Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The mom uniform


I thought I was doing a pretty good job dressing myself over the last year or two. Sure, I've regretted many of my outfit choices but I was finally getting a better grasp at this "fashion" thing. Then I got pregnant and had a new baby, and now I'm back at square one.

I'm not saying that having a baby should change my personal style, but about 90% of the outfits that I featured on this blog were things I wore to work (at a casual Internet company with no dress code). Right now I'm on maternity leave until August, which means I'm essentially a stay-at-home mom for the time being and my clothing choices need to reflect that.

What I wear these days need to be:
  • Nursing friendly. Loose tops or button up shirts are easiest. Dresses are harder to work with.
  • Machine washable. Babies spit up A LOT. And sometimes diapers leak. In addition, 3-year-olds are messy when it comes to eating and playing outside. Dry clean only and delicate fabrics have a very high chance of getting ruined.
  • Low maintenance. Carrying around a kid (or two) means I can't wear things that are carefully tucked or need to be constantly adjusted.
  • Comfortable. I don't want to trip or roll my ankles in tall heels while carrying kids. Things that are restricting or tight are just not worth the suffering when I'm barely getting any sleep and caring for a newborn.
  • Minimally accessorized. My baby cries when she's put down so I'm constantly holding her with her head cradled on my  forearm, meaning bracelets and bangles would get in the way. Scarves and long necklaces are magnets for tiny fingers that grasp at everything.
Looking at this list, it looks like I should be living in sweat pants and old T-shirts (which is exactly what I'm wearing at this moment) but I want to look a little more put together than that. So far, I've found that my uniform of skinny jeans and a loose top work the best (and disguise the post-partum stomach pooch) but it's just SO BORING wearing such basic outfits every day.

Any ideas for looking put together while still being a functional mom?

20 comments:

  1. You look really cute,love your style! Beautiful family! New follower :)

    I have a beauty blog and it would mean a lot to me,if you could check it out and let me know,if you like it...and maybe follow back :)
    http://meandmycousin1.blogspot.com/

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  2. You are always so adorable!! Even in basics such as these :) I especially like those cute sandals!!

    xo
    Lizzie



    placeclevertitlehere.blogspot.com

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  3. Your style looks a lot like mine. I can't do a lot of the cute styles that are out there because of my toddler pulling or tugging, or my bending over and having a show for all. So, I'm definitely keeping an eye out on here.

    http://ride-thespiral.blogspot.com

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  4. You look great! I found while nursing that although I couldn't accessorize like I used to I could still use great colors to let my style shine. Soft scarves shouldn't bother the baby and will even give her something to begin to grasp while nursing. Get them from the thrift store and throw them in the washing machine when they get spit up on. ;) Obviously dresses are really difficult to wear when you are nursing constantly, but you can still wear comfy skirts - once again in washable materials. One of my fave ways to take an outfit up a notch is with cute shoes. They don't have to be heels - there are tons of cute flat sandal options out there. And I love checking out the kids shoes (as a fellow petite, you should be able to wear them too!) - there are a lot of really cute, comfortable, cheap options for kids flats and sandals at places like Target, Payless and even The Children's Place! Just remember that personal style doesn't mean dressing like a style-blogger - it just means wearing what looks good and makes you happy. Life with a newborn doesn't always leave room for a lot of extra stuff, so don't stress the style. You're a beautiful lady and that shines through no matter what you wear! Good luck. ;)

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  5. Mom = Boring!!  LoL .. I think it's hard for "normal" mothers to look fashionable after having a baby .. and I don't think that they really need to!  Nothing wrong with jeans and a loose top~ or sweat pants and old T.

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  6. Thank you so much for the advice! I dont wear scarves much, but I'll have to check out the thrift store to see what they have :)

    And the kid shoe thing? Uh, my gigantic size 8 feet cannot fit into kid shoes unfortunately. At least it's easy to find my size in most shoes (unlike a lot of the petites who are constantly searching for the size 4.5 and 5 shoes!)

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  7. LOL you haven't seen my sweat pants. They're not the cute "trendy" (haha, is that even a thing?) sweat pants. They are pretty unattractive. I'll stick with the jeans and tee :)

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  8. I love your list of necessities when it comes to mom attire. I mentioned it in my post today because I'm totally feeling you. You do, however, make "momming" look way hotter than I do. I feel like I've been on lockdown since having Bean and if I get out of the house, I find it so hard to wear something cute that's also nursing-friendly. Oy!

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  9. ALSO- you have the two best accessories with you, always, so don't stress. ;)

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  10. How cute is your blog?! Why have I not been reading!!! I love your mom-friendly tips! I am not a fashionista by any means, but I'm working toward it. I'd do simple tee, jeans, and then accessorize :)

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  11. Thanks for the link, Kimberly! It's so rare to get out of the house these days, and when I do, the baby ALWAYS manages to poo or spit up all over herself. Like, EVERY SINGLE TIME we go out, we have a poop explosion. My diaper bag is so heavy from all the burp cloths and extra clothes I need to lug around. So baby friendly clothing is a must! Hope you're doing well with your two kiddos!

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  12. You are the cutest, most youthful mommy I have ever seen! Well, except for my mom, who used to be mistaken for my sister. 

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  13. You look cute and I'm glad you're blogging again, I didn't realize you had come back already, but I'll follow you on bloglovin so I don't miss any more posts!
    --TS

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  14.  Aw, thanks! I'm certain your mom is super cute just like you!

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  15. Thanks, girl! I'm not back 100% yet, but just posting whenever I can :)

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  16. I stumbled on your blog and wanted to say hello. So, hello! I'm a new first time mom and having such trouble finding things to wear (granted, still need to loose the pregnancy weight)! My go to outfit at the moment (which I wear way too often) is a tube maxi dress- very easy to pop out a boob for feeding.

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  17. Thanks for stopping by, Emily! :) I had never even thought of wearing tube dresses or tube tops, because I don't have any strapless nursing bras (which they probably don't even make, haha) but that's so smart. I think I had a donating spree awhile ago and got rid of anything strapless. Oh well :(

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  18. i had the same problem like you before, felt so bored just wear jean and loose top !!!! but after my baby turned to 4 mths old ......i cant help !!!! i need my pretty and colorful clothes back !!!!!!!haha !!!!!!!

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  19. You have such a beautiful family - congratulations on the new baby!  I have similarly aged children (3 and 9 months) and actually really adore maxi dresses.  The ones I have are thin-strapped or halter style so are easy to pull down for nursing on the go.  Another plus?  So nice and airy on these hot summer days!

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  20. Thanks, SPG! I always see you mentioned on twitter and other petite blogs but for some odd reason I had never visited your blog, and now I'm addicted. Love your style and your DIY projects, count me as your newest subscriber!

    Anyway, thanks for the comment :) I will have to try out thin strapped dresses (I'm not too big of a fan of strapless or halter) for nursing!

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