professional with belts and closed-toe heels, and add cardigans (or blazers) to battle the air conditioning. The second I leave work I strip off the outer layer, and just run around in what is really just a cheap little cotton summer dress. Sometimes I'll even change into flip-flops.
NOTE: When buying cheap, you sometimes sacrifice fit. The Target dress above cost me $24, plus another $40 in alterations. Considering how many times I've worn what became a $64 dress, the CPW (cost-per-wear) is still in the pennies.
Mamas, have I shown you my favorite trousers? They are perfectly slouchy, menswear inspired, and oh-so-comfy.
Know what else? They are maternity pants.
(wearing: Preggo me - Isabella Oliver Garbo pants and ruched cami, DVF jacket, Chan Luu scarf...regular me - Isabella Oliver Hepburn pants, Stylemint tee, hub's watch, necklace from Nordstroms and Nine West booties)
The Garbo trousers have been, by far, my very favorite maternity pants. I wore them through two pregnancies, post-partum, and continue to wear them.
I mean seriously. I know that carefully chosen maternity dresses & tops can go the distance, but pants? Isn't that crazy?