What I Wore Wednesday: 18 weeks
December 28, 2011
As I approach the 18-week mark, I am still getting used to dressing my body for a growing belly. The trick is not wearing something ultra-baggy so you can't tell I'm pregnant (because then you have the “did she just eat a really big lunch?” problem), but also finding tops that are long enough to fit over the belly and pants that are comfortable at the waistline.
Here's what I wore today. Scroll down for some tips on dressing in the 2nd trimester!
Top: Anthropologie (I picked this little waffle-knit gem up the day after Christmas when their sale stuff was an extra 50% off, so I got it for $19. It's definitely not a maternity top, but it's roomy enough to work - and super comfy)
Scarf: DownEast Basics (currently on sale for $10!)
Jeans: Gap Maternity Skinny Jeans (I LOVE these jeans! I got them on sale for $40; they are well worth the money!)
Shoes: Target from ages ago
Layering tank: Old Navy
Tips for dressing in the 2nd trimester:
- When purchasing, look for clothes that will work for the next few months to get longevity. At this point, there are still lots of non-maternity tops that will work and you'll be able to wear them post-partum, too. Look for those with a longer torso, empire waist, or loose fit.
- Rule of thumb: DO NOT buy a size bigger than what you would normally wear (unless the sizing runs small), because it will end up fitting you loosely everywhere but the belly and you'll look like you're drowning in it. The trick is to find a top that fits you like it should everywhere but the belly, where a little stretch is a good thing and will show off your growing bump.
- Purchase a BellaBand to get longevity out of your current pants. If you aren't gaining too much in the butt and thighs and can still fit into your old pants (save for buttoning them, of course), the BellaBand is a great option (I bought the knock-off at Target for cheaper). These allow you to wear your regular pants without having to button, and sometimes, zip them up. Ahhh, heaven.
- Scour your closet for all your stretchy knits. In terms of pants, just about anything with an elastic waistband will fit you at this point, so call on those when you need something to wear. Most of your knit tops will still fit at this point too; a tight fit on your belly is a good thing! You want people to know you're pregnant (well, in most cases, I suppose...).
- When you're at home lounging, comfort is key. Forget about the jeans, BellaBands, and tight tops; throw on some elastic waist sweats and a t-shirt. You can still look fashionable in sweats, just in case someone happens to stop by (see my sweatpants post here).
In closing, my motto continues to be: “Just because I'm pregnant/a mom doesn't mean I can't be cute.”