Monday, May 21, 2012

fash•ion (fash-uh n) | anti-maternity clothing

Taking outfit pics lately has been so un-motivating and I can't look at any picture of myself without thinking I look like a house.  I'm growing by the minute and trying not to spend any money on new clothes, so many of my outfits have been very dull.  Lucky for me though, I kept a lot of the summer dresses I had before I lost 20 pounds and they are now serving as my maternity clothes.  I'm very adamant about buying the least amount of maternity clothes as possible. The only exception I've really made are pants and some work appropriate dresses I thrifted. Otherwise, I'm trying to avoid buying maternity gear like it's the plague. Fortunately, being pregnant in the summer means that I can just throw on any sort of jersey knit dress and be good to go.  But what I'm really relying on are maxi dresses.  This style is perfect for covering up the bump without wondering if the front of my dress is much shorter than the back, and I can continue wearing them post baby.

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outfit details | dress - h&m | shoes - urban outfitters |

If you're pregnant, or plan to be in the near future, here are some good ways to avoid the maternity clothes rut:
  • Stick to materials that can grow with you. I bought some great jersey knit dresses from F21 and they've managed to keep me covered up as I grow out.
  • When buying dresses, look for a length that hits right below or right at the knee.  As you grow out, your dress shrinks up.  If you don't want to look like you're wearing a mini, make sure you're aware of where the hem hits.
  • Maxi dresses.  Nuff said.
  • Invest in tunic tops. They're longer than normal shirts, but once you're pregnant they look like a normal length.
  • Don't try to test trends. Pregnancy is not the best time to exercise trends so stick to basic items and dress them up with jewelry. 

9 comments:

LyddieGal said...

This is a great summer dress, and you don't look like a house, you look beautiful!
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Rebecca said...

I like that print, and I think you're smart to buy clothes you can wear after the baby comes.

Andrea @ theMFDre said...

you look so great!!
xo

sartoriography said...

HOT MAMA! You look great and I'm so impressed with how chic you are during pregnancy. I'll need lessons someday, so remember how you did it! :)

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

Do you mean pregnancy is not the time to try out neon cropped harem pants? ;o)

dusanabotswana said...

what? no cropped tops? but they're all the trend right now ; ) anyway you look gorgeous!! I've always thought dresses were the perfect thing to wear when pregnant & great you had lots of old things you fit into now... wow you lost 20 pounds?! that's amazing, how'd you do it? (maybe you posted this & I just missed it..). At my office you could just throw on a cardi or "cover up" & you'd be good to go in the summer : )
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Laura Go said...

oh Tabitha, you are glowing! I love the print and color of that maxi!

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Tea Todd said...

Tabitha you look great, but I understand we are our own worst critic. We've been planning on getting pregnant towards the end of the year. I've been buying a lot of maxi dresses in jersey in preparation for next summer as well. I can wear them now, during pregnancy and after. Thanks for the tips.

HannahThompson said...

At present time is it not a problem for choosing clothes for pregnant women. Maternity clothes are come in many style, in maternity clothes pregnant women not only feel comfortable but they are feel stylish also. Thanks for sharing.
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