What I Wore Wednesday – Love the One You’re With

I don’t know if it is the cold that comes with the raging toncilitus/laryngitis, or just where I’m at, but I’m struggling with not eating my emotions.  I don’t have the energy for my other coping skills, the baby is all stuffed up to, and well, let me please rationalize some more.

So, I’m trying to avoid the temptation of the peanutbutterychocolatey goodness, and start working on embracing my body the way it is right now.  I’m trying, hard, to develop my own sense of style for this size.  Right when I sort of had it all figured out for the size I was pre pregnancy, I went and got knocked up, and everything has changed.  I know, I know.  Four months post partum is not where it will be in the long run.  It is however where I am right now and since mumus and gunny sacks are not acceptable office wear, and I know I feel better when I like how I am dressed, I need to figure this out.

So, I’m trying a few things.  I’m consulting Twitter. I’m going to post pictures of myself here for the Internets to see. I’m asking for ideas. I’m also totally stealing from Tracy and I’m going to start doing a little What I Wore Wednesday.

This is me, in the bathroom at work because that is the only place I have access to a full length mirror.  I’ve worn this dress before with leggings and my cute pink shoes, but I found a belt that fits, so I wore that too.  I realize that it points out that all of my weight is hanging around in the area where once I held a baby.  I also think it is a fun look.  Am I wrong, do I just look pregnant? I really don’t want to bother with Spanx for work, but maybe I should.  I am careful to always accessorize well when I wear something like this, since I have this odd notion that some nice earring will make it so people don’t notice that I still look like I’m having twins.

Dress: Old Navy

Leggings: Target

Belt: Target

Shoes: Nordstrom

This is a dress that normally costs $268 that I got for $22 at Off 5th.  I got it for a wedding I have to go to on Saturday.  I will be wearing Spanx for the wedding, likely Spanx tights.  I think that even though one wear is enough, that I could keep wearing it to work with leggings.

So, what do you think? Does the dress/belt/legging thing work? Am I fooling myself? I want it to work because in theory, the tummy area will shrink more with time, and I wouldn’t have to replace a dress nearly as fast as say, a pair of pants.  I tried on skirts at Off 5th and I’m telling you that was perhaps the worst idea EVER.   Any brilliant What To Wear suggestions from others who have this particular problem area?

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  1. Posted October 26, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    I like both dresses, with and without leggings. But adding the belt to the top one does kinda make you look pregnant. Can we see it without the belt?
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  2. Posted October 26, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Well I think the first look is great on you. I love the cut and leggings and the belt…and the flats.

    The second dress is a good cut, great neckline and awesome color. I agree that a skirt right now would cut you strange.

    I know there must be many blogs our there talking about fashion that is body appropriate – Check-out Nina – she is amazing with her style…
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  3. nicole
    Posted October 26, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    great deal on the dress, love it! stopping by from wiww, i’d love for you to stop by and checkout the huge ($100) giveaway going on at my blog- xoxo nicole

  4. kristen
    Posted October 27, 2011 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    I love the first dress not only because it’s cute on you, but because I have the same one. :) I usually wear a scarf with mine to help balance out my top with my bottom. I also wear my fun plaid flats which I bought when we went to MOA before one of your BlogHer trips!

    The second dress is gorgeous. Aside from the color, the cut and ruffle detail along the neckline gives you a nice hourglass shape. I think you can easily use it for both dressing up and dressing down.

  5. Shennon Black
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    I like the scarf idea. You have a good basic structure with both of these. The dress is you friend. I might see what they would look like with something to bring the line more vertical. A long cardigan is my favorite. The neck line of the second is proof positive about your accessory idea. Yes you can go bold with necklace and earrings. Just like that neck line it will work.

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