WIW 10/29-Plethora of Polished Preppy Plum Prints (Old Lady Librarian)

I love fall! Most of my clothes were bought last fall and fall is my dominant season (mild winters and foggy summers) so it's nice to finally break out the layers and fun coats!

I managed to combine two "looks" from a WIW post from last season--Old Lady and Librarian--into one outfit! Here's the previous WIW from last January--fun to see how the same clothes looked on me before I was pregnant!
It's also a variation on another pregnant in plum outfit I did with the coat a few weeks ago:

The plaid skirt is a fit and flare with a fitted waist. I had to hike it all the way up to just under my boobs, but I managed to zip it up (barely)! With the huge belly, the midi skirt has turned into a high-low hem, but fortunately that's in style now, right? And I removed the faux fur collar from the coat because the outfit was already so ALGO and I wanted a cleaner line and a more preppy vibe. This is more print- and texture-mixing than I think I've ever done, but I think it still works because the colors are similar. I counted at least six different patterns/textures--purple Anthro tweed coat, grey H&M textured cardigan, dotted cream Anne Fontaine blouse with ruffles, plum and rose H&M plaid skirt, velvet floral Fossil bag, and stars and stripes taupe Chie Mihara heels. I went pretty low-key with the accessories--gold Anthro leaf belt and Christian Dior V necklace--because the rest of the outfit was so ALGO already. I've given up most of my high heels for now, but the two pairs of Chie Miharas are the most comfy high heels I own, so I made an exception (plus it went so well with the outfit!).

I am really happy that 1) I still fit into these non-maternity clothes and 2) I managed to pile on the prints and textures into one super-ALGO outfit that I think is still pretty polished and hopefully not too crazy and 3) I felt really "me" in this outfit...I think this is a very representative example of my current style!

Thanks for looking and commenting!

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  • deb replied 7 years ago

    You are so cute!!!

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    You are a beautifully stylish pregnant creature!

  • Jjsloane replied 7 years ago

    Congratulations on bringing style to your pregnancy. If you are comfy (the belt makes me think otherwise, but that was me) you look amazing with the great patterns and textures going on.

  • replied 7 years ago

    Very nice! It's fun when you can wear non maternity clothes during pregnancy, you look great!

  • MsMary replied 7 years ago

    Natalie, you are so adorbs! I want to give you a big hug!!

  • Parsley replied 7 years ago

    You are amazing the way you find ways to still look so great in your non-maternity clothes at this stage in your pregnancy!
    Such a creative mix of patterns and textures that all work together- you look terrific!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    This is gorgeous Natalie - you make pregnancy so darned fashionable it ought to be illegal!

  • Krista replied 7 years ago

    I am in awe of how you are working and reworking your wardrobe with all kinds of combinations during your pregnancy. You look fab!

  • Day Vies replied 7 years ago

    I am really enjoying your texture and pattern mixing. The shoes are lovely!

  • Thistle replied 7 years ago

    Love the patterns and textures!

    You look so amazingly stylish!

  • rae replied 7 years ago

    You are right in all the achievements you listed. I am constantly in awe of how you do not "become the bump" but rather integrate the baby to be into your existing style. Rock on, lady!

  • CocoLion replied 7 years ago

    I am a HUGE (don't take that the wrong way LOL) fan of your style Natalie. I love all of your texture and pattern mixing and the way it all comes together in a lady-like, artistic, prim Boho way. This is the outfit you would wear having tea at a little inn in England, there would be ladies in tweed like Miss Marple who would by eyeing you approvingly.

  • catgirl replied 7 years ago

    This is such brilliant pattern mixing. It's so subtle and wonderful. I am a huge fan of your pregnancy outfits, Natalie - they've been some of my favorites!

  • goldenpig replied 7 years ago

    Thanks Deb. Angie, Jeanne, Tara, MaryK, Parsley, Shannon, Krista, Day Vies, Thistle, Rae, Denise and Una! It's good to know I haven't completely lost my style with being pregnant! Jeanne, I was comfortable in this outfit--not loungewear comfortable, but since the belt and skirt waist were so high up under my bust, it wasn't constricting me at all. MaryK--hugging you right back! Rae, just wait till third trimester! I think I will be all bump by then! Denise, I love your description! I don't like tea or coffee, but I'll have plenty of cake! Thanks again everyone for the nice compliments!

  • ramya replied 7 years ago

    Natalie you know what? You make pregnancy seem easy peasy :D Which I surely know is not :)

  • rachylou replied 7 years ago

    You are putting the maternity clothing shops out of business Natalie!

  • moira replied 7 years ago

    That coat and that dress and that bag make me want to weep with joy.
    You look great in each of these outfits.

  • Marley replied 7 years ago

    Wow - this just works! So much going on - and still looks so polished and intentional. LOVE it!

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