Breaking news: I have made it out of my black pregnancy/maternity/postpartum Mom stretch suit that I’ve referenced so many times on this blog…it’s a miracle that took three months. This milestone is coming at a great time, considering I’m going back to work next Tuesday and need to look semi-presentable in a corporate setting. Also, SUMMER.
I’ll miss you, black stretch suit, but you’re still my #1.
Not only did I ditch the all-black, but I went the complete opposite to this all-white/neutral look, inspired by Memorial Day. Brave, I know. Especially with a baby. But it was time for a change.
You know what’s weird? Before pregnancy, I never really wore these pants because I didn’t feel comfortable in them, or think that they looked good on me. You’d think it would be the opposite – that I would feel uncomfortable in white pants now – but I feel like having a baby kind of empowers you. I’m a little bit more forgiving on myself and suddenly okay with how I look (for now.) I think Moms should take as much time as they need to heal and get back in their groove after baby, but then we should start feeling good about ourselves, we should feel accomplished, and proud of everything we’ve done.
In all the fashion ‘rule’ books, Memorial Day marks the weekend where it is “okay” to start wearing white again. Do you think this rule exists because people are too pale up until this point to pull it off? jk.
After finishing putting together this look, I realized that everything I’m wearing here, I’ve owned for like, a year or more. I have worn all of these pieces, but never together. This was a moment for me, a moment where I realized the sentence, “I have nothing to wear” – can officially be discarded from my vocabulary.
To me, this look is perfect for any time of day (a coffee date, brunch, lunch, going out to dinner) & the jacket is perfect to bring along to those place that blast the air so high that you’re freezing the whole time, even in the Summer – you know what I’m talking about.
I got to thinking about how we can all start wearing the clothes we own, instead of always spending time & money on NEW. As a Mom, ain’t nobody got time for that. I spend more time searching the internet for diaper deals than designer deals, and the first place I locate on trips to the mall are the bathrooms/nursing suites and nearest coffee shop.
What’s the easiest way to do this?
These 2 tips sound like common sense but honestly, just owning the right go-to’s makes getting dressed so much easier, which solves a lot of life’s problems. Am I right?
Invest in Neutrals
Statement pieces are amazing (& I’ll be talking about a statement dress next week) but investing in neutrals will get you so many more “looks” or outfits. I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve worn this white top probably 100 times, in different ways. Buy more solids than patterns and more low key colors than vibrant, loud colors. I think doing both of these things allows for unlimited mixing & matching. My go-to neutrals are white, cream, tan & black. Now is the perfect time of year to pull out those light articles of clothing and rock ’em. Plus you can re-wear these items so much more often without people noticing 😉
Buy Universal Accessories
I especially like to invest in neutrals (solid gold or silver) for accessories. Almost all of my purses, shoes, jewelry are universal and can be worn over and over with different pieces of clothing. Keep a go-to necklace, watch, and earrings in your collection that can be worn with anything – instead of needing to find new statement jewelry for every outfit. That can get to be way too high maintenance. Summer = time to stay simple & light on the accessories.
Like I said, I had owned these items prior to this post, but I have linked similar items to shop this look below:
We are off to the beach tomorrow for the day – we’re so excited to take Cal and show him both the beach & pool! What are your big MDW plans?
**Huge shout-out to all the military Men & Women who have served our country in the past, are currently serving, and who will serve in the future. Let’s not forget the real reason for this holiday weekend**