I've been in a fashion rut. Before I got pregnant, I told myself that I will never fall in a fashion rut but that's exactly where I found myself after giving birth. I couldn't wear my usual fashionable clothes anymore because I had to breastfeed or the buttons might get loose and my son might end up swallowing them or the print might give my son rashes and the list just goes on and on. I had to settle with a regular shirt and jeans/skirt uniform which is not normal for me. I like dressing up and wearing accessories but all those things took a backseat when my son was born. His safety and comfort are now my priorities.
Today, as my son is getting older and more mature, I am transitioning my wardrobe back to where it was before...maybe even better. I'm much older now so a lot of my older getup wouldn't work anymore. I was browsing through my email archives and found a few photos that have given me inspiration to build my Summer Capsule Wardrobe. Yes, the capsule wardrobe bug has bit me. I've started doing it last year. It just makes more sense to me in terms of money and practicality but we will delve into that soon.
For now, here are the photos. All photos are from Female Network.com. These are old photos, by the way. They are from 2011 but a lot of them involve classic pieces that you can still find today. I'm not necessarily after the exact pieces but the way they are mixed together and presented. When I look for clothes, I consider comfort, flexibility and the materials used as well as the make. I buy investment pieces because I cannot be bothered to shop leisurely anymore. My clothes need to last a long time and I need to be able to run in them, do errands, carry my son without flashing strangers and just move around comfortably with a 2-year old and not worry about anything coming loose or showing out.
I know brown is usually meant for fall but we don't have fall in the Philippines so a light brown is okay with me during summer especially for office/indoor wear. For this one, I like the cut of the dress.
This one looks super super cool and refreshing to wear. It's a simple dress that can be accessorized however you like. For a busy mom like me, it's either a necklace or a belt or both depending on how the dress fits my waist and hips. But this cut is always present in my wardrobe.
I haven't tried these puff (correct me if I'm wrong as I'm debating whether this was a puff or a bishop) sleeves yet. I think they might be too much for my petite frame but I guess it's all in the cut. I think this is a very mommy-friendly dress especially if you are meeting friends for coffee but meeting the kids and husband later.
If dresses are not your thing, this shorts-long blouse combo is a great alternative. I probably wouldn't wear that top because the neckline is not right for me but the whole idea is good. Fashion and comfort in one outfit.
This is probably my no-brainer attire. I just grab a classic dress and cardi and go. The dress is great for walks with my son and husband. The cardi can be used when it gets cold in restaurants or in the mall. I wouldn't wear those heels though. I won't be able to chase my son in them.
I like solid colors and clothes because I can just add some extras like that cuff or a knock-em-dead shoe (but not this one, again hello sprained ankles!) . Speaking of shoes, I've been having a lot of trouble finding shoes.
This outfit is one for the mall as I know I won't last in this heat in that sweater. Great to wear if you have a car or riding a cab but not when you plan to ride the jeep.
Love these long, thin blouses. They just look so put-together for me. They don't even need accessories.
This outfit works for me because I don't like wearing shorts often but when I do, I want to look my age so I need to find the right top to go with the shorts. I think a 3/4 sleeved blouse and some pearls will be appropriate for a mom like me.
Who doesn't like a nice, cool summer dress? When in doubt, just go with a dress. I wouldn't wear this on a windy day though. = )
And finally (number 11), I couldn't resist! I had this exact skirt when I was in my 20's. I still like floral skirts but I look for prints that are age-appropriate. This one for me is too juvenile.
So, that's it! I hope I helped you moms get in touch with your fashionista side again.