I have a partnership with Madewell for Instagram posts this holiday season and I was so into the outfit I wore for the first round, that I had to share it here too. Everything besides the jeans was gifted and this post isn’t sponsored, but the Instagram is… just for extra disclosure!
I know I sound like a broken record, but getting dressed is one of the moments of the day I dread the most now. This whole year has been a test in feeling comfortable in my own skin. I have better days than others, but I’m really working on it. The great news is that I feel so proud of what my body did this year, so that’s not lost of me. But between being home from the pandemic and then going through a pregnancy and then having a huge lifestyle change now that I have a little baby to care for… I am really like, “Well, what do I feel good in? What the heck is my personal style? What do I want to wear?” It’s a work in progress for sure.
Anyway, nothing I haven’t said before. BUT, I really loved this outfit. Like a lot. I also felt really good in it too, which is the most important part.
(I do want to note that the jeans I originally picked out for the Instagram did not look good with the top. (Often, I’m selecting items that haven’t been released yet via a PDF so I do my best to put together good outfits but sometimes it just doesn’t work out!) I ended up wearing my go-to pair of skinny jeans from Madewell that I’ve had (and loved) for years. Honestly, they don’t exactly fit. I can get them on, but they’re not comfortable. Just don’t want this to look like I fit in my pre-pregnancy jeans because I really don’t.)
This smocked top though is fabulous. Honestly, smocking is my dream right now. It ensures a perfect fit and it’s just so much more comfortable to me. I’d also consider this a nursing-friendly top. It’s easy to pull the top down to nurse or lift up from the bottom. I always use a muslin blanket for privacy, so the key for me is having a top I can maneuver quickly and (preferably) with one hand. This one does the trick.
I swear my closet is slowly morphing from all navy to all black…
Also a side note about this location. I took these on Drew University’s campus and it was a stunning display of autumnal colors. The campus truly lights up from all the foliage.