Fashion

Help a Momma Out?

August 24, 2015

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I picked up a bunch of cheap little dresses toward the end of the summer to bridge me into fall and have been meaning to put together more of a formal fashion post. Alas, I’ve been spending most of my days working from home and when I’m not working, I’m either tending to a sometimes fussy baby (teething!) or covered in paint as we begin our home renovation project.

Ainsley, on the other hand, thinks she looks mighty fine in her Turbans for Tots head wrap and new outfit from Carter’s. Ha! I love the way she is checking herself out in the mirror.

All that to say, I feel like I’ve hit a bit of a style brick wall. Last fall the only clothing I purchased was maternity, meaning it’s been almost two years since I shopped for regular old cool weather clothing. And now that I’m fitting back into my old clothes, I just feel a little bit frumpy. I think this is probably why new moms frequently change up their hair after having a baby? But since I don’t really want to cut my hair, I need some style help!

Most of my clothes come from Banana Republic, J. Crew, Stitch Fix or some random finds here and there, like TJ Maxx or Nordstrom Rack. But now that I’m in a small town, I think online shopping is going to have to become a way of life. So tell me, where do you shop? Any favorite new dresses, jeans, tops or shoes you’ve found and loved? Brands that I should check out? I need your help before I go shopping for fall!

xo,
Madison

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9 Comments

  • Reply Trisha August 24, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    I’m in the same boat! I bought a bunch of cheap, non-maternity dresses a size or two up thinking I could get away with wearing them post-partum. Then reality set in, I was carrying two babies in there and those dresses look straight up sloppy on my body now. I’m currently alternating between 2-3 pairs of pants and tanks, while still sticking to pjs when I’m home with the boys. If I ever have a life again I’m doomed!
    All this to say, no recommendations but you’re definitely not alone! šŸ™‚

    • Reply Trisha August 24, 2015 at 11:29 pm

      Actually, one of the pairs of pants I’m wearing is new. I made a quick mommy shopping trip a few weeks ago & stumbled upon the Modern Kick Crop from Ann Taylor Loft. Hoping they work well under fall boots too!

  • Reply Kate Nordby August 25, 2015 at 12:23 am

    Ann Taylor Loft is a favorite of mine as a new mom, too! Great tunics, and love their boyfriend jeans (a little higher waist!). Their Lou and Grey line is great- laid back and super comfy and cute!

  • Reply Sonya J August 25, 2015 at 2:40 am

    Forever 21! I know I know… but you can find really great things if you have the time to browse and sift through the pages of clothing. Their basic t-shirts for both men and women are great quality, cheap, and come in plenty of colors.

  • Reply Aubrey Hunstad August 25, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    I am currently two months postpartum and heading back to work soon. I completely resonate with what you’ve been posting lately. I don’t have any recommendations, but I would love to see a full post of what you find! I recently found mod cloth.com ā€“ it looks interesting but I haven’t actually made any purchases yet.

  • Reply Kacisu August 25, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    I’ve been loving Nordstrom.com lately because they have free shipping always, awesome customer service and it’s so easy to return things because it’s free to ship back. The blog Pinterest Told Me To always has recommendations of things to buy and there is no risk because free returns.

  • Reply Amanda August 25, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    I shop ThredUp! It’s resale, but I’ve found there to be a great selection of “new with tags” clothes from my favorite brands (including the ones you mentioned) for a lot less than retail. Their “practically new” stuff has always been in great condition as well. I used it when I moved to a cooler climate and needed to stock up on cold-weather clothes, and felt like I was able to get basically a whole new wardrobe for within my budget.

  • Reply Veronica Vaughn August 25, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    I find some amazing stuff in IG boutiques or also on the Stitch Fix Facebook sell/trade site!

  • Reply DessertForTwo August 26, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Everlane and Madewell šŸ™‚

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