January 3, 2011

How To Wear Plaid Part Two – Look For Girly Details, Add a Jacket (Postpartum and Nursing Friendly)

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We went to the Art Museum on Sunday for the King Tut exhibit.  There were some seriously amazing statement necklaces.  (Among all of the other rich history, of course.)

R did pretty well.  In the future, I'm getting him his own audio tour.  He took over control of it (calling it a "phone"), quickly learned how to make it "talk", and spent an entire hour wandering around with it up to his ear booming out little gems like, "he DIED mum?  And 'nother one DIED?  Is that one DEAD?"

Yup.  All dead, baby.  Why?  Ummmm…

(I'm so not quite ready for that conversation.)

Anywho, the plaid.

I'm loving this blue plaid shirt from Banana Republic.  I couldn't find this exact shirt online (here's a similar one), but I have seen this shirt in stores. I'm loving this shirt for post-partum use.

Why? 

One of the biggest problems with the post-partum pooch is that it sticks out farther than your boobs.  Lovely.  This plaid shirt, however, helps camouflage that sad fact by adding a few extra inches to 'the girls' via ruffles.  Bring 'em on. Buying this shirt a size (or two) bigger, and layering it over a slippery shaper cami also does wonders.  (NOTE:  The thinner and softer the fabric, the better the drape, the more hidden the pooch.  This shirt is both thin and soft, and drapes well.)P1027818

I also like how girly ruffles soften up a plaid shirt, while a jacket (of almost any kind, really) adds instant polish.  My jacket is actually a sweatshirt material in a moto-jacket cut.  Even this very casual take on a jacket helps up the sophistication level.  Ruffles or no, try throwing your plaid shirt on under a jacket – blazers, moto jackets, leather jackets, even a denim jacket can look cute.  (Unless you are very confidant, I'd avoid the denim jacket with denim look.   It can be done, but is tricky.)

I'm also wearing a pair of Gap maternity jeans (cut-off) and Plush's fleece lined tights. 

NOTE:  Having trouble with leggings?  Layering a pair of shorts over leggings is a good way to ensure bum coverage, and avoiding the whole "it looks like I forgot my pants" look that can sometimes happen when wearing leggings.

Lastly, I'm thinking that a statement hat may usurp the statement necklace this season.  Of course, this look is only for the very fashion-forward.

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Statement hats.  You saw 'em here first.

xo,

What I'm wearing: Banana Republic plaid shirt (similar here), Flexees Shaper Cami, Roots moto jacket (similar here), Gap maternity jeans that I cut-off, Plush fleece-lined tights, Mia Buckaroo Boots.

 

14 Comments
  • Nicole V Peto
    January 3, 2011

    This is a totally hot outfit, mom or not, POSTPARTUM mom, to boot!!!
    But my big Q… (and I’ma be a way “curvier” pp mom *again* in March)
    How do you nurse w the button-down/ruffle action/yummy tank underneath? Really, I’d esp. like to know how the nursing goes w the tank, bc that totally looks like the bees knees. AND cut-off maternity jeans-now shorts?!!!!! BRrrrilliant!!!
    A+++++ Go. Girl.

  • esther
    January 3, 2011

    S- you appear, in every single last one of these pictures, to be a tiny, tiny, tiny girl! you look fantastic- smile, bod, fashion. and you look happy. so happy. thank you for your constant advice.
    fyi: afore mentioned skinny cargos from old navy are on crazy clearance online…

  • Lane Clark-Bonk
    January 4, 2011

    Looks great Shana! I’m loving plaid, but I don’t have those little tiny legs to make those tiny shorts and leggings look good! I’m on the hunt for some pooch friendly jeans today to pair with some plaid!

  • Erin
    January 4, 2011

    I love the look – don’t know if I have the “whatever it is that you have” to pull it off -
    I def. have the pooch and I might have the legs but…don’t have the balls -
    but you rock it – REALLY HARD!!
    I would NEVER IN A MILLION years guess that you are even one minute post partum!!!

  • Amy (BiblioMOMia)
    January 4, 2011

    WHAT pooch? Good lord, child–that’s amazing! I doubt there’s anything under there at all. And your legs look totally fab. Kudos, girlie…

  • Kylie
    January 4, 2011

    Pft. You look freaking ah-ma-zing. Pooch indeed!

  • Tricia at Mom is the Only Girl
    January 4, 2011

    You can totally pull that whole look off! It’s hard to believe you still have a PP pooch under that shirt – I love it!
    I actually did the whole tight cami under my shirts when I was PP…Target had nursing camis for pretty cheap and they were my undergarment staple no matter what shirt I had on!
    BTW, now have some skinny jeans, ‘interesting’ sweaters, flat boots, lace-ups, too! Feel so much more confident style-wise all because of you! Thanks!!!!!!

  • S
    January 4, 2011

    You guys are too kind. Really. It’s funny though, after my first was born, I didn’t do the whole Belly Bandit & Shaper Cami thing (but I really didn’t go anywhere either). It helps a TON.
    Nicole – I think I’ll do a quick post on nursing with the button-down shirt. It was something I couldn’t figure out after R was born…I always felt like I was exposing too much skin. However, adding a shaper cami really, really, really helps.
    Esther — I have a super cute pic of one Pax Sylvester in a rockin’ outfit headed your way….you are just so crazy-talented. SO nice to send it!! Can we look forward to a Chinny Chin Chin spring line?
    Lane – I’ve seen your legs. They are hot. You could totally do this. Pfft.
    Erin – You know, so much of this is trial and error. I can’t tell you the number of times I walked out of the house in some getup, only to get home at the end of the day with a “what was I thinking????” But sometimes I surprise myself. So…try it! You might be surprised. :)
    Amy & Kylie – There is. Oh, yes. There is a pooch. Trust me. :)
    Tricia – Nice work, girl! And lace-ups, even? Nice. I’m jealous.

  • S
    January 4, 2011

    Wait!! No one made fun of my hats????

  • Mandy
    January 5, 2011

    Just stumbled across this blog and love it, but I had to comment on this outfit. Your body looks amazing, btw, love the shirt, jacket, boots, etc…but those shorts–WTF? Are those pocket linings hanging out from underneath? Um…that just would not fly in my neck of the woods. To say the very least. But I am looking forward to more style advice and will definitely keep reading.

  • Shana
    January 5, 2011

    Mandy – Your comment cracked me up! Yeah, the denim cut-offs aren’t everyone’s favorite, but I do love mine! And the pockets hanging out? I’ve been obessed ever since Erin Wasson rocked them with a white button-down and heels: http://trendboard.blogspot.com/2009/05/its-jeans-minis-season.html LOVE this look.
    For the record, I’ve also worn this exact outfit with a pair of gray tweed shorts which tones done the edginess a bit. Thanks for writing in!

  • Ashly
    January 6, 2011

    I for one love love love the cut offs and I can’t believe that they are maternity jeans. Where were you my first 6 months after my baby was born. Look forward to following you!

  • Shana
    January 6, 2011

    Thanks Ashly!

  • Ashley
    January 14, 2011

    I’m loving the guy checking out your rear end in the second picture!

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