The Baby List Update: #9 Maternity Clothes

Happy Monday!

I fear I have to go back on a promise I made to you so long ago. I said I wouldn’t be turning this into a pregnancy blog….but this week I have a feeling we’ll be a little heavier on the baby content than in previous weeks. I apologize to my not-interested-in-baby-talk readers! I have a lot of list items to update you on. Yay for progress!

To kick off the week, I thought I’d start with something a bit light-hearted….fashion! Way back when I made the list, and I imagined myself being a tiny pregnant woman, I added #9 to the Baby List: Buy as few Maternity Clothes as Possible. Well, despite not being tiny….oy, this baby is huge…I can say this was achieved!

Truthfully, Bump It Up saved me. This book taught me some of the basics and I applied them to every stage of pregnancy. Instead of dropping hundreds on maternity clothes, I followed some of their simple guidelines and made a few of my own:

1. Don’t be afraid to borrow from a friend! As I said before, I was so fortunate to receive piles of super-cute maternity clothes from my sister and girlfriends, so I had an advantage on this goal. Of course, only use the stuff that’s still in good shape, in style, fits your body properly, and – most importantly – you feel great in.

2. Invest in a few, simple pieces – This advice is straight out of Bump It Up. Don’t worry about getting several pairs of jeans or multiple dresses for events. Buy only a few items that are basic and can be worn over and over: one quality pair of jeans that fit you well, a long pregnancy tank, leggings, etc. With a few basics, you’ll be able to create a lot of looks with the additional advice below.

3. Use pre-pregnancy pieces with the above-mentioned staples. (Also from Bump It Up). Wear your structured blazers, flowy cardigans, knee-high boots, maxi-skirts, etc. from your pre-bump days over the basics to create endless looks. For example, there’s no reason to drop a lot of cash a pregnancy cardigan. Wear one you already own over your long pregnancy tank and belt it just under your ginormous rack.

4. Accessorize! (From Bump It Up) From what I hear, wearing jewelry around a baby is near impossible, so take advantage of this time to wear your favorite baubles. You’ll be able to change the basic jeans and pregnancy tank into countless outfits by switching out jackets, scarves, necklaces, handbags, and shoes. And ladies, don’t toss out your high heels right away. I wouldn’t torture yourself, but wearing heels can make you look slimmer, more polished, and gives you more footwear options.

5. Embrace your bump. Don’t try to hide your baby under baggy shirts or sloppy clothes. During the first trimester, wearing baggy clothes will help keep your new weight gain a secret until you’re ready to announce your news, but that’s the only time to hide! I’m not suggesting you wear belly exposing clothes or anything that’s too tight, but let that glorious bump be seen by belting baggy shirts, wearing slimming pants, etc.

In the end, I borrowed quite a few maternity clothes, was given some as gifts, and only purchased a handful of pieces. I quickly found that I wasn’t impressed with Motherhood Maternity or A Pea in Pod, but did find a couple of sites that offered cute maternity clothes at a reasonable price.

And of course, Old Navy and Target have some inexpensive and trendy options, too.

Hope you all have a great week! I’m excited to share tomorrow’s Baby List Update with you……#1: Complete the Nursery!

Baby List Update: #9

Well, I did it.

I broke down and finally bought maternity clothes. Gasp!

You may be wondering how I’ve made it this far (almost 6.5 months!) without purchasing a few things from the maternity section. Honestly, I got hooked up from my girlfriends and sister (who have recently been pregnant). Those lovely ladies unloaded stacks of only-been-worn-for-a-few-months maternity gear on me.

In addition to scoring a bunch of free garb, I’ve been very selective in my clothes shopping; opting for styles like cardigan sweaters, over-sized tees, and stretch pants that can be worn while with child but also post-baby and perhaps next fall. And thanks to the tips  from this book/website, I’ve splurged on accessories and shoes to give my newly unstructured look a bit of flair. If you’re preggo and haven’t read Bump it Up, you’re missing out! It’s full of enormously helpful fashion tips!

But despite these efforts and my commitment to #9 on the Baby List, the time for me to snag a few preggo clothes of my own has come. I want to be sure to pass on some cute stuff to the next gal who gets knocked up, right?

Not surprisingly, I wasn’t impressed with the maternity selections in most stores (read: cheap fabric and overpriced). However, I did manage to snag two sweaters and few…uhm…..undergarments. Not a huge splurge but a start!

Sweater 1 & Sweater 2

Exciting stuff. Truly riveting material here, huh?

Anyway, next on the shopping list? Baby Shower Outfit!!!

My first shower is next weekend and I’m not quite sure what to wear. I’ve started to formulate a plan thanks to a sparkly skirt I recently spotted on Zara. I found a maternity version at A Pea in the Pod, but I’m not totally sold yet. Working on the plan…I’ll be sure to update you when I’ve figured it out!

Have a great Tuesday!

Ch-ch-ch-changes

Yesterday, style icon Elizabeth Taylor passed away at the age of 79. I saw so many beautiful pictures of her that I just couldn’t help but share one here.

Style blog this is not (I soooo wish I was cool enough to have some kind of style/design/fashion blog) but….not so much. However, all the photos of the legendary beauty inspired me anyway and it fits right in with today’s challengepost a picture of something you’d like to change.

So what to change? As I gaze dreamily at her pics…I think…..a style makeover might be due for me. My “look” doesn’t really exist and I’m in constant awe of casually cool gals who look effortlessly put together. I don’t really have a specific photo of me in something I’d prefer to change so I thought instead I’d share a couple of images of my favorite fashion bloggers wearing looks I’m lovin’. Enjoy!

Photo by Cupcakes & Cashmere


Photo by I Heart this Blog


Photo & Dress by EmersonMade

Photo via A Cup of Jo (and tutorial). Original Images by Jamie Beck.

What’s your style? Suggest a trend and help me change my look!!