My cousin Melissa is back, and this time giving out some style advice! I found myself looking at a few style blogs, trying to find something playground friendly, that wouldn’t break the bank. I kept striking out. And then I thought of my cousin- her clothes are always current and comfortable. I asked her if she felt like putting something together…but I added a challenge of nothing that costs more than $100, $50 if she could do it. And bonus points if it’s something you can nurse in. She sent me this list, and I promptly began shopping online. Read on for the scoop. [Also – no exaggeration on her part- she is fashionable!]
My cousin recently gave me the best compliment when she asked me to write this blog – she called me fashionable! Actually, she called me more “pulled together” than her, but I’m allowing myself the exaggeration.
I certainly didn’t pay much attention to fashion before having a baby. I don’t mean that I was unfashionable, but it didn’t occupy so much space in my mind. But having a baby changes everything, as we know, and I’ve noticed that I now need to try harder to look like I care about my clothes and style. Between stains and less time, fashion is not easy as a mom.
But if Carolyn thinks I look good, then I guess I have some advice to share. And I’ve never been one to splurge on clothes, so here are my affordable summer picks for 2012.
(4) I’m also really into stripes. I don’t really buy patterns. They’re too busy and too….I don’t know…..particular. Instead I look for stripes or some sort for feature that gives interest. Like this, from J Crew.
- Dresses are a quick outfit. You put on one piece of clothing and you are dressed! No matching, no tucking, no trying multiple shirts. You’re done. And you look awesome.
- Dresses have no/forgiving waistlines. When you’re still fighting with your pooch, dresses are so comfy. Even if it’s fitted, not having a waistband is such a must sometimes.
- There’s something about dresses that make you look like you put in extra effort even when you really put in less (see above). Look at Kate Middleton. How often do you see her in separates? Hardly ever. She knows.
(7), (8) Maxis are made for bending over with babies without worrying about flashing that stranger in the park. My favorites are this or this. Both options are great for nursing too.
(9) Stripes and pockets! This dress was made for me!
So happy shopping mamas. Stay cool and enjoy looking “pulled together” all summer long!