Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Comfortable, Confident, Beautiful

My first pregnancy I bought a handful of maternity clothes, one or two dresses, and wore a lot of my exercise t-shirts. I didn't want to spend a lot of money, because, of course, pregnancy is only for 40 weeks. ...40 out of 52 weeks! That's crazy to not have nice clothes to enjoy for almost a year. My second pregnancy was a different season, so I splurged a little bit more than the previous at Old Navy Maternity. I was pleased with their maternity clothes, but didn't find anything that made me feel mighty good.
This pregnancy I hit up garage sales and consignment shops. But even though I was getting things at $1.oo a piece, I wasn't satisfied. Then it hit me like a brick wall. Maternity clothing, particularly cheaply made maternity clothing (Motherhood) fits well only a handful of times. Then it starts looking drab on the buyer. Then they sell it to you, and now not only is it drab looking, it is formed to a different pregnant body. Ahhh!
I was stuck with a whole lot of inexpensive, but ill fitting maternity clothes that were not exactly my style, but cheap, cheap, cheap. And chances are, if you are me, you can't pass up a deal.
One day I had had it, and asked Mr. Incredible if I could go to the new maternity store to check it out and pick up a few new pieces. He said, "sure, just don't spend over $300.00." Uhhh, are you kidding me? Of COURSE I wouldn't spend anywhere NEAR to $300.00.
Then I went. And found A Pea in the Pod. Beautiful, timeless, elegant, dress up or dress down. If you sell them your kidney. $300.00 later, I was home, delighted. I haven't felt fat and ugly since. Really.

Here are some of my finds:

This can dress up or down. I typically wear with jeans. A Pea in the Pod Spaghetti Strap Crochet Detail Maternity Blouse

I got this in black. The ruching ensures a comfortable fit without riding up. Flattering!A Pea in the Pod Sleeveless Mandarin Collar Button Detail Maternity Top

I bought this, but was nervous it looked like a curtain. I've gotten a surprising amount of compliments. Motherhood Short Sleeve Crochet Detail Maternity Shirt

These are Lucky Brand designer jeans. The large didn't fit me. They don't carry extra large. I loved them. I'm glad they
did not fit though, because I found
A Pea in the Pod Lucky Brand Under Belly 5 Pocket Boot Cut Maternity Jeans

these jeans for much cheaper. I like how they don't have that terrible band that makes you hotter than you already are.
Motherhood Self Belly Stretch Fabric Boot Cut Maternity Jeans

Even preggers need an LBD. This was cheap, and looks just about as good on me as it does this model. hurrah!
Short Sleeve Faux Wrap Maternity Dress

Confession: I bought this because it was on sale. It's a sweater. I figured that September nights might get chilly. I've
already worn it a few times, and like it! It's different, but it's nice to have something to thrown on (other than your
husband's oversized hoodies).
Motherhood Elbow Sleeve Cascade Maternity Sweater

I got this little cable knit at a garage sale. It's Motherhood brand, but it's a sweater. Not supposed to be form fitting.
I'm pleased.
Motherhood Long Sleeve Cable Knit Maternity Sweater

I really like this tunic. However, eldest daughter says to "take off Daddy's shirt." I don't know what other people think
about it.

Motherhood Maternity Elbow Sleeve Empire Waist Maternity Tunic - Click for Detail

And if I was pregnant for another 40 weeks, I'd definitely splurge on these things. And probably a few more things, too.
And maybe new shoes, because my feet are ballooning. (never happened before!)
A Pea In The Pod Collection Short Sleeve Charmeuse Trim Maternity DressA Pea in the Pod 3/4 Sleeve Button Front Maternity SweaterA Pea In The Pod Collection Bailey 44 Short Sleeve Cowl Neck Ruched Maternity T ShirtA Pea In The Pod Collection Short Sleeve Rib Knit Maternity TunicA Pea In The Pod Collection Short Sleeve Crew Neck Side Ruched Maternity T Shirt

Since I am only 4 weeks from my due date, I think it is fair for me to start dreaming of a slim figure. I like to get a new
outfit for babies baptism, and I'm quite sure this is it. But whoooo knows what size I'll be in 3 months. (Found this link via Sensibly Styled Blog.)

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this one! I am already stressing. Although I have supposedly lost several pounds (thank you, morning sickness), I'm already having trouble buttoning up my jeans thanks to body morphs. Good to hear from veteran pregos on how to handle it and not look like a complete bum. At least we've moved past the Laura Ashley rompers of our mothers' maternity closets!