I was looking through my wardrobe yesterday as I attempted to organize my closet and it dawned on me that my clothes are pretty boring. My closet is full of solid colors, mostly black tops, jeans, and black leggings. Fun, right?
I used to wear cute clothes. Back when I was a size 4. Pre-kids.
As I was organizing I tried to think of ways I can add fun, interesting clothes to my wardrobe without getting to risky. I’m not a fan of patterns or bright colors but I do love leather. I’m not ready to jump into a full leather piece though.
One way to jazz up a wardrobe is by including pieces with leather detail or trim. It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. I found a few sweaters with faux leather detail that are under $100. Not one to be left out of fashion-finds, my daughter spotted a purple long-sleeve cardigan with faux leather detail from about 10 feet away while I was searching Macys.com for pieces. How cute is #6?
If you’re looking for a way to spice up your wardrobe, check out the sweaters below and search online stores like Nordstrom.com or Macys.com for “leather + sweater”, for example.
When I stepped outside this morning, I felt a chill and ran inside to put on a sweater.
I love summer in Atlanta but one of the perks of cooler weather is getting to bundle up in comfy sweaters. Once it’s cool enough outside to wear a sweater that’s pretty much all I wear so I make sure to have a lot of options. After several years, I’ve built up what I consider to be a decent collection of sweaters. The factors I consider when choosing sweaters are versatility, neutral colors so they can go with anything – even though I mostly wear jeans or black pants, comfort, and warmth – enough for Atlanta anyway. 🙂
For a lot of new moms, finding a balance between fashion and comfort can be difficult. New moms often find that their wardrobe consists of sweatpants and tees and many, like I did, wear maternity pants for months after having their baby because they are comfortable. This time in a new mom’s life is often called the fourth trimester!
It is very important however, for new moms to dress fashionably even if they are still over their ideal weight and can’t fit into their stylish pre-pregnancy clothes. Shopping at the closest department might not be the answer though. After having my second child and once I realized that I wasn’t going to fit into my size 6 pants again anytime soon, I went to a department store to buy an entirely new wardrobe. I ended up buying pieces that didn’t fit me. Why? I was tempted by the ‘regular’ size stuff in the store and thought surely I’ll lose the extra 15 pounds in a week or so. Needless to say, that wasn’t the case.
Plus size fashion from fashion world gives new moms who are a size 12-32 a lot of options allowing them to get out of the sweatpants and baggy tees. I’m all for wearing comfortable clothes but it’s very important for self esteem, to say the least, that we dress to impress even when at home with the kids. Wearing clothes with some style just makes people feel better, don’t you agree?
A couple of my favorite pieces from Fashion World, for example, are the Joe Browns Antique Vintage Dress (pictured above) and the Angel Ribbons Christie Rainbow Jumper. Pair the jumper (aka sweater) with your favorite pair of skinny jeans or leggings and ankle boots, for a cute and comfortable outfit that you will feel stylish and confident in!
Fashion tips for new moms:
Wear clothes that highlight areas of your body that you love.
Don’t be afraid to accessorize
Empire-waist dresses are a great option for new moms
Pairing a flowing top (not baggy) with leggings or skinny jeans will help you look thinner
A long necklace can also help make new moms look thinner
Are you a mom whose go-to outfit is sweatpants and a tee or are you a stylish mom who understands that you can have the best of both worlds.. style AND comfort?
What are your must-have ‘fourth trimester’ pieces?
This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
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My daughter started school this week and Tea Collection dominated her back-to-school wardrobe. She loves her Tea Collection dresses of which she has several (because she loves them so much!) and now she has a couple of adorable t-shirts to pair with Tea’s whimsical Twirly Skirt and Skinny Stretch Leggings.
Tea Collection’s new Nordic line is made up of pieces with clean yet ‘fun-funky’ (a word my daughter made up) patterns. My daughter’s favorite dress from the Noric Line is the Moderni Banded Dress while my favorite on her is the Life in the Trees Banded Dress. I love the banded look on my daughter, although I think the Mod Colorblock a-line dress is very cute too.
Her favorite play outfit is the Bluetail Robin Tee paired with the Twirly Skirt. I could just go on and on with the pairings. She wears the Mod Colorblock dress and the Moderni dress with the bouquet Skinny Stretch Leggings and the Bluetail Robin tee with the Twirly skirt, French Terry shorts, and Safari Paperback shorts. There are so many possibilities with Tea Collection. The Nordic line is made up of pieces from the same color pallet so pieces are easily paired.
Fit and Comfort
Like most young kids, my daughter doesn’t like to wear anything snug around her waist. No jeans or cordiroys yet. I hope she’ll get there sometime soon though. That’s why Tea Collection’s peices are so great for kids. Most of their skirts, pants, and shorts are made of at least 70% cotton making them very soft and flexible which is exactly what kids love!
Tea Collections offers clothes for boys and girls up to size 12 and they even have a women’s line! We can’t leave out the moms! Take a look at this beautiful blouse. >
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My kids wore onesies almost every day of their first year of life. Onesies are easy to put on, allow for quick and easy diaper changes, are available in a variety of colors and designs, and best of all.. Lucky Duck & Friends offers parents the most adorable designs on baby onesies that I’ve seen in a long time!
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Lucky Duck & Friends baby onesies are available in 6, 12, and 18 months sizes.
Priced at just $20 you can stock up on these unique, adorable, outfits for your baby. I think all of the designs are all pretty gender neutral so even if you don’t know if you are having a boy or girl, go ahead and buy a few of these onesies. Your baby will look adorable in any of them!
Lucky Duck & Friends baby clothes make unique and cute gifts for expecting and new moms. I was at the Atlanta Baby & Child Expo yesterday which is where I found this beautiful baby girl Elyrika who modeled the Lucky Duck & Friends baby onesie seen in the photos above. Several moms and a couple of dads asked if I was selling the onesies. They would have bought them right there on the spot if I had been!
You will also find beautiful greeting cards, presentation boxes, and youth apparel with Pippa’s artwork printed on them, on the Lucky Duck and Friends website.
Disclosure: I received the onesie above for purposes of this review. I was not required to write a review and all opinions are 100% my own. I only write about and feature products that I would buy for myself or my family.