March 4, 2013

Spring Mom-Uniform Update: Try a Bandage Mini

It's March.  Know what that means?  Sigh.  I'm about ready to burn my skinnies.  Like, literally burn them.  As a sacrifice to the weather gods to BRING ME SOME SUN ALREADY.  I mean, it feels like Spring…in my heart.  BOOOO

As a sanity saving measure, I'm wearing a skirt.

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Long-time readers may recall my love affair with bandage minis last summer.  Well, I busted 'em out again.  Already!!  I know.  But here's the thing:  Remember our Leggings-As-Pants discussion?  This cheap little skirt kinda solves that problem.  And since it's stretchy (and cheap – I did mention cheap, right?)…it's perfect for running around with the kids.  

Note:  I happen to be wearing tights in these pics, but I do this with leggings all the time – you wouldn't know the diff.  And navy + black, because I'm obsessed.  And, of course, a turtleneck.  Sigh

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(wearing:  An ancient Gap turtleneck sweater – here's one that's awesomely oversized, Target bandage mini – similar at Forever 21 for $6, Plush fleece-lined tights, Steve Madden wedge sneaks, bag from top pic is Nine West – love this nylon one on sale for $38)

We've been visiting DC quite a bit.  Mike has had work conferences blahblahblah – anyway, I've been taking advantage of free-to-me hotels in this very cool city.  We actually got a bit of sun.  Enough to – gasp – REMOVE THE TURTLENECK.  Mike took pictures as proof.

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(wearing: Splendid tee now sold out – try this one for awesome drapiness, Target bandage mini - similar at Forever 21 for $6, Plush fleece-lined tightsSteve Madden wedge sneaks)


Which brings me to my last point about bandage minis:  you can wear them with some over-sized, slightly schlubby, pooch-hiding top and you still look cute.  Because HEY!  SKIRT!

Final Note:  I would like to take credit for finding this skirt…but I cannot.  M texted me a pic of this awesome Target find last summer, and I instantly ran out and bought it.  Cause that's what friends do:  Dress as TargetTwinsTargetTwins.

xoxo

S

ps.  How do you guys prefer the outfit details?  Under the pic (as above), or down at the bottom, all together – like this?

pps.  Thank you SO much for linking up and sending in v-neck sweater pics!  I'm keeping the post updated…so keep on sending!! xoxo

46 Comments
  • johanna
    March 4, 2013

    under the photo! definitely! xo

  • Lyn
    March 4, 2013

    Yes. Under the photo. I want a nordic sweater-ish type bandage mini! Still winter here in Kansas :(

  • Nell
    March 4, 2013

    Under each photo please!

  • Clare
    March 4, 2013

    Under the photo, pls. Way easier to read on a tablet if it’s under.

  • Law Mama Liz
    March 4, 2013

    I like the details under the photo – much easier to decipher.
    Also! I *almost* bought the target sneaker wedges today, and I blame you for making them look so cute! But I remembered that I never wear heels unless it’s a special occasion and put them back… but I’m still tempted. What about flat high tops? Is it time to get some Air Jordans? I’m 5’8″ and I’m happy at that height… when I wear heels I feel like a giant – like I literally tower over everyone.

  • Edie
    March 4, 2013

    Don’t burn the skinnies, you are my inspiration to look as good you do in them :) You are my reference point of where I want to be, in skinnies!
    Also ………. under.
    Love you and everything you write and post here.
    Edie

  • Dawn
    March 4, 2013

    Can you post a link to your bag? I’ve seen it in a bunch of posts, but can’t find a link. Thanks!

  • Ashley
    March 4, 2013

    Hmmm. Bandage mini- could it work for a preggie mama? I mean, are they stretchy at the waist too, or zip and button? It does look very fresh for winter weariness.

  • Molly
    March 4, 2013

    I love you, my target twin. I think some day I will stop spinning. I wish you were here so at least we could do drinks. xoxo

  • Kristie
    March 4, 2013

    under the photo

  • Altissima
    March 5, 2013

    Cheap stretch minis are a blessing for tall girls -I wear them under tunic tops/dresses (with or without leggings) that would be indecently too short otherwise.
    I prefer outfit details under the relevant pic.

  • Shana
    March 5, 2013

    Lyn!  Target had some Nordic sweater minis – you might still be able to find them on the clearance rack…
    Sent from my iPhone

  • Shana
    March 5, 2013

    Sneaks – of all kinds – are having a moment.  You could do high tops, chucks, regular sneaks in neon…anything.
    Sent from my iPhone

  • Shana
    March 5, 2013

    I have some with a zip, and some without.  But the zip is pretty much just for show.  You could prob wear these under the belly pretty easily.
    Sent from my iPhone

  • Shana
    March 5, 2013

    Hmmmm … Maybe we need to make that happen?  I miss you like freaking crazy.
    Sent from my iPhone

  • Belinda
    March 5, 2013

    Well I am too old for the bandage mini…but PLEASE dont burn the skinnies!!
    under the photo::))

  • Belinda
    March 5, 2013

    Also…on the hunt for an over sized turtleneck…without wool(scratchy)…

  • cindy
    March 5, 2013

    totally UNDER the photo!
    doesn’t the mini cling to the tights/leggings and you constantly have to adjust? KWIM??

  • Shana
    March 5, 2013

    Cindy, I have that problem with other skirts, but not these.  If anything, the hemline creeps up over time and I have to pull it back down….but it no more often than me hoisting the waistband of my skinnies back up over my muffin top.  :)
    Sent from my iPhone

  • Shannon
    March 5, 2013

    Under! Please :)

  • molly
    March 5, 2013

    Under the photo!
    Did I miss the post where we talked about wedge sneakers? Because I just lost the last hour on Zappos looking at several pairs.
    This is a really cute east-coast-is-it-spring-yet-i-don’t-know-where-is-the-sun-goshdarnit outfit.

  • Meika
    March 5, 2013

    Yes, under the photo! I’ll never scroll down to look for something; I’m too lazy.
    LOVE your son’s sneaks, by the way. Too cute.

  • AmyS
    March 5, 2013

    outfit details under each photo please!!

  • Monica
    March 5, 2013

    I’ve never tried a bandage mini. I’ll have to bust out of my comfort zone this year.
    For the record – I live in MN and we have a snow day today, so I’m jealous that you only have to wear a turtleneck! :) Spring will come soon. (At least that’s what I’m telling myself).

  • Jessica
    March 5, 2013

    That’s so funny… I’ve been thinking about my mini lately too and spring ::sigh:: I definitely prefer the comments directly below the coordinating photo

  • Confessionsfromtheplayroom.blogspot.com
    March 5, 2013

    Firstly, can I just say how much finding this site has saved my sanity (on SO many levels). You always feel like you are the only one who feels this way and to find other Mama’s out there… *sigh* it’s a relief. And secondly, I grabbed the bandage mini last year (after a friend also told me about them), and it’s been a staple for me (along with maxi skirts and fitted blazers) throughout winter (I live in Las Vegas, so we can kind of get away with it here – for the most part). You do an awesome job – keep it up. And, yes, under the pic is perfect.

  • Adriana
    March 5, 2013

    Shana, you’ve been making trips to my city! What!? I hope you are coming to realize how awesome DC is, especially for the kiddos. In case you didn’t already know, The Kennedy Center has free performances every day at 6pm in the Grand Foyer, so if the kids can hold out until 7ish for dinner, it’s a great way to get in some free performing arts. I love my city and have lots or recs for fun things to do and great yet inexpensive food. Let me know if you are in need of some ideas. I love your blog and would like to think I can give back in some small way.

  • Kat
    March 5, 2013

    Belinda, your new friend Kat here again! May I suggest this skirt as a longer alternative to the bandage? Saw it at Target this weekend… still cool and fitted anough to style accordingly, but a better length for “our” age!! Love this blog, Shana!
    http://www.target.com/p/mossimo-women-s-striped-refined-skirt-assorted-colors/-/A-14460869#

  • Km
    March 5, 2013

    I only have a hot pink bandage mini. Dare me? :)

  • Mandy
    March 5, 2013

    I love this look. And I am ready to burn my skinnies, too.

  • Shana
    March 5, 2013

    Yup.  
    ps.  I do, too.  I wore mine on valentine's day with camel and black.  :)

  • Kim
    March 5, 2013

    I am in total agreement with the majority here – comments are DEF best just below the photo! Shana… you are TOTALLY inspirational – keep it going gurl!

  • abby
    March 5, 2013

    Love the outfit info under the pic! Great! And I love the look (I loved it back when you introduced it last year!) However, how does it work in chasing kiddos around? My youngest is 14 mo…could it still work? Or perhaps this is a “when the kids are older” look? (Then again, I’ll be older too eek!)

  • Belinda
    March 5, 2013

    Hi Kat! How can we message without overloading the blog!?
    Did you get my message about the sweater? BBDakota spring sweater!
    Love that skirt !..going tomorrow:)

  • Tonya
    March 5, 2013

    Under the photo…
    Thank you!

  • Shana
    March 5, 2013

    Yes!! Kat, this is perfect!!
    Sent from my iPhone

  • Megan
    March 5, 2013

    I think under the photo works a little better. Just more accessible.
    I’ve been DYING to break out a skirt or a dress – something/anything that shows some skin!!! I think I can make this work until spring though. ;) BUT… we are getting snow in PA tomorrow, so I’ll have to wait a few more days. I don’t mind winter, but I am so done with it by March.

  • Km
    March 7, 2013

    Ooh! I like that color combo – great idea – esp for Valentine’s Day! I bet you looked great! I’ll have to rock mine at preschool drop-off (the fanciest thing I do on any given day…)

  • carolyn
    March 9, 2013

    love this blog! and have been sharing it with friends! my bottom-heavy pear-shaped self bought a bandage mini only to realize how large my bum looks in it. Is there anyway to salvage this super cute look without drawing attention to the biggest part of my body? also, the one I bought (from target) was tight enough that it hugged underneath my bum. not flattering for me. Is there another you would recommend?

  • Ginny
    March 9, 2013

    I found this skirt at Old Navy and it’s very flattering to curves. It is longer though.
    http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?vid=1&pid=251865042

  • Shana
    March 9, 2013

    Abby, with leggings, it works even crawling around on the floor. It also helps that both the bandage skirt and leggings were under $20. :) But YES – approved for toddler mamas!!

  • Shana
    March 9, 2013

    Thank you for this!! I will be in touch – your idea sounds awesome!!

  • Shana
    March 9, 2013

    Thanks for the feedback! Glad to know I’m not the only one loving a bandage skirt. Doesn’t necessarily feel like the best mom-i-form, but yet….totally works. :)

  • Shana
    March 9, 2013

    Thanks, Ginny – that one looks great! Also, a few other readers (below) tipped me off to this one: http://www.target.com/p/mossimo-women-s-striped-refined-skirt-assorted-colors/-/A-14460869#
    I tried it on a few days ago and LOVE it.

  • Ginny
    March 11, 2013

    I’ll be looking for that skirt on my next trip for “diapers”.

  • Kim
    May 3, 2013

    Pretty please can you do a write up in wedge /hidden heel sneakers? I am torn about whether to get a pair. You make them look oh so cute. Have I missed the boat on the trend? Its autumn here in New Zealand. Will they stay another season? Can they be styled for winter? (note we don’t get snow, just wind and rain). P.s. I am addicted to your blog…I should be catching up on sleep, but I keep having to read more!

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