Getting dressed these days – the days when doing so requires more than picking out a T-shirt for my son to puke on – is an exercise in self-diplomacy. I learned quickly than certain clothes in my closet are off-limits until further notice: my favourite pair of skinny black pants, for example. For the time being, I’d rather pretend certain things do not exist in my closet, as opposed to not fitting my enhanced post-baby physique. I’ll see in the long run whether I need to eventually face up to a permanent new reality – which I’m going to do my best to embrace – or whether there will be a happy reunion with my black pants in my future. If not, my next clothes swap party will be a bonanza, y’all!
The somewhat surprising trend that is starting to coalesce is my return to pants (of the not-too-skinny variety). This is somewhat surprising because I’ve always been more of a dress/skirt person, and I spent the last few months of my pregnancy carefully avoiding pants as much as possible. Now that I have happily parted ways with my maternity gear (awful, awful things!), I seem to be wearing pants a lot. A lot of that, I think, has to do with the fact that most of my regular dresses are great for the office, not so much for stroller-pushing. Pants also allow me to exercise my atrophying style muscles by mixing and matching separates. I still want to feel “hip”, even now that I have a little person attached to my hip 24/7.
The rules have changed, though, a bit. I’m skewing heavily towards cotton tops, and anything machine-washable, because spillages of all kinds are an unpredictable, but daily part of life now. Necklaces are out for now, after a near-tragic accident involving my Tiffany necklace and a pair of not fully coordinated, but very grabby infant hands. Heels are OK in small doses (i.e. when I know I’ll be sitting down), the better to get my arches reacquainted with pain. [I kid, sort of.] And belts are making a comeback too.
Jeans, American Eagle; tank top, American Eagle;
cardigan, Banana Republic Factory Store; shoes, Stuart Weitzman;
Jeans, Abercrombie and Fitch; top, Banana Republic Factory Store;
shoes, Aldo; belt, Holt Renfrew
Jeans, Abercrombie and Fitch; top, Joe Fresh; shoes, Nine West;
bracelets, J Crew and Nordstrom Rack; earrings, Banana Republic
Jeans, iT jeans; top, MICHAEL Michael Kors; belt, Tommy Hilfiger;
shoes, MICHAEL Michael Kors; bracelet, J Crew