Thursday, August 29, 2013

Part II: Not-So-Secret Secret - Guidelines for Non-Maternity 'Maternity'

{Shirt: Gap (old - not maternity!) - sim, Shell: KikiRiki, Skirt: A Pea in the Pod (old) - sim, Hat: J.Crew Factory (old) - sim, Sunnies, Necklace: Gift from D - love this version!, Shoes, Bracelets: J.Crew Factory (old) - sim, INPINK - c/o (old) - sim, Francescas (old) - sim, J.Crew, Lips: Damned}

As promised, (admit it, the anticipation was killing you!) from my Not-So-Secret Secret post: guidelines for maternity dressing sans maternity clothing (for the most part). I've really only focused on tops since most of my skirts are maternity. I had no problem purchasing some basic skirts to get me through my entire pregnancy and I wear them everyday. I rotate between a couple different denim (a more casual light wash and a darker, dressier wash), a couple structured knee-length black skirts and several fitted knit skirts both colored and black. I know a lot of people like the loose fold-over waist knit skirts, but those are the kind I wear to they gym and therefore I can't wear them as 'real clothes'. But that's just me...nothing against them for those who like 'em :) 

1. Tunic-style tops can be your best friend!
However, now is NOT the time for the big, flowy, muumuu versions (even if you're the type who can wear those normally without looking like a tent). Stick to more fitted ones, obviously staying within your comfort zone. Fun patterns and embellishments are always a plus and can help camouflage an early pregnancy and the extra length will be necessary to cover the bump as it grows. Try to steer clear of empire waists - these can make week 8 look like month 8...yikes! Make sure there is room for a growing belly, so size up a size if you need to. Thanks to recent trends, oversized shirts have been in style for the past few years so you'll be able to wear these post baby...always a plus :) With fall approaching, tunics are now everywhere so this is a great time for dressing a pregnant belly. With so many options out there, you can keep your same pre-pregnancy style or step outside your comfort zone and experiment dressing your new body! Look for tunics with cute pockets, casual stripes, mixed textures, bold patterns, subtle details, edgy, colorful, or keep it simple and neutral :)

2. Cardigans - wear 'em now, wear 'em later!
The great thing about cardigans is that you don't (necessarily) have to size up, so these will stand the test of time in your closet. A couple of maternity tanks (embellishments like this or this add extra interest to an otherwise bland tank) or blouses (solid, print, basic) will help you get great mileage out of cardis. Making sure that everything can mix and match will give you tons of different looks with only a few of each type of piece. Plus cardis can do double duty once you have the baby to layer over nursing tanks (let's be honest, clothing designed for nursing is just plain ugly!) They're great to keep things covered as best as possible when feeding the baby and give the versatility of 'easy access' :) Since cardis don't have to close while pregnant (or even after!), the choices are endless and you can get great end-of-season deals.
So many options: Cashmere, faux-leather, boyfriend, elbow-patch, colorblock, sporty, animal print, waterfall, belted, blanket-wrap...I could go on and on, but you get the idea!

3. 'Glammed-Up' Sweatshirts
It can be soooo tempting to just throw on oversized sweatshirts especially on those days when you're feeling especially crummy/exhausted/huuuge...but there's a better option that's just as comfy! Sweatshirts have come along way from the alma mater-emblazoned hoodies from high school/college days. Fun texture, flirty ruffles, sparkly sequins, lace overlays and interesting details really dress up these sweatshirts making them pass as 'real clothes' when all you really want are your pjs. Size up as necessary and have a bit of an oversized feel post-baby.

4. The 'Other Side' of the Closet!
That's right...your dude's duds :) More specifically his button-downs. Thank recent trends again for this one as oversized button-downs are definitely of-the-moment. I borrowed one of D's basic white button-downs for this look...but don't stop there. As fall approaches don't be shy about borrowing his chambrays, tartans and ginghams!

I am sure you, dear readers, also have your own tips and tricks for dressing your baby bumps - so let's hear 'em!

As always (and I'm sorry that I don't say it nearly enough!) thanks for reading :)


CE said...

I love your accessories in these pictures!

Ally said...