WIW 9/13-16: Pregnant UWP (and other fave dresses and skirts)

I love this sweater dress. I think of it as my kick-@$$ UWP dress, especially when paired with my black leather obi belt, black lace-up Frye boots, UWP hammered silver bracelet, and black ruffled trench.
Here is my original WIW post with the sweater dress last fall:
http://youlookfab.com/welookfa.....ater-dress
And now it's even more fun with a bump! I felt like a pregnant version of Trinity from the Matrix. Don't mess with this mama! I was happy all day at work and at the park with the kids and out for dinner in this outfit--comfy and kick-@$$ at the same time!

So happy I can still wear this dress, as well as other dresses and skirts from my post-YLF wardrobe, like my fave Bailey 44 dress. I felt like I was wearing pajamas all day in that dress. I could happily alternate between these two dresses the rest of the pregnancy if I had to! The leather skirt I just hiked up a couple inches so I could still zip it up (so it became an over the knee rather than midi skirt), and the black and yellow chevron skirt has an elastic waist (I still barely managed to wrap a skinny belt above the bump to create a faux waist). The longer I can put off wearing maternity, the better! I'm on SYC right now (and probably for the rest of the pregnancy), which is kind of a bummer because I'm just dreading growing out of my clothes and having to pull out my old pre-YLF maternity clothes. But our expenses are going up this year with the upcoming baby, with a nanny plus two school tuitions, and plus we are looking at getting a safer car for the nanny to drive the kids around. So kid safety and education definitely trumps fashion and staying on trend! At least it's forcing me to be creative with my current wardrobe and squeeze every last outfit I can out of it.

This is so different from my first two pregnancies. I jumped into maternity clothes as soon as I could, because it was an excuse to buy new clothes! And then I kept wearing them in between my pregnancies even though I didn't need to, because I liked them so much and they were the most stylish clothes I owned. Funny how my tastes can change as my style evolved! It's a good lesson for me in remixing and repurposing my wardrobe and wearing non-maternity clothes during pregnancy. I didn't think it was possible, but so far so good!

1-5. Calvin Klein black and white sweaterdress (Nordstrom on sale)
Only Mine black obi belt (Nordstrom)
H&M black tights
Frye Melissa black lace-up boots
Le Sak purse in black
White House Black Market hammered silver bracelet
Kate Spade Melissa ruffle trench

6-7. Bailey 44 orange tiered striped dress (Anthro)
Lafayette 148 caramel leather jacket (Nordstrom Rack)
Fossil velvet floral satchel
Forever 21 orange and bronze bracelet
Stuart Weitzman Giveable ballet flats in leopard (regular pumps and heeled sandals/boots are starting to get uncomfortable for me, so I'm wearing more flats and wedge boots/sandals)

8-10. Classiques Entier sleeveless pussy bow blouse (I'm amazed I could still fit in it!)
Lafayette 148 leather A line skirt from Nordstrom (another surprise fit)
White House Black Market ink blue jacket (I could have buttoned it up, but then it looked ridiculous with the bump popping out underneath so I left it open)
Dooney & Bourke yellow satchel
La Canadienne Galaxy chocolate suede boots

11-13. INC black turtleneck (Macy's)
ASOS black white and mustard yellow chevron skirt
Mustard yellow skinny belt (from Jason Wu for Target dress)
Dooney & Bourke yellow satchel
Cole Haan Air Talia black wedge sandals
(bonus shot with DD and DS playing at a friend's house)

PS The nurses are all commenting how since I made the announcement a couple of weeks ago, I've suddenly popped and become huge. It think it just means that I was doing a pretty good job of hiding the bump before! But now patients are starting to rub my belly and ask me if I'm pregnant even if I haven't said anything. It's a good thing I really am pregnant and not just gaining extra weight, or I'd be offended! It's mostly little old ladies rubbing me though, so it's hard to get upset at them.

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22 Comments

  • rute replied 7 years ago

    Lovely dresses! What a stylish mom!

  • ramya replied 7 years ago

    Wow!!! Aint you pretty Doctor :)

  • shevia replied 7 years ago

    I especially like the orange dress on you. And you have a great attitude toward people rubbing your belly. I had zero tolerance for that!

  • teri replied 7 years ago

    that Baily 44 dress looks sooooo good on you. I have it also and I love it too

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Natalie, you are looking amazing. No wonder you love that sweater dress. It's a fabulous piece on you. And I love how you are playing with belts here! Your wardrobe is REALLY working well for you through this pregnancy.

  • replied 7 years ago

    Natalie, you're doing such a good job dressing the bump! I'm amazed with what stylish outfits you're creating....and that you're not wearing maternity clothes yet. I don't think you look *huge* however, I'm sure everyone is just in shock that you're actually pregnant, since you hid it for so long. How wonderful that you have some knit dresses. And I can commiserate with you about rising expenses keeping you from buying new clothes. That's the story of my life. :)

  • Michelle replied 7 years ago

    Oh Natalie!!! Obviously I missed this exciting development during my absence...but congratulations on your pregnancy!! :)
    *hugs*

  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    Natalie, you look amazing! Your sweater dress kicka$$ dress is my favorite.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    Wow Natalie - you look crazy fantastic in every.single.one.of these outfits!!! Your wardrobe is working so well for your pregnancy and you are probably the most stylish expectant mother out there!

  • unfrumped replied 7 years ago

    You look super!

    I am thankful that "fashion" and how our eyes see pregnant ladies have changed over the years. The huge leap that has been made is that it is okay to show one's "bump". You still want basically good fit & no bad exposure, but gone are the days when the idea was that you had to move as soon as possible to camoflaging the belly and had to wear a tent hanging from your shoulders. I can recall kind of the transition, when we were moving away from the uniform of giant tent jumpers and empire waist everything, to leggings and more fitted tunics that actually could outline the pregant lady shape, but in a stylish & comfortable way. Also the more realistic shift in gestational fashion is that women can work around different pre-pregnancy body types plus how they're "carrying". So much more flexible and attractive.

  • catgirl replied 7 years ago

    All so good! It's great that your clothes are still working for you. Love the UWP outfit, but the B44 dress is really a great dress for maternity now that I see you in it. *waving to bump*

  • sinead replied 7 years ago

    These are all such great looks- and I am in love with that sweater dress. Then you go and pair it with those lace-up boots and Kate Spade trench... too fab for words.

    And I agree with unfrumped about the shift in maternity fashion. Giant tents were annoying. During my last trimester for one pregnancy I lived in this black knit jumpsuit for comfort (no waistbands) and it was pretty scandalous because it 'showed' everything. One of the few times I just didn't care.

  • Sylvie replied 7 years ago

    Natalie, you are looking so incredible, I can hardly stand it. I especially love the first outfit because well it's something I could see myself copying even though I'm not pregnant.

    I am so happy that your wardrobe still fits you and you get to look good and feel good.

  • rae replied 7 years ago

    You are amazing! I feel like this could be a book or something: how to wear regular clothes when pregnant. As before, I really love how doing this shows off the beauty of the bump. I feel like, when my mom was pregnant with my little sister, the thing to wear were those baby-doll cuts that ballooned out to hide the tummy in a giant curtain - as if it was even possible to hide, you know? It is much cooler to dress the bump with pride. :)

  • Ariadne replied 7 years ago

    Oh my goodness. You look breathtaking! I love everything. I love outfits #1 and #2 so much I'm saving them in my style inspiration file (that's not creepy, is it? I hope not!).

  • Kate replied 7 years ago

    Nathalie, you have me searching for superlatives to tell you how fab you look. The sweater dress and Bailey 44 are my favs—you're a knockout in those—but you look wonderful in them all. That last pic of you and your little ones is precious.

  • MsMary replied 7 years ago

    Natalie, you look super-fantastic in each and every one of these outfits! My favorite is actually the last one -- so cute with that bright belt over your adorable bump!!

  • Sona replied 7 years ago

    Natalie: I have to say it again- pregnancy really suits you. You are glowing inside and out and the clothes as stunning as they are only enhance the beautiful you.

  • Sara L. replied 7 years ago

    Great outfits! I especially like the yellow belt in the last few photos. I think with all your great accessories - belts, shoes, bags, you'll be able to transform your maternity clothes into a stylish wardrobe even without any new pieces.

  • Echo replied 7 years ago

    Wow, you are a VERY stylish mom! I love how you are incorporating your regular wardrobe even with the bump. I love all of these outfits, and you look positively radiant!

  • Elly replied 7 years ago

    Looking good mama!

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    Natalie, you are carrying just beautifully. You are a radiant and super stylish Mum to be for the third time round!!

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