Dressing for the Bump
Who said pregnancy can't be fabulous too?
It's completely normal to feel self conscious, uncomfortable looking into the mirror and down right like an oompa loompa. If anything; it's actually pretty abnormal to not feel like this at least once during those 40 weeks. For me; everyday I woke up and felt bigger than the night before. As more items in my closet became unrealistic and impossible; I got out of my comfort zone and kinda just went with it. I didn't really start showing until maybe 20 weeks; half way through (quick lesson: 40 weeks is the gestational duration). So most of my normal everyday attire fit but was definitely tight. I am now 32 weeks and as you can see from the photos; my bump is no joke. As I've gotten bigger and bigger, my biggest motivator has been all my loves around me. Seriously, my friends and family are the greatest with compliments and boosting my self-esteem. Trust people when they tell you how adorable you look and how perfect your bump is.... people love pregnant women! Trust in others compliments that they are genuine; that's all you can do.
Now, luckily for me I am a sunshine lover. Being pregnant throughout the summer was more of a gift in my eyes. Loose maxi dresses, flowing skirts and anything flattering that fit around this growing bump. My existing wardrobe already had plenty of these items so I didn't really invest in maternity clothing. I wouldn't be opposed to buying maternity specific clothing; but for me, if I was going to shop I wanted more items I could wear again pregnant or not.
(to help ya'll navigate for future posts, I will post my images and then underline the item or (similar item) below the image so you can just click' and purchase it for yourself).
I chose to dress this look up by pairing it with a simple open toe heel, only because I haven't had much swelling or any extra pressure in my feet (yet). Easily dress this look down by pairing it with some strappy sandals or flats. With all the extra weight you're likely carrying around with pregnancy; its totally understandable.
The ruched sides on this dress easily create a smaller waistline look; while also giving you more of a curvier hourglass figure.
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This asymmetrical skirt is easily one of the most comfortable of items. With Spandex material it really can grow to any size. Its high rise elastic waistline can also go over that bump.
Any pencil skirt pulled above the bump paired with a crop is so simple, so comfy and SO CUTE. Also gives a little attention to some skin showing in the slimmer part of your mid section.
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Hand picked from my private collection • Photography: Molly Jeter • Photo Edits: Heather Hamilton