Today I bought a lovely merino wool cardigan (It's the Leopard Print Tippi Cardigan from J. Crew). I feel a bit weird buying clothes for myself whilst I'm not actually earning any money, especially from somewhere as ridiculously preppy and, frankly, over-priced as J. Crew.
This was a carefully considered purchase, and I proceeded based on the following criteria - a) I've been sort of obsessing over leopard print cardigans recently, b) it was reduced from $89.50 to $49.99, and J. Crew currently are offering an additional 30% off on all sale items, c) I haven't bought any non-maternity clothes (not counting a new dressing gown) since December (and, actually, I stopped buying maternity clothes in May because I didn't feel I'd get enough wear out of them in 3 months to justify the purchase).
Whilst pregnant I've been working with a capsule wardrobe of 4 dresses, 1 pair of maternity jeans, 1 pair of non-maternity shorts that I could get to stay up with a hair-band, 1 pair of linen trousers, 2 skirts and a selection of tops that I didn't care too much about over-stretching. It's served me well over the last 9 months, and for the most part I have been quite happy with how I looked - But I am really looking forward to the autumn, and being able to wear some different clothes. This cardigan is going to be paired with a) jeans, a t-shirt and a pair of boots, b) a black dress c) a black skirt (pencil or circle). I also think it would look great under a leather jacket, but I don't currently own one of those so that's the next wardrobe item to obsess over. Clearly.
Oh, my only slight concern with this clearly fabulous woollen is that it says dry-clean only in the description. Babies instinctively know not to puke on dry-clean only clothes, right? Right? Why are you laughing?