Hi there and welcome to my new, regular ‘First‘ style column. I am Bibiche, that Dutch girl with a French name. Oh, and I’m also slightly obsessed with fashion… styling, to be exact. Yes, they do go hand in hand, but I don’t really care much about fast-fashion and trends. Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by a designer, style is what you choose.
I think that style is actually hardly about fashion: it’s about finding your own voice in life. So, don’t take it too seriously, always have fun with it, and dress to entertain yourself, as well as feel comfortable. Be confident and don’t forget: YOU will never go out of style! But dressing comfortably shouldn’t mean letting yourself go and only thinking about comfort. You know where the magic starts, right? Yes, outside that comfort zone.
I’ve just become a mother for the first time, and like most women, I went through all the style and comfort dilemmas that pregnancy brought (see here, here, here, here, and here). But being stylish while pregnant IS possible – especially if you’re a mother-to-be at the moment. This winter’s collection has some cool pieces that can suit everyone, so embrace the pajama look or break out a crisp men’s dress shirt and remember, you can always look good.
Take the jumpsuit. Pregnant or not – anyone can pull it off. They’re perhaps the single, most flatteringly chic outfit when heavily pregnant, as well as being naturally super trendy when back in shape. On top of that, they’re just as easily dressed down and worn casually, and are ideal with heels for a wedding or event. Check out the jumpsuits trending at Ralph Lauren, Fendi, Balenciaga and Alberta Ferretti to see what I mean.
Another example would be laceless flats. More and more designers, from Chanel and Gucci to the more affordable marques like Zara, are opting for this look and let me tell you, avoiding laces when pregnant, is a godsend, as many mothers will testify. They look cool, can be worn casually or slightly more dressy, and are pure comfort. Ideal for those who feel trainers or sneakers are perhaps too young for them.
A final pick or favorite of mine would be vintage jewellery, such as brooches. Yes, brooches. They are truly unique statement pieces that immediately catch the eye. They’re also fun and can serve as something to brighten up any dark mood during the nine months.
Of course, I can’t conclude without making a reference to my style goals for the new year. In 2016 I resolve to: mix and match colours, prints and fabrics at least as much as I did in 2015. I also intend to dress in a more feminine way, i.e. more dresses and skirts, though this may prove to be my downfall. And I will move away from the hoop earrings!
I will hunt for the perfect pair of sunglasses to hide those telltale, under-eye shadows. Also on my list are a stylish nappy bag and the perfect hat to hide my occasional messy bird’s nest hair.
There you have my rundown of the roles ‘n goals of my 2016 so far. How about yours? Do you have any style resolutions? Have you got any pregnancy style secrets you’d like to share? If you do, please share them with me on www.b-biche.com and during your visit, follow me to find out how my new adventure in motherhood is coming along!