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If I had had my act together today, I’d have (a) actually picked out a pair of green pants instead of continuing to endlessly search for the perfect one, (b) worn said pants and made it long enough into the day without getting baby spit-up on them to take photos, and (c) actually edited and posted said photos amid a blur of deadlines and an allergies-without-medicine induced haze. Because you all know part (a) was by far the least realistic of the required elements, I bring you…this recap of some of my favorite ways to wear green and green-ish through the ages, settings, seasons and stages of being not-yet-pregnant, barely-pregnant, hugely-pregnant and thankfully-not-pregnant-anymore.
*and I would love, love, love your suggestions on green pants. I tried those adorable tiny babypants from Target, but the pants-kryptonite of my waist-to-just-above-the-knee ratio proved their undoing (terrible pun intended). Have a wonderful Tuesday!
- Maroon Skirt: Kyla‘s closet sale
- Pink Knit Blouse: Banana Republic (2008)
- Tweed Cropped Blazer: Tracy Reese via Nordstrom’s (2004)
- Black Tights: HUE
- Black Croc Wedges: Stuart Weitzman via Bloomingdales
Happy Valentine’s Day (if you feel so moved!)! I couldn’t help but fall for this month’s Everybody Everywear theme of pink and red together, since I (a) adore the color red and (b) have apparently never met a pairing of tightly analogous colors that I couldn’t find a way to love. Laughing in the face of color-matching “rules,” I’ve worn red-based tight pairings on dates, at home, at work and school, while pregnant, while postpartum (and still wearing my maternity jeans). I’ve also waxed poetic about my love for these kinds of clashing-but-not-clashing color combinations, which, once you get used to them, can feel downright visually soothing.
This outfit is a version of red and pink together that would work even in a moderately conservative office. I wouldn’t wear it in an environment where I’d never seen anyone wear anything that wasn’t a black suit with a white shirt, but if I’d been there a while and had seen matched separates and the occasional texture or color walk by, I’d give it a whirl. While a brighter skirt would also have worked, I’ve chosen a darker shade here, which preserves the playfulness of the red + pink combo, but adds a touch of sophistication and makes it decidedly office friendly on days other than Valentine’s Day. I’m using the cropped blazer to add a little extra punch of formality (and let’s face it, it’s pretty cold outside), and to provide a kind of a decoy for the color blocking below: in a funny way, it serves the neat function of letting the bright elements in the outfit stand out and blend in at the same time.
Are brights and “clashing” colors a go in your workplace? Do you have a favorite color pairing or strategy for making brights work for work?
Never one to be left out of the party, baby M. decided to play along, as EBEW’s youngest participant. In fairness, she would like you to note that this was totally by accident (i.e., mom discovered as we were leaving that baby was wearing red and pink, too!), but also that ever since grandma bought her this adorable hot-pink-and-tomato-red jacket, she rocks tightly analogous color pairings almost every day. It was also one of those I-should-have-worn-a-raincoat spit up days, so this outfit lasted for approximately fifteen glorious minutes.
- Pink and Red Fleece Hoodie: Carter’s, gift from MIL
- Ballet Pink and White Striped PJs: Hanna Andersson, gift from my mom
- One of two kinds of socks that ever manage to stay on her feet: Target
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- Ubiquitous Black Jersey Dress: Ann Taylor
- Cream Cardigan: Halogen via Nordstrom’s, gift from Mom
- Suede Obi Belt: Garnet Hill, gift from SIL E.
- Black Nursing Cami: Bravado Designs via Figure8Maternity
- Black Tights: HUE
- Black Boots: Born, gift from husband D.
- Necklace: Gifted
- Earrings: Old Navy
This post could also be called “when you are engulfed in mucous,” or “dressing to impress medical professionals.” Much to our chagrin, baby m. has yet another cold (le sigh…). According to our pediatrician, it’s more theatrically spectacular than medically problematic, but it has still made for several quite long and messy days around here. We’re pulling out all the stops (or as many as you can at this age!), and keeping our fingers crossed that she rallies in the near future.
For a long time, black was the foundation of my closet. Then I bought a pair of brown riding boots, and it was more or less all downhill from there. I started cheating on black with other neutrals. I became less and less discriminating, falling hard and fast for grey, navy, and even off-white and camel. Then I got pregnant, and every list of maternity wardrobe essentials and pregnancy style advice I found urged me to build a wardrobe around slim black pants, black tank tops and drapey sweaters and I just rebelled. It was more than 95 degrees outside for many, many weeks of my pregnancy, and I was having none of this all black nonsense.
But now that Baby M. is thankfully outside of my insides (and much cuter for it), and the weather has cooled down considerably, black and I are beginning to reconcile. I still think black plays best when paired with other neutrals, or with other neutrals and an accent color, and I’m still on something of a break from black suits, and I still have to watch the tendency of too much black with my stark-white complexion to appear slightly vampiric. But with those caveats, black and I are making peace. Black, as it happens, can live up to some extraordinary demands, lending instant sophistication and credibility while having an obliging attitude towards spit-up stains, which, come to think of it . . . is a powerful metaphor for the state I’m in right now, don’t you think?
- Waterfall Cardigan: vince via Nordstrom, gift from Mom
- White Nursing Tank: Bravado Designs via Figure8Maternity
- Brown Woven Belt: LOFT
- Seamed Ponte Pencil Skirt: Halogen via Nordstrom
- Aubergine Tights: HUE via Hue.com
- Oxfords: Seychelles
- Earrings: Old Navy
Thank you, Liz and Linda, for picking an Everybody, Everywear theme with which my postpartum closet could cooperate, and thank you, weather gods, for contriving appropriate tights weather for today. And a big day it was: it was baby m.’s first day at our nanny share, which she seemed to love and which induced in me all kinds of typical-but-silly new parent paranoia (which has since, thankfully, dissipated).
I’ve come to love colored tights, but I’ll fully admit they’re one of the most self-consciously “style blogger” things in my wardrobe, something I definitely wouldn’t have worn a year or two years ago. So in honor of broadened horizons, here’s one of my favorite pairs of colored tights as the centerpiece of an outfit that includes, well…nearly all things I probably wouldn’t have worn (or at least wouldn’t have worn together) in my pre-blog life (that belt! those shoes! that obsession with ponte knit work staples!). And to take it to yet another level of meta-contrivance, it’s a look inspired by the post-partum stylings of a near and dear bloggyfriend, E. of the now-defunct (tear!) Academichic.
And yet, despite all that, it may just be my favorite postpartum outfit yet, because it made me feel back in the saddle somehow, put together and confident and ready to take on the world, or at least to find a way to dress my still-confused postpartum body in a recognizable and empowering way. And on a much less philosophical note, can I express my joy at rediscovering this woven belt? At a time when I was despairing of being able to make belts work with my shifting waist and bustlines, this one just clicked, and it makes the outfit sing. Thank you, frantic Monday morning wardrobe impulsiveness!
Are you a fan of the colored-tights look? Would you wear them to work, or are they strictly casual elements in your life? What’s your favorite color?
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