Monday, September 28, 2015

What to Wear: Fall Mom Style

Ah, fall. I'm not like some people who have been wishing for it since July... In fact, pumpkin spice anything makes me a little queasy (not pregnant, just REALLY don't like pumpkin). But like it or not (usually I'm happy about fall, I think I just didn't get enough summer this year!), temperatures are down and cooler weather is here to stay!

Which means I'm getting my cool-weather clothes out and noticing what's wearing out and what gaps I need to fill. I got a few nice wardrobe staples when Twice liquidated their stock, but I've still got some holes I need to fill in my wardrobe.

When it comes down to it, I have a couple basic outfits that make up the majority of my wardrobe in the fall:

1. Dress/long tunic + leggings + scarf + boots



2. Sweater/button-down + straight skirt + boots



And really, those are pretty much the formulas I stick to. I got a couple pairs of jeans (again, Twice!) in anticipation of doing hardcore farm work, and I know I'll be wearing them when we plant our fruit trees and do *hard* work like that, but mostly after wearing them I realize how much I still hate wearing pants. So yeah, those aren't coming back into the regular wardrobe rotation.

I'd go take a picture of all my clothes and make one of those really nice "capsule wardrobe" posts that all the cool bloggers do but... I blog when the kids are asleep. And the baby sleeps in my room. So that's probably never gonna happen.

Instead, I'll give you a basic list of things that are currently building up my wardrobe (or things I *would* buy this season if we weren't currently paying two mortgages... So thanks for clicking through my affiliate links, because that's the only way I have money to buy new things!):

Basics:

Leggings. Leggings, leggings, leggings. I don't think you can HAVE too many pairs of leggings, and I've been on the hunt for the perfect pair for ages. I don't wear them as pants - the booty must be covered, and really I'm more comfortable having a dress/tunic that comes at least to mid-thigh when I'm wearing leggings. But I don't think you can have too many pairs.

I've been pretty happy with these J.Crew Factory leggings - wide waistband, decent material, doesn't fall down. But I wouldn't mind something a little more substantial, like these Loft ponte leggings or seamed ponte pants. I had a pair of maternity ponte pants for a couple of pregnancies and they were amaaaaazing, so with the sale at Loft right now they might be worth the investment.

Tank tops. I have a million. Some cheap Forever 21 ones, quite a few Target nursing tanks, but when I actually want to look decent I wear my Undercover Mama tanks with a *real* bra. Well, a *real* nursing bra... This Cake bra, to be exact, because it's pretty and has held up to pretty heavy use over the past many months. Good coverage, actually easy to hook & unhook - really, if you're looking for a good nursing bra, this is my favorite I've ever had!

Tights. I need new ones. Mine are all full of holes.

Tops:

I loooove this mixed stitch sweater from Loft. Lower in the back means more coverage, and it looks like the perfect amount of slouch. Plus 40% off!


If I order one thing, it'll be this J.Crew Factory embroidered t-shirt - I love a little bit of detail and it gets great reviews!

This popover tunic looks long enough to work as a dress, and would certainly give plenty of coverage with nice thick leggings.

I'm still looking for the perfect t-shirt, but this relaxed dolman tee from Loft comes in great colors, and I'm a sucker for dolman sleeves. This Madewell v-neck has also been open in a browser tab for ages... But do I really want to spend $25 on a t-shirt? It gets great reviews, though! Good thing I don't actually have money for it, so the decision is made!

I got this eyelet-front sweater from Gap over the summer and looooove it - I don't like super-thick sweaters, and it's so soft and has been washing well. Definitely recommend!

Dresses:

I blogged a bunch of nursing-friendly dresses last year, but here are some current options that I like:



Gap sheath shirt-dress (similar to above)


Mosaic pintucked shirt-dress (similar to above, LOVE this one!)

And... That's all I've got for you right now! I've ordered a couple things from ThredUp thanks to some credit I got from selling old clothes (and here's $20 credit for you if you haven't tried it yet!), and can hopefully save up some more from taking online surveys... I'm easing my way into fall - what are you most excited to start wearing now that the weather's cooled down?

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