One of the downsides of pregnancy is that your wardrobe significantly shrinks. I try to make some of my non-maternity clothes work as long as possible, but many get tossed out of the closet the moment I find out I’m pregnant because I’m already too big for them. So I’m always happy to have a few staple items (maternity or not) that are wearable in a variety of ways while simultaneously being soft, stretchy, and flattering to an expanding waistline.
Since Preethi, my sister, Janssen, and I are all pregnant at the same time, we decided to do a little feature today about everyday closet staples that can work for a pregnant body (or not) in a variety of ways. (and if you remember, I did a similar feature in December with my little black dress).
My pick this time was my jersey knit pencil skirt from Target. Soft, stretchy, flattering, and infinitely remixable. Win, win, win, win. So here are five ways that I’m currently remixing and wearing my pencil skirt.
|sailboat tee: made by me (shirt from walmart), sandals: target (old)|
I just recently discovered that a simple graphic tee can make a pencil skirt (which is fairly dressy, in my mind) very casual. Throw on some simple sandals and a messy bun or top knot, and you have the perfect outfit for lounging around the house, running errands, or going to the park.
I’ve also created a similar outfit with my neon pink v-neck tee from Target, and it’s just as casual, but super trendy and so fun and bright.
|button up: target (altered), belt: thrifted, wedges: target, earrings: tiffany’s|
While I don’t have a desk job anymore, I did for many
years before Peanut came along, and this is the kind of thing I would
wear to work. A simple and comfortable button up, sensible but pretty
shoes, a belt to define my waist (although there’s not much of that left
these days), and a relaxed ponytail make the perfect outfit for looking
put together but still being comfortable while sitting at a desk all
3. Date Night
|shirt & cardigan: target, shoes: steve madden via plato’s closet, necklace: gift from my sister|
For us, date night is usually very casual (unless it’s an anniversary or something), but I still want to feel put together and cute. With a little pattern mixing, a brightly colored boyfriend cardigan, bold jewelry, and simple curled hair, I’m going a step above casual while being a little bit fun. Perfect, in my mind.
|cardigan: cozy fashions, belt: thrifted, leggings: target, glitter flats: payless, necklace: gift from Philip|
I think one of the most important tricks when learning to remix is to learn how to wear pieces in different and unexpected ways. This gives a piece of clothing variety — anyone can wear a skirt on their bottom half, but pulling it up to your chest and turning it into a tunic gives it many more remixing possibilities. With leggings, a bright cardigan, a belt, some sparkly shoes, and a fun braided hairdo, it’s a perfect weekend outfit.
|chevron top: c/o daisy rae, clutch: thrifted, necklace: gift from Janssen, shoes: kohls, red lipstick: maybelline “are you red-dy”|
Before I learned the art of remixing, this is the type of outfit I typically envisioned for a pencil skirt — fancy. Since the skirt is so bold, I paired it with a neutral patterned satin top, a delicate necklace, neutral shoes, and a simple clutch. And then I threw caution to the wind and added a swipe of bold red lipstick and the outfit was complete. Perfect for any kind of dressy event.