I've been wearing a lot of boring outfits lately. I think it's the weather. One of my friends recently remarked that this winter has been "like a bad ex-boyfriend who won't stop calling after you break up. He drops by with flowers…..and pretends he's changed."
EXACTLY. (Well said, N.)
So yeah – boring outfits abound. Like turtlenecks-and-sweaters-like-its-1988 boring. I think I was into a solid Day 3 of this awful (yet practical!! so practical in this weather OMG what is happening to me) mom-i-form when I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror.
So I added a long-sleeve printed tee and rolled back the cuffs.
I think I over-sold this styling tip. "Solved" might be a slight exaggeration. "Helped make an outfit incrementally less boring when you are too tired to do anything else" is closer to the truth.
Luckily, we have Pax to entertain us.
sweatshirt: old Vince…love this eyelet one
tees: J.Crew turtleneck (similar)….splendid tee (keep reading for striped tee recommendations)
denim: Rag and Bone
boots: Clarks Desert Boots in gray suede
Pax: all FabKids
Raines: FabKids striped tee and soft pants…crewcuts v-neck
On the off chance that you are in awe of my styling super-powers #wishfulthinking, I am going to continue on in this vein:
Awwww….look at how hard I'm trying. I'm even wearing a necklace! #blessmyheart
sweatshirt: old J.Crew…this one is super-cute with a striped tee peeking out
tee: Target, now on clearance
denim: Levi 535s
boots: old Nine West…these are the best, these are (slightly) cheaper
necklace: old necklace…this one would be fun
But in all seriousness, I think a bit of pattern at the sleeve does help, Mamas. It helps to make a sweatshirt and jeans look a little more intentional. Not ground-breaking, but one for those days, Mamas. THOSE DAYS.
The trick is to find a long-sleeve layering tee that still looks cute when you take the sweatshirt off. Here are a few that fit the bill…
(clearly I have a stripes problem…to make up for it, here's a long-sleeve polka-dot tee that I overlooked in my never-ending quest for more stripes.)
1. Scoop-Back Ballet Tee, $22 at Nordstrom
Love the graceful neckline of this tee. I'll bet you can nurse in it!
2. Michael Stars Long-Sleeve Tee, $62 at Piperlime
Perfectly slouchy, love the graphic take on stripes.
3. Free People Leopard Printed Top, $58
This tee has sold out everywhere else and for good reason: it's sofreakingcool.
4. Gap V-Neck Striped Tee, on sale for $14
The v-neck saves this tee. I'd order a size up for a slouchier fit (and a lower neckline).
5. Vintage Havana Lace-Back Tee, $58 at Bloomingdales
The front is perfectly drapy, the back has this sexy peek-a-boo lace panel. Yet the panel is small enough to not have to worry about special bras.
6. Long Sleeve Breton Tee, $38 at Boden
This is the closest thing I've found to those amazing St. James tees, but at less than half the price. It comes in the standard white/navy as well….but I keep thinking about this yellow for Spring. Either way, you can't go wrong!
7. Gap Mixed-Print Tee, $26
It's like an Edith Miller for J.Crew knockoff.
8. Striped Peplum Tee, $58 at Anthro
For post-partum Mamas and layering under swingy, oversized sweaters.
9. Hive and Honey Lace Peek-a-Boo Top, $59 at Piperlime
Love the clean black-and-white stripes, and the bit of lace at the bottom.
Spring? We need you.