LA Relaxed || Organic Loungewear You Won't Want to Take Off

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Remember three years ago when I published my capsule wardrobes and was just venturing into the depths of slow fashion? (If you do remember that, wow, I love you for sticking around this long). Back in those days, my connections to brands were limited and each time a new brand reached out to me it was like a small validation that what I had committed to (not shopping fast fashion) was worthwhile and that my little slice of the internet might make a difference somehow.

LA Relaxed was one of those brands that reached out to me at the beginning of my blogging journey and, three years later, we’ve both grown a lot but our missions remain the same and it’s been such an honor partnering with them yet again (this time much more officially and long-term).

Back then, I opted for summer-y dresses that I loved but weren’t necessarily a great fit for my lifestyle. This time around, I’ve fallen for their lounge-wear.

My life is very “lounge-y” these day. Between nursing sessions every few hours, cleaning our tiny home, working from home, and chasing around my older two, anything other than comfortable clothes don’t make the cut. As much as I love a good linen pant or a dressier jumpsuit, sometimes some comfy joggers and a stretchy tank top is the most practical (and comfortable) thing for my day to day mama lifestyle.

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Organic Fabric

LA Relaxed has always used the most earth-friendly fabrics available, but recently, they’ve upped their eco-game even more. Most of their pieces are made of organic cotton, but they also have some amazing options made from hemp, tencel, and linen. (To read more about each of these fabrics, check out my guide to sustainable textiles).

Real Life Designs

Another thing I love about the brand is their commitment to designing real day-to-day clothing. Many slow fashion brands create only “elevated” basics or pieces that you wouldn’t wear during your downtime. For people with 9-5 day jobs, these brands are amazing, but for those of us who work from home, stay at home with littles, or just enjoy a good pair of leggings, we need clothes designed for the real, cozy, raw, chill, normal moments of our lives. Not just the ones where we’re posing for Instagram photos or at a business meeting.

LA Relaxed has mastered the art of the everyday outfit.

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Disclaimer: wine drinking and breastfeeding were not done simultaneously, despite the looks of these photos. Also, I’m aware of the fact that I own too much grey.

My Go-To Pieces

Journey Sweatpant in Charcoal (pictured above, in oddly the same exact shade as my couch).

Bailey Pant in Heather Grey (these are THE softest, flowiest (yes, that’s a word) pants I own. I wore them at the birthing center with Aria and they were oh so comfortable).

Lila Tank (I have this in Black Stripe and Navy stripe and adore it. It’s made of modal and goes with everything).

Daily Crew Neck Shirt (This is the only white crew neck I have and it’s perfectly soft and easy to layer).

LA Relaxed from Pregnancy and Beyond

If you followed along while I was pregnant, you’ll know that my LA Relaxed pieces were on constant rotation almost the entire 9 months. They’ve been incredibly versatile and great for breastfeeding too.

Click the photos to shop each piece!

Don’t forget to use SIMPLY25 for 25% off your order.


*This post is the final post of a three month collaboration with LA Relaxed. All images, opinions, and stylings are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make SL&Co. possible (and Olivia’s wardrobe a lot cozier).*

Simply Styled || One Blazer, Three Ways

I’m excited to be kicking off a new post format today! Most of my blog posts are pretty detailed, researched, and in depth, but sometimes it’s fun to lighten things up and just share some genuine outfit inspiration featuring a few sustainable pieces. These “Simply Styled” posts will be my attempt to inspire real life outfits for you, get my own creativity flowing, and simplify some of my partnerships to offer a more “for fun” option.

So, without further ado, my very first Simply Styled post, featuring a gorgeously made jacket by La Fille Colette.

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Structured blazers are very “in” right now and although I always feel too lawyer-y when I put one on, I love the slight structure of La Fille Colette’s Portmanteau Jacket that gives an outfit a “blazer vibe” without the shoulder pads and formality. I decided to style this piece a few different ways because I’ve been feeling extra “blah” about my style lately — living in leggings at 31 weeks pregnant means this mama needed an approachable way to feel slightly stylish again without being uncomfortable.

Here’s a bit about La Fille Colette before we dive in. Sourced and sewn in Massachusetts, this sweet brand creates pieces for the “feminine and strong woman who seeks versatile, polished pieces to take her from day to night”. They offer up to a size 2x in the Portmanteau Jacket, which is made from Lenzing Rayon (read more about that fabric in my “basics” post from last week!) The jacket has a shawl collar, a removable belt (that I opted out of because it doesn’t wrap all the way around me at the moment ;), side pockets, an a hook and eye closure at the front. It’s fitted through the arms but roomy enough to layer underneath easily.

So here’s my take on the blazer trend: three different styling options for one jacket. None of these looks are maternity specific and most of the pieces are “normal”, meaning anyone should be able to pull pieces from their closets to recreate these looks!

Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Boyfriend Jeans + Graphic Tee

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This option is probably the most versatile way to wear the jacket. It’s casual and I’d wear it just about anywhere. The mules help give it a bit of elevation, but if I wasn’t going anywhere fun, I’d probably just wear sneakers.

Tee: ROUND+SQUARE, Jeans: thrifted non-maternity Levis (rubber band trick. friends), Watch: Berg+Betts, Clutch and mules: Kolt Handmade

Breton Striped Dress + Sneakers

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Dressed down with sneakers, this outfit is a fun mix of dressy and casual that would be great for a weekend dinner or brunch or anytime I’d want to fill a little extra fancy.

Dress: The Natural Edition (use code LIV20 for 20% off), Purse: Findlay Co. , Shoes: Vans (SUPER old)

Jumpsuit + Booties

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I ran out of time to shoot this outfit on, but I love how the Portmanteau Jacket elevates the casual jumpsuit. The woven basket adds a hint of spring and the booties dress it up a little bit more.

Jumpsuit: Boob Design (bf-friendly and maternity friendly! Code LIVANDBOOB20 for 20% off), Scarf: ROUND+SQUARE, Booties: Adelante Shoe Co., Bag: Jones + Co.

How would you style this sweet and versatile jacket?

I’m excited to continue this Simply Styled series as I need the occasional style boost or when I get a new piece I need to experiment with.


*I received the Portmanteau Jacket to style for this post. Thank you for supporting the brands that make SL&Co. possible*

Tips for Wearing Non-Maternity Pieces During Pregnancy

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Relying on non-maternity-wear during pregnancy, a season when your body changes drastically, seems a bit crazy. Depending on your existing closet, dressing your bump can either be a nightmare or a dream. This is my third baby (and baby bump) and naturally, I’ve learned a few things about what pieces work for my body while pregnant and which ones don’t.

One of the questions I’ve been ask most often throughout this pregnancy, especially as I approach the third trimester, is how I manage to keep my actual maternity pieces to the bare minimum and rely heavily on my pre-existing wardrobe. (Check back with me in a few weeks, when this bump gets huge, but for now, I’m trying to make do with what I have). Dressing with a baby-bump feels completely foreign, especially during your first pregnancy, and even though Pinterest makes pregnancy style seem effortless, it can oftentimes feel uncomfortable, bulky, and unflattering.

Everyone’s body is different and everyone carries their baby in a unique way, so naturally, there’s no one-size-fits all approach to pregnancy fashion, but I’m hoping that through sharing a bit of what I’m focusing on this time around you might be inspired to make do with your current closet and style your pieces in ways you haven’t before.

I’ll share a few of my “rules of thumb” for myself and then share a few brands I’ve found to be versatile and comfy enough for maternity wear:

Stretching your wardrobe:

  1. Rely on longer, over-sized silhouettes

    Obviously, as your stomach grows, your shirts won’t fit the way they used to. I’m in the phase of pregnancy where most of my normal t-shirts have made their way into crop top territory. However, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find that several of the tees and tops I already owned will still work for my bump simply because they’re cut longer and have more room in them. Look for “tunic” style tees or any tee that falls below your hips naturally, because it will fit you much longer than your other tees.

  2. Two words: Elastic. Waist

    Pants are where things get trickier. If you have pants with low, elastic waistbands, they will fit you throughout your pregnancy, most likely. Joggers, jeggings, low leggings, and even low-cut boyfriend jeans have worked well for me.

  3. Get creative with layers

    Layering, at least in the colder months of the year, will be your best friend. Don’t be afraid to experiment with layering a tunic under a shorter sweater, or tying a tee that’s too short to wear normally over a dress. Getting creative will extend your wardrobe in amazing ways.

  4. Don’t fear the “rubber band trick”

    I know, I know, it’s not glamorous. And at a certain point, it can become impossible or too uncomfortable (and never feel guilty about needing to buy a few pairs of cozy maternity pants at that point…) but thus far, I’ve been able to get away with “rubber banding” my jeans. It makes them easier to get on and off and is hard to see as long as your shirts are long enough to cover the rubber band.

  5. When you buy new pieces…

    1. Think about longevity

      If you do buy new pieces during your pregnancy, try to find ones that don’t necessarily look overly “maternity-y” so that you can get away with keeping them after baby arrives too.

    2. Shop secondhand for maternity-specific items

      There’s no need to spend money on a brand new pair of maternity pants that you’ll only wear for 6 months or less, when you can find the same options for a lower price when you buy secondhand. Poshmark and ThredUP have been amazing resources for me so far. Also consider borrowing from a fellow mama friend who may have kept her maternity pieces.

    3. Size up

      I’ve gotten several new pieces (non-maternity) from collaborations and as a general rule of thumb, I’ve been sizing up from my normal size to give myself a little extra length and room for growth. This will help me feel less pressure to “fit” into my old clothes right away after baby comes too.

6. Create a new natural waistline

Your natural waistline during pregnancy goes from your mid-torso to right under your breasts and above your belly. You’ll probably notice that most maternity tops and dresses have built-in definition around this area to help pieces become more flattering and comfortable. You can create these same definitions with pieces you already have too. Use a belt to create definition over a dress or top. Tie up a button up or tee shirt over a tighter dress to create a new waistline and flatter that baby bump. It’s not an exact science, but it’s fun to experiment with what works for your body.

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Brands to Love (pregnant or not):

The Natural Edition

This newly launched brand creates dreamy and soft basics that have worked like a charm for me. Their pieces are made with organic and natural textiles like tencel (my favorite) and organic cotton. Their Organic Cotton Breton Dress and Tencel Long Sleeve Pocket Top are both comfortable and stretchy enough to accommodate my bump without worrying that I’ll stretch it out too much.

Encircled

I’ve shared about Encircled lots of times (and don’t plan to stop anytime soon) because their pieces are the definition of versatility — especially as your body fluctuates through cycles or even pregnancy. Their Essential Long Sleeve Top is longer than most tops, and it is perfect for a baby bump. Similarly, their Chrysalis Cardi and Evolve Top (pieces I own and love) are adjustable and able to be worn multiples ways.

THOM KELLY

I partnered with THOM KELLY last year for the launch of their first collection and am so excited to share that their second collection (which includes the Sawyer Shirt from last year!) has just launched and is in the preorder phase. Their shirts are made from organic cotton and tencel and I’ve found that mine (ordered true to pre-pregnancy size) has more than enough room for my bump with length to spare, at least for now.

ABLE

Another brand that creates easy, versatile pieces is ABLE. I own several of their pieces and, even though I’ve had to put my jeans from them on “hold” until I can wear high-waisted pants again, I’m excited to wear my maxi dress from them once the weather warms up. Most of their pieces are stretchy and versatile enough to accommodate a bump.

Sotela

If you’ve followed me for almost any length of time, you know about Sotela. I’ve had the honor of following along with Hanna’s brand from the beginning, partnering with her several times, and this Fall, designing a dress with her and my friend Emily for Dressember. Her pieces are designed with the fluctuation of womanhood in mind, including pregnancy and breastfeeding. The Avery Dress and the Stella Jumpsuit are two of my favorite pregnancy friendly pieces.


How have you experimented with wearing non-maternity pieces during pregnancy? Have any other tips? Leave them in the comments!


*This post is partially sponsored by several of the brands mentioned above as part of a long term collaboration. Of course, all opinions, tips, and photos are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible!*