Let’s ignore the fact, for the moment, that this is my very favorite color, and focus instead on all the other great stuff this top has going for it. It can be worn in both maternity and while nursing (and even if pumping, I suspect). It looks super cozy and warm, but still professional and flattering. It has a modest neckline, and comes in three colors, sizes 0-5. And, it’s machine wash/tumble dry. Lovely. It’s available online-only at Nordstrom for $115. Isabella Oliver Avebury Nursing Top
Eileen Fisher is another brand that, I’m learning, has an entire line of washable items marketed as such. This jersey shift dress looks simple but, I suspect, is well made enough that it’ll hold up well for quite some time, which hopefully makes up for the fact that they’re all a bit pricier than your standard ponte dress. This one is $198; there’s a lovely plus-size one with 3/4 sleeves that is marked down to $130 (and a slightly different one at $142). Eileen Fisher Washable Sleeveless Jersey Shift Dress
We’ve mentioned this popular sheath dress before, but I like the fun stripey version, available in green and brown, a fun black-and-white abstract pattern, and even a few fun patterns. It’s well priced, available in plus sizes, petites, and talls, and machine washable. Score. The pictured version is $79, full price. Lands’ End Stripe Welt Pocket Sheath Dress
Button-front shirts are classics for pumping. However, in addition to the possibility of gaping problems, button-fronts can be difficult to care for — and the iron-free versions may be treated with chemicals (formaldehyde, etc.) that you want to avoid while you’re in the pregnancy corridor and around babies. I like the look of these pin-tucked, button-front shirts from L.L. Bean, which are easily washed, and come in a number of lovely colors. I’d wear it with a structured piece to offset the casualness — a blazer or a pencil skirt would both look great. The blouse is $40, available in both regular and petite sizes XS-XL. L.L. Bean Pima Button-Front Pin-Tucked Top, Long-Sleeve
Is your winter coat washable? Have you otherwise changed your coat preferences after kids? We’ve talked about how to buy a great winter coat on Corporette, but we haven’t talked about how that changes once you’ve had kids. Reader L wrote in, noting:
I love the Washable Wednesday feature! These days, machine washable is the number one feature I look for in clothing. Could you do a round up of professional, machine washable winter coats (i.e., warm enough to wear in the Northeast)?
Innnnteresting. Here’s a fun story about me: after my first was born, as mentioned, I was way bigger than I’d been at any point in my life before — joy. I tried to muster up some groove and figured, I can have an AMAZING winter coat, no matter what size I am — I want to love it every time I walk out the door. It’ll make sense even though I work from home, and I’ll still be able to be fashionable and feel beautiful. So I spent some money on a nice Cinzia Rocca wool/cashmere coat, in a lovely dark green color. It looked nice with jeans — it looked nice with dresses. I could have fun with colors and wear my purple Loro Piana scarf with it, or I could go darker and wear black with it. It was perfect.
Fast forward to a few weeks after getting the coat, and it was my turn to pick my son up from daycare. I arrived, happily wearing my coat, and went about the usual routine of collecting his stuff. As per usual, I gave him a healthy snack to help his mood before dinner. The healthy snack was one of those yogurt mashes… and it did not help his mood. At some point on the 15-minute walk home, it turned into a Major Toddler Meltdown, and the yogurt, somehow, was everywhere — covering him, his little face, his coat, his stroller. It was pretty cold outside so I focused on getting him home, gritting my teeth the whole way. When we got to the vestibule of our building, he leapt out of the stroller and turned to me, arms outstretched, still shuddering/sighing/sobbing. Without thinking about it, I scooped him up into one of those mama hugs — the ones where you’re part sorry for him that he was in such a miserable Meltdown place, and part so so relieved that it seems to have finally run its course. And THEN I remembered: I was still wearing my new beloved wool coat — and he was still totally covered in yogurt.
Sigh. SO: I can see why washable coats might be a thing mamas would want. So let’s round ’em up. Before we get to them, though, I do have a few other ideas: [Read more…]
Loft has a number of cute things lately, including this spotted skirt dress, which is that rare mix of fun and sophisticated. I like the dark colors, the modest hem and high neckline — I think it would look great with knee-high boots and a chunky cardigan on a casual day, or a blazer and pumps on a more important day. And, of course, it’s washable (70% rayon, 30% tencel), and $69.50 full price, in regular and petite. Loft Spotted Skirt Dress
Psst: Here’s a plus-size option.