If someone gave you hand-me-down baby clothes and mixed in was a cylindrical piece of fabric with ruched sides, would you think it was a skirt and wear it to work? That’s just what Lori Farrell did.
When Lori’s friend heard she was expecting a girl, she handed Lori a bag of baby clothes and other things, like baby carriers and shoes. When Lori was sifting through the bag, she found a cute black and white striped skirt, or so she thought. As her clothes were no longer fitting and she was desperate for something new to wear, the skirt seemed perfect for a warm winter day.
“Was I skeptical of the tag placement? Sure. Was I 100 percent sure it was a skirt? No. But it was comfortable, cute enough and with my limited wardrobe at 24 weeks pregnant, I rolled into work with confidence,” Lori wrote in a new blog post.
When Lori got to work, she decided to google "Itzy Ritzy," the brand name on the tag. It was clear what she was wearing wasn't a fashion label, but instead a manufacturer of chic baby gear (think diaper bags, teethers, etc.). She found her skirt, aptly named “Mom Boss," which was actually a multi-use nursing cover, car seat cover and infinity scarf. In fairness, an infinity scarf is a fashion item, so it wasn’t like she was using a Tummy Time Mat as a blouse.
Lori then shared her embarrassment on Facebook and the post quickly went viral. Why? Because it was so relatable.
Desperate times call for desperate measures when your bump starts to grow. Lori not only found something comfortable that fit but it also looked good. So we say Lori is a trendsetter, not a “failure” as she puts it.
Itzy Ritzy took notice and hooked Lori up with enough “skirts” to last her entire pregnancy, plus a really swanky diaper bag backpack. We think Itzy Ritzy needs to rebrand the Mom Boss as a wardrobe staple because isn’t the saying "necessity is the real mama of invention?"
We salute you Lori: mom-to-be, fashion icon and social media star. And we think the windowpane pattern would pair beautifully with a yellow top.