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When I was pregnant, I thought that the fashion world had failed me, but that once I actually had the baby, things would improve greatly. I was wrong, as I’m sure you know. Breastfeeding gives you very limited shirt options and by the end of the day, my clothing is covered with all manner of substances. My solution has been to adopt a minimalist wardrobe consisting primarily of a jeans and t-shirt uniform.
The minimalist approach can get a bit boring, but it certainly simplifies my life. I wear pretty much the same thing every day and any variation has mostly to do with what is clean. I wear t-shirts rather than shirts that have to be unbuttoned because I find that I end up feeling like I have to be half naked in order to nurse in a shirt that buttons. I wear black, navy, and gray t-shirts from gap (this one and that one). White would be a nice alternative, but white clothing never stays white for very long for me (this cannot be entirely blamed on the babies). Right now I’m wearing Articles of Society jeans. I really like the wash on them (I’m very much in favor of dark wash jeans because they are slimming and look a bit dressier), they are skinny through the knees, so they look good with knee-high boots, and they are very reasonably priced.
Since adopting this uniform, I have tried to find ways to make it less boring and up the coolness and sophistication factors. I’ve put together the following with those goals in mind in the hopes that it might give you ideas you can use to help you with your momwear endeavors.
If you aren’t wearing a patterned sweater, scarves are a great way to add color and interest to an otherwise boring outfit, and if you choose the right one, can make your outfit far trendier. I like Caslon’s Framed Waves Tassel Scarf and Kate Spade’s Lantern Square Scarf.
The right shoes are critical, but carry an extra handicap: they have to be comfortable. Here I’m wearing Ugg’s Neoma boots. These are now hard to find, but I’m in love with Born’s Poly boot. Naturalizer’s Wynnie boot are also nice.
In the summer, I wear Rainbow flip flops almost exclusively. I wear wedge espadrilles when I need something a bit dressier.
Belts help elevate the look too. I have ones similar to this in black and brown.
Lastly, I try to always wear earrings, even if they are studs. Kate Spade is great for non-boring studs, like these.
Baublebar is good too (like these!).
So there you have it! That’s my basic take on momwear.