MILF: Mom In Love with Fashion (part 2)

As promised, here is part 2 of my MILF series. This week has been a whirlwind. I’m working on a project that is keeping me all sorts of busy, as if I wasn’t busy enough already. But, I couldn’t turn up the opportunity to try my hand at something I haven’t done before. I’ll tell you more about it if things advance. Needless to say, I’ve been trying to type with one arm. Working from home and trying to keep yourself accountable is something i’m going to have to get much better at. On top of that, I’ve been holding it down in the kitchen, making some pretty awesome lunches and dinners for my family. I love to cook and it’s been a great way to shake off that busy feeling of the past few days. Now, on to the juicy stuff!

Like any woman, I like to play dress up. If I’m having a bad day, I can go into my closet and put something together to cheer me up. I don’t buy crazy expensive things, I just buy what catches my eye and then I have fun with it.

Now, as a new mom and one on a budget, it’s important to not only change out of my pajamas each day to help me feel like my life hasn’t turned into one giant sleepover, it’s also important for me to keep my closet sensible. I have a few splurges pre-baby, but my style philosophy has always been based on making things work together in unexpected ways. I buy some basics a couple times a year, I thrift in between for statement pieces, and I have a wonderfully stylish grandma who willingly bestows some great vintage pieces on me. I’m also not opposed to up cycling my maternity wear because: a. It’s freaking comfortable. All pants should be maternity pants. Sorry non-moms, you just won’t understand.

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b. I’m cheap, or as I like to put it ballin on a budget. No one has to know your pants have a hidden band and no on one has to know your shirt cost $2. My mantra in life, thanks to the fabulous Tim Gunn, “Make It Work”

I would say my mom style fully takes comfort into consideration, but at 26, I refuse to wear mom jeans or let my personal style suffer at the hands of my munchkin. Here are a few important things to consider for my new, mama approved style:

Ease of nursing– button up shirts help with this, but a camisole underneath my shirts also make this possible so I dont have to only rock button downs and nursing tops. Sometimes you have to get a little creative.

Ability to hide spit up stains– black is my favorite color to wear but it’s not so easy with baby unless you want crusty spit up putting you into some awkward staredowns with passers by. Neutrals and patterns are great alternatives to keeping my little ones messes hidden to the naked non-parenting eye.

Ease of using the bathroom– it’s not always easy to go to the bathroom with a baby. You gotta make it quick so this rules out bodysuits or anything too crazy happening down below.

Here are 5 Black Mama approved outfits that will make you feel stylish yet sensible while out on the town with you little one.

Forgive the pictures. Hubby and I fashioned our own photo shoot with his phone. See, we work with what we got!


Here I paired a chambray shirt (bought) with a vintage ankle length corduroy snap front skirt (from my grandmother) and a short heeled ankle strap sandal (awesome find from Target).

I love this look because I can go from little house on the prairie to a little racy with a swift unsnapping of the skirt for a higher split. The shoes also add a sexy peek of the toes and are amazingly comfortable.

You can recreate a similar look with any maxi skirt you have in hand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


This outfit reuses one of my favorite maternity dresses found at H&M and turns it into a tunic. I paired it with a skinny jean and a low heeled bootie. The buttons on the top make it easy to hide a nursing top underneath to make public nursing a breeze.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Here I paired an oversized boyfriend tee, in gray to keep those spit up stains a secret with these wonderfully flowy black silk pants (from my grandma’s closet) and the low strapped heel from above. The pants boast an elastic band and feel like pajamas, but they ooze sophistication and are perfect for a date night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Who says mama can’t wear a mini skirt? Make it casual by pairing with a white tee and sneakers. We wear chucks in my house! On top I added a black parka that is part of Vera Wang’s Kohls collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


And last but not least, we have the white tee and chucks again, this time paired with my favorite pair of maternity pants. Yes! Can you believe these ripped jeans boast the hidden band? They are too cute to get rid of, so I gladly rock them on a weekly basis. And contrary to popular belief, it can get quite chilly in Los Angeles, so I’ve tips this look off with my favorite coat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So that’s it. You can still hold on to your personal style as a mom. If you’ve gained a lot of pregnancy weight or even lost a lot due to difficulties, try not to let it take away from the fun you an have I your closet and of course, with your baby. You are fabulous and a fabulous mother!

xo

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