This post is shared in partnership with Madewell and Eyeconic. All products choices and opinions are my own.
You can find Part 1, here :) Let me start by saying, 1) I am not a fashion blogger ;) and I'm definitely not trying to be a model, and 2) I am not a fashion expert; I'm a mom who is finding the importance in new things like dressing well and quality over quantity (I'm a hardcore outfit repeater). With that said, dress yourself well. Notice I did not say, dress to impress. There is a time and a place for that, but what I'm talking about it dressing well for yourself in the day-to-day. Wear what's flattering for your body. Wear what makes you feel good, and realistic while being mom.
I've often fallen into the cheap-fast-fashion trap, and just buy what's super cute with a tiny price tag, but then I usually end up wearing those items like 1-3 times and then they're done. It's either no longer trendy, didn't hold up being washed, or just fell apart because #cheap. I'm finally at a place in life where I truly believe in less is more and quality over quantity. Let's be real, I wear the same outfits over and over (and over), so why would I need a ridiculous amount of cheap clothes? It ends up being a total waste anyways, so I'm gravitating more towards pricier items that I know I'll love time and time again, and will last through lots of wear. It's so worth it.
I wouldn't say I've intentionally created a capsule wardrobe, but looking at my closet... it's getting there! Before we decided on DJ joining the Army, we'd seriously talked about doing quality capsules for our family, but never set aside the time (or budget) to really go for it. Now I sort of just fell into it, and I'm so grateful!
I partnered with Madewell to show a few items that I think are flattering for most body types postpartum and beyond. I also looked for things that were nursing friendly, even though they aren't labeled for maternity or nursing. Most of these items I plan to wear with my growing bump as well (double-win). PLUS, did you know they now make maternity jeans?! I literally can't wait to get my hands on a pair. I'll be living in them all of Fall and Winter (and let's be real... maternity jeans postpartum are amazing too)... so Spring too ;)
I've also learned the importance of quality eyewear. I've gone years with just the cheap and trendy picks I can order online, and not that there's anything wrong with those, but my baby likes to pull mine off every chance she gets. No joke. Anytime Nora's chubby little hands get near my face, my glasses are swiped right away! It's really annoying actually.
But, they're quality and beautiful and I've never loved eyewear as much as I do the ones I have now! I've always wanted some prescription sunglasses, but could never justify the expense. With being mama and spending much more time outside for my little one, they became necessity. I couldn't get away with just wearing sunglasses over my glasses in the car anymore... because park dates became a thing, and stroller walks... and the list goes on, but my eyes couldn't handle it. I love Eyeconic's website because they allow you do a "virtual try-on" so you don't have to wait for an appointment or leave your home to find what you like. I loved this because Nora was seriously playing at my feet when I did mine.
Both glasses are from Eyeconic.com | Glasses: NIKE 36KD Sunnies: Cole Haan CH6008
All-in-all, I think it's important to create balance. Leggings and tee's are totally great for when we're running around the house, or a quick trip to grab groceries or what have you, trust me. I'm all about it. But I noticed I was falling into the trap of never feeling good about my appearance, and always feeling frumpy. When I allowed myself to splurge a little on things I genuinely love and will wear time and time again, that also made me feel so confident and flattered... it was a no brainer. So glad I made the switch and stopped buying cheap/trendy things.
My tips when hunting for the perfect items as a mother: neutral, nursing friendly if necessary (for me it will be in just a few months), flattering for my body type, can be mixed with other things - not just for one single outfit, versatile for the seasons (just add a cardigan or pair with jeans instead of shorts). Another tip: I have a couple Madewell items that I scored for like a quarter of original price (probably less) at local consignment shops! My favorite pair of Madewell boyfriend jeans I found on a rack for $15. It was amazing.
Good luck shopping mama! I know it can be hard. But you're worth it.