This Fall/Winter in Georgia has been some of the most finicky weather in recent years. One day it’s sunny and warm enough for sandals, while the next day you’re looking for your warmest coat. Well, when a recent cold snap hit, I was extremely excited to wear some new Winter staples. Some of you may know that I won a contest with Lafayette 148 earlier in the year. I was gifted a couple items of my choosing and a trip to NYC to attend one of their events highlighting extraordinary women. Unfortunately, COVID had other plans and the trip/event was indefinitely postponed. However, the brand was generous enough to gift me some items of my choosing, which I took full advantage of this Fall. Unfortunately, we just haven’t had cool enough weather for me to enjoy these gorgeous pieces until now. So what did I choose? A fox fur scarf and a cognac coat that is richest shade of caramel brown. They also sent me the most gorgeous accessories, which I hope to show off in a future post. In true Brown Paper Doll fashion, I mixed high and low, layering these luxe pieces with an affordable Banana Republic sweater dress that I found on the sale rack, my new Isabel Marant boots, and some trusted Céline sunnies. I loved mixing all of these neutral shades together, but each piece is definitely special enough to stand on its own.
One of my favorite things about fashion is discovering new brands and designers. One of the brands I discovered this year happens to be Merlette! While I tried to limit my spending on clothes in 2020 for obvious reasons, I had to pull the trigger on this absolutely gorgeous dress.
An airy design of tiered cotton, this Merlette dress is perfect for pregnancy and beyond. Being able to wear an outfit even after I give birth was one of the biggest criteria for my purchases this year. I also loved the sherberty shade of lavender that was too delicious to pass up. I recently wore this dress on a mini pre-Holiday getaway and paired it with Isabel Marant western-inspired boots. However, I can’t wait to wear it with strappy sandals or espadrilles for Spring/Summer. The options are endless!
2020 has been a wild year, and multiple trends have emerged as a result of our new routines and quarantined lifestyles. One such trend is the nap dress! And I have to say, I’m feeling very lucky that this trend took off in the middle of my pregnancy. What is a nap dress you ask? As Who What Wear describes them, nap dresses “can be slipped on without fuss, are comfortable and non-restrictive, can be worn without a bra, and tend to suit all body shapes. They blur the lines between what you might wear to bed and what you might wear to a fancy brunch.”
While we’ve been staying at home, the nap dress is perfect for an afternoon on the couch, but also amazing for running errands in comfort. I was recently gifted my very own nap dress from Hill House Home from the girls at Spanx who wanted me to have something comfortable for my pregnancy and beyond. I recently wore mine to a mini-vacation at the Ritz Carlton Lake Oconee and it was perfect for strolling the grounds, going to lunch, and even relaxing in our room. For my expecting mamas-to-be, these dresses are perfect for a growing belly, for nursing after pregnancy, and for staying cute well beyond the post-partum process. You can find my style at the link below, but there are many nightgown chic options to choose from. Let me know what you think about the trend in the comments below!