The holiday season, and its seemingly never-ending stream of parties, can be a mindfield when it comes to style. Add nursing and pumping to the mix, the stubborn post baby weight and getting ready for a holiday party can take all the fun out of it! Look no further than these 7 post pregnancy style tips, and you'll be making an appropriately festive entrance into your holiday bash.
The versatile satin-lapel layering piece may just be the best holiday present you can give yourself (early, of course). It will take you through multiple commitments – you’ll be suitably attired for a New Year’s Eve gala or an office soiree. The tuxedo jacket is dressy enough for formal events paired with a long, easy dress but takes on an air of cool when paired with jeans and your favorite nursing tank, see below. It comes in dozens of variations: cropped, shawl-collared, sleekly fitted and even in white. It cuts a mean, lean silhouette and it’s never out of style.
THE PARTY DRESS
The Wrap dress can literally do no wrong for the nursing mama. It allows easy nursing/pumping access, flatters all the right curves and it’s the IT trend of the year. Whether in knits, printed wovens or velvets, this piece has (hot) legs and will take you far. Below, Nicole Richie has gone a step further with her festive metallic frock.
Pleats please! Pleated dresses and skirts are everywhere this season and illusion of vertical stripes is universally flattering, which means most anyone can give these pieces a twirl. Try a pleated dress with a blazer at the office. A tuxedo jacket is another option for work or a night out. For a laid-back daytime look, go with a pleated skirt, sweater, opaque tights, and booties.
Make an entrance at the next fete with a touch of velvet. The texture alone says glam like nothing else and the plush fabric is majorly in this season. A touch of velvet is always a good idea, whether it’s a chic bag, a simple top, skirt or even a scarf. Make it a velvet jumpsuit and you’re officially cool and chic at once! Take a look at Free People’s True Lovin Velvet Jumpsuit from Nordstrom’s : Link. Fun tip, don’t be afraid to play around with color as velvet doesn’t only come in black.
Metallics act as the ultimate neutral on the holiday party circuit. Take a soft blush metallic hue to new heights with a pair of straight-leg gold pants styled with a feminine blouse à la Gwyneth Paltrow. If this is too much “look”, keep it simple and pair metallic separates with black and the fun accent is immediately grounded. C/Meo Collective has just the right soft hue, check it out here.
It's going to be one sparkling season (it always is). There’s more than one way to dress for a party, however, and adding a surprising flourish can easily transform a simple dress or jacket into something much more interesting. Whether it’s the clutch or the earrings, this is their time to shine!
DRESS IN LAYERS
If you’re still nursing and not at your goal physique the day of the party, layers are your best friend! Wear your nicer nursing top with a pair of gamby tuxedo pants, a smart jacket and a silk scarf and voila, you are ready to nurse or pump at any fete in style. Layers are also great camouflage if you’re not ready to bear it all in a curve hugging party frock.
When it comes to your holiday party–circuit wardrobe, building your look from the ground up has surprising sartorial benefits—not to mention the leg-lengthening advantages of certain vertiginous stilettos. Festive shoes are about sophistication and the most refreshing options for this season play with color, embellishment, and texture, injecting new life into the most tried-and-true party frock. Take a look at Jcrew’s options.
If comfort is a main concern (which it should be—there is nothing less sexy than the post-party hobble caused by feet screaming for relief), the low heel or flat options are endless. From high-wattage crystal toe embellishment to glimmering pom-poms and ornately decorated buckles, the appeal of eveningwear flats is all in the details.
Whether you prefer stilettos or platforms, classic styles or playful details like disco-ball encrustations and feather-and-ribbon ankle ties, the most festive shoes this season are above all ready to party.
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