Like A. and S., I found compiling my list of top ten to be a worthy exercise. As I sifted through old photographs I was struck by how quickly my own taste can change. There are quite a few outfits that I was happy with at the time but that I have no desire to wear again. (Perhaps, like A., I will undertake some outfit revisions in the coming year.) On the other hand, there are some outfits that I still love. These are some of them.
This was — for lack of a better term — a weird year for me to start style blogging. My body changed a lot this year: a growing baby bump, post-partum jiggles and shifts, and nursing mom…er, chest expansion. My style this year was not solely a means of self-expression. It was also about practicality and accommodation and, on my best days, about creatively celebrating whatever body I happened to have at that moment. And since I gave birth to baby e. in July, it’s appropriate that half of my top ten are from during my pregnancy and half are post-partum.
A few passing observations:
- Yellow is my confidence color.
- I clearly missed high-waisted skirts during pregnancy.
- Unexpectedly, pregnancy confirmed skinny pants’ place in my regular wardrobe rotation.
- My post-partum/mom style has been a great opportunity to experiment with different shapes and proportions.
- I have not yet hit my limit for “too many” pairs of great wedges.
Academically, this upcoming year is supposed to be something of my coming of age as I finish off department requirements and move into independent research and writing. On the mom front, I’ll be starting to chase baby e. around and clean up even more messes. I’m excited to see how my style continues to evolve to reflect these changes, and I’m hopeful that I’ll get to share some of that with all of you.