WIW 9/6&10-12: Playing hide and seek with the bump

Still managing to stretch my pre-maternity wardrobe at 15 weeks. Still marveling at how I can play up or (sort of) conceal the bump based on the fabrication and cut--stretchy empire waisted jersey dresses scream maternity, vs. structured sheath and flowy blouse and pencil skirt which help minimize the bump. I look like I'm about to go into labor in 1/2 but barely pregnant in 3/4 (although the side view is a different story--can't completely hide it anymore). Still rejoicing that I can actually still fit into these sheaths and pencil skirts! I just wear the pencil skirt a little higher on the waist and it skims over the bump. The dress and skirt are both structured, but just stretchy enough to give me room to breathe.

Now I am finally appreciating that I was an apple pre-pregnancy, because my apple-flattering pieces are really working overtime! I like the stretchy dresses too, when I'm in flaunt the bump mode. And I'm hoping I can still wear them in 3rd trimester when the sheaths and pencil skirts have fallen by the wayside. I may have to wear them with leggings if they become too short, but I think they'll last for a while.

One unintended bonus--it's kind of fun that even though these dresses are "old" and I've posted them here several times before, now I can wear and post these over and over and each time it'll be new and "fresh" because of the growing belly. My bump accessory, LOL!

I'm glad I still fit into these clothes for now. It's easy to look like me and still feel fab when I'm still wearing my post-YLF clothes. The challenge will be when I have to pull out my old maternity clothes, whether I can find a way to still feel fab enough or whether I'll feel dated. I'm trying to put that dilemma off as long as possible!

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  • CocoLion replied 7 years ago

    I really think blue is your color Natalie! I think you can actually wear all colors, but blue is extra-special. It doesn't hurt that your blue dresses in 3-4 and 5-6 are superbly cut.

    If you don't feel fab in your prior-to-YLF maternity wear, do you have a budget to purchase a few new pieces?

  • anne replied 7 years ago

    It must be so much fun to be pregnant with YLF along for the ride. You look just so fab natalie!

  • goldenpig replied 7 years ago

    Thanks Denise and Anne! Yes, I am having fun. And yes I love blue, especially cobalt and ink blue and turquoise. When I was wearing the cobalt sheath dress at work and walking to the cafeteria, a woman passing by said out of the blue, "Wow, stunning color on you." That made my day!

    Denise, I am really trying hard not to buy anything new unless it's a real emergency or glaring wardrobe hole. (I'm kind of on unofficial SYC--I haven't bought anything in over a month now). For several reasons--one is it's my last pregnancy and I don't want to end up with a bunch of maternity clothes I'll never use again. That's why my last few purchases (like the peacock tunic) were non-maternity pieces that could be used while pregnant or post-partum. Secondly, we are trying to save money with the baby coming--now we have two in school now plus a full time nanny so expenses are up and we also may need to buy a used minivan for the nanny so she can drive all 3 kids (she has an old, compact sedan). Finally, my SIL has promised to bring me some of her old maternity clothes that she wore a couple years ago, so I want to see what I'm going to have to work with before contemplating getting anything else.

  • ramya replied 7 years ago

    Hehehe I like this post... Kinda peek-a-boo with your bump...
    I love each one of your dress Natalie...

  • Sveta replied 7 years ago

    Natalie, I LOVE your attitude to have fun with pregnancy fashion! You look completely adorable in all photos!

  • rute replied 7 years ago

    OMG! You look amazing in all of them!!!

  • Makrame replied 7 years ago

    Great looks! Your wonderful dress collection is really coming in handy here!

    Hopefully you can still have fun with accessorizing even after you have to switch to maternity clothes (and it's only going to be a few months).

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Natalie, you look more stunning every day! And it's almost like those dresses were MADE for the bump! You do indeed shine especially bright in the blues. So glad you are enjoying this time.

  • shevia replied 7 years ago

    Both blue dresses are amazing on you. The other outfits looks great also. Looking forward to how you cope as your new accessory expands.

  • Sara L. replied 7 years ago

    These are all great outfits! I know how hard it can be to dress stylishly during a pregnancy - my problem was always getting so bored with my maternity clothes by the end of the pregnancy. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your fab outfits.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    You are about the prettiest, most fashionable pregnant woman going Natalie! You and baby bump look positively radiant! Those dresses are working perfectly for you now.

    Because pregnancy is just a short amount of time (relatively speaking), if you can make what you have work with some influx of your SIL's maternity clothes, I would just go with that. Add some of your fab footwear and handbags to an item from SIL that may not totally thrill you, and your will still be fashionable and fab.

  • lyn67 replied 7 years ago

    LOL!!! Hide and seek, indeed, but no matter what it looks adorable(your bump:-))!

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