Smock it to Me!

Back in the day, when women were marginalized as designers (waiting to get married and start a family), smocks served them well in a multipurpose way. As the Simplicity Pattern (above) suggests: The smock could be a professional uniform when needed, but once that bundle of joy was on the way, the smock magically turned into maternity garb. I won't advocate bringing back the smock as pregnancy couture, but it is time, as designers, to reconsider our dress standards.

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