I pretty much have had a maternity uniform the whole time I’ve been pregnant. Early on I made the decision not to try to hide the bump by draping things over it. I figured it’s here, I am going to look ten times bigger tenting myself than accentuating myself. Keeping things comfortable, stylish and simple while not investing in a whole new wardrobe was my main goal. Here is what I purchased, mainly from Old Navy.
One pair of maternity jeans … I cuffed these, or wore them with boots all through the winter.
A handful of maternity tanks … I LOVE these. No really, I am going to keep wearing them after I have the baby. They are so soft, so long, and so comfortable. They come in a ton of color and stripes and are great on their own or layered.
A few button down shirts … These are great layering pieces. They are not maternity shirts, just regular button downs a size larger than I would normally wear. When they were no longer able to button I wore them open. I ended up with a chambray, oxford and green gingham that I wore religiously.
The only other pants that I had were the wonder under crops from lululemon. I already had a ton of these in my closet so no new purchases were necessary. These worked really well for me until about month eight.
Everyday I would pair my jeans, or wonder under’s with a tank, button down, or cardigan, and a puffy vest. Simple, and comfortable. Normally I would have added a scarf, but sadly I have not been able to wear anything around my neck throughout the pregnancy. I couldn’t even wear necklaces until month six. Anything that came close to my neck made me feel like I was choking so my beloved scarves took the winter off.
So that was my maternity uniform until…
One of my super stylish friends, who is also pregnant, introduced me to my FAVORITE maternity find. The Lynn Henley dress by J. McLaughlin. I can’t even handle it. I love these dresses so much!!! The best part is that they are not maternity. So although a bit of an investment, they are something that I will be wearing long after pregnancy is just a distant memory.
Amazing right! Clearly I do not look like the model, just forget that she is there, but the dress is stretchy and looks so cute with a bump. The best part is that it is as comfortable as my nightgown, and I look super fancy in it. Who doesn’t love that? People always ask me if I’m going to a party later, or to a meeting, or what special occasion it is. It’s amazing, life changing. I pop it on, pair it with some studs, a cute bag, and flip-flops. Yeah that’s right, I’m rolling around with this fancy dress and pink flip-flops and people still think I am dressed to impress. Seriously I might only wear this dress for the rest of my life. Well, you know a version of it, not specifically this one. I also picked one up in this print. Navy and white, navy and white, it’s what I’m about these days!
Well I’m off to clean the house again, and try to organize everything that we own before the little guy arrives!
Have a great day. XO