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.
I got this in black. The ruching ensures a comfortable fit without riding up. Flattering!
I bought this, but was nervous it looked like a curtain. I've gotten a surprising amount of compliments.
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
these jeans for much cheaper. I like how they don't have that terrible band that makes you hotter than you already are.
Even preggers need an LBD. This was cheap, and looks just about as good on me as it does this model. hurrah!
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).
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 really like this tunic. However, eldest daughter says to "take off Daddy's shirt." I don't know what other people think
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!)
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.)