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Adventures in Jumpsuits

IMG_9585As you may have noticed (by my Instagram) I’ve gone a little jumpsuit crazy this summer. The thing is, I feel awesome in them. I feel like a Charlie’s Angels Super Woman combo in a good, grown up way — it’s so fun to head out for the evening feeling like a fashionable bad ass!

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Of course not everyone is on board with this latest fashion trend. My husband thinks they’re awful as do many of the men I’ve unofficially polled. I went to a museum opening last week — my friend Jennie’s (also in a jumpsuit!) amazing work was included in the Amy Winehouse exhibit — and I was feeling pretty chic and cool until this older man standing next to me asked if I had been in the army. And then he followed that up by telling me I looked like I could do some manual labor or work on a kibbutz!!! Thanks buddy… so yeah, the jumpsuit is apparently controversial. They’ve been out of style for so long and it’s easy to remember our mothers or tv sitcoms or exceptionally dorky people wearing them in the past. Where do you stand? Action hero wardrobe? Or Fashion Victim?

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I wasn’t planning to become a jumpsuit fanatic until I saw this spotted version at Hatch and I simply couldn’t resist. I mean it’s adorable right? Since I am not pregnant it fits loosely — a comfortable, beachy summer look. From there I noticed this green Topshop on Wearing It Today (it’s become one of my favorite blogs). I loved how Laura was wearing this sexy, laid back jumpsuit with heels — perfect for semi-casual evenings out to dinner or drinks with friends. It was one of those things that I was surprised to find fit as well as it did and I’ve gotten nothing but compliments on it… from women. Umm… girls just wanna have fun?

For those ready to “jump in,” the following seem like good starting points.

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This J.Crew option is simple and sophisticated, especially in black.

COS black silk jumpsuit — lovely with heels but great with flats too. I might have to add this classic to my collection.

Another cute print from Hatch thats begging to go on a tropical vacation (and it’s on sale).

If you still think I’m crazy (I’m not offended, you’re in good company), I urge you to consider the beach romper, gateway drug of jumpsuits. This is actually how it all started for me. A few years ago when I had a newborn baby and a post baby body, I tried a couple of rompers for an upcoming beach vacation figuring that while the swimsuit situation was a lost cause, at least my cover ups could be cute. And I fell in love. Not only are rompers comfortable and great for chasing kids, they’re easier to throw on than shorts and a t-shirt and they’re actually very flattering. They’re breezy and floaty, they don’t cling around the middle too much, those flow-y shorts make your legs look a little skinnier. Seriously, I think you should try it. Here are a few of my favorites for throwing on over your swimsuit:

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Joie cargo romper – the extra coverage means you could stroll into town for an ice cream cone. A sweeter version too.

This Splendid one piece has a pretty beachy print. This one too.

Three Dots black jersey couldn’t be easier.

(If you noticed that these are all from Shopbop, that’s because they had the broadest selection. Topshop, Nordstrom, and JCrew (this one!) are all worth a look too).

No way? My final word of advice – fake it. My cousin Katie was wearing black shorts and a black top last weekend and I thought for sure it was a one piece. It looked great together, fit her perfectly since she’d bought each piece separately, and she never has to worry about the investment since each can be worn independently. The easiest way to find a combo is to buy a top and bottom together — I love how Hatch paired a matching tank and short for a romper look (the dotty one!).

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Top: Hatch Collection, Jeans: very old Built By Wendy, Shoes: Sperry, Necklace: Chewbeads

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Hatch Collection Fall 2014

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I adore Hatch Collection. I mean look at those women! How cute are they? Their Fall 2014 collection just launched and I’m in love with the new plaids, the soft pink and “mocha” colors, and as always, the styling is killer. If you aren’t shopping Hatch, you should still take a look at how they put the outfits together — the accessories they choose, the way they layer, it’s all fantastic. I love the semi-sheer tights, the aviators, and the classic loafers.

My first pregnancy, I bought some good maternity basics — great jeans, solid tees in lasting colors, a black maxi dress that worked for different occasions. I also ended up getting some styles that are pretty standard in the maternity world — tops with empire waists and ties in the back, wrap dresses, body-conscious ruching everywhere — that I would never, ever wear in real life. I wore them but by the time I gave birth I was ready to burn some of those things!

With my second pregnancy, I already had my staple wardrobe so I was able to justify having a little more fun with shopping and splurging on a few new things that I loved. I was done wearing things that weren’t my style. I’m just not one to wear clingy stuff without a bump so tight, stretchy clothes had no appeal to me. Enter Hatch. The fabrics are lovely, the shapes are darling and flattering (not the “sack” look you think they’d be), and they’re actually practical — lots of machine washable fabrics (including that silk looking stuff) and styles that travel from the playground to the office to cocktail parties.

They are also actually, truly, no kidding, maternity clothes you can wear when you’re not pregnant. Some of that comes from the fact that soft drapey layers are fashionable right now but it’s also the genius of the cuts. I wore my Slouch Dress to a wedding this spring with gold wedges and gold jewelry and I’m waiting for cooler weather when I can pair my Pull Over top with skinny jeans and boots. I may even add to my collection with something to wear now knowing that it’s an investment for my maternity wardrobe too. Their pieces are perfect for stylish moms given that you can really run around in the clothes, dress them up or down, and wash them at home.

What should you get? My recommendation is something “special” but also highly wearable. A simple dress (like the Mercer or the Darling) that can be worn casual or fancy around the holidays for instance. If you’re office bound during your pregnancy, you’ll be so happy to have utterly comfortable and professional pants or a top you can wear any day of the week.

Feeling super chic? Jumpsuit.

The ultimate wish list? Cashmere Joggers. That would be cashmere sweat pants. Heaven.

 

P.S. I happened to be in New York last winter when Hatch had a pop up shop and got to try on everything. But even shopping online, their customer service is great. Not sure about a fit or sizing? Give them a call. They’re super helpful!

P.P.S. If it isn’t obvious from my fledgling blogger status, this is not a sponsored post. I really just love them this much.

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