I Tried To Dress Like Pregnant January Jones But I Ended Up Looking Like A Hoochie Mama
My attitude towards style generally is â€œwear what makes you happy.â€ This goes triple-time for pregnancy, because hey, your body is doing some crazy stuff at the moment, so if wearing a hot-pink tube top feels fantastic and is at least reasonably situation-appropriate, have at it.
Which is why my first response to the January Jones kerfuffle in which she stepped out wearing a sheer blouse while pregnant was, â€œGood for her!â€
My second response, however, was more like, â€œHmm.â€
Iâ€™m a pretty experimental dresser, and there arenâ€™t many things I wonâ€™t at least take for a spin, but honestly? Iâ€™m not sure how I would feel about sauntering down Fifth Avenue in this little get-up.
The problem, as I see it, is twofold: first, people have a tendency to stare at you when youâ€™re pregnant. And while the staring is only natural, usually non-creepy, and even kinda nice at times (such as when itâ€™s coupled with a smile and an â€œAfter you, maâ€™amâ€), throw a sheer blouse in the mix â€“ something thatâ€™ll elicit stares on a regular old day â€“ and youâ€™re talking about everyone looking at you, everywhere you go, all the time. And when youâ€™re a frequent rider on the New York subway system, All Eyeballs On My Midsection, Please may not be the message youâ€™re hoping to send out.
The second problem is one of underthings. The rule with exposed lingerie is to make sure it doesnâ€™t look like an accident â€“ in other words, bright colors, pretty straps, meant-to-be-seen cutâ€¦whatever, so long as itâ€™s more â€œThatâ€™s right â€“ I meant itâ€ and less â€œOoh, honey â€“ your bra is showing.â€ And I donâ€™t know about you, but my bras these days? Are not really meant to be seen. Theyâ€™re meant to wrangle the pair of problems that have arisen a few inches below my chin.
But hey, Iâ€™m all about keeping an open mind, so I rifled through my closet in search of a sheer blouse to see if I could make Januaryâ€™s look work for me. And the answer isâ€¦
At least not without a little extra coverage (hey, I take the subway every day).
But like I said: thatâ€™s just me.
If sheer is a look you love, there are ways to make it totally wearable, and those ways are: layers. Total exposure isnâ€™t the goal â€“ the point is to show a hint of skin here and there in unexpected ways, so the addition of a light silk or cotton tank can take an otherwise uncomfortably see-through piece into wear-around-town territory.
- Pair a casual, sheer blouse with a grey tank and wide-leg jersey pants for a look thatâ€™s comfortably covered-up and glamorous. (Alexander McQueen sheer top, Gap tank, Rachel Pally for A Pea In The Pod wide-leg pants, Opening Ceremony sandals, Charm & Chain pendant.)
- A sheer tunic with a â€˜70s vibe is made both wearable and fabulous with the addition of a light, lacy tank and some seriously sexy maternity jeans. (Calypso St. Barth sheer tunic, Kohls tank, 7 For All Mankind maternity jeans, Dolce vita sandals, Dorothy Perkins collar necklace.)