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Motherhood has changed my style – but not as much as Instagram has

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pink slouchy sweater, cropped black jeans and pink sneakers

pink Kate Spade cat phone case

casual spring outfit: black jeans and pink sweater

redheads can wear pink


his is yet another one of those outfits that I probably wouldn’t have even worn a year or so ago, let alone considered even remotely “blogworthy”. I mean, sneakers, Amber? For non-workout-related reasons? REALLY?

I, er, still don’t really consider this outfit “blogworthy”, just FYI. Just wanted to get that in first, before someone else can say it for me, in the same way that, if I have a zit on my head, say, I’ll start introducing myself by saying things like, “HI, I’M AMBER: WOULD YA LOOKIT THIS DAMN ZIT ON MY HEAD, LOL!” It’s a self-protection thing, I think. Or something like that, anyway.

So! I may not consider this outfit blogworthy, but I’m blogging about it anyway, because this is, after all, a diary rather than a “fashion” blog, and this outfit is exactly the kind of thing I’m wearing right now. This EXACT outfit, I mean. On repeat. At least a couple of times a week – more if Max doesn’t manage to spit up on it first.

There’s no denying that motherhood has changed my style, and made it a whole lot more casual. It’s partly because my shape has changed, obviously, and I’m still not quite ready to get back into my usual wardrobe, but it’s also because it’s just a whole lot easier to throw on jeans and sweater when you have approximately 2 minutes to get dressed in the morning, and you know that everything you’re wearing is probably going to end up back in the washing machine in a few hours, anyway. Thanks, Max!

(I’m trying to make myself sound all sensible and mum-like here, but I totally wore a cashmere sweater yesterday, and yes, Max totally threw up on it. Twice. WINNING.)

Motherhood may well have changed my style, though, but I actually think it’s Instagram that has to take most of the blame for my current “jeans and sneakers” phase. (The oversized sweaters, on the other hand, are 100% down to me not having lost the baby weight yet, though. I’ve actually been buying mine from the “Tall” section lately: because I’m not actually tall, they’re just that little bit longer and slouchier than the “Regular” sizes are, and OK, the sleeves are a little too long, but I tend to wear my sleeves scrunched up anyway, so…) The fact is, despite my best efforts to be otherwise, I’m highly suggestible when it comes to fashion: lately I keep seeing people in sneakers, and they always look awesome in them, so, being the sheep I am, I decided I needed a pair.

I actually got these ones from the ‘Juniors’ section (So, yeah, in this post I’m wearing a ‘Tall” sweater and “Junior”  sneakers, even although I’m neither tall nor “junior”): top tip for those of you with small-ish feet, here (I wear a UK 4, although I’ve been finding I have to size down in sneakers lately, for some reason, so these are a size 3) –  the “Juniors”  sizes are exactly the same as the corresponding adult sizes, BUT they’re generally a lot less expensive, because you don’t pay tax on them, so it’s a win all-round, really.

I was pretty sure they’d be one of those items I’d buy and then end up returning just as soon as I remembered that, hey, I’m not one of those Instagram girls who look good in casual clothes, QUELLE SURPRISE. Much to my surprise, though, I’ve been kind of loving them: and, OK, it’s true to say that this particular pair haven’t been getting a HUGE amount of wear just yet, but that’s mostly because pale pink suede + Scottish winter just don’t mix well, do they? I did, however, ALSO buy a pair of Adidas Superstars at the same time, and that pair have barely been off my feet, so, yeah, I’m apparently the kind of person who wears sneakers now  – and who has more than one pair of them, too.

It’s Instagram’s fault, though. It’s aalllll Instagram’s fault…

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Dorothy Perkins sweater

ONLY cropped jeans (similar)

Adidas Gazelle sneakers

3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli mini satchel*

Kate Spade cat phone case*

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  • Linda Libra Loca
    March 28, 2018

    It is always Instagrams fault! Being a mom has changed my style a lot too, not only with the extra weight, but just because your daily activities change so much. I mean, i still wear red lips almost daily, butI wouldn´t wear heels to the playground, which is where I send the majority of my free time these days.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

  • Myra
    March 28, 2018

    You’re just being sensible and pragmatic during the early months of motherhood. And still looking great – you can make any style work.

  • Kristian
    March 28, 2018

    You definitely look more put together than I did at 10-11 weeks postpartum! And you DEFINITELY are one of those women who look cool in this sort of outfit. Being a mom has definitely impacted my style (mostly in cooler weather. I live in skirt and shorts in the summer and that didn’t change) because it is figuring out what works for new daily activities. A process and one I’ enjoying seeing you navigate (and maybe picking up some advice I can use along the way!)

  • Brenda
    March 28, 2018

    Even though your style has changed, you’re still really stylish!! Love those pink shoes!

  • Barbara W.
    March 28, 2018

    I so want that phone case but refuse to switch to an iPhone just to get it. 😉

  • Paula F. Martins
    March 29, 2018

    Being a mother is an unforgettable experience, even more beautiful that way !!

    Everything combined perfectly!

  • Jana
    March 31, 2018

    As a Southern Californian I think you could be overdressed. We don’t have formal here just three levels of casual: Business Casual for weddings, Laker games or dinner out to a uppity-up restaurant in LA (which includes the latest Vans with a little black dress), Supermom Casual for our kids beach volleyball games and PTA meetings (which includes the latest Nike Sport skirt or skinny jeans with matching hoodie and sandals), and lastly Running Errands Casual (which includes old faded sweatpants with a shocking orange crop top, flip flops in a fetching shade of sky blue plus sunglasses to match, of course). Not a high heal in sight. But really, I think you look just right and very pretty in pink.

    • Amber
      April 1, 2018

      Haha, I wore heels all the time in California – the thing I love most about Cali is the fact that no one ever bats an eyelid, whatever you wear!

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