I miss non-stretch denim soooooooooooooooo much that I don’t even know how many more times I can say it so I’m just not going to bother but will, instead, delight your eyes with three outfit ideas I would love for you to consider because me and the human body shelf still growing my center sure-as-fuck can’t. Still, I feel the need to assert myself as someone who has style that can be extended beyond knit pants and striped shirts and gigantic turtleneck sweaters. Call it a function of low self-esteem or the relentless pursuit of aesthetic value. Both work.

Exhibit 1: Faux Leopard Fo’Real and Corduroys In Which to Dress Your Family

The second part of that title was a David Sedaris reference and truly, if you haven’t read this book of essays yet, do it because it will make you feel like a million bucks that were generated from laughing so hard! The above is what I would wear tomorrow if I were going to a fashion show and wanted to look ~chill,~ like I’m not trying hard, but still like I tried. The coat is presumably made from stuffed animals while the sweater (cashmere), is composed of lines that harken back to the Google logo. It is very technology-chic. Harling has been on a corduroy bender, and I do believe that Instagram served us the same account via the discover feed because we both landed on these white cords! The difference is that she can wear them. As of the time of this writing, I very much cannot. The shoes, though — definitely going to get the shoes. Possibly in gold.

Exhibit 2: Srsly Tho, I Miss Non-Stretch Denim So Much

But you’d probably never know that judging from this lewk, am I right? Reason being that I have strategically placed a fairly loose fit dress over said non-stretch denim but the other thing I miss is having a waistline and the ability to both marvel at and participate in the fanny pack trend. Here’s what’s happening in this look in case you are confused: Alisha is wearing a gray turtleneck (by Mango) tucked into a pair of jeans (by Moussy). A crinkled sleeveless dress from Creatures of Comfort covers her jeans, and turtleneck and then a double-breasted blazer (also by Mango) covers the dress. A Miu Miu fanny pack is styled as a belt over the blazer. There are lucite sunglasses by Rosie Assoulin and earrings by Mars, each freckled with gold leaves to spruce it all up.

Exhibit 3: La Pièce de Résistance

You know what, I actually think I’m going to try to wear this outfit tonight. The dress is pretty stretchy and the coat is practically a tent, I’ll let you know how it goes, but in the meantime, here was my thinking: winter can be such a damn drab; it’s gray and dull and so easy to fall into the trap of wearing the same outfit every day, which can impact your mood, says science! (This is conjecture.) So to troubleshoot against all of that, why not step outside the comfort of routine, attempt a full-length dress in a power color like red and offset it with a funky fresh freaky coat, equally funky fresh freaky sunglasses (Who care if it’s dark? Who!), and shoes and a bag, both of which feature weaving that take me back to warmer days, as if a reminder that they shall reign again.

They shall reign again!

Photos by Edith Young. Modeled by Alisha Bansal

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  • Andrea Raymer

    LOOK #3 OMG!!!

    I am going through a phase where I hate all of my clothes (except this Jcrew bag that is now my pride and joy https://www.jcrew.com/p/womens_category/handbags/totes/mini-tote-in-fauxshearling/H3878?sale=true&color_name=gold&isFromSale=true) and I want to feel like I am wearing my pajamas every waking moment. I think that outfit would feel like pajamas while making me feel like I tried a little.

    I am currently wearing a suit because of yesterday’s article that hypothesized that they are just sweatsuits that look more put together. If I couldn’t sleep in whatever I am wearing, do I really want to be wearing it? (hence the fur pillow/bag)

    And can winter please just stop.

    • super jealous of your bag. It’s like a second real dog!

      • Andrea Raymer

        Sometimes I even put my totally real, not fake dog in my furry bag.

  • Number three is the bees knees. Seriously inspiring.

  • Monica Francis

    #3 is glooooorious, but #1 I can actually approximate on this -2° day and for that I am truly grateful.

  • Blair from Atlantic-Pacific styled the last coat really well yesterday! Such a cool look!

    Eva | http://www.shessobright.com

  • DelphineGarnier82

    I’d gladly wear the first and the third, but I’d prefer pants for the first that are a slim line leg that cuts off at the ankle. Also they wouldn’t be corduroy because I find pants in that material to be too warm for me.

  • Cynthia Schoonover

    I like bright colors when it is dreary, because they make me feel cheerful. I really like the plaid coat with the fur cuffs and collar, but I would be lost in it. The leopard coat is cute and I like that it is car coat length. Winter doesn’t have to mean all black and gray.

  • Mia Miami

    South Beach Earthcam https://goo.gl/PcQA2r

  • Áine Hegarty

    What the flippers is she standing on in photo 1? Also, I’ve fully mentioned this before in the post where she is styled in pjs but this model is a babeee.com/gov/net/edu

  • Love all of these! I know you’ve been frustrated with the struggle of dressing while pregnant, but I think you look amazing all the time. I finally left a job that required monotone dressing. I am looking forward to bringing back my Man Repeller style, mixing prints, etc <3

  • That La Ligne sweater in the first outfit just convinced me to buy the Asos copycat, so I can fully replicate an outfit I’ve already been wearing for a year but with added ~pizzazz~.

  • Ma

    I just want to say that I’m finding my (non-pregnancy) style in your (pregnancy) style, so if you ever question in your fashionableness (is that a word?) during your pregnancy please remember this! Seriously though, I’m loving the huge sweaters which are not constant reminders that I always grow love-handles on winter paired with leggings that are constant reminders that aforementioned love handles don’t necessarily cause me to be immediately unfit – a combo I can very much get behind!

  • Dear Exhibit #1: I’ve been waiting for you all my life. <3

  • Perihan

    Can anyone tell me the name for coats like that blue one? Like what is a tent-like, fur-trimmed, often patterned coat called??

  • Sophia

    I love how I can only see like 5 inches of the jeans in #2, but can tell that they’re exactly what I’ve need all my life.