WIW 12/11: Sweater dress, obi belt & boots (and recap)

I've worn this dress for three years now, including while pregnant, and it's still going strong. What do you think, how long do you think this dress will last before it becomes dated? I feel like it's pretty neutral and versatile! I'm not a good judge of dated-ness, though, unless it's glaringly obvious--I tend to keep things for a long time! Anyways, I thought it would be fun for you to see the dress in multiple states of belly!

Macy's Calvin Klein sweater dress
Nordstrom black obi belt
Gap herringbone tights
Frye Melissa lace-up black boots
Michael Kors black satchel
Kate Spade Melissa black ruffle trench

1-2. Post-baby
3. 39 weeks--late 3rd trimester
4-5. 32 weeks--3rd trimester
6. 15 weeks--2nd trimester
7-8. Pre-pregnancy (Nov 2011), when I first got the dress.

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  • AviaMariah replied 6 years ago

    I think you'll be able to wear that dress for awhile.  Does not look dated at all to me.  I really love it with those lace up Frye's.  Probably a question for another thread but you didn't find that some of your clothes got stretched out buy wearing them while pregnant?

  • goldenpig replied 6 years ago

    AviaMariah, I was worried about clothes stretching out too:
    But I didn't want to buy a whole new maternity wardrobe, and I was tired of my old maternity clothes, so I mostly wore regular clothes. I haven't found that to be the case, that the clothes actually got stretched out. So far, the things I wore before, during and after seem to be OK. It's not like I was wearing the same clothes every day, so I guess the fabric had time to recover! However, I do think that my belly is not as flat as it was pre-pregnancy (yet, anyways), so I haven't been wearing the body-con stuff as much. Like in my holiday party thread, the red dress shows off my squishy post-partum tummy in all its glory, so I had to skip that one. Also, some of the non-maternity stuff I bought last year was on the roomier cut side to accommodate the growing belly (like the Gap dolman sweaters), and I'm not as keen on wearing those right now because they just seem like they would be too baggy. I did buy a bunch of stretchy pencil skirts which are still OK on me post-partum, and I'm still wearing my transitional jeans, even though it's a little loose on me now. It's funny how I went from tailored, to body con, to fluid/loose fit!

  • K. Period. replied 6 years ago

    I love it!  I think this is just enough avant-garde design (shape of the neck, for example) that it doesn't really go in or out.  It looks great with the obi belt!  

  • TraceyLiz65 replied 6 years ago

    I love this with the obi belt and those fabulous lace up boots! A great dress!

  • rachylou replied 6 years ago

    What a good dress. I really like #7, the plainer boots and overall smoother look. For some reason the dress looks short to me with the lace-up boots.

  • Aubergine replied 6 years ago

    It doesn't look dated to me at all. I love it with the obi belt, and am impressed with how it looks great at all stages of pregnancy as well as non-pregnancy!

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    Another Natalie post -- and in greys again, and looking amazing.

    I think the dress still works, and I love it with the lace up boots. 

  • E replied 6 years ago

    You look so gorgeous in this dress! And how marvelous that it didn't lose its shape despite its pregnancy duty. I can't imagine something dating in only 3 years, so clearly I'm not the best person to ask. ;) I love your belts& boots too; if only they came in grey I'd be saving my pennies.

  • Alassë replied 6 years ago

    I think it looks great!

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    LOVE that dress. Not a dated stitch in sight so far!

  • Thistle replied 6 years ago

    I love the dress on you! It doesn;t look dated to my eye at all.

  • Sharon replied 6 years ago

    Wow, you really got your money's worth with that dress. It still looks great, and not dated at all to my eye.

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