Just a few outfits I wore over this month during the holidays, and I’m grateful for the weather we’ve been having which has been facilitating the lack of outerwear (trench coat in the rainstorm aside).
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.
Cascade Dress in White MIMU Smock Dresses
H&M Shirt Dress
H&M Sweater Dress and Leather Pants / Adorna Hat
It would be superfluous to talk about the temperature at this point, considering it is physically impossible for the cold to escape anyone’s attention. Just in case you are lounging luckily in warmer climates, the news is it’s freezing here. The past two days have required a cumbersome amount of layering, to no avail; it is still an environment conducive to hypothermia.
I went in very different style directions on each of these days, but I started both outfits with an ample chunky knit sweater, and built from there. A couple of layers later, and I was ready to bear the cold with a new appreciation for central heating, and extra hot vanilla lattes.
By now most of us have seen (and gasped over) the caped creations presented at the Valentino Couture show in New York. While the message was definitively bride-worthy, the universal sartorial inspiration was palpable and left me no choice but to don my own modest rendition. This cloaked coverup can be worn in virtually any style capacity ranging from formal, à la last week’s Valentino, to cozy like a Chloé girl off the 2014 Pre-Fall runway. Part of the allure of a cape is that what you wear underneath is almost irrelevant; your outerwear is making the greater statement. All the other details are your personal expression of style that make the look your own.
I find myself reaching for one of the capes in my closet most mornings, in an almost instinctual attempt at keeping warm yet retaining my wardrobe aesthetic. This morning I chose to wear it buttoned-up, with a green (faux) leather skirt and completed the look with a vintage broach from My Mother’s Armoire.
Vintage Broach: My Mother’s Armoire
By now the alleged fashion faux pas of simultaneously wearing black and navy together has been deemed undeniably antiquated, and completely inaccurate. Pairing the two creates a fresh, and modern contrast of color, and brings an element of the unexpected, which can prove invaluable when picking your pieces; they don’t need to be detailed or intriguing, simply because the dark disparity of color does all the work. Subtle, yet effective. Part of what has been so exciting about fashion recently is the breaking of rules and the license for creativity and expression. There are not too many sartorial laws that are still applicable at present, and the trends seem to be turning towards a cleaner, unhampered approach to getting dressed. We are editing our wardrobes to make ourselves happy, rather than to fit a certain mold or style du jour.
I wore this outfit for a Sunday at Barnes & Noble with my kids, and it provided a perfectly comfortable and chic ensemble to chase small children in a teeming bookstore. The whole outfit felt very 60′s, so I wore my wig with bangs and round oversize sunglasses.
Have a fabulous week!