Hi Lovelies, I am so excited to be guest posting today on Ruffles and Truffles. We ‘met’ over at a fantastic little wedding site, WeddingBee where we both blogged about our weddings.
I usually avoid fashion posts, BUT love seeing what other people come up with. I am totally 1000% in awe of, not only Katie’s amazing fashion sense, but also her ability to get crazy-awesome deals!!
For my first ever fashion post, I am tackling the topic of maternity wear.
It all started back in June, I was 13 weeks pregnant and panicked on the way to the airport- my pants were officially TOO tight. Since then, I have been improvising and shopping A LOT. To create a work and weekend appropriate wardrobe for just 6+ months of my life.
Here are two over lapping looks that take Maternity Wear from Weekend to Work:
Gap Ribbed Tank, $12.50; Joe’s Jeans, On sale $99; Bacio61 Women’s Palmi Ballet Flat, On Sale $54 to 99 ; Nordstrom Open Cardigan, $56; Pea in the Pod, Sleeveless Maternity Dress, $79. Secret Fit Belly, Maternity Leggings, $39; AK Ann Klein, Carlene Boots, $149
Here are my Keys to Maternity Wear:
#1 Comfort. Pregnant in heels I am not. Comfort is key, and both the flats and boots above are BEYOND comfortable.
#2 Splurge on Sales. Creating a whole new wardrobe is expensive!! And I am still a bargain shopper at heart. When non-pregnant, I love Joe’s Jeans, so I was thrilled when I found a pair of Joe’s Jeans at a Pea In the Pod. I wear them a couple times a week, and love that my ‘splurge’ was only $99. Also, since I am no longer in heels and they are shorter, they look great with my new comfy flats and boots.
#3 Wear non-maternity. The tank top and cardigan sweater above are similar to pieces that I already had in my closet. Thanks to over-sized sweaters and tops being in style, I can still wear some of my old stuff. With the Gap tank tops, go out and buy one size up, often the difference is only the length- which is exactly what you need during pregnancy.
#4 Basics and layers. That gray dress above is the perfect Maternity basic. I’ve worn it to all sorts of events- work, baby shower, retirement party, girls night out, etc. You name it. It is also a great base for layering. During your pregnancy you’ll see a swing of seasons- so you’ll need something that can go from summer to winter. This dress was perfect for summer, or with leggings and a sweater for the upcoming winter.
Oh, and a big item for all pregnant ladies: The Baby Shower Dress!
I was looking for something with color, but this dress just fit and felt good as soon as I put it on.
Key #5: It makes you feel good!! I especially like shirts and dresses that sort of hug the belly– otherwise I feel like I am wearing a tent:
While it’s not super exciting, it hits all of my Keys to Maternity Wear.Now I just have to find some kick ass accessories to spice this number up.Any suggestions? Thanks for letting me guest blog. Check out my blog on design and living at Sugar Spice Living.