June 07, 2013
Outfit for a playdate
I'm addicted to dresses. I love them! My favorite pieces are dresses and my wardrobe is dominated by them. They're the quickest, simplest trick to fooling people that you are somewhat pulled-together. And in actuality, they're super easy, socially-acceptable, adult one-pieces. No smoke or mirrors. No toiling over coordinating pieces. Just throw them on and go... unless you are nursing and most of your dresses won't work.
During this process of dressing my postpartum body to maintain breastfeeding accessibility, I've grown so tired of separates. And even more tired of dresses with button-fronts. My entire pre-pregnancy/post-adolescent wardrobe history includes a stockpile of safety pins to clip shut the button-fronts that inevitably gap. Even when I size up, I have the dreaded boob gap. So I've employed pins to keep everything under wraps.
I'd rather be pinned shut than risk flashing some skin to a classroom full of 18-22 year olds! But when you're breastfeeding and need to be able to quickly calm a hungry baby, or pump during a very short work break, extra obstacles are ill-advised. With my nursing-enhanced bustline, I am pretty loathe to wear v-necks or scoops deep enough to allow for access from above. Rarely are such necklines modest enough to fit my comfort zone and be professionally appropriate.
So my current solution has been to wear all those dresses that are still slightly too short (due to the aforementioned enhanced bustline "winnie-the-poohing" garments upward) with leggings. It's too hot for tights but somehow not too hot for leggings. I don't know if I feel comfortable wearing leggings in the classroom (where I will return on Monday for a condensed summer session!), but they fit the bill for most situations.
I wore the above ensemble, consisting of a See by Chloé dress that is currently closer to tunic length on me with a J. Crew cardigan, a pair of leggings, and flats, to a playdate. I went to the home of my friend who has a similarly aged son. She snapped a few photos of me with my baby and I did the same for her. We had lamented during a previous moms' group meeting that we're usually behind the camera, taking photos of the baby with everyone else. Having some (non-phone) pictures of us with our babies is something we'll both treasure! I can't believe it's already been six months. Time has flown!
And although I have no idea when I will be done worrying about maintaining a nursing-friendly wardrobe (the World Health Organization recommends two years), I am trying to find any and every option that lets me still dress like myself.