the anatomy of an impractical outfit

Tuesday, July 31

Shoes: F21, Skirt: Urban Outfitters, Top: H&M, Sunglasses: c/o BonLook
When I think of mom-friendly clothing, honestly the first thing that pops into my head is that favorite soft grey tee. It can't hold a flattering shape to save its life, but quite impressively it's mastered the art of disguise when it comes to smashed pears and blended spinach, so you're pretty much set for life in that thing. That, paired with an obnoxious pair of pepto-bismol pink sweat pants and beaded sandals that only a crawler could love, and you my friend are a goddess -- a radiant vision of practicality and comfort, beloved by ... those that already love you. This is my uniform. On those days when naps will only be taken in my arms and yes, sometimes in public when everyone I know decides to go grocery shopping.
Then over here in exhibit B, you have the last thing that pops into your head when you think of mom-friendly clothing: a pleated silky blue maxi skirt. Easily, the worst thing you could wear if you plan on spending any time at all on your hands and knees chasing after 9-month old Columbus jr. Also platform shoes and a white shirt that does not easily disguise the evidence of sweet baby shoulder kisses during snack time. An outfit like this remains somewhat, if not totally impractical. But the skirt is, after all, the prettiest shade of blue, and it does SWOOSH when you walk {you know you love a good swoosh}, and it can be fascinating to crinkle if you happen to have extremely tiny hands. That's gotta count for something.

78 comments:

Pretty lady said...

swooshing, oh yes! gotta love it

Candace Stevenson said...

hey, fashion is all about taking risks. This is one I'd totes take if I had a crawler to chase

Lovely Little Rants

Makaila said...

mom friendly or not, it is sooo worth rocking, which you do!! love this outfit. from the top to the bottom.
-m-

Elisha(: said...

Gosh, that skirt is lovely! (:

Amy said...

I think it looks fab!

http://coffeebeansandbobbypins.blogspot.com/

Jessica Broyles said...

hahaha! I love you! (is that weird? Sorry) I love this outfit... sometimes practicality can suck it. And sometimes looking glamorous can suck it. You look AMAZING in the blue skirt, either way!

www.highheelstosneakers.com

Stesha said...

I love that you still dress so fabulous! you looks amazing as ever!

xxS

Joanna said...

Syd, I'm a Mama and I continue to wear my pretty dresses and silky materials. I figure they're only clothes and who cares if they get ruined right?

www.ModaMamaBlog.com

Lucie said...

You are so beautiful! And that shade of blue is just perfect :) Keep rockin' those impractical outfits Mama!

chrissy said...

Hey, it's comfy, right?! That's all that matters! :)

Chrissy
www.palatineave.blogspot.com

the lovebirds said...

Gorgeous! Your baby boy is one lucky guy to have such a pretty mom! Gray t-shirt or blue maxi, you rock it all! xo

Dani @ InspireMotivateLove said...

Amazing! I love this entire outfit! I can't decide if I love the polka dot top or the skirt more? They are both perfect!
Who says mom's can't dress to impress? :)

It's A Love Story said...

YAY im so happy your doing outfit post again! I love it!

Amanda @ Eloquent English said...

The skirt looks much better in your images than the UO site. It looks lovely. It may be impractical with a baby on your hands, but my oh my it's still wonderful! xoxo A-

Megan, The Frugalista Diaries said...

love that skirt sydney!
Xo Megan

Carrie said...

Super cute! I love your skirt! Not a mommy yet, but I can see what you mean with this outfit!
Style in the City

Lottie said...

The swooshing makes it well worth it.

Love this outfit!

Lottie said...

The swooshing makes it well worth it.

Love this outfit!

ZADIN said...

You look wonderful and you are so right, it always gets complicated when we think about kids and outfits... comfort and versatility come first.

www.zadinblog.com

Anna Louisa said...

I'm pregnant and already starting to shop based on what will be baby-friendly...this was the perfect reminder that style doesn't have to be sacrificed :)

www.anna-bird.com

Sandy a la Mode said...

i love this look! b/w polka dots against cobalt blue is amazing!!

Lace And Tulle said...

love the top!!! love the shoes

Anne said...

Love the outfit! I say rock it on the days when you can! It must be a universal law that when in sweats a person must see everyone they know at the grocery store. No avoiding it!

Lucia Flores said...

That maxi skirt is amazing. LOVE the color & the fitting! Gorgeous combo with the top & heels, so lovely! And those glasses are out of control, so gorgeous, I love it! You look stunning!

Wishing you an excellent week!

XOXO from the Netherlands,
Lucia


http://luciafloresdesigndiary.blogspot.com

Grace said...

I love that maxi skirt! Props to you for being a stylish mama :)

Grace
http://gracep-photos.blogspot.com

Andrea said...

Practical or not, your outfit is gorgeous! I love the electric blue skirt!! ;)
xo Andrea
Wonderful and Marvelous

Maria @ GLD said...

You say I won't be able to look that great everyday when I become a mom? :(

Elsha Bodily said...

You are the cutest mommy :) Can I just be like you when I grown up

Ashlee said...

I always enjoy posts like these so much! I LOVE this outfit! It may be impractical but it sure is pretty and who doesn't love a good swoosh?!

The Pantry Drawer said...

i love the swoosh!

www.ThePantryDrawer.com

Sheree said...

obsessed! love that top with the skirt..a great mix and those shades are fabulous on you!
Sheree x
www.itsnotthatdeep.com

Malea said...

Those are some very cute shoes! Love the color combination!

maleasfabcollection.blogspot.com

monkeyshines ♥ said...

beautiful skirt!

Bises,
monkeyshines
http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

Kacie said...

Great outfit! Even if it's not baby friendly :)

www.daisyraeboutique.com
www.kacieskloset.blogspot.com

Natasha Fatah said...

That skirt is so lovely!

~Natasha Fatah~
~Natasha Fatah~

Heidi said...

Love a good swoosh! That skirt and you are so pretty. -Heidi
http://fabricandfrosting.blogspot.no/

Always Maylee said...

I mean, any skirt with a good swoosh is worth the risk. Totally in love with this entire outfit, practical or not. :)

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Amor said...

gotta love that skirt! :)

Amor GLAMOROZA

Kayla fromSealedWithAKay said...

I do love to swoosh!

jenna marie said...

I've been looking for exactly that skirt, thanks for posting this Sydney!! I just called {to skip out on paying shipping}and ordered one, gotta love the internet. PS - you make this dress look way cuter than the images on their blog. =)

Kristina said...

Holy Hottie! I love this outfit Syd! And yes I totally agree a good swoosh and crinkles get a gold star from the baby!

Becoming Refined said...

Although it's not a practical mom look, you still look great, no matter the situation.

Melanie Marie said...

I LOVE that skirt. Such a beautiful blue!

Melanie
Style to Stage

modern Suburbanites said...

you are so adorable!

www.modernsuburbanites.blogspot.com

Jaclyn said...

You look great! Love the skirt

Mrs. Baker said...

too true and too funny! my baby boy would love to crinkle that!

http://babybakerlove.blogspot.com/2012/07/just-growing-like-weed-they-say.html

Alison said...

Cobalt is my favorite and I have a confession. I was sort of stalking your instagram feed during sacrament. I need to repent.

Jessica [MOSCATO VILLA] said...

perfect shade of blue. still not brave enough to wear a maxi skirt...but I'm slowly warming up to it. slowly.

Kristal said...

I love your bright colors!

http://sincerelyarizona.blogspot.com/

Michelle said...

yes, beautiful blue and transforms you into a hot(ter) momma!

Chioma said...

I am in love with this entire look! I saw a similar sweater at Old Navy and I must have it lol.

Chioma
Enter my !
www.CsEvolutionofStyle.com

Bridget said...

practical or impractical, that skirt is awesome.

Mara said...

Gorgeous!

Rosie said...

Haha I do love a good swoosh!!! I think that skirt is beyond beautiful!!!

xoRosie
http://teacupsanddresses.blogspot.com/

Natalie Suarez said...

you look soo cute! i love this :)

xx

natalieoffduty.blogspot.com

Alice & Ada said...

Love the whole look

aliceandada.blogspot.com

Stacy said...

And it looks good....

Love it!

Holly Noel said...

Always love your posts! They're always so . . . perfectly said. I love you're outfits & your thoughts on said outfits. Love you, mr. everett & blog!

xoxo
Holly Noel: The Artist Who Never Starved

Urban Nester said...

swooshing is the best. Even though the outfit isn't very "baby" practical, at least it looks great, right?!

molly
http://alwaysamrsforeverakidd.blogspot.com

jules said...

i love it! gotta get out of those sweats sometimes, right ?

xo julesinflats.blogspot.com

Franziska said...

While not child friendly, it's an adorable outfit.

As an aside, its pepto bismol, not pesto :D (although any medicine that tastes like pesto would be a win in my book)

Salina and Olivia said...

There's nothing wrong with a little swoosh every once in awhile :)
Also please tell me how you make those glasses look so good! Trust me, they are not easy to pull off!

xo

http://salinaandolivia.blogspot.ca/

The Fashionable ESQ said...

Impractical? Maybe, but most definitely flattering and gorgeous on you!
Xx
the Fashionable ESQ
http://www.thefashionableesq.blogspot.com/

Annie said...

You look so beautiful in all the Windsor pictures!

FYI, I named one of my twin girls that I had 8 weeks ago after you :) You are beautiful outwardly and inwardly and you made me love the name Sydney! You should be proud ;)

Tori said...

Beautiful!! I love the tee with that gorgeous pleated maxi skirt!

http://www.mythriftychic.com/

The Webbs said...

okay weird question... are you nursing, if so is this a nursing bra you are wearing?

i just hit up vs-hoping this helps :)

The Coattail Effect said...

with this outfit, no one would expect you to be on mommy-duty :)

not like that's not a good look too...especially when you got a cutie in your arms

xx,
thecoattaileffect.blogspot.com

dreamingincashmere said...

I love this post...so true. I wear the tee & sweat pants most days. 3 kids & a silk blouse do not mix well.:)
-amy
www.dreamingincashmere.com

Megann Monday said...

The swoosh! It just makes you want to walk even longer :p I love these momma style diaries. You're an awesome mom! :)

♥ Megann of Style Surgery

Lins said...

I love your outfit! I have to ask, are F21 shoes comfortable? They are always so cute, but make me nervous for how inexpensive they are.

http://domesticatedworkingwoman.blogspot.com

boardroombelles.com said...

Love the skirt and polka dots. Now if only we could wear that to the office.

Jenny Stokes said...

LOVE this outfit! That skirt is perfect! you look fabulous.
jennybodell.blogspot.com

Jasanna Czellar said...

That is seriously sooo cute! Set a new look for mom clothing!!!!

http://munchtalk.blogspot.com/

Tiffany said...

OH my word!!! I love that skirt! and I love stripes...Looking good!

Tiffany said...

Polka dots...not stripes LOL

thankfifi said...

I can tell you from my experiences, pleated maxi skirts are totally impractical for dog walking also. But perfect exhibition of swooshing...

♥ ThankFifi

Annalisa said...

i had a frump fest in my closet that sang the swan song of the ugly duckling for way too long...i've cranked up a new tune that makes me smile. 30s are the best & i'm strutting like a peacock with total impractical outfits just because i don't have any good reasons not to look fab. loving it! smiles!!

Jenny said...

That skirt is so awesome! I'm sure little Everett appreciated it! :P

http://www.jenventure.blogspot.co.uk

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