After two babies, a lot of what I used to wear at the office just doesn't fit me anymore. It's not just the weight fluctuations - my rib cage, for example, expanded to accommodate growing a baby. Other clothes that still fit aren't conducive to having to pump at work. And since I can't rock my maternity shorts at work, I feel like I'm regularly on the hunt for pieces that manage to be both professional and flattering.
Work-wear gets a bad rap for being boring and bland (not to mention frequently uncomfortable), but if you have to look professional full-time, that's a lot of hours to spend in clothes you mildly hate. And there's no reason to do it that when more and more brands crafting interesting, office-appropriate clothing with a commitment toward sustainable and ethical production. So as I try to build up my grown-up wardrobe, here are some of the items and brands on my wish list:
For an easy, every day look, I love this boxy blouse by town clothes, paired with of mercer's skinny black trousers. I would probably live in this combination.
I also like this dramatic color-blocked dress from of mercer, and think it would pair nicely with this cozy but still structured cardigan from babaa (love the bright yellow).
For warmer days, this linen wrap dress from conscious clothing looks pulled together while still keeping an easy-breezy feel to it. And how sweet is the floral print on this button-up from reformation?
More staples that I could see entering heavy rotation: this silk tee from elizabeth suzann and a polished but oh-so-comfy black skirt from the champion of everyday, reliable clothing, everlane (with pockets!!).
I can't get over this gorgeous, raw silk jumpsuit by ozma. It would simplify the morning routine to just throw this on and run out the door; you can imagine it going from work to dinner meeting to drinks perfectly; top it with a blazer and it would pass muster in a more conservative office environment too. Of course, knowing me, I'd spill on it instantly, and sticky little fingers are an unavoidable part of life right now, but a girl can dream, right?