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.
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.
I chose to go with this vintage beaded dress and nude pumps for Ohr Naava’s Great Vintage Event, and I’m glad I did. It is truly a thing of the past; charming and transcendent of time. That is the beauty of vintage. It can be worn with relevance today, while maintaining the secret of it’s history. The allure of a vintage piece is partly due to the life it lived before it was in your hands. When you put it on, the mystique and glamor of the clothing is yours for a day…
I got a chance to meet many of the vendors, and see their pieces, and it was a beautiful sight to behold. Like a trove of vintage treasure.
Everyone got a perfect picture over at Chaya and Simi’s Frock Swap!
Ohr Naava truly knows how to throw an event, and everything came together flawlessly. I had more fun than I ever was expecting to and I am grateful that I was able to meet so many women in our community involved in the world of Frum Fashion.
Part II to the Vintage Ventures I styled my sweater from The Frock Swap pop-up-shop, and paired it with a sequin pencil skirt from AllSaints, and my Mary Jane pumps. I love the shoulder pads on this sweater, and that combined with the wrapped panels instantly caused me to fall in love. I can’t wait to see what other beautiful wares will be available at Ohr Naava’s Great Vintage Event!
Blazer: Vintage Yves Saint Laurent / Leather Top: Bailey 44 / Leather Skirt: Vintage Beged Or / Necklace worn as Bracelet: Vintage / Belt: Stella McCartney sim / Shoes: Tom Ford / Sunnies: Prada / Hair: Mazali
Yesterday I had the pleasure to hang out by The Frock Swap pop-up-shop in Cedarhurst, and try on a few selected outfits from the dynamic duo’s treasure trove of fashion. Aside for the fabulous frocks, the two sisters behind this designer consignment venture, Chaya and Simi, are pretty fab and fun themselves. Visiting their spot is like going to play dress up with really good friends. Friends who just happen to have hoards of incredible articles of clothing and accessories brimming with unique details, and one-of-a-kind allure. Regrettably my camera did not accompany me, but the Swap sisters got some shots, and while they’re surprisingly good for an iPhone, it is hard to do justice. The clothing are just too beautiful. I will be styling my fab find in my next post, Vintage Ventures Part II!
Jean Paul Gaultier Vintage Dress / Camilla Skovgaard Heels
The pieces are extraordinary and Chaya and Simi are a perfect styling pair who literally throw together the most brilliant outfits in a matter of seconds. To get your own fix of The Frock Swap, join us Wednesday Night, November 20th at Ohr Naava’s Great Vintage Event, for a night of shopping with them, and many other vintage vendors. Hope to see you there!