Outfit of the Week: Commanding Camo

By Erika, Fashion Expert

As the mother of an infant, getting out of the door each morning for work (it’s my first week back) doesn’t look like it used to. This is for a couple of reasons. First, there is a whole new tiny person that we also have to get ready. I’m lucky for two big reasons. One, hubby’s schedule means that he leaves a couple hours after me and so he’s home to help with the baby. And two, my mother is watching our son for us, which means there is no daycare drop off to manage and fit into our schedule. But even with all that help, my morning schedule and routine has changed drastically.

In addition to a new routine, I’m also managing a new body and navigating my wardrobe with it. I’m one of those women who is really annoying – I can already fit in my pre-pregnancy clothes. And, truth be told, some of them are even too big (huge shout out to our personal trainer who worked with me throughout the duration of my pregnancy). And even though I’ve been a plus size girl for a long while, I’m STILL getting used to my post-pregnancy body which comes complete with a squishier tummy and a less perky chest (supported by a nursing bra, which, just, NO).

A new routine and new body means that I am even more thoughtful about what I wear each day. It also means that I lean more heavily on my style uniform of a tie-neck blouse and pencil skirt to feel confident. Why? Because I know I can look good in my uniform quick, fast and in a hurry.

If you follow YCS on Instagram (if you don’t, why not? Follow along!), then you may have seen this photo of my three favorite tiny humans . . .

Our kids are often inspiring me and this week they inspired my “Outfit of the Week” – a twist on my faithful uniform.

Jacket: Dressbarn (unavailable, similar here, here, and here)
Blouse: Lane Bryant (old, similar here, here and here)
Skirt: Eloquii (old, similar here and here)

I decided to pull out a polka dot tie-neck blouse and pair it with a camouflage skirt. This is definitely a combo most people would shy away from; I’m sure most people never thought camo was work-appropriate. Yet, here we are – and it works!

The leather jacket ties the look together and tones down the patterns. Subtly patterned tights (black polka dots) and a simple black heel completes this look.

When you have a style uniform, it makes getting ready fast so much easier. And knowing what I’m going to wear gives me a few extra minutes each morning to snuggle my son and prepare for the day.

So tell me, what is your favorite look you wore this week? Do you have a style uniform? If so, what is it and why do you love it?