As promised by my post title, today I want to write about 1. this jumpsuit (and why everyone needs it), 2. postpartum fashion (and what no one tells you), and 3) some thoughts in how I’ve decided to share my personal style this year! Let’s dive right in. (Side note: my posts aren’t always written in list format, but I’m in a list-y mood today, so here you have it..)
1. THE JUMPSUIT EVERYONE NEEDS
Full disclosure: I was gifted this The Wrap Jumpsuit by Vetta Capsule. When Vetta reached out to me, I was super intrigued by their concept: they release mini 5-piece capsule wardrobes that can essentially be mixed and matched to build a months-worth of outfits. Check out the whole Relaxed Capsule (and all their collections). Their pieces are well designed, and they’re trying to help folks build thoughtful wardrobes. I had just completed the Spring 10 x 10 challenge, and had a hard enough time putting together 10 looks over 10 days with 10 pieces, so 5 piece for an entire month?! Yes, please!
Fast forward to the moment I opened my package and felt the material. I’m very much a touch-y, feel-y shopper. I like to hold, touch, etc. before even trying pieces on. The fabric has to be right before I even consider taking things a step further. Well, when I opened my package and felt this jumpsuit, I HAD to immediately try it on. Their linen/tencel blend felt wonderful to the touch.
And then I tried it on. Vetta Capsule found their new brand ambassador. jk, but it was incredible. It felt SO flattering, so comfortable, so subtly fashionable. It elongated my shorter legs and had a front button closure, which meant I could nurse while wearing it, which is still a must for me. I have yet to wear it reversed, but they painstakingly designed it to be reversible (I cannot imagine how difficult that must have been)! My favorite types of clothes are the ones that feel like you’re wearing pajamas but look like you put thought and intention into your look, and this jumpsuit fits the bill x 1000. I’ve hardly taken it off since that first fateful try-on; I highly recommend this piece for anyone looking to add a little cozy chic to their life.
2. POSTPARTUM FASHION
Now, let’s talk about postpartum fashion and what no one tells you. I’ve been “postpartum” for almost 5 years. What I mean is this: I had Zoe in June, 5 years ago. Ever since then, my body has been dealing with the effects of postpartum. I never realized how much my body would change (hello stomach skin flabs, hello diastasis recti, hello boobs (ok that one’s not so bad)).
And this is what no one tells you: 1. your body is going to change after having a baby (unless you’re like my sister, but that’s a story for another day). 2. it’s OK, you’re awesome, you grew a freaking human inside of YOUR BODY, and 3. shape wear will change your life.
I’ve just kind-of accepted that I’ll be wearing tummy-tucking shape wear for the rest of my life. Gone are the days of wearing any pants/skirts that fall around my hips; IT’S HIGH-WAISTED EVERYTHING FOREVER for me now! And not that I really want to these days, but gone are the days of two-piece bathing suits. le sigh.
I remember being SO surprised when I was getting dressed to leave the hospital with Zoe (I had to have an emergency c-section with her). WHAT is all this extra stuff? And what happened to my waist? Yeah, I could work on my diastasis recti and fix that a bit. But I honestly don’t think all the extra stomach skin will ever go away. And you know what? I’m really OK with these things being a part of my life…I made 3 humans inside this body and that’s incredible. I just wasn’t prepared for these realities, so initially they came as a bit of a shock. But 5 years after my first baby, and 9 months after my third, I’m sitting on my porch, coffee in hand, shape wear and my favorite high-waisted jeans holding me together. Thank you, fashion gods, for declaring high-waisted a thing (again).
3. MY PERSONAL STYLE
And last but not least, I wanted to provide a little context to my recent style posts and the way in which I’ve decided to show more of my personal fashion! Earlier this year, I decided to share more of my personal style with you guys. First the first time in my adult life, I feel like I’ve “found” my style. College was a joke (too much color, too much business casual, too many fast fashion decisions), and the years immediately afterwards felt a bit aimless. It’s really just been the past year or two where I’ve started to really figure things out.
I love comfort (always have), I love modern lines, I love versatility. I’m leaning towards natural fibers, specifically linen, tencel, silk, and cotton. Oh, and loose. Loose fitting, flowy things usually win my heart. And my life color palette is decidedly NEUTRAL. The most color my wardrobe contains is a dusty rose linen dress. And it could almost pass for brown. ha!
So, since figuring out my personal style more over the past few years (and I think it has something to do with accepting my postpartum body), I wanted to share more of it with you! I didn’t want to just take photos of my outfits; I wanted them to be a bit quirky. A bit deconstructed. I wanted to have fun taking them while also challenging myself in front of the camera. I wanted them to be…. “artsy” (?) (hahaha)! I’ve been working a bunch with my girl Paula (and sometimes my other girl, Abigail). They’re both so so wonderful, and help me find my fashion blogger side. haha!
I’m really inspired by two “fashion bloggers” (not sure they’d want to be titled that): Reece and Madelynn. I love their style, their posing, the lighting, the quirkiness. I’ve even considered bangs a la Reece, but was thankfully talked out of it.
I really hope you’ve been enjoying my style posts! Let me know: what words describe YOUR personal style? Who are some fashion bloggers you enjoy following? What fashion advice/problems/dilemmas/joys would you want to hear from me about?
Photography by Abigail Gallop Photography.
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