I have nothing to wear. When I look through my pre-maternity clothes, all the tops are too tight through the mid-section and are unflattering. My pants are too tight too. I can’t even get them buttoned. I’m trying not to be too hard on myself. It was only 10 weeks ago that I had another human being inside my belly. She stretched things out.
I’ll be going back to work in less than two weeks (yikes!), and there are two major considerations that come to mind as I contemplate adding a few new things to my wardrobe.
1. The tv show What Not to Wear. To save expenses, Tim and I got rid of our cable several months ago. We got a Roku and subscribed to Hulu Plus instead. This, combined with Instant and regular Netflix service and the non-cable channels we get for free, has worked well for us. For some reason, even though we aren’t paying for cable, we can still get a few cable channels as well as the network channels CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox. We get the Food Network, the History Channel, TBS and TLC.
Needless to say, I’ve watched many an hour of these channels while on maternity leave. I’ve seen more episodes of Say Yes to the Dress, Cake Boss and A Baby Story than I care to admit. I’ve also watched many episodes of What Not to Wear. However, I’m not as embarrassed to watch this show in marathon. It’s educational! When I went to Marshall’s two weeks ago (thanks for watching the baby and letting me get out of the house for a few hours, Tim), I looked at clothes and asked myself, “What would Stacy and Clinton think?”
While I enjoy the show for the complete-makeover-before-and-after aspect and the emotional transformations, I genuinely like most of the “after” styles and have learned some good tips from the “experts.”
2. I’m a nursing mom. So, not only do I have the voices of two tv celebrity fashion experts running though my head when I shop, but I also have to factor in nursing practicality and boob accessibility. While pregnant during the hot summer, I liked being able to just throw on a simple dress for work. However, pulling a dress up to your chest to nurse doesn’t really work when out at a restaurant. It’s not particularly practical for pumping at work either. So, when looking for dresses to wear this fall, they don’t need to be specialty nursing dresses, but the top does need to have “pull down” ability.
I like this top from The Gap: