Let’s call these what they are: glorified pajama pants.
But the folks over at Hurley call these “Beach Pants” which makes them sound more like real pants. And for those of you who have asked about options for covering pregnancy-induced (or not) varicose veins…..YES, THESE.
Gorg, right? The bra peeking out is a nursing bra; the dress is a maternity dress. It all works. And check out the back:
The power of a pretty bra. Let it show, let it show, let it show.
This is such a great example of effortless post-partum style. (I know Scott is snorting at my use of the word “effortless”. This was her first real outing after the baby and took her…well…the typical new-mom minimum of 2-3 hours to actually leave the house. But it all looks effortless, right?)
Gang, meet one of my oldest and dearest friends, Sarah:
She also happens to be drop-dead gorgeous and hysterically funny and you guys are going to LOVE her. Anyway, her youngest (she has 3!!!) is only 20 months old and Sarah has found herself in that nothing-to-wear-and-in-between-sizes phase which is just so annoying. Is is worth spending money on clothes at this point? And to complicate things further, Sarah has a perfect hourglass figure, so she has to choose trends carefully. So we cruised over to Target to see how well we could do on a small budget.
Because Sarah is an hourglass, it’s important that she be able to show off that waist. So we wanted to find a really good base layer that we could dress up/down.
Target’s Ultimate V-Neck tee was…OK. We liked how it showed off her waist, but the v-neck was too high, making the whole thing mumsy.
Next up we tried Target’s Ultimate Scoop Neck tee. Shockingly, we liked this better. The color and wide stripe had a cool French-girl vibe, and it still shows off Sarah’s waist. (NOTE: We tried this same tee in solid colors and didn’t like it. The blue-and-white-stripe is the way to go.)
I handed Sarah the cropped sweater and she visibly recoiled. “Is that…a short shirt???” she asked, nose wrinkling in confusion. So we agreed: She would TRY ON THE SHIRT…as long as she could also sport an 80′s high pony. Done.
Cropped tops are not always a curvy-girl’s best friend, but in this case it works because Sarah’s waist is visible. (Looks good, but didn’t come home with us. Cute or not, Sarah has declared her body a crop-top free zone. Ah, well.)
2. Under a Kimono
We loved this combination, and tried it a few different ways.
Here’s the date night version (same tank, BTW, just in black).
Sarah has this terrible habit of wearing the world’s least-flattering sweatpants to school pick-up/drop-off. She made the mistake of picking me up from the airport like that one day and I may have gasped OUT LOUD. Normally, I am not phased by loungewear but THERE IS A LINE. You know? Soooo…..maybe this instead? I mean these pants have to be almost as comfy as horrifying sweats, right?
Classic and simple. Love the stripes to add interest and the updated take on sneaks. If a moto jacket is too boxy and/or short, it won’t work for hourglass figures, but this one drapes well along the body, despite the longer length.
If you are dying for a pair of overalls but are worried about hips, the key is to layer something over the overalls to visually slim the hips. We played around with kimonos earlier in this post…but a cardigan works just as well. (This cardi is not Sarah’s color, but we loved the graphic print.)
Ok – see how the bib of the overalls cuts in at the waist? Yeah – that’s good. And now see how the line of the cardi shaves off a bit of hip? Voila! (And OMG Sarah’s boobs look fabulous.)
One last comment on the black sweatpants: they’re FABULOUS. Sarah and I both bought a pair (I completely forgot to grab that fab pair from the Nordstrom sale), and now all of our friends (and my Mom!!) have rushed out to Target in pursuit of the comfy and flattering black sweatpant. Annoying that they are sold out online…but I’ve got some pretty high hopes for these. Cute, right? Cheers to cheap, flattering sweatpants!!!
Hi! Here’s a casual but stylish boho-modern dining room that’s not only kid-friendly, but includes a separate space just for them to work on art projects, homework, or #creativetable! We’ll keep it budget friendly with durable natural materials like wool and hard-wearing, washable fabrics that won’t break the bank if you have to replace them due to dinner spills or art explosions. A funky, bright rug sets the tone for the playful room, and you can find inexpensive throw pillows in colors pulled from the rug to add pop to the window seat. Speaking of, no built-ins? No problem! Get the look with any low white bookcase (IKEA has great ones) or storage bench topped with a cushion and placed against the wall. Instant seating with storage room for table linens (if you’re fancy) – in my house it’d be filled with art supplies and probably some wayward stuffed animals. My favorite things in this room are the Target display frames that let you easily change out kids’ artwork – they’ll get such a kick out of seeing their art displayed all grown-up like! If you want to get super-coordinated, have them make art in colors that match the room just like they do on HGTV whenever they want to incorporate the kids’ personal touch into a room design!
Let kids get in on the action with their own little corner of the room. Bonus – everything coordinates with the main room’s design but isn’t matchy-matchy, so it’ll look pulled together in an effortlessly cool way. Littles get mini versions of the modern dining chairs in a fun color, plus a colorful Turkish kilim style rug that’s soft on bare feet. The white art table lets your eyes rest amidst all the color, plus creates a clean work surface to for all their creative projects.
Amanda lives near Boston with her real-life secret agent husband and spitfire redhead 3 year old Annika, soon to be joined by another bundle of mischief this fall. A software marketer by day and budget-savvy home decorating enthusiast the rest of the time, Amanda’s goal is to make beautiful interior designs livable. She thinks living with kids shouldn’t mean you can’t have a stylish home – you just need a few smart shopping tricks up your sleeve!
It took me a couple of years, but I finally figured out a few tricks for layering these tops, although they won’t tame the pooch as well as the flowy-top-shaper-cami combo, but when it’s really hot, let’s go with GOOD ENOUGH.
(The real advantage to layering, BTW, is not only hiding the post-partum pooch, but allowing easy nursing access without stomach exposure. Pull the top layer up, the under layer down. Also? You can sometimes wear a normal bra.)
1. Layer Over a Cotton Tank
I have had better luck (in the sweaty mess department) laying sheer flowy tops over simple cotton tanks – less pooch-hiding, but much cooler. And if your top is flowy enough, you don’t really notice a pooch. Admittedly, my pooch is much smaller these days but I am, ummmm…more than three years “post-partum”. (I think the post-partum label is applicable for up to 10 years. Or life. Let’s go with life.)