Cheers to the first day of Spring babes! I could not be more excited about the warm weather to come. We had such a mild winter here in Denver, but either way Spring & Summer weather are totally on my mind. I'm 15 weeks and 4 days pregnant today. Woohoo! I feel like time is flying by, but also moving slowly at the same time because I seriously can't wait to meet Baby O. To be totally honest, it hasn't been the easiest with learning how to style the bump.
I'm in a really weird stage right now where my jeans are too tight and uncomfortable to wear, but maternity jeans are too big because I haven't quite popped yet. One thing I know for sure, I am beyond happy to be pregnant during the warmer months. Dresses are already something I'm a huge fan of and basically think I'm going to live in them these next 6 months. If you can plan your pregnancy (which you really can't) shoot for dress season to make your life easier.
Ditch the Tight Pants
I learned this pretty early on in my pregnancy. I have always been a lover of high waist denim and pretty much switched my entire closet over to that last year. Well, with all the bloating of the first trimester, there was no way I could sit in those babies for more than an hour. I would squirm so much with discomfort that I finally had to ditch all my favorite tight high waist jeans. I moved onto the couple of pairs I owned that hit below the waist, but at around 9-10 weeks even those were losing their comfort. I have a pretty short torso, Kirby actually calls me Lenore because of my long legs, so my bump has definitely made an impact on my fashion early on.
I learned a trick on Pinterest that has helped me keep my low waist jeans around a bit longer. Use a hair tight to loop through your button hole and then connect it to your button. Easy as that! It has definitely made a difference, but I really just opt for wearing dresses as much as possible. I don't know what it really is, but anything tight on me is super uncomfortable. Luckily, I'm still able to rock a ton of non-maternity dresses like this lilac ASOS one pictured. Its loose enough that it totally works. I can see a lot of Free People dresses in my future which is totally okay with me.
Size Up in Non-Maternity Clothes
One thing that has definitely been a benefit for me is my already boho style. A lot of what I own is pretty loose fitting and has been able to work for hiding the bump in the beginning and now for comfort. Your body is constantly changing over the 9 month period which can put a huge dent into your bank account if you go crazy. I will say that's a big benefit of being a fashion blogger and receiving a ton of free clothing. I haven't really had to buy anything yet. It also helps that I'm the first one to have a baby on my side of the family. Lets just say my parents have had a lot of fun with picking out looks. One thing I have learned through this process is that you don't necessarily need to buy all maternity clothes right away.
Sizing up in a dress or a top, I think, is the smartest thing you can do for two reasons. One, you can continue to shop at you favorite retailers without having a smaller selection of options and without really having to do much research on sizing. Two, you'll be able to wear these items after the pregnancy ends. I'd love to think I'm going to lose all the weight after Baby O arrives, but lets be honest... Christmas cookies won't be far behind his/her arrival so it may take me longer than I think. I'm normally a small in tops and a 4/26 in pants and dresses. I've slowly but surely started buying mediums and size 6's to give me the comfort I'm looking for, but also in the hopes that I'll wear them down the road.
For example, the beautiful Express dress I wore in our announcement video & post couldn't fit my new curves up top (wink, wink) and was a bit too tight on my small bump. I simply sized up to a 6 and boom. Now, I'm hoping I can rock it come next Spring with cute little Baby O in hand. Don't think you need to jump to maternity gear right away and don't overthink the number listed on your clothing. Bodies are meant to change during this time and it's something I myself am trying to get used to. Squeezing into a piece that's too tight or too small is not going to help with your self-esteem.
Say Yes to the Dress
As I mentioned above, I see myself living in dresses these next 6 months and I'm not mad about it. Dresses give my body room to breathe and leave me feeling the best about myself. I'm lucky that my pregnancy hit right around warmer months, but even if you find yourself pregnant during the winter just layer. Leggings, tights and OTK boots are the perfect pieces to help stay warm during colder months.
Dresses are by far the most comfortable and flattering pieces I've found thus far and I'm sticking to it. The great thing about dresses is you can easily work with non-maternity pieces and pieces you already have in your closest. Another great thing is the bump is finally not a food baby. No more having to feel weird or uncomfortable in tight dresses which I think is the best thing yet.
A lot of people have recommended leggings as an option for pants, which is great, but I don't wear those much outside of the house. My recommendation, if you're anything like me with leggings, is a t-shirt dress. You can buy them loose or tight and they are so comfortable. I think pairing cute tennis shoe or strappy sandals is the perfect look to run errands in. If you're in need of some Springtime shoe trends make sure to check out my post on 6 Spring Shoe Trends for 2018. I have a bit of an obsession and can't wait to mix and match different looks with all the dresses I'll be rocking. One tip I'll give you, if you're trying to feel a bit sexier or not so slummish throw on a pair of wedges or chunky heels to bring that height into your look. It does wonders babes!