Sweater dress: BCBGMAXAZRIA | Boots: Nine West | Handbag: Kate Spade New York | Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Hi everyone! Here is a favorite dress of mine, worn during my 21 Days in a Dress Challenge. It’s so cozy and warm, perfect for our little bit of chilly weather here in southern California. I paired it with taupe boots and my new favorite spring bag for a simple, chic, easy outfit. The boots are high, so not as comfortable as flat boots of course, but what are you gonna do? The dress has a wide neck that can be stretched then tied up with a bow for easy on-and-off, perfect for breastfeeding.
I realize my daughter M is in the same dress as the last post she appeared in. Rest assured, she wears other clothes too =)
Jacket: Forever21 | Dress: H&M | Shoes: Nine West | Handbag: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Here is my outfit from the first day of my 21 Days in a Dress Challenge. I got the idea to challenge myself this way after doing a little shopping at Nordstrom Rack, originally looking for tops but finding only dresses that I loved. I love to wear dresses and I love to make dresses, but somehow I always end up in jeans and a black tank top. Everyday I look in my closet and think I have nothing to wear, just because I’ve gotten so used to tuning out the dress and skirt half! Finding nursing-friendly outfits within my existing wardrobe is somewhat limiting, but really I just needed to make myself comfortable in all types of clothing again. For me that meant digging out old and purchasing new opaque tights for chilly days (and less-than-smooth-leg days).
So here we are, many more dresses to come, and hopefully a happier and more comfortable with my wardrobe self.
The boyfriend shirt is a great way to feel chic and comfortable with easy access for breastfeeding. I loved wearing the two below, which I stole from my husband’s side of the closet (don’t worry, they were way too big for him.) I wore these “boyfriend shirts” soon after I delivered M, paired with a nursing tank top and mostly unbuttoned to accommodate my still stretched and sagging post-partum belly. As my body slowly tightened up and I began to shed the baby weight, I was able to completely button up the shirts, wear them belted or loose, with or without the tank. Choosing women’s “boyfriend shirts” or actual men’s shirts is completely up to your preference and body type. I have broad shoulders so I love the fit of men’s shirts. Plus, mine were already in the house, and therefore free!
Boyfriend shirt: American Rag | Leggings: Asos Maternity | Belt: Unknown | Shoes: Nike (Sky High Dunks)
Boyfriend shirt: Façonnable | Jeans: JUST USA | Tank top: Forever21 (diy nursing like this) | Shoes: Nike
Green top: H&M | Black tank top: Forever21 | Jeans: H&M | Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden | Crossbody bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Necklace: unknown (from a trip to the Philippines when I was 13)
Wow! What a year! I really wanted to blog regularly after giving birth in February of last year but that obviously did not happen. I thought I could handle running out during naps to snap a few pictures and catalogue my nursing-friendly, transitional-body looks, but alas, my second child is not much of a sleeper. I have enjoyed spending the year completely focused on my babies though (L started school a couple months after M was born, which was very helpful sanity-wise.) I did manage to take a random picture here and there of my outfits throughout the past year, so a recap post is coming soon.
For now, here is a simple, easy, nursing-friendly outfit that was perfect for Sunday activities (like sitting in the car with a sleeping baby while the husband and L enjoy Mass… wish I was kidding.) Button-ups are staples for breastfeeding mamas. As are tanks that easily pull down, like the deep-v one I’m wearing here. Neither of these are official breastfeeding items, which is great for versatility down the line. Also, there is a diaper bag in the car. I tend to leave that stuff in the car unless I will be away from it for hours at a time. I usually carry a medium sized handbag with emergency stuff in it (and a nursing cover) but it hasn’t been necessary. So I thought I would enjoy a tiny bag with only my stuff in it!
ON ME Dress: I-N-C International Concepts | Leggings: Bozzolo | Boots: Miss Me | Belt: Unknown (picked up at a local boutique)
ON the HUSBAND Shirt: Penguin | Jeans: Joe’s Jeans | Shoes: Sperry
ON L Dress: Nannette Girl | Vest: Baby Gap | Leggings: H&M | Boots: Simply Petals!
Since I’m still focused on party prep, I haven’t had a chance to take any new pictures this week. This set was taken back at the end of November, and was supposed to be our “family portrait” photoshoot, to be used in Christmas cards and such (which we never ended up doing). The lighting kept changing during the 30ish minutes we were taking pictures, and L was EXTREMELY grouchy- it was challenging to get her to make a face other than the one in the last picture. We had fun anyway, and at least we have a couple good ones from this attempt. In a few months, after the baby is born and I’ve lost some baby weight, we will probably hire someone to take good portraits.