There is no time quite like when you’re pregnant to have unsolicited advice handed out to you (read: shoved down your throat.) Every time someone would pass along some “well-meant” wisdom I’d wish they could pass on a chicken nugget instead. On the list of ‘worlds most profound pondering’ came the opinions on maternity clothing. Never in my life have I come across a portion of the female population more against the purchasing of clothes DESIGNED FOR A SPECIFIC PERIOD than when I was pregnant. Seriously though, there is a particular group of women who clearly do not believe that every new occasion calls for a capsule to remember it by. If maternity stores were witches, the aforementioned group had pitchforks!
I was told what a waste it would be; how unnecessary, how expensive, how ugly all the apparent maternity clothes were. Of course walking around in your skinnies, LBD’s and crop tops of your previous life could be made comfortable? Why not just throw on one of those horrid stretchy belt “jean extenders” ? You’re already the size of planet, why not add some rings? Yes, this is the logic. I will be the first to admit that at first I teamed up with them. I believed it all. I mean its only nine months and I would never need these clothes again right?
NO! Without wanting to come across as an over involved narcissist, I’ve got to put it out there that I’ve always been the girl who marked life events by what I wore. For every new experience I would prepare by “investing” in a little something something. Inevitably there came a time that I decided a pregnancy wardrobe was most definitely on the cards. A combination of hormones, misery and exhaustion, convinced me to splurge (by my standard LOL) on a few pickings I have yet to regret purchasing.
Here’s how my haul was a bit different. I took one look at the “conventional” commercial maternity stores and threw up a little bit (could have been the morning sickness but was most definitely the amount of urgly I saw in those stores!) Those cross over wrap dress/meets nursing bra/ meets stretchy waist band/ meets a hem on your knees brought tears to my eyes. I just COULD AND WOULD NOT! So I found an alternative. I took in my growing belly, my mighty peach and all over lady lumps and decided to simply (and I mean this is obvious) buy all my clothes two to three times the usual size. I stuck to all the stores I shopped at previously and only altered the fabrics I chose and now and then opted for a change in cut.
I will also admit that I bought a few pieces from the H&M maternity section as they did what I was doing. Took REGULAR, FASHIONABLE designs and made them a bit bigger with extra stretch. Other than that I made sure that what I bought could be worn post preggo bump by being belted, clinched or tucked in. A lot of what I bought and still buy comes from the men’s section so worst case scenario was that A could maybe wear it if it really didn’t fit anymore (safe to say, it has not come to this.)
Ally is 10 months old and I thought it could be the perfect opportunity to show that I am still wearing all those clothes I was told not to buy! Best part is they can now be styled a 1000 different ways and I could not be more delighted. A pregnant body should be celebrated! What better way to do that than dressing it how you see fit? Feeling beautiful while pregnant is an actual thing and I would do anything to have my baby IN board confidence back!
A Touch of Pink
Dress by Streetlines Apparel
I cannot give this dress its due. If I were to try we would be here all night! In a nutshell the shape allows for growth but still clinches in a few places so you don’t feel like a complete hot air balloon! The fabric ! Just, just , just what I needed. Light, breezy, breathable. Most importantly I felt the prettiest in it. My bump looked cute, my peach disappeared and the color brings me happiness.
(FYI wearing heels in this shoot because I wore heels right up to six months in. Sooooo )
Double Denim Benefits
Denim Poncho by Forever 21
Towards the last three months of housing a growing human I spotted this gem at Forever 21. An oversized denim jacket meets poncho number. What had me at ‘hello’ had to be the size. I could layer a hoody or ten underneath and still be comfortable.The hidden benefit is now that I pump I can do so without an actual cover up! So yay for me.
Dress by Mr Price
Boots by Witchery for Woolworths South Africa
Looking back I cannot believe I fitted into this dress while pregnant. Yet I did and I loved it! It fits just below the bust and then flares quite nicely, so, an absolute win for watermelon smugglers everywhere! Again I literally lived in heels and these boots were no exception. Heels made me feel more Oprah than Oros man and helped with my posture more than any back brace ever could!
Hat from the Hout Bay Market
Dress from The Grand Parade Market
Waist bag by Woolworths
Accessories, Accessories, Accessories. I learnt quick fast that the best way to deal with a bad “nothing fits” day is to use accessories to divert your attention. More than ever before my hats, eccentric bags and necklaces came into play and took centre stage.