Tuesday, August 6, 2013

my 3 rules of maternity style


If you've been around for long, you know I'm no fashion blogger, but I do love to get a good bargain on clothing and to look my best. While I was pregnant, I documented a good number of my maternity outfits with updates on the blog, but I thought it would be fun to put together a collage of several outfits.


Looking back on the things I wore during my pregnancy, I realized there were a few common elements, or rules of maternity style. I was on a limited budget and bought a few maternity staples, about half of which came from consignment or thrift stores. I also borrowed a good amount of maternity clothes from friends.


My rules for dressing the bump:
  • Layer. I was almost always warm, but by dressing in layers, I could adjust for temperature changes (which was especially helpful when the AC was cranked too high in the office and it would be scorching outside as I walked to my car). Also, by adding a cardigan or blazer I could make my pre-pregnancy wardrobe keep working for me.
  • Size up. Rather than buying only maternity clothes, I bought several tops from thrift stores a size larger than I wore pre-pregnancy. They have been great post pregnancy too, as I've been able to keep wearing them.
  • Belt it. Adding a belt above the belly accentuated the bump and made a lot of non-maternity shirts and dresses look finished. The belt worked particularly well with shirts that were a size larger. Plus, I can still wear the belts post-baby. 

Do you have any "rules" for maternity style that worked for you?

3 comments:

  1. for me it was cardigans and belts! cardigans and belts!! loved all your looks!

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  2. I'm just learning to size up!!! That way I will actually be able to wear these things the whole way through!!!

    Carly
    www.lipglossandcrayons.com

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  3. I did a lot of sizing up as well, it just worked better for my frame. At the end, it was elastic around the waist only, not buttons or half panels, I couldn't deal with it! :)

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