Lets talk about elastic waistlines – since having a baby they’re my new best friend. I have a new little section of my skirt trunk that is just for miniskirts with elastic waistlines. Since the little one was born I’ve been gravitating towards a more minimal look. This is partly for practicality – at some point in the day I get spit up on or spill something on myself (holding a baby really messes with my ability to hold coffee and eighteen bags) and also just a shift in my style that’s occurred in the last year or so.
Three years ago I was in a pretty big Mad Men phase – I was very drawn to super structured styles. High waisted tight skirts, tight dresses (that buttoned/zipped up the back), tights and tight shirts (notice a pattern?) made up a good portion of my wardrobe. It might take you 20 minutes to get dressed and everything tucked into the right place but girl, you looked good.
Now that I’m nursing 8-12 times a day my style, by necessity, has shifted to one of, for lack of a classier phrase, “Easy Access”. Mentally as well, I’m initially drawn to a simpler line of fashion. The company Rag & Bone is my new absolute favorite and I would buy all their things if the prices didn’t start at $350.00 for a t-shirt. Leggings, simple jersey mini-skirts, looser tops: these are the new staples of my New Mama wardrobe.
I also have started wearing heels a lot more since having a baby. I’ve found that I’m a lot less self-conscious about the size of my stomach and chest when I’m highlighting/lengthening the line of my body. I’m pretty tall (5’8″) so with a few inches of heel I’m close to six foot. Feeling tall and strong helps me feel pretty bad-ass too, even when I’m trying to clean spit-up off my back or I’ve just realized that the front of my shirt is soaked through (and that’s it’s REALLY REALLY OBVIOUS that it’s from my breasts). Ah, the glamorous joys of motherhood.
That said, I’m obviously not wearing heels in this outfit because…we got snow y’all! Close to 1/2 an inch in fits and starts this week which has fallen and then promptly melted when the sun peeks out. This has left me with several opportunities to wear my lovely Hunter boots…I’ve almost worn them enough to justify buying the red pair as well…
Outfit Details: Top – Free People (gift from friend) // Earrings (gift from friend) // Skirt – H&M (bought new) // Leggings (gift from friend) // Socks – Fred Meyer’s (bought on clearance) // Boots – Hunter (bought new)
Cheers and Love,
Maple and Me