Fall weather was upon us this weekend, and I could not be more excited about it. I much prefer the milder temperatures to those of summer and winter, especially being pregnant. I’ve always imagined being very pregnant in the summer to make for a miserable pregnancy, with a lot of swelling and sweating. That said, I’m sure we’re not in the clear yet, as the last few years have included many 80+ degree days all the way up to November. Still, I’m so grateful for the cooler weather.
This year will undoubtedly be a bit different when it comes to fall fashion. Part of me is a bit sad that my wardrobe is much more limited this year. I admit that I’m finding myself struggling to find out what is going to fit my ever-changing figure. I would be lying if I said I don’t get routinely frustrated with the way I look in my old favorites.
At the same time, I know that my body is doing something amazing, so as frustrating as it is at times, it’s also very beautiful. In general, I’ve been sticking to mostly black ensembles. I feel most comfortable minimizing versus highlighting my growing belly–especially since it’s in a stage that could be confused for simple weight gain.
Early on, as soon as I started growing out of my regular jeans (and the hair tie trick stopping working), I invested in just a few maternity items: a pair of black jeans, three pairs of work pants, a pair of leggings and shapewear. So far, these have proven to be worthy investments (TONS of wear out of the dress pants, especially) and I’m making every effort to style with other items already in my closet. I know this won’t last for the entire pregnancy, but for now it’s working out okay.
These maternity jeans are the only ones that I’ve found flattering, and I think that the black is ideal for the fall and winter months, during which I’ll be most pregnant. I ordered and returned an under-the-belly pair, but ultimately find the over-the-belly options to be more comfortable. (This little one is treating my bladder like a speed bag, so anything adding additional pressure in that area just increases the discomfort.) As a side note, I’ve also been able to wear most of my regular jeans with these belly bands which has really extended the life of my non-maternity pants.
I’ve also been wearing these loafers (under $30) with absolutely everything on the weekends. They’re so comfortable but manage to look a little more elevated than a pair of sneakers. I think they look super cute with comfy dresses for the weekend also–haven’t yet decided if I want to try them out for work yet.
Like I said, I’m still figuring out what will flatter this growing belly, but I hope to share a few more looks with you guys that I’m finding to work along the way! My mentality is to keep my looks minimal!
want to shop my look?
Levi’s Hooded Utility Jacket
Madewell Maternity Over-the-Belly Skinny Jeans in Black Sea
A New Day Women’s Penny Loafers
J.Crew Mercantile scoopneck tissue tank top
Mallory RFID All in One Crossbody
Céline Women’s Squared Cat-Eye Sunglasses-Brown
Kate Spade New York ‘one In A Million’ Initial Pendant Necklace
Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & Isabel Maternity Bellaband® Support Belt – Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & Isabel®