Over the past few years, there are certain style blogs that have emerged as requisite reading for the fashion-obsessed. You know which ones I mean – they’re the same handful of blogs listed on every fashion blogger’s blog roll. I visit these blogs religiously almost more out of habit and a unhealthy fascination with strangers’ outfits than anything else; certainly I don’t often look to these blogs for style inspiration. The problem is that what these bloggers wear doesn’t fit my lifestyle. The clothes are often too wild or revealing for my tastes, the usual accessory overkill doesn’t work when I have a baby in my arms 24/7, and there just isn’t a lot of opportunity to really get crazy with my outfits when I have a 9 to 5 that requires conservative dress. It’s happened before here and there, but it really is rare that a style photo inspires me to run out and buy something that wasn’t already on my wishlist.
This past week, though, I clicked over to the Tiny Tine’s site and found Chris’ latest outfit post. I fell immediately in love with her Stella McCartney for GapKids sailor shorts and her incredibly chic styling of them. I knew in that moment that I had to have those shorts. I’d pounced on the collection as soon as it launched (though I ended up returning all but the Bea ruffle top), but had somehow overlooked these shorts and their potential. Yesterday I stopped by a GapKids store and nabbed the last pair of these shorts in the largest size they’re made. I admit that the shorts don’t fit me quite as perfectly as they do Chris (damn those post-baby hips of mine), but I adore them. I’ll make them work…even if it means having to do a few crunches now and then!