I have a confession to make… I’m not a mom, I’m not even pregnant but I am completely obsessed with your blog.
I stumbled across your site about a year and a half ago when my husband and I first decided we were going to have a baby. Being a self-proclaimed jean snob and fashionista – and proud of it – the thought of dressing a new, round, body had me completely stressed out. (I know, “I’m creating life” blah blah blah) Needless to say your blog saved me and helped me to see that I don’t have to wear some of the atrocious maternity wear some of my pregnant friends are donning.
Anyway, the real reason I’m writing is to ask you a favor, and I’ll warn you up front it’s not something you would normally write about. As I said in my confession, I’m not a mom nor am I pregnant – despite two years of trying and thousands of dollars spent. My husband and I have decided to do IVF and even though we no longer have to do the inner-muscular injections or mix our own meds, I’m pretty nervous. Our IVF nurse said the two weeks towards the end of the procedure will leave me with heavy ovaries (no working out), messy panties (in lieu of the injections they now use suppositories and pads – yay, she said sarcastically), out of control hormones, a sensitive tummy and probably no denim for a couple of weeks which…about put me over the edge.
I woke up in the middle of the night with a flash back to an article you posted awhile ago about post-delivery attire, specifically Aerie, pad friendly panties but when I went back into the archives I couldn’t track it down. Would you please post something regarding clothing/panties that would be comfortable on a bloated, cranky, sensitive tummy?
I soon hope to be joining your every-growing cult of fabulous fashionista mommies but right now I have to get past two weeks of hormonal hell.
Julia, you will certainly be in our thoughts. IVF is such a long road…and on top of everything else, no denim??? While this is arguably the least of your worries, it's also the part we can easily help with. And we are so delighted to help.
Since you are self-proclaimed jean snob and fashionista (hello, we should be friends)…I've found a couple of drool-worthy looks that will allow for granny-panties, disguise a poochy stomach, and no denim required!!
First up, some fabulous inspiration from J.Crew's spring lookbook. I am DYING for this outfit. Of course, it's not available yet, but layering a short, belted trench over a maxi dress is something that is easily approximated.
To warm it up for the February weather, add our favorite fleecy tights, tall boots, turtleneck, and swap out the cool fedora for a winter hat.
Here's how I'd recreate:
$79 - asos.com
I've also had my eye on this outfit from LOFT's spring 2010 lookbook (yes, last year). The soft pants are a nice hybrid between sweatpants and dress pants, and the swingy top will serve you well now, through the first part of pregnancy, and again post-partum.
Bare legs would just about kill me in this cold weather, but you can often pair soft pants with socks and lace-up booties. Then, come spring, swap out the boots for cute little wedges.
For moms running after the kiddos, cute ballet flats or oxfords would also work, but I did try to find a pair of gorgeous, mom-friendly wedges below.
Note – In the pic below, try using the scarf as a belt. You can tuck the front of the sweater in, just a bit, to properly expose the belt.
$295 - piperlime.gap.com
$60 - piperlime.gap.com
$60 - gap.com
$58 - echodesign.com
$44 - piperlime.gap.com
$13 - madewell.com
Maxi dresses, swingy sweaters and soft pants (you could even try one of those sweatpant/trouser hybrids in the above outfit) are all pieces that will serve you well now, in pregnancy, and post-partum!
Best of luck, Julia! We will all be thinking of you. Mom or not, we appreciate you reading and and writing in!
ps. Just a reminder…we'd so appreciate your vote for best fashion blog in the 2011 Bloggies! Voting closes on Feb 20th…gulp.