The Labels I Live In

Posted on May 19, 2015

Pregnancy can be hard.  Uncomfortable.  Heartburn ridden, and swollen.  But that will never be able to negate the fact that we still just want to be fabulous.  With a growing uterus in the way, there are a myriad of maternity options out there to suit any body type.  Yet even with all of these antepartum fashion needs taken into consideration, some girls vehemently decline the maternity motif within their own wardrobes, in search of something more like what they wore before the baby belly.  What’s a modestly expectant girl to do when in need of some sartorial solace for the next 9 months?  These are the labels I have been living in for (almost) 40 weeks, and will continue to don ever after.  That’s the benefit of finding clothing that is not necessarily designated for the pregnant belly brigade;  you can continue to wear them regardless of your maternal state of being.

The Frock NYC

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MIMU Maxi

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Project 6 NY

     IMG 6668 800x877 The Labels I Live In        Sache Dress IMG 6670 800x818 The Labels I Live In IMG 6639 800x777 The Labels I Live In IMG 6656 800x786 The Labels I Live In                                  Headpiece: My Mother’s ArmoireIMG 0487 800x800 The Labels I Live In      Maaya Dress

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Zara and H&M

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                          Zara Embroidered Maxi Dress

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           H&M Shirt Dress

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                H&M Sweater Dress and Leather Pants / Adorna Hat


Rag and Bone and Belly

Posted on April 23, 2015

I love this sweater not pregnant, and I continue to express those sentiments well into my third trimester.  The loose fit allows it to work for both states, pregnant and not, and this skirt I have been able to wear under my belly throughout my maternity days, thankfully.  It really is about just sifting through your wardrobe until you find the pieces that can accommodate the need for more room, so to speak.

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     Sweater: Rag and Bone sim (on sale!) / Skirt Olivaceous / Shoes: Converse / Hair: Mazali by Fortune Wigs / Sunglasses: Fendi via GaffosIMG 6517 783x1024 Rag and Bone and BellyIMG 6500 800x843 Rag and Bone and BellyIMG 6505 800x858 Rag and Bone and Belly


Shells (and Maxis)

Posted on December 26, 2014

It is a common and revered staple for every modest girl’s wardrobe and we are always keeping our eyes open for the most perfect version of this foundation piece: The Shell.  I have steered away from using it as a top on its own as of late, but it has not become any less integral for me and my dressing needs.  For reasons of tznius (modesty), a shell provides the necessary inches for covering elbows and collarbones, and proves invaluable in completing certain pieces in our closets.  What’s a girl to do if her favorite vintage maxi is sleeveless?  Or she needs a basic layer to don under a blazer and scarf combo?  And so the shell remains a beloved item in our lives, for the simple reason that it allows us to wear the otherwise impossible, and grants us a degree of sartorial freedom.

When I tried the CHI CHI shells, I found them to be soft, with a generous stretch, and provided the perfect coverage for the dresses I was wearing.  When I try a shell for the first time, I want comfortable sleeves for my on-the-go life as a ‘Yiddishe Mama‘ (as my friend Sharon of Fashion-Isha puts it), and that it yields a seamless blend with the clothing I am topping it with.  The CHI CHI shells fulfilled those requisites and were simply a relief to have in my closet when I needed to grab a layer and run.

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What I Wore: MIMU MAXI Cascade Dress

Posted on December 18, 2014

I attended a Chanukah celebration at my kid’s school, and it was the perfect occasion to finally wear my white MIMU MAXI Cascade dress. I am proud to call the MIMU girls my friends, but I also have to say, they do know how to design a versatile and beautiful dress.  This piece served me expertly, as I completed Chanukah projects and decorated donuts, all while covering knees and keeping me chic.

I obsess a perfect white dress to pair with black leather accents for Fall, but this will be equally prodigious in the warmer months ahead; seasonally transcendental, as are most of the MIMU MAXI designs.  A modest fashion girl’s year-round must have.  I was able to keep the rest of the outfit classic with simple accoutrements,  and allow the volume and drape of the dress to stand out.

 

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Fall Trends To Try (Before Winter Takes Over)

Posted on November 25, 2014

Fall is beloved.  We pine for it, plan for it, shop and blog for it.  It can also allow us a wider margin of options within our modest closets, and for that we are grateful.  Yet somehow in our haze of crunching leaves, crisp air, and our favorite knit, we tend to forget that too soon after Autumn comes Winter.  The trends remain, but the large (albeit fabulous) coat thrown over can slightly obscure our efforts at achieving sartorial freedom.  So while the chill is still tolerable, now is the time to indulge in the best of the Fall fashion we’ve been coveting.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve worn a few of my favorite trends of the season, including stark white shirtdresses, fall florals paired with paper-thin turtlenecks, monochromatic chunky sweater and leather skirt combo worn with suede boots for texture, and matching printed separates.

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Blouse and Skirt: both Giambattista Valli / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Sunglasses: Prada via GaffosIMG 5978 708x1024 Fall Trends To Try (Before Winter Takes Over)

Shop It:

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ASOS WHITE Cotton Shirt Dress

Recently Updated36 800x640 Fall Trends To Try (Before Winter Takes Over)             H&M Floral Midi Skirt

Warehouse Siren Floral Midi Skirt

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Zara Faux Leather Midi Skirt

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                     A.L.C. Schoolly Top / A.L.C. Bell Skirt

ASOS BLACK Sequin Top / ASOS BLACK Sequin Embellished Midi Skirt