The Mommy Style File: Forever 21...err...31
A: Great question! I have ventured in there with my kid in a stroller and have almost been trampled by the high school identikits that dwell in the Ikea of the clothing world. The biggest thing: avoid anything too tight, too short or too thin. Mid-thigh is cool if you have the legs to pull it off or are wearing leggings/tights. You need to choose your material carefully- some will pill, some will snag, and some will shrink like a cashmere sweater in hot water. Check out what I found on the racks; baby tested, mother approved.
Take a cue from Blake Lively; although we can't afford her pleated metallic Gucci skirt, we can copy the look:
|Short Accordion Pleated Skirt- $15.80|
A knit cardigan is essential for fall; open, closed, over the shoulders...it even doubles as a baby blanket if you forgot to dress your child appropriately (ok, no...but in a pinch, yes). This one is a bit more expensive than what you would expect but the material holds up (it is acrylic, which washes better than a cheap cotton). Pair it with a steal of a skinny belt cinched at the waist and you can't go wrong.
|Chunky Mixed Knit Cardigan- $24.80|
|Patent Waist Belt- $2.50 (available in black, green, turquoise, camel, red, fuchsia, burgundy, coral, and peach)|
A scarf can elevate an outfit from thrown-together to put-together. Snag one of these cable knit, bright colored pieces to add a pop of color to your neutral fall wardrobe!
|Solid Purl Knit Scarf- $14.80; available in blue, orange, lime and oatmeal|
Ok, before you look at me like I am insane, hear me out on this next one. Body con is short for body conscious, which we all are...but it means be completely self-conscious of yourself in this item because you can see every ripple, bulge and dimple. I don't recommend them unless you are a sample size; HOWEVER, you can use it as a jumping off point. For example, wear this body con dress with a skirt over it and a blazer. You get the benefit of a virtually "untuckable" shirt that camouflages your muffin top and creates a smooth canvas to pair with a tummy-tucking, high-waisted skirt. WARNING- this dress is cheap in both construction and price...thin and not going to last a decade. Think of it as one of the white Old Navy layering tanks that you purchase every year. It comes in black, teal, coral and mustard.
|3/4 Sleeve Body Con Dress- $8.80|