There's something about white that just feels so...fancy. And it's totally unexpected during the holiday season. I've been feeling all chic snow-princess in my all-white ensembles against a a vast sea of little black dresses, sleek black coats, and dark denim. It's fun.
Mamas! The easiest way to give your old standbys a modern spin? Yup - the ankle bootie. These guys aren't new...in fact, two years ago, a very pregnant me wrote an article called The Short Boot Dilemma...where I tried to figure out how the heck to wear the various short boots that were popping up.
Well. Two years later, I'm happy to say that I've figured it out. Feel free to applaud. Two years in the making, baby. TWO.
Mamas, it feels like I have spent the last 4+ years wearing nothing but jeans and cut-offs. Which, you know, is kinda my thing. But in the days leading up to my sister's wedding, as I (repeatedly) got all gussied up, I realized something: I like pretty.
But in the case of a chiffon maxi skirt, 'pretty' doesn't translate very well to messy art projects or playground time, or even walking if steps are involved. Sorry honey - Mum can't hold your hand, she has too much skirt. Good luck with those stairs, though!
But you know what, Mamas? Some days...I just don't care. Some days I don't want to lug around diapers, I don't want to wear flat shoes, and some days I just want to put on a pretty skirt.
Obviously these days will require either a nanny, a husband, or children who calmly watch movies while their crazy mother swans around in chiffon.
Luckily for me, my I NEED PRETTY DAY fell on a Saturday. And Mike humors loves me. So out we went - the four of us (Mike carried the diapers). We just walked around, got some ice cream, had a beer. And you know what? It really wasn't bad. I was still able to be involved and have fun.
Hi, I am a mama of twin 5 year old boys. I have recently found your site and love it! I work from home so I easily fall into the trap of wearing the same old unfashionable clothes and have also been known to go a day or two (or three!) without showering. Your blog has really helped me take on a renewed focus on being more fashionable and just feeling better about myself.
One area that I continue to struggle with is shoes. I live in Michigan and find that there is a period of time between winter and spring where I don't know what shoes to wear. It is not cold enough to wear boots, but not warm enough for sandals or flats with no socks. I struggle to find fashionable shoes that I can wear with some type of sock, and have them be comfortable. I need to chase around my boys so comfort is a must. But I also don't want to look like an old lady in orthopedic shoes. Can you please help by giving me some suggestions?
Sarah, thanks for writing in! Growing up in MI myself, I know exactly what you are talking about. And this transitional weather often drives me crazy, too. But I've been thinking about your request...and now that the weather in Philly is chilly again I've found myself struggling with the same thing.
Here's what I've been happy wearing...
I don't typically wear these shoes to the park, but for general errands and outings with the kiddos, I find the heel comfortable enough for baby-wearing.
Note my Smartwool socks peeking out. Navy denim + navy-ish wool socks = close enough.
(wearing: Levis skinnies, J.Crew Factory sweater, Madewell plaid shirt, Clarks booties, Bella leopard-print baby carrier. Makr backpack, Salt sunnies)
I'm slowly figuring out the whole cute sneaks + skinny jeans thing. Personally, I like this look a whole lot better if the skinnies aren't legging-tight. But that might just be me. And since I'm not the tallest person around, I roll 'em.
My converse are high-tops, but this look would work even if a bit of white sock showed.
(Also? This is a different day....but Raines likes to wear the same thing over & over & over....)
Mom Street Style comes today from Meagan (aka "the headless housewife" LOL--more on that later) at Everyday Mom Style. Everyday Mom Style is a recent addition to the mom style blogging world and a great one at that. In her endearing, plainspoken "About Me" section, Meagan writes:
"My wardrobe must be reasonably priced, comfortable and age appropriate. . . I’m just a 40 year old mother of two kids who wants to look and feel great. . . I live in a suburb of Seattle, where style is pretty laid back. My clothes are not expensive, they come from Nordstroms, Anthropologie, J Crew, Target, TJ Maxx, Kohls, H & M."
After three pregnancies spanning several years and all four seasons, I don’t even want to start thinking about what I’ve spent on items that fit for roughly three months a go. As a new-mom-to-be in 2007, I was a total rookie, but ANMJ reader Julia, who’s glowingly prego with her first, is taking a more pragmatic (and fabulous!) approach to her maternity wardrobe. . .
Shop Your Closet is a weekly series that is intended to help moms make the most out of what they already own. These styling tips aren't always groundbreaking, but with the sleeplessness and general chaos of life, they (hopefully) serve as helpful reminders for our less-inspired days.
(wearing: ancient Gap sweater layered over J.Crew cashmere v-neck for extra warmth, Levis skinnies, Frye boots, Salt sunnies, and Lands' End Canvas socks)
This has been my old standby mom-uniform since R was born...almost four years ago now. And, uh, I actually bought this ancient sweater while pregnant with R. So yeah - well worn.
Needless to say, this outfit gets tired. I still put it on because it's warm, comfy, and stylish enough thanks to the cool boots and skinnies, but wow. I'm bored.
So I added socks. Tall socks peeking out of boots is a fast and easy update if you are getting tired of your skinnies. Socks with stripes lend a sporty vibe, cable knit socks go cozy-chic, and socks with a bright pop of color always look cool.
(wearing: on R - Joe's jeans, Gap checked button-down, Splendid hoodie, consigned tee, 77 kids hat)
Because your socks are going over top of your jeans, layering them over tighter-fitting jeans works best. Or try leggings - this look was made for leggings.
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Mamas, I went on a date. A real one. Where a babysitter comes to the house, the kids are excited to see her, and Mike and I walk out the door without a backwards glance - OR the baby. I'm in high heels and he's wearing a jacket. Like adults. Like real parents. It was fabulous.
A side note: My husband was oddly excited to hear I was going to wear Spanx. All was revealed later, when I realized that all he heard was something that sounded vaguely like "spanking"....and was then horribly disappointed to realize that I meant these:
They rocked, BTW. And sooo comfortable.
Anyway, the night of the date was freezing. Like 20 degrees, it's probably going to snow, freezing. And no matter how cute an outfit, I don't really sacrifice comfort for style. At least not in 20 degree weather. But I also wasn't going to pass up on this dress. So I got a little creative - swapped booties for stilettos, busted out a sparkly little belt....
(wearing: Shabby Apple Hollywood Hills dress c/o Shabby Apple, J.Crew sweater and belt, Hanes run-resistant sheer tights c/o Hanes, Nine West booties, vintage clutch)
Eclectic, I realize. But I was warm, and felt like myself, which is really the important thing.
But never fear, Mamas. Two martinis in (two! TWO!!) and I was shedding clothing like a crazy-woman.
The dress got its time to shine.
Here I am, waiting for a glass of champagne to wrap up the most perfect evening. I'm sure my mother is dying over the fact that I'm revealing what I drank (how un-ladylike of me!! scandalous!!) but I haven't been able to stomach more than a glass or two of white wine since getting pregnant with Raines. Which means that I've been drinking only white wine for almost 5 YEARS NOW. And suddenly, seemingly overnight, I can do martinis again.
It was a big night, Mamas. A big night indeed. Martinis, high heels, a gorgeous lace dress and lipstick. I haven't felt this glamorous in quite a long, long time.
So if you are in need of a little glamour in your life, and want it in the form of a shockingly comfortable lace dress that feels both demure and wildly sexy....do any of the following and leave us a comment, telling us how you've entered:
I had my eye on this tunic for quite some time, and purchased it the second I found out I was pregnant with #2. I'm so glad I did. This tunic was my go-to piece for my first, second, and third trimesters. It looks amazing dressed up (I wore an exact replica of the pictured outfit many times)...and is so comfortable (and washable) that it quickly became an everyday favorite.
The low v-neck and large swingy sleeves are flattering to a large pregnant bust and forgive a multitude of upper arm sins. And the tunic is cut longer in the front, ensuring that your belly is covered...even if yours is an epic size. (And mine was.)
While the empire-waist left me looking a bit pregnant post-partum, this tunic was still a much more stylish option for those first few weeks when you have tons of visitors, and no one is surprised by your post-partum pooch. You can also nurse easily in it.
Styling possibilities are endless...but here were my favorite ways to wear it:
I have a confession to make… I’m not a mom, I’m not even pregnant but I am completely obsessed with your blog.
I stumbled across your site about a year and a half ago when my husband and I first decided we were going to have a baby. Being a self-proclaimed jean snob and fashionista – and proud of it - the thought of dressing a new, round, body had me completely stressed out. (I know, “I’m creating life” blah blah blah) Needless to say your blog saved me and helped me to see that I don’t have to wear some of the atrocious maternity wear some of my pregnant friends are donning.
Anyway, the real reason I’m writing is to ask you a favor, and I’ll warn you up front it’s not something you would normally write about. As I said in my confession, I’m not a mom nor am I pregnant – despite two years of trying and thousands of dollars spent. My husband and I have decided to do IVF and even though we no longer have to do the inner-muscular injections or mix our own meds, I’m pretty nervous. Our IVF nurse said the two weeks towards the end of the procedure will leave me with heavy ovaries (no working out), messy panties (in lieu of the injections they now use suppositories and pads – yay, she said sarcastically), out of control hormones, a sensitive tummy and probably no denim for a couple of weeks which…about put me over the edge.
I woke up in the middle of the night with a flash back to an article you posted awhile ago about post-delivery attire, specifically Aerie, pad friendly panties but when I went back into the archives I couldn’t track it down. Would you please post something regarding clothing/panties that would be comfortable on a bloated, cranky, sensitive tummy?
I soon hope to be joining your every-growing cult of fabulous fashionista mommies but right now I have to get past two weeks of hormonal hell.
Julia, you will certainly be in our thoughts. IVF is such a long road...and on top of everything else, no denim??? While this is arguably the least of your worries, it's also the part we can easily help with. And we are so delighted to help.
Since you are self-proclaimed jean snob and fashionista (hello, we should be friends)...I've found a couple of drool-worthy looks that will allow for granny-panties, disguise a poochy stomach, and no denim required!!