- Sources of Inspiration
- The Fine Print
- And Whatnot
- Grey Cowl-Neck Jersey Dress: Gap Maternity, via Gap.com
- Printed Silk Scarf: Vintage Burberry, mommed
- Nude Cork Wedges: Jones New York, via DSW
Dear weeks 20 and 21: you have been so good to me, in so many ways. Really. Can we keep this up forever? It would be really awesome. Thanks! Love, S.
Now that I’ve reached the mid-point of my pregnancy, I seem to have finally hit the mythic stage of sweetness and light people kept telling me would happen, and thankfully just in time for me to get through exams and term papers and start my summer job (phew!). It’s also been an unexpectedly good moment for me sartorially. With the exception of dealing awkwardly with a string of well-intentioned-but-perhaps-slightly-misguided individuals constantly reminding me that I look less pregnant than they’d expect, I’m in a pretty positive body image headspace, and I’ve had a string of wardrobe good-luck days where combinations I wasn’t quite sure about seemed to just work. You’ll have to pardon my still-ghastly but skin-cancer free pallor, though—while the weather has improved, it’s not quite summer yet.
While I’ve acquired a decent number of black maternity wardrobe staples, I’ve been drawn to lighter neutrals for the spring and summer, particularly charcoal and slate grey. I’m not really quite sure what the story is with this dress in terms of its level of formality: is it a work dress, if worn under a sweater or a blazer (since my office does not support the Right to Bare Arms)? Or is it a “summer dress,” dressy enough for a “dressy casual” event if properly accessorized, but better used for the bar-be-ques and relaxed outdoor evenings in the months to come? I appreciate the seeming contradiction between color and shape going on here, between the perceived formality of the slate grey and the informality of sleeveless jersey. Here, I’ve dressed it up a little with a silk scarf worn as a belt and high pumps. While it still seems a little unsure which direction it’s going in, I loved the unexpected splash of color and pattern, and the potential of the dress to seem polished and put together.
Do you wear jersey dresses at work? What distinguishes office-appropriate from casual-wear-only for you?
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