At the ripe old week of 38 I thought I’d better do a maternity clothes post if I ever plan to. I’m proud to say I haven’t worn a single “maternity” thing while pregnant—(I bought jeans from Topshop but they were just too hot, so I’m hoping to wear them after baby comes). Instead I wore the long dresses I always do, and supplemented with a few extras.
My dresses were always sans waist (when I wanted to clearly be “the pregnant lady” I cinched them with a little belt and made an empire waist). And because most of my pregnancy fell during the hot (so hot) summer months and I walked nearly two miles to and from work each day, heels were the first to go. They made me too slow and I just didn’t feel “good” in them. Instead I opted for flat sandals of all sorts, all of which are now fall apart from dragging my feet as I got heavier and heavier. Truth be told, nobody really “knew” from looking at me that I was pregnant until about six and a- half or seven months (I felt HUGE, but the subway seats weren’t offered until this point and half the people at my current job looked shocked when I’d mention that I was expecting). Despite that I was able to wear my regular clothes, I didn’t—they didn’t feel right. So I spent the cooler months (part of March, all of April and May) in over-sized boyfriend jeans and then once it got too warm it was all dresses.
Most of my picks were vintage. I have a batik dress that was my pool cover-up and weekend dress because the fabric was so thin it was tolerable when most things weren’t. I bought a printed maxi dress/muumuu I bought on Etsy that was a good-send, (though it made me look MORE pregnant, but sometimes that’s nice), and lots of other dresses from the summer before—because I just like maxi dresses (and I felt lucky they were in style, because the length made me feel better, I haven’t been keen on my legs during this transition). People seemed to like that nothing I wore was flat out “maternity,” and it saved money, which was nice. Once the baby comes I hope to continue with the same sorts of things, mostly, but I’m hoping to enjoy heeled ankle boots, clogs and jeans again, too. And I’ll definitely move the belt to my real waist, once it’s back…
And I’ll leave you with a few of Alice’s pieces that I’m pulling together thanks to wonderful gifts from friends, vintage finds and again…lots of Etsy.