the return of summer brights

June 9th, 2014


At about month eight of my pregnancy, I started getting fixated on this dress

Here’s the thing: even though I was super excited about all the changes my body was going through and the amazing new baby that was being created… dressing while pregnant was a bummer.

The fact is, no matter how hard you try, you have to accept the fact that many, many cute clothes just do not fit you for nine months.  No matter how hard you scour, most non-maternity clothes just aren’t an option. 

Again, I was more than happy to make the trade off — but I was still a little bummed.

So when I saw this Mara Hoffman dress, I immediately put it on my post-baby shopping list.  And that moment that I finally placed the order?  It felt really, really good.

(Sadly, I waited a little too long, and my size was sold out, so I ended up going up a size, which is why I belted the dress in these photos.  If the XS had been available, it would have been cute unbelted too!)

My body is definitely different than how it was before the baby, but at the moment, I’m just grateful to be able to have fun with clothes again.  Even if I’m not in pre-baby shape yet, my options are so much wider than they were a few months ago, and it’s fun to explore fashion in a way that I used to take for granted!  Mara Hoffman has been a favorite of mine for many seasons of New York Fashion Week — her bold colors and stunning prints are basically my idea of sartorial heaven.  So if this is how I ease my way back into non-maternity clothes?  I can’t really complain one bit.

Mara Hoffman dress, T.J. Maxx bag (similar here), ASOS belt (old, similar here), Hermes, Tiffany & Co. and J. Crew bracelets (similar here, here and here).

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Pri // Jun 9, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    I love it! So Aztec-ian!!

  • 2 Stacy Dill // Jun 11, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Love the outfit! If you haven’t found a good, accessible alterations person, you might try that as an option. If your next baby is a daughter, especially you will be glad to have a good seamstress ( cheerleading outfits, special dresses for dances, getting more wear out of items by having them repurposed…). You look great and healthy!

  • 3 Ailee // Jun 12, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    I love that dress so much. The only Mara Hoffman piece I own is a swimsuit and I think I need to add some of her summer pieces to my wardrobe too.

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