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  • Necklace: Swapped
  • Sweater/Jacket Thing: Vintage Piazza Sempione, mommed
  • Maroon Maxi Skirt (worn as a midi dress): Old Navy
  • Black Boots: Born ‘Mallory,’ gift from husband D.
  • Brown Woven Belt: Loft
  • Not Pictured: Black Tights: HUE

Well, hello there! We’re back from two (two!) trips with our big-girl 5-month-old (yikes!) in one week (about which more later), and though rejuvenated by visits to friends and family, we’re all a bit exhausted and facing a monster case of the Mondays, so I’ll keep this one short and sweet. This is another attempt at remixing this Old Navy maxi skirt as a midi dress, using some of the same techniques I used here: a topper to hide the nursing bra straps, a belt to provide some waist definition and hold the whole thing in place. This version is a bit more obviously wintry, but has a bit of a funky, country vibe with the boots overlapping the skirt hem. Though I’m not 100% sold on the proportions (which somehow managed to feel slightly Hey, Dude! (dare I date myself), and give me a serious case of distressingly-flattened hindquarters), I love the combination of cream and maroon here, with the pop of turquoise from the necklace. This boxier-than-I’d-normally-wear jacket has also become an MVP of my new-mom days, at the right level of formality for a bigger range of situations than I’d have initially imagined. All in all, I think the first attempt was more successful, but for a combination of not-quites on a crazy Monday morning, I’ll take it and run.

Midis with boots: awesome or a little too cowgirl for big city life? I’m thinking of chopping the hem on this skirt to turn it into a proper high-waisted midi skirt in the near future. Thoughts? Tips for hemming jersey?

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Pink + Red | Everybody, Everywear

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  • 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.

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On baby M.:

  • 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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3 February 2012

  • Navy Cords: J.Crew, skinnied and hemmed
  • Brown Metallic Loafers: Naturalizer via DSW
  • Long Black Cardigan: Halogen via Nordstrom’s, gift from Mom
  • Black Nursing Tank: Bravado Designs via Figure8Maternity
  • Chevron Dolman Tee: Old Navy
  • Earrings: Old Navy
  • Off-White Scarf/Wrap: comme des garcons, mommed

This outfit was born of an online shopping disaster.

I tend to be a long-searcher. I do a lot of online shopping (and a lot of returning), and when I do shop at a bricks and mortar store, it’s usually a place with an online catalog I’ve perused extensively before walking in. And it usually pays off: it takes a while, but I often end up finding just the right version, and it limits buyer’s remorse over the thing I end up actually keeping.

Every now and then, though, I fail catastrophically. Usually it happens when, under the aegis of stepping outside my comfort zone, I become somewhat entranced by a look that just isn’t me, one that doesn’t work for my proportions or the lifestyle I’m actually living. (Nota bene: while I absolutely abhor the phrase “you just shouldn’t wear that” because of an alleged mismatch between garment and body type, I don’t believe there’s harm in thinking, “hmmm. I don’t feel quite as fabulous in this as I do in other things.”) In these cases, the problem isn’t that I didn’t find the right one, it’s usually that I was barking up the wrong tree to begin with.

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Case in point: the past few weeks, where I’ve been feeling a strange infatuation with a kind of quasi rock-and-roll-ish aesthetic of colored skinnies and motorcycle boots and drapey, woven tops, for reasons largely passing understanding. After looking at more pairs of mid-calf and ankle boots than I’d like to admit, I ordered the pair pictured above, which were (and still are) on super sale at Nordstrom’s and eagerly anticipated their arrival. And as I probably should have known, they were a complete disaster. Not that they’re not fabulous boots (which they are), they just aren’t fabulous boots for me. They looked all wrong, they didn’t go with anything in my closet, they belonged to a universe which is, I’m sure, a very nice place, but not the place I’m living in. The blazer and draped top above (dreamed about but not purchased) are in similar veins. While I fantasize about the colorblocking (and in my favorite combination of colors), I couldn’t ever really get away with wearing it to work, and it probably wouldn’t ge enough use in my at-home and at-school lives to justify the expense (though it’s still in the “maybe someday on eBay” list). The top is gorgeous, but not really the right silhouette for me, and besides: it belongs on someone who both isn’t getting spit up on 50 times a day and can get away with wearing 1″ owl print (a woman I’d like to meet, for sure).

The fact that some kinds of things are less “me” than others is fine, and it doesn’t make any of the things that aren’t “me” any less beautiful or even make me like them any less. They often make great recommendations to my mother for things she might like, even, since she’s admittedly more adventurous and less likely to get spit up on. Recognizing what works well for me is part of what makes personal style, well, personal, and that’s important, too.

So, slightly defeated and already looking for my fourth outfit of the day (thanks, little m.!), I rummaged in my closet with fairly low expectations. Clothed, looking like enough of an adult to take m. to the pediatrician (oh, the shots! and the screaming!), warm enough, reasonably efficient breastfeeding access, and if I didn’t match, at least looking like I didn’t match on purpose. And while the resulting look is a little bit girl-of-alt-summit/all-things-at-once, (a) that doesn’t really matter and (b) by the end of the day, I ended up really liking it. It was responsive to my inner drive to try something new (which is what brought on the shopping disaster in the first place), it worked with my body and with what’s actually in my closet. It sparked my creativity without the psychic, financial or temporal toll that the desire to acquire can sometimes take, and that was worth something, too. And probably I get some bonus points for putting together an outfit that combines comme des garcons and Old Navy.

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As an aside, when my mom handed this wrap down to me, I remember saying, “are you sure? I already have an off-white wrap,” to which she said, “yes, but you don’t have this one.”

As usual, she was right.

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How do you balance trying new things, genres, trends and styles with the need to fit your shopping habits into your financial, temporal and psychic budget? Are you a long-searcher or an impulse buyer? Have you ever tried a trend or an aesthetic that turned out to just not work for you at all?

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  • Tweed Sweater: Vintage Ralph Lauren, mommed
  • Maroon Maxi Skirt (as dress): Old Navy
  • Black Tights: HUE
  • Brown Woven Belt: LOFT
  • Scarf: Malo, mommed
  • Earrings: Lulu, gifted
  • Black Suede Booties: Franco Sarto via Nordstrom’s

Ever late to the party, I’ve been on the hunt for a full-ish midi-length skirt since they burst (back?) onto the scene last spring. Admittedly, it’s been a pretty casual hunt: if I were the skirt, I’d have almost zero fear of being captured.  My tenuous relationship with waistbands over the past thirteen months has been in part to blame, but it’s probably more generalized pickiness, and a hesitancy towards jumping in on a trend that feels unlikely to suit my proportions. (I am really, really working on feeling all kinds of love for my post-pregnancy body, but there’s a difference between how you feel about your body and how you feel about what clothing items do for it. I recall audibly gasping when I tried on one such pleated number. Holy hip-inflation, batperson!)

When I’m tiptoeing my way in to a new style, I’m always on the lookout for low-cost, low-commitment ways to try something out, so last week, when Terra showed off this neat trick for converting a maxi into a midi-for-short-folks, no scissors necessary, I gave it a go. Like most “x worn as y” tricks, there are some contrived little nips and tucks going on (sweater to cover the fact that I don’t own a strapless nursing bra, scarf to mask any awkward layering incidents, etc), but I’m really pleased with the way this turned out. It wasn’t something I ever would have figured out on my own, and it gave new life to a piece I’d been struggling to wear. And while these booties are not the most comfortable pair of shoes I’ve ever worn, they’ve become my “instant drama” item of the winter, adding a little punch and surprise wherever they go.

Midis on minis: yay, nay, or eh? What are your favorite strategies for dipping your toe into the pool of a new trend? What motivates you to get off the dime and give something a go that you’re skeptical about?

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BiblioMOMia intro

Hi everyone! I’m Amy from BiblioMOMia, and S. asked me to step in for a couple of guest posts while she’s away getting to know her Bean. A huge welcome to her little one, and congrats to our beloved S.!

As a doctoral candidate and relatively-new mom (The Pup is now a toddler of 18 months), I know how hard it is to feel put-together, stylish, and professional right after you have a child. In fact, those difficulties directly lead to me starting my own blog, because I couldn’t find anyone else who was navigating the dual worlds of motherhood and academia. I remember attending a department lecture when The Pup was 3 weeks old, and I had no idea what to wear – after hours in my closet and a few tears, I finally decided on black skinny pants, an olive cardigan, and a purple nursing tank with a great flowered trench coat. I remember feeling exhausted by the challenge of my changing body and my changing perspective.

One of the hardest parts for me (other than the massive amount of laundry caused by a baby with acid reflux) was figuring out not only how to dress my postpartum body for breastfeeding, but also how to incorporate the trends of the seasons into my new outfits. Life is totally different when you’re dressing around a stomach that still feels a bit like jello, and you need access to your top half about every 3 hours, and you’re carrying around a cute little blob of flesh (hi, Bean!) everywhere you go. So how do you find the right new trends to work with your new life as a new mom?

Clothing styles right now are very friendly to the postpartum body, so you’re starting from a good place already. Here are my picks for styling some of fall’s biggest trends on the postpartum body…

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Stripes

I can hear most of you scoffing right now. Cool down. The fact remains that most patterns – even stripes – are a wonderful distraction from areas you’d rather not highlight, and that the old myth of horizontal stripes is just patently untrue. Also, many of this season’s stripes are coming in lovely draped shapes that would be wonderful for layering over a nursing tank. Keep the scale of the stripes small, and keep the shirt loose around your waistband. Stripes are an instant classic, and they’re relatively effortless.

Ponchos and Capes

Yes please! They’re like built-in nursing covers, cozy both for you and for your little one. They’re absolutely flattering when you find the right cut for your body type – avoid versions that have way too much fabric or a very thick knit. Also, I think a neutral color is probably best here, or Barney Syndrome is a distinct possibility.

Flared Jeans (and Hi-waists)

Flares are back in a very fun way for fall, and they’re a great shape for new moms – they definitely help to balance out a newly-larger chest. Also, many denim labels are finally raising their waistbands, which helps to control the dreaded pooch. Although many people think flares can only be worn well with heels, I think they look awesome with TOMS (and even Danskos).

Red Lipstick

The retro-red lip is everywhere this season. For such a small thing, it makes a major impact. Personally, I also find that it distracts from the circles around my eyes when The Pup keeps me up all night, and the easiest way to wear it is with very little (or no) other makeup. Use the great new lip stains – like pixi’s lip blush or Revlon’s Just Bitten – to keep kissing that baby’s head even with your fabulous red lips.

Loafers

Whether heeled or flat, leopard or patent, loafers are an amazing shoe option for new moms. They’re totally stylish, extremely comfortable, and wear-with-everything versatile. Try a thick heel or wedge if you’re going for height, and a fun pattern or finish if you’re staying flat – these are not your mama’s loafers!

Headbands

So you haven’t showered in 3 days. Just tie back your hair, put on a headband, and you look polished instead of disheveled. There are so many pretty options, from metallics and rhinestones to felt flowers and plaids. However, make sure you look like they’re for you, and not borrowed from your teenage sister – think sleek and sophisticated instead of overly girly. Buy a few.

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Bright Colors

The color palette is BRIGHT this season – although traditional autumnal shades like rust, mustard, and olive are still around, they’re being paired with vibrant tomato red, cobalt blue, and neon green. It’s easy to add a bold color to a layered outfit, whether with a scarf or some fabulous bright shoes. Or, go bold with a super-bright sweater or saturated denim – but keep the rest of the outfit simple.

Army Vests

There’s nothing better than a vest for easy breastfeeding access! A vest is also a great option when your post-pregnancy hormones are causing your internal thermostat to go berserk, and you have no idea if you’re hot or cold. Wear a nursing tank and tee underneath, then unzip as necessary. The longer styles in stores for this fall are super-flattering on any shape, and it’s an easy wardrobe update with a single piece.

Denim Shirts

Classic denim shirts started showing up everywhere in chambray over the summer, but I love the darker denim version for fall and winter. Like any buttonup shirt, you’ll have easy access for breastfeeding, as well as a traditional silhouette that can be worn with almost everything. Try wearing it open over another shirt or tying it at your waist for an updated look.

Maxi Skirts

They’re like wearing pajamas in public. Do I really need to say more? If you don’t have one yet, it should be your first fall purchase. Look for a thick but soft fabric that won’t show any bulges, and a draped but not medieval silhouette. With tights and boots, maxi skirts are extremely toasty, too.

Draped Tops

If skinny jeans have given us anything, it’s a veritable wealth of draped, flowing, and flattering tops to distract from a postpartum belly. You don’t want to cover yourself up with too much fabric – you want to highlight trim areas like your arms, chest, and neck while giving your stomach a bit of breathing room. Extra benefit: these shirts are great to layer over a nursing tank, and easy to pull over a baby’s head during a nursing session.

Arm Candy

Bracelets are about to become your best friend. In the early weeks of babyland, dangling earrings are still a possibility. However, soon your little one is going to be grabbing everything in sight – especially earrings and delicate chains that hover right around his mama’s face. Bracelets – whether bangle, chain, braided, or cuffed – are a totally stylish option that your little monster won’t destroy quite so easily. Wear a lot of them – The Pup always steals them from me to play with in the car!

However, remember that all of these trends pale in comparison to the smile on your face when you introduce friends and family to your little one. Don’t expect everything to be normal right away – the reality is that you’re going to experience a totally new version of normal, and especially if you’re breastfeeding, those body changes might continue in some way in the months ahead. Embrace them. And then put on some red lipstick.

My best to S. and her new family! Congrats, Mama.

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This post is part of a series on maternity wardrobe essentials and approaches to dressing for pregnancy. See the complete series.

If you’re reading this on Monday morning, and it’s not preceded by a note welcoming our new arrival, my due date came and went and I’m . . . still pregnant. Which is, of course, fine, but I am looking forward to the day when I can stop writing about dressing for pregnancy in the present tense! :)

I’ve been looking wistfully at September issues and fall catalogues for the last few weeks, trying to piece together a vision of how I’ll incorporate fall’s trends into my post-partum style (which involves some seriously magical thinking, since I have no idea what my post-partum body will look like, what my needs will be—other than sleep!—or how quickly I’ll feel up for getting dressed). It feels like a whole new experience, after months of maternity dressing, which, while it can be stylish (and I’ve certainly tried!), is mostly not trendy—at least as to silhouette, since the range of bump-able silhouettes is, well, small. That said, some trends—particularly those involving color, texture and accessories—can work really successfully on the pregnant body (sometimes with a few adjustments).

For example: I loved this spring and summer’s brights, but dressing a newly-proportioned and (let’s face it) outsized body in bright colors takes some care and some thought. As usual, these aren’t iron-clad rules, but here are a few things I thought about and some particularly (and sometimes surprisingly!) successful strategies for making this trend work on a pregnant body. Like my list of suit alternatives, these go from least to most adventurous.

Simple Silhouettes

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Let’s face it: pregnant bodies are, well . . . often bigger than their non-pregnant counterparts. Larger bodies lead to larger expanses of, in this case, bright, fabric, which can sometimes feel like overkill . . . or simply like a more dramatic look than you were going for. Starting with simpler shapes may be a good way to baby-step your way in to making these looks work, and giving you a chance to experiment with drawing attention to different parts of your body.

Dimmer Switches

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Likewise, pairing brights with neutrals can tone them down in a way that really unifies a look. I wore this taupe-ish cardigan with many a brights-based look, taking advantage of both its snuggly nature and the way it made bright colors seem a little less overwhelming, particularly on darker, more inside-oriented days.

Brights at the Office: One Thing at a Time

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As we’ve discussed at length, it depends on where you work and what you do, but not all offices are universally brights-friendly. For example, at the firm I worked at this summer, the expected number of bright wardrobe elements per woman on any given day was probably less than .5. Keeping the rest of the outfit more neutral and relying on one (or maybe two) colored elements may make these kinds of pieces more office-appropriate, and make you feel less like you’re ringing alarm bells walking through the hallway.

Pairing with Pattern

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For whatever reason, I love the look of brights with patterns. Depending on the overall look, either the bright element or the patterned element can function as the anchor piece, with the other functioning as an accent. On the pregnant body, this is one of those relatively unusual examples of where more is more: even though it can be both a lot of pattern and a lot of bright on an unusually proportioned form, it feels celebratory and intentional and really, really fun.

Out There, Live: Color Blocking, Analogous Brights and Dramatic Shapes

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Broadly and generally, these are bolder bright looks, and your mileage may vary on appropriateness for your work environment, your state of pregnancy, and your temperament. I’ve found that I’ve come to really love analogous brights, which seem really soothing to me, oddly enough, but they’re definitely not for everyone. Likewise, I wasn’t a huge fan of color-blocking while pregnant (though this was in part a proportion issue, brought on by my inability to wear high-waisted anything). But I loved, LOVED, the look of a bold, unexpected silhouette in a bright color, even though it was something I don’t think I ever would have worn not pregnant. I never would have bought this crazy coral/watermelon colored, puff-sleeved blouse under ordinary circumstances, but again, the playful, experimental mood that pregnancy dressing put me in made me more open to these possibilities—and thrilled to try to make them work. It definitely wasn’t subtle, but it was kind of a blast.

How do you feel about trends and the pregnant body? In particular, do you think things like brights or pattern mixing have a place in the pregnant gal’s wardrobe, or are they better reserved for the not-currently-reproducing set?

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13 September 2011

  • Black and White Print Wrap Dress: Liz Lange for Target
  • Patterned Scarf: Mommed
  • Blue Ribbed Tank: Gap Maternity
  • Earrings: mall vendor
  • Brown Peep-Toe Wedges: Naturalizer via amazon.com

If you were starting to detect a little bit of . . . boredom in my late-pregnancy wardrobe choices, you’d be . . . well, not wrong, at the very least. Over the last 39 weeks, I’ve actually managed to remix my limited maternity wardrobe into a surprising number of new combinations. That said, I’m starting to feel like the extent to which I’m running out of steam physically and emotionally is manifesting itself sartorially. I’m not the first, nor will I be the last, pregnant woman to have this problem, but I appreciate your bearing with me all the same: it isn’t easy to feel comfortable dressing a body that just. isn’t. comfortable., after all.

Since I do actually still have to get dressed every day (and find it helpful, for that matter), I’m trying to combat that boredom and discomfort by pushing myself to keep trying new things (and not rely on the cop out that in some sense, everything’s new at this point because isthatreallymybodythoseclothesareon?). Here, I’m playing with a bold pattern mix to add some visual interest, and using a much-beloved scarf to distract a little bit of attention from my decidedly distorted midsection (although to the dear person in my antitrust lecture who said, “oh, I didn’t realize you were pregnant until you said something,” you’re very sweet, but nobody who heard that comment actually believed you!). I’m still not a pattern mixing expert (like this gal), but I’m appreciating more and more the ways that a well-chosen pattern mix can add to an outfit, and the ways that pattern mixing (like pairing analogous brights) is starting to feel more natural over time.

As an added bonus: the patterns and fabrics are also serving a surprising functional purpose! It was absolutely pouring and my rain coat no longer fastens, so I was relying on fabrics that would both stand up to and mask getting a little wet to mask any water damage (these did the trick, thankfully!). As an aside, many thanks to those of you who so wisely talked me out of converting this wrap dress into a faux wrap earlier in my pregnancy: I’m definitely appreciating the extra room and flexibility these days!

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Now that my pregnancy is (hopefully!) drawing to a close and I’m beginning to contemplate—gasp!—what I might wear when I’m no longer pregnant, it feels like it’s about time to start pulling together some of my thoughts on dressing during pregnancy. Starting Monday and over the next few weeks, I’ll be tackling a handful of topics near and dear to my heart (and thankfully relatively fresh in my memory), including, but not limited to:

  • The “most valuable players” of my maternity wardrobe, both for work and for casual wear
  • Highlights and strategies from each trimester
  • Making trends work for the pregnant (and sometimes very pregnant!) body
  • Great, sometimes hidden sources of maternity duds
  • Strategies for building a maternity wardrobe (and stretching—sometimes literally!—your non-maternity clothes)
  • Special occasion dressing while pregnant
  • Maternity style inspiration from around the blogosphere

Like my series on dressing for new or temporary office jobs, I’m neither the first nor the last person to write about these issues. Consequently, my thoughts on these topics are unlikely to be exhaustive, and are almost assuredly shaped by the particular experiences of my body and this pregnancy, but I’ll do my  best to try to distinguish between the idiosyncratic and the relatively universal. As usual, I’d love to hear your thoughts—pregnant, recently pregnant, hoping to someday be pregnant readers—on what issues you’d like to see addressed, or your favorite tips on any of these topics; just leave a comment, tweet @narrowtailoring or send me an e-mail at narrowlytailored (at) gmail (dot) com.

As I prepare to go on semi-maternity-leave from blogging, I’m also seeking guest bloggers for a few posts in the coming weeks. I have some ideas on themes, but topics are negotiable, and I’d love to feature your work here while I’m trying desperately to get some sleep and get our little one acclimated when she arrives. Again, if you’re interested, email, comment or tweet to let me know.

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25 August 2011

  • Peach-orange Top: Japanese Weekend via eBay
  • Plum Jersey Skirt: Old Navy (non-maternity)
  • Silver Necklace: gifted
  • Teal Earrings: mall kiosk
  • Sueded Wedge Sandals: Earthies via Zappos

There’s a hilarious irony to the fact that the majority of my late-pregnancy discomforts (and, well, occasional moments of desperation!) tend to be ameliorated by staying as busy and active as possible. Case in point: my urge to take immediate action in response to the increasing amount of clutter in our house . . . between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. last night. (After which there was another earthquake. Connected events?) So, in the spirit of, “I’ve found something that works and now I’m going to do it ALL THE TIME,” I’m trying to stay busy and engaged, flexing my creative, organizational, intellectual and physical muscles as much as I can.

To that end, a belated take on one of my favorite summer trends, as the season begins to fade away from us (tear!), and yet another unusual-for-me proportion. Intriguingly, also an example of how sometimes, color + color works better than color + neutral: when I tried to wear this top with they grey version of this skirt, it looked like something of a hot mess, but I’m loving the unexpected combination of plum and peach here. Since I seem incapable of exposing my ears adequately in photos, you can’t see it very well here, but there’s also a sneaky triad hiding in this outfit — can you find it?

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  • Navy Maxi Dress: Liz Lange for Target
  • T-straps: Indigo by Clarks via Zappos
  • Silver Necklace: gifted
  • Turquoise Drop Earrings: mall vendor

How do you dress for your dear friends’ “dressy casual” summer wedding in, er, balmy North Carolina, where the expected temperature tops 100 degrees and you’re pregnant enough that most of your dresses look like tents? Paradoxically, in a bigger, trendier tent, it appears.

I’ve had an unexpected slew of late-summer special occasions to attend in the last few weeks, including the joyous (and gorgeous!) wedding of our friends A2 and A3 this past weekend. I found this dress during a mostly-for-baby-supplies(!!) trip to Target a few weeks ago, and it’s become my go-to “festive” summer dress. The jersey fabric couldn’t be more comfortable, the dark color both hides the fact that I tend to melt in the heat and adds to the formality factor, and the length hides all manner of late-pregnancy ankle-swelling incidents. It’s also modest enough that it doesn’t beg for an additional layer, which is an added bonus in this weather! I’m also loving the waist/bump definition, and the decidedly budget-friendly price tag. Extra special: unlike a totally depressing percentage of so-called maternity staples, it isn’t black! Black has its time and place, of course, but I’m admittedly deeply partial to the versatility of this jewel-y shade of navy. Though I don’t have any photos from the night of, I’ve also paired this dress with gold drop earrings and a matching cuff, and with a pale purple pashmina as a defense against a blast of air conditioning.

5-August

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