WIW 9/27: Preggo demure bombshell (signature outfit tweak)

The outfit in my profile pic (and pic #5) I consider my "signature outfit"--it's one of the first wardrobe revamp outfits I bought (at NAS 2011) and my favorite outfit I analyzed (with mrseccentric's and all of your help) last year to come up with my primary style persona: Demure Bombshell. (Here was the fascinating style persona analysis thread: http://goldenpig.lookfab.com/p.....on-persona and the signature outfit thread: http://goldenpig.lookfab.com/p.....ure-outfit).

I really like the combination of the boho luxe style mustard pussy-bow blouse and tweed and leather pencil skirt and red T strap pumps...kind of retro ladylike with a 1940's secretary vibe in my mind, which I love. It's my go-to power outfit...I even wore it for the professional photos for our office website (see #6--I'm the only female doctor in my group, so I kind of stand out among all the guys in suits).

Unfortunately, pregnancy really throws a wrench in my waist-defining bombshell persona! I tried to squeeze into the tweed skirt but it was way too tight and looked ridiculous with the bump straining at the seams. I tried on the blouse and it's oversized enough that I could wear it as a tunic. But I don't really like waist surrender looks--it feels very un-bombshell. I really wanted to wear my signature outfit though! Not to be deterred, I took that on as a challenge and improvised.

I swapped out the tweed pencil skirt for a Vince Camuto stretchy midi tube skirt that I bought early on in pregnancy (Kari also has this one in green). I got somewhat negative reviews on the K/R and I agree, it's not the best for apples because there's no structure and it shows every lump and bump. I couldn't wear it first trimester because it would have shown too much. But now, it's a perfect substitute pencil skirt--stretchy enough to accommodate a growing waistline/bump. I tucked the blouse and added a black elastic Forever 21 belt to mimic the black leather waistband of my favorite skirt. And swapped out the red Clarks pumps for the B Makowsky Heist leopard with red trim heels to amp up the bombshell quotient (plus it bookends both the mustard blouse and black skirt). I also swapped the small green handbag (which looked even tinier compared to my huge bump) with the red Fossil tote so I could carry my laptop to work, and to echo the red trim of the heels and my glasses (and red is another signature bombshell touch). And of course I added my Kate Spade black trench with the flirty ruffles. (Sorry for the poor picture quality--I was in a rush to get to work this morning).

So, what do you think, did I pull off Preggo Demure Bombshell? Hard to create a bombshell waist and curves when you're a pregnant apple (esp when my waist circumference is now larger than DH's!), but I think this is a reasonable approximation!

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20 Comments

  • MsMary replied 7 years ago

    Natalie, I love this!! Well done!!!

  • anne replied 7 years ago

    It SOOO works. Love it Natalie!

  • rae replied 7 years ago

    Great job, Natalie! You preserved the original look perfectly.

  • lyn* replied 7 years ago

    The docs you work with all look really nice - yay! I'd be not too nervous to work with any of them, are you sure you're not a psychiatrist? ;) *winkies*

    I love your outfit! The pencil skirt and the adorable blouse play off so elegantly on your pretty smile! This is one of my favorite of your WIW's!

  • MsLuna replied 7 years ago

    Beautiful beautiful look, Natalie! :) I love it - who says you can't be fashionable when pregnant?

  • KathyL replied 7 years ago

    I love your preggo demure bombshell outfit! I enjoy reading your thought process as you made your substitutions. It's very interesting. I love how the pumps echo the bag and the blouse. Very nice!

    P.s. I'm the only female doc with 5 white guys so I stick out too! It's a great picture of you!

  • Caro in Oz replied 7 years ago

    Great post - love the thought processes & the outfits.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    AMAZING! Seriously - you still look like a demure bombshell even when pregnant. Your substitutions were spot on and I suspect that tube skirt is going to be a workhorse during your pregnancy. I absolutely adore those shoes BTW.

    Lovely picture of you with your fellow physicians!

  • Vicki replied 7 years ago

    You look beautiful as Preggo Demure Bombshell (with the help of mrseccentric!) and you have complete control over every element of what's taking place. You radiate style and loveliness in your professional shot and it's an amazing photo!

  • Kiwichik replied 7 years ago

    Definitely demure bombshell with bump

  • ramya replied 7 years ago

    Ooooooo GP awesome!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mochi replied 7 years ago

    You look so beautiful and put together with your multi-detail yet harmonious ensemble. I don't know how reality works, but with this outfit you look like someone who would never ever make a fashion mistake!

  • sarah replied 7 years ago

    Gorgeous. I didn't get to comment on your other thread, but I can't believe how great your dresses all work on preggers you. Wow. With my second, I fell asleep every night after dinner, and then again in his bed when I was reading to him ; ).

  • rute replied 7 years ago

    Love this is a good exemple how office looks should be! It's professional, stylish, full of color and texture! Well done!

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Gorgeous, Natalie! You did a fab job. And don't you love the stretch of the VC skirt?

    BY the way, can you wear yours comfortably with hose? I have one and am struggling with that issue. Nancylee has one too and has suggested slimming shorts underneath.

  • rachylou replied 7 years ago

    The skirt is a knockout!

  • Beth replied 7 years ago

    Perfectly gorgeous, Natalie! You look amazing.

  • goldenpig replied 7 years ago

    Thanks so much everyone! It's fun to revisit my favorite outfits and see how I can still make them work. In fact I may try that as a "theme" the next week or so.

    Suz, I don't know because I rarely wear hose. Sometimes I wear tights with sweater dresses, but I prefer the simplicity of bare legs. Do your skirts ride up on you when you wear hose underneath? This skirt seems pretty clingy so it doesn't seem like it would have that problem.

  • Scarlet replied 7 years ago

    Natalie, this looks amazing, and I really like how you stay true to your style. I am really envious that you are able to make so much of your normal clothing work. I would be singing the praises of that gorgeous blouse in any phase of style/life. It is just so rich and wonderful, as is the coat. I really enjoy seeing your looks because you have embraced your changing body so well. I am more about hiding the bump for my own funny reasons, but I really like seeing how you celebrate it.

  • catgirl replied 7 years ago

    OMG, fab! There are a lot of preggo fashion bloggers out there right now, and you look as good or better than all of them!

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