I’ll admit that I have my days when it comes to finding something to wear with this bump. Things change so quickly from day to day (as in your growing bun) so you’re constantly having to reinvent your basics. And of course the weather always plays a part. I’ve been through three stages of dressing my bump so far. The first, thinking I was just going to wear whatever I already had (non-maternity wise) and roll with it. So I was relying on breezy dresses boyfriend jeans and stretchy waistbands, which I got away with for some time. Then I moved into the second phase that consisted of stealing things from my husband’s wardrobe and using a hair tie to keep my pants on—genius until it flew off at dinner one night. This stage was probably the hardest, since I hadn’t quite “popped” and yet nothing really fit me anymore. I’ve finally found my groove now in this last stage. So I thought I would share some key tips that have made me feel like myself through this time.
Vince maternity top, 7 for all Mankind maternity jeans, Manolo Blahnik heels, Garrett Leight sunglasses, Trina Turk blazer (similar), Alexis Russell bangles and cuff.
One thing that immediately made life more comfortable was picking up some maternity jeans. There are some amazing options out there and for me denim is a huge part of my style. This pair by 7 for all Mankind has become a favorite primarily for the fit but I’ve also come to love the wash for late summer days. I’ve also found favorites from Paige, Citizens of Humanity and James Jeans.
Outerwear has played a big role in how I’ve been styling my looks. Leather jackets, blazers and even oversized cardigans (seen here and here) seem to complete a look and make you feel more comfortable while other parts of your bod (arms and, ahem, your derriere) might need some hiding for the time being.
Tops. This category surprised me the most since I thought my baggy tees would work out just fine. Not the case. Most of them end up being a hair too short and in all honesty don’t look all that flattering. I was so excited to find out that A Pea in the Pod works with some of my favorite designers like Vince, Joie and Equipment on pieces especially for moms-to-be. The best part is that they’re probably still be favorites long after baby comes. Other top essentials: Hatch Lily tank, Gap v-neck maternity tees and Old Navy ribbed tanks.
Essentials I’ve found for styling a bump…