I'm a big fan of Nordstrom's complimentary personal stylist service. As much as I love wandering around the store and looking at all the beautiful clothes, right now it is just easier to park myself in the dressing room with the baby and let the salesperson bring everything to me. And even though the stylist initially brought in a bunch of outfits that I specifically said I wasn't interested in (premium denim, designer accessories, $100 sweaters), I left feeling very satisfied with my purchases. Everything is comfortable, washable (dry-cleaning does not make sense when you are carrying around a baby all day) and does a pretty good job hiding what I want to hide. I didn't really get all that much (13 items total, and that includes shoes), but everything mixes-and-matches so I won't be wearing the same outfit every day. And it allows me to be comfortable without falling into the whole frumpy new mom look (I've had friends warn me that if they ever catch me in frump wear, they'll stage an intervention -- and I would totally want them to!).
For pants, I went with two styles from Nordstrom's Zella activewear line -- the 'Balance' reversible pants and the 'Live-In' leggings. Technically, these are gym pants. But they are surprisingly versatile, and I know they will still fit (albeit a littler loser) after I lose the weight. I don't plan on working out in these pants for the time being, but later on (when I can fit into normal pants again) they will be perfect for the gym.
|Zella 'Balance' reversible pants.|
|Zella 'Live-In' leggings.|
|Zella 'Z T 3' tee.|
|Zella 'Easy Breezy' Hoodie|
|Zella 'New Intersect' jacket.|
|Frenchi 'Dolman Sleeve' tee|
|BP 'Runway' boot.|
|New Balance sneaker (similar to my new pair).|
My final Nordstrom purchase was a Hinge Princess Seam camisole in sand, to wear under everything. I love love love this cami and kinda wish I had a few more (it comes in five other colors!), but I'll have to make due with the two Satin Strap Lace Trim camis that I got at White House Black Market (one in black; one in pearl dust). I do like these a lot too, just not as much as the Hinge one.
|Hinge 'Princess Seam' cami|
|White House Black Market 'Satin Strap Lace Trim' cami.|
|Banana Republic black pencil skirt|
And then, finally, my random shoe purchase -- the Me Too 'Lysette' flats (from DSW) in pewter metallic. I don't know what I'll wear these shoes with, but I had to have them because I love ballet flats, and I love metallic shoes (I have metallic pumps, strappy metallic wedges, metallic flips flops, and now these flats).
Unfortunately, I have not been able to find jeans or any other normal pants that fit me right now. That's OK, though -- I like the leggings and stretch pants. I'll probably be sick of them by spring, so hopefully I'll be able to fit into my pre-pregnancy pants by then.