As soon as I found out about my pregnancy, I knew it was time to re-assess my summer wardrobe. I went over to my local TJ Maxx and found a few things that I knew would transition with my growing belly this summer, and be nursing friendly and comfortable next summer. I passed a rack of black, and immediately this shiny crinkle culotte jumpsuit had to be mine. I grabbed size large in hopes that it would be loose, and the minute I pulled it on I knew it was coming home with me. It has the perfect Studio 54 vibe that I've been hunting for in a jazzy jumpsuit.
The top is a wrap style (perfect for nursing a baby) with adjustable spaghetti straps that allowed me to tighten it as needed. The middle has a stretchy seam which I can pull over my belly and allow the draping to fall gently over it. I could have worn this jumpsuit alone, but it needed a tank underneath and it looked a bit casual. In order to dress it up, I found a black mesh crop top with bell sleeves that added a feminine veil over the shoulders, without adding any bulk. The crop top was a great purchase too because it can be layered over a bunch of other dresses I already own.
Culottes are a tricky style to wear. If they are too short, it can widen a fuller middle and accentuate it, but when they graze the lower part of the shin, it mimics a midi skirt that elegantly displays the ankles. I opted for a simple nude stiletto heel to create a barely-there silhouette that wouldn't compete with the volume of the jumpsuit.
After a friend returned from Mexico with a gorgeous straw pom pom bag for me, I have been dying to use it. The bright colors are an instant mood-boost, and I love the lightweight straw that is practically screaming for a trip to San Tropez. With any all-black summer ensemble, a pop of color is a must to keep it light and bright.
I looked for a few other options online, in case you're looking for some of these items. Would you wear this? I think it's my new go-to for the season.