Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Spring Style: Mama Wardrobe Refresh

 Let me preface this by saying that I am certainly not a fashion blogger, nor am I going to pretend to be one.  While I like to think I don't walk around in completely ridiculous clothing (at least outside of our house), I choose comfort over anything the majority of the time.  I feel like my this Winter my daily wardrobe has taken a step in the wrong direction.  The days I'm at home, I almost always spend in leggings and a sweatshirt, and getting ready for work always feels a little rushed so I tend to throw on whatever happens to be on top of my clean laundry pile - which is likely one of the three same cardigans I keep rotating, a black cami and black dress pants.  Black dress pants that are about two sizes too big at this point but I'm afraid to spend money on smaller sizes in case I gain my weight back.  Maybe if I stopped eating donuts I wouldn't have to worry about that. #yeahright #lifesshorteatdonuts  So, with the change of seasons coming soon (I see you, Spring!!), I think it's always nice to take a step back, evaluate what you already have sitting in your closet, and maybe spend a little less of your clothing budget on your kids and pick out a couple new things to refresh your wardrobe instead! :) 

Here are some of the looks I'm loving - practical pieces that can easily be dressed up or dressed down, as well as a mix of colors + neutrals.  These are all 100% things I would wear.

I have a slight obsession with J.Crew Factory.  

Statement necklaces are hands down my favorite kind of jewelry to wear, and most of the time the only jewelry I wear other than my wedding rings.  I have a small collection of those pencil skirts and they are the bomb.  They fit so well and are available in so many different colors + styles each season.  That chambray button down is one of my favorite articles of clothing in my entire wardrobe, so I highly recommend it!  I also included a cute blouse, my favorite v-neck tissue tee, and a cardigan that are all perfect for layering (I also recommend Target cardigans!).  I have Steve Madden Heaven flats in black that I wear to work every day, but am loving the slightly pointed toe on the ones above.  I used to wear more of a mix of heels and flats to work, but stopped wearing heels in my third trimester after my doctor suggested I stop... so, I've just kind of gotten used to the comfort aspect of flats.  I've gotten multiple pairs of the same SM ones because I end up loving them so much but have to say it does take a little bit to break them in (although I think my feet are more sensitive than the norm).  I've gushed about my love for those jeans before, but they are my favorite and I own more than one pair of the exact same kind like a crazy person.  Spring in New England doesn't necessarily mean sandal weather, so I picked out a cute pair of booties to include above, as well as my beloved Hunters that I wear more often that maybe I'd like to admit!

With just the items above, there are a handful of both comfortable + stylish outfits that you could put together!  I get so excited about the ability to mix + match, it's kind of silly.  I went back through some of my photos to see if I could find a few that I'm wearing these pieces in because I already own some, but am definitely lacking in the Linley photo department, go figure.  Here's the best I could find - one from Christmas where I'm wearing the chambray top with my leopard pencil skirt (same skirt as above, just a different print).

Obviously you don't have to be a mama to need a little Spring wardrobe refresh, but I'm just going to go out on a limb here and say that I'm willing to bet I'm not the only mama who is feeling she needs to put a little spring in her closet's step for the upcoming season! ;)  I'm going to make a conscious effort to think about my outfits a little more, but of course you will totally still find me wearing my Gap (ahem, maternity) leggings some days  - don't knock them 'til you try them, ladies!  Side note: who thought of "maternity leggings" in the first place?  Like, aren't regular leggings stretchy enough?  Some marketing genius who gets suckers like me to buy into the concept of maternity leggings, that's who. 

Do you have any Spring style must-haves?  I have my wish list made and am ready to treat myself to a new thing or two! ;)


  1. Love all of your picks, especially the necklace and coral skirt! I was excited when I read in one of your previous posts that you were trying Warby Parker out. I noticed you included them in your collage, but didn't really talk about it. Was it a success? I've been wanting to try it out so I'm curious how your experience was. Thanks! :)

    1. Thanks, Melissa! My trial pairs should hopefully be in my mailbox when I get home tonight. I'm so excited to see how it goes, so I will definitely share the results after I get to give them a try! :)

  2. Love those booties you have on here! Did you like your experience with Warby Parker? I have got to get to the eye doctor for a better prescription someday soon! My eyes were horrible before Lola, and they're so much worse now!

    1. My vision is worse now too! I'm still waiting on the trial pairs to come in the mail but will share my thoughts soon!


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