Everyone has been so supportive of my pregnancy via internet, and some have even expressed their excitement at seeing how I style my bump, dress my pregnancy, you know, work it. Well... I may be a bit of a disappointment. My pregnancy style is very similar to how I go about things normally. Neutral tee. Jeans. Sandals. Leather tote. The usual suspects.
|Tee: Gap (similar) // Jeans: Old Navy Maternity (similar) // Sandals: Madden Girl (new via Salvation Army) // Bag: Banana Republic Kristen Tote (no longer available, but I'm searching high and low for a similar) // Polish: Essie in Forever Yummy (don't let the name turn you off, it's the perfect classic red)|
I usually break out the maternity jeans fairly early. I don't like that feeling of tightness that squeezing into my regular jeans provokes, so why fight it? As far as tops go, I'm wearing my usual tees and tanks, and for special events rocking either a shift dress, or something fitted but stretchy (and some Assets shorts, pulled up over the belly, thanks for asking).
Once the belly is out full force, I embrace it, ditching the shifts in favor of fitted tops and dresses. Maternity also brings out my love for monochromatic dressing and dark neutrals (even more so than usual!). They have the potential to be so flattering, and therefore have a soothing effect on the hormonal roller coaster of maternity self image.
Speaking of self image, is there anyone else out there that finds pregnancy to be a bit of a struggle? In some ways my first pregnancy was the worst. Chalk it up to personal demons, or the influence of the zeitgeist, but pregnancy came with more than just a change in cup size (they runneth over). Lots of fears. Lots of them. My body will be ruined. Varicose veins. Stretch marks. Thirty extra pounds, to be endured in perpetuity. Now I'm not saying that I glowed the entire time, or that I don't bear a mark or two, but it wasn't bad. My body did what it was designed to do, and there is something rather empowering about that. Even beautiful.