One thing I cannot compromise as a mother is my style. I've heard many women express that they don't feel like themselves after having kids, and that sometimes goes in hand with forfeiting their personal style for things that are quote "more practical".
I truly do not know what is more practical than an all-black ensemble (doesn't show stains), flat boots (for running after kiddos), and leggings that look like real pants (hello stretch)! With just a few personal touches of silver jewelry, I threw this whole outfit on in just a few minutes.
Since I am also pregnant and due in December, I've tried to stick to mostly non-maternity clothes except for bottoms, because I want the flexibility to wear these pieces again next Fall. My strategy has been to size up (this sweater tunic is an XL) and look for fabrics that are forgiving with a bit of stretch or loose enough to drape over my belly. I love the tiered bell sleeve of this sweater because it adds a femininity to the look that would otherwise be lacking. Ruffles and bell sleeves are everywhere this season and I think it's a fun trend to try because it really looks good on everyone. Also, when all I want to wear is leggings as pants, I always opt for a thick fabric like these ponte ones from Target, and a tunic length to strategically cover my bottom half.
The reason behind wearing all-black, other than the fact that my love for it is deeply tied to my New York roots, is that you can shop for less expensive items that look more expensive simply because they are black. Next time you're in the store, hold up two of the same items -- one in a color, and one in black. Do you notice a difference? Black material hides imperfections, seams, and creates a flawless silhouette on our figures. Sometimes I find that bright colors can be difficult to match with other items in my closet, or they simply feel too bold to wear often (hence the reason so many of us have a bright shirt that often goes unworn).
Comfort and simplicity are always key to whatever I wear. And these booties-- these Marc Fisher booties! They are a much less expensive version of the Acne Jensen ones I have had my eye on for a long time. They are made of the most buttery leather and have the perfect height heel that make them comfortable to wear and still polished.