I have found that the best defense again well-intentioned pregnant belly touchers is to wear looser tops instead of clingy ones.
This top will grow with me to the end of the pregnancy (i hope!), but it is flattering with a belt now. Another ASOS maternity win!
Top: Asos Maternity
Cotton pants: thrifted (similar)
Flats: Tieks in ballerina pink
This blouse from Sheinside always hung nice and loose and looked great under pencil skirts, but I can still squeeze into at 25 weeks! It’s not stretchy so I probably will only get one or two more weeks of wear, but any length of time I get out of my “normal” clothes I cherish, because so few things fit me right now.
I’m still having a really hard time getting used to the repeat outfits that come with a limited maternity wardrobe, and I’m struggling to get used to this growing belly. The body changes are just about the only thing that seems to happening quickly these days (I feel like I’ve been pregnant forever!) and I can hardly keep up.
But I am also realizing that I can survive and thrive with a much smaller wardrobe.
And I will!
Maternity Jeggings: Oh! Mamma via Zulily (these things were cheap and totally give me saggy butt after one wear, but are SO comfy!)
Sandals: Report ‘Felecia’
When the morning closet struggle is real, pick out the simplest outfit you can think of: a white t, colored jeans and comfy sandals. Also, pretend you can’t see the red panel of the maternity jeans through the white t all day. and maybe get a hair cut!
(Okay, I’m a little bit of a hot mess)
Jeans: Bo0b Design via Zulily (Highly recommend this brand - it’s Swedish!)
White T-shirt: Gap’s essential tee
Sandals: Trinity via My Habit
Necklace: Oh Pioneer Antler Necklace by Silver Pencils Home
Most days I do not have the energy or motivation to take photos in my backyard with my camera and timer, so I take a bathroom selfie at work or a hallway selfie at home to document what I wore. Here is a collection from the second trimester!
It was after wearing my favorite j.crew pencil skirt and being uncomfortable all day that I finally came to terms with the fact that I’ve moved beyond stretching most of my normal wardrobe over my new and changing body, even with the bella band! So after I changed into stretchy pants and a tank top, I hauled out an empty plastic storage bin and pretty much dumped my closet into it.
A few cry sessions (and “Will I ever wear you again?” laments) later and I had a much more well-fitting and helpful closet to work with. All the more room for cute maternity clothes, like this drapey top from Bo0b Maternity (a Swedish company I found on Zulily a few months back)
But they can’t take away my heels. I don’t care how much my coworkers laugh at me, my ankles are still ankles (for now!) and I’m going to show them off while I can.
Top: Bo0b Design maternity via Zulily
Skirt: J.Crew No. 2 pencil skirt (similar)
Pumps: Cole Haan (similar)
Necklace: great grandma’s
It’s funny to look at these pictures because as of today, I’m wearing the same dress, but I’m seven weeks bigger! I remember thinking how obviously pregnant I looked at the time (just because I was bigger than usual), but now it’s kind of laughable I felt comfortable enough to belt that dress and show off the “bump”!
At any rate, 13ish weeks was when I started being comfortable not hiding my belly any more. This dress is non-maternity from Old Navy. I sized up when I bought it and I think it will last for a few more weeks of my pregnancy, hurray! (And I cannot button that chambray shirt any more!)
Chambray shirt: Dockers
Dress: Old Navy (similar)
Belt: Emerson Fry (on sale for $25!)
Boots: 'Lindsay Plate' by Frye
I’ve never been much of a tunic and leggings girl, but I’m starting to understand why it’s such a classic maternity look.As the bump gets bigger, dresses turn into tunics and leggings are SO comfortable.
This dress from Old Navy is loose and I usually belt it, but to keep the illusion of my waistline, I left it as is and hoped it didn’t look too shapeless.
Dress: Old Navy (similar)
Leggings: Target (similar)
flats: Kohls (similar)
(These photos are from the middle of February when I was 9 weeks)
Figuring out how to dress in the first trimester was trickier than I planned. Not only was I not ready for people to notice I was pregnant, but it was also a very unattractive bloat more than a bump.
Anything snug was so uncomfortable. I bought these low-panel skinny Gap maternity pants in week 9 and they are still a staple in my closet 10 weeks later.
So my first trimester style rules were to wear loose tops or dresses, or concealing layers from week 8-15. At that point I was ready to start showing off my growing bump.
Pants: Gap Maternity
Blouse: J.Crew (similar)
Boots: Sole Society (similar)
Latte Loves Style turned 3 today!
I’ll be back soon with the beginnings of Latte maternity style :-)
I snagged this dress on a thrifting trip last summer and finally we had a day that got chilly enough (in the 60’s) that I could get away with wearing it! (I know, gag, I’m sorry for all of you who don’t live in San Diego)
I love this dress and these photos because it reminds me that three or four years ago I would have never had the guts to wear something so vintage or so clingy.
My fashion journey has been a slow process of discovery and self-confidence as I figure out how to express myself in my personal style.
dress: thrifted, anne klein
necklace: t&j designs (similar here and here)
bag: Kate Space (Christmas gift!)
p.s. stay tuned for Latte Loves (or hates!) Maternity Style: a new series coming up for the next 6+ months!