The early stages of pregnancy can be the most difficult when it comes to getting dressed! Once you’re really nice and big though it’s a total breeze… SAID NO PREGNANT WOMAN EVER. Ha! Truthfully the entire 9 months (and several months to follow) can be quite challenging… in many ways, but today I’m just talking about the clothes arena! Even now in the second trimester, my bump can easily pass for an unsightly pooch. I’m not quite at the point where I can wear tight fitting clothes to show off the bebe bump… I just look fat. I mean, large and in charge. No, I mean… slightly plump. (Really trying to stay more body positive this time, but that’s a post for another day!).
1- Shift Dresses
My first suggestion for anyone else out there trying to figure out what to wear at this awkward phase would be shift dresses! They’re my best friend as of late. The one I’m wearing here is from Pink Blush Maternity and I love how forgiving it is, but it also doesn’t scream maternity, which means it will be perfect for post partum wear as well -something I like to keep in mind while maternity clothes shopping. (I’m wearing a size small for reference.) Also, off the shoulder dresses seem to be winners too. My shoulders are the one part of my body that haven’t increased in size (yet anyway!). My girls at the top on the other hand I’m pretty sure have quadrupled in size so I’m not even bothering to invest in new bras at this point because who knows what size I’ll even be in two weeks?! ha! But I will say I’ve been living for these bras from Target… it’s like a cross between a real bra and a sports bra… Full disclosure… it is not sexy at all but it is so comfy and does the job good enough! And here are some lovely shift dresses that I’ve purchased myself or have had my eyes on!
2 – Kimonos
Another useful tip I have and can’t recommend enough… kimonos! They’re lightweight, and they always fit. Enough said amiright?! Plus they camouflage the back of your outfit if it’s a little snug (understandably, you’re growing a human!). AND they double as the best swimsuit coverups. I’ve linked a few that I’m loving right now!
3 – Accessories + Layering (hear me out)
I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a total slacker when it comes to accessories. It’s something I have to force myself to buy, but I’m always happy when I do because a good variety of shoes, purses and earrings can totally allow you to wear your basic black shift dress 10 different times without anyone ever realizing. And might I mention, accessories always fit! Woohoo! Another way to stretch your wardrobe is by layering… I know it’s one million degrees outside, so unless you’re spending the afternoon at the park or zoo you should be ok by adding a light weight top underneath a sleeveless dress! I personally have become a little self conscious about my upper arms these days too, so depending on the cut of the dress, I feel much better about myself having a little sleeve! The dress I’m wearing in the picture above is actually sleeveless, and I just added that cream bow top to spice it up a little! I would link the top for you but it’s literally 9 years old… I bought it when I was on homecoming court in college! Clearly I’m not doing a very good job at cleaning out my closet haha. But she’s a classic, and she worked perfectly today, so I’m not sorry! But it just goes to show that you don’t always have to go shopping to put a cute outfit together – there’s more treasures in your closet than you realize, just think outside the box! But back to the point here – I could wear this navy dress with blush sandals, a colorful silk scarf around my neck and a different purse, and I would definitely achieve a whole new look! Here are a few of my favorite accessories that I’ve been wearing a bunch lately:
Dressing the bump can be challenging, but it’s such a sweet time so let’s try to make the most of it right?! Til’ next time!