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Maternity Style

A saleslady told me yesterday that I looked like I “stepped out of a J.Crew magazine.” I’m pretty sure that she a.) meant ‘catalog’ and b.) was trying to upsell me on some scented plastic* kids’ kitty shoes, but I’ll take it. The compliment and the shoes.

* Are plastic shoes a bad choice for daily wear? I usually only keep two pairs of shoes that fit each kid in rotation, and now those kitty shoes are one of them for E. Maybe I’m channeling my mother’s distaste for those jelly shoes I loved way back when, so serves me right I guess.

Anyway. I unpacked all of my maternity clothes a few weeks ago. I’m pretty sure normal people can wait until they’re a little further along, but with baby number three my body was all, “oh, pregnancy? I remember that!” And I puffed up so nicely that I looked about the same weeks 5-12, the bloating diminishing and subsiding just in time for the beginnings of a real baby bump. Since my clothes were getting too tight, I thought that maybe revisiting all of my old maternity options might be fun — like getting a whole new insta-wardrobe! There were a few pieces that I was happy to see again (long tanks, a couple of long-sleeve tees, a pair of stretchy skinny jeans, and a dress or two), but a lot of the clothes aren’t going to work this time around. Much of it is too big or for the wrong seasons, so I started pulling together a few things I might like to add to my wardrobe over on The Prowl. There’s an interesting crowdsource angle to it where you can ask or answer people’s style questions, or use it to create style boards like the one I made for maternity clothes.

Here are a few things I’ve had my eye on.

Maternity Style #TheProwl #makingitlovely

  1. Striped Raglan Sweater and Skinny Mini Khakis
    This look is really all about the scarf, isn’t it? Note to self: scarves are your friend when working with a limited wardrobe.

  2. The Bateau Top
    I love stripes on a round belly, and this top would get a lot of use by me.

  3. The Jumper
    I chose this with a “why not?” attitude, and was quickly reminded of how often pregnant women need to use the bathroom. That’s probably the reason not, but it’s still pretty adorable.

  4. Beach Mixed Stripe Maxi Dress
    I’m too busty for something with spaghetti straps, but I’m awfully fond of the neckline on this maxi dress. The colorblocked stripes are nice, too.

  5. Attesa Empire Kimono Dress
    It’s nice to have one gorgeous maternity dress for dates and special occasions.

  6. MAMA V-neck Blouse
    A pretty peachy color, sweet detail on the hem, and a flattering neckline and sleeve length. Perfect.

  7. The Pixie Maternity Ankle Pants
    These are the best pants! Cheap, cute, and comfortable, and in a trendy ankle length.

  8. 3/4-Sleeve Top
    I can’t get enough of simple, silky shirts these days, and this green is a great color.

  9. 3/4-Sleeve Shift Dress
    More casual than the other dress, this is a cute everyday option (especially over leggings and with a statement necklace).

  10. The Pixie Maternity Printed Skinny Ankle Pants
    The same as the black pants, but a slightly skinnier cut, and in a great pattern. I have both pants, but these are the ones I’m wearing more often.

  11. Bombshell Maternity T Shirt
    I love this cheeky shirt, but I think the medium wouldn’t fit for too much longer (larger sizes are sold out). Bummer.

I show early and my first two babies were both big, so I’m always a little jealous of the ladies who can get away with wearing their normal clothes, just a little lower or unbuttoned. I have a lot of what I need already, but I was glad to pick up those two pants, and I’ll probably grab a couple of those shirts above and maybe the shift dress too. What about you? Do you stretch (literally) what you’ve got for as long as you can, go out and buy a whole new maternity wardrobe, or somewhere in between?

Favorite Fragrances

It started with Love’s Baby Soft in my pre-teen years. I didn’t wear it much, but I liked having the bottle on my dresser. Then CK One came out in 1994, and that is when I started wearing perfume regularly. I liked that it was androgynous, but then it was followed by some questionable fragrances in my later teens and early twenties from Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, and Gap. (I remember really liking one simply called “Grass.” What?)

It took a lot of experimenting over the years, but I know what I like now. Amber and sandalwood are favorites. I also like patchoulli and oud, though I didn’t think I did for a long time. And then on another note, I like rose.

Favorite Fragrances #makingitlovely

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle was one that I wore a lot until a few years ago, but Stella, by Stella McCartney edged it out of my rotation. I also love Prada’s Amber scent, though it’s pretty heavy and reserved for fall and winter, only on occasion. With spring arriving, I’ll be back to L’Eau de Chloé, and I might add Elizabeth and James’ Nirvana Black to my small collection. (I’d been using a tester since I had included it in my last style post, but I’m not sure I like the vanilla in there.)

Sometimes I delve into the perfume blogs and forums, and it’s intriguing, but they speak another language. The Perfect Scent by Chandler Burr was fascinating. I’m certain that there are some amazing fragrances out there that I’m missing, because I don’t know which avenues to explore (and testing them out in the store always feels overwhelming to me). Do you have any favorites that you’d recommend?

Style: White Plus Gold

I am so ready to wear something besides boots and four million layers to go outside every day. It’s almost March, which for Chicago means what, two more months of snow to go? Come on, spring!

Style: White Plus Gold #makingitlovely

  1. Kitty Glasses, Lookmatic
    Cat’s eye frames meet a mod round shape. And such a good color! Meow.

  2. Elizabeth and James, Nirvana White, Sephora
    I was skeptical, but both scents are pretty fantastic. Here’s an interesting fragrance review.

  3. Elizabeth and James, Nirvana Black, Sephora
    Ditto, above.

  4. Charming Charm Bracelet, Kate Spade
    I just always love these.

  5. Double Wooden Ring, Moorea Seal
    A little wood to break up all the shiny and sleek.

  6. Beige Tights, Anthropologie
    These are the most comfortable tights. If beige isn’t your color (and I don’t blame you!), they have others. I have to say though, I bought a pair of opaque beige tights last year, worried that they’d be weird, and I love ‘em.

  7. Pointy Flats with Gold Ankle Strap, Zara
    The little flash of gold here is so, so good.

  8. Basic Tote, Baggu
    A basic tote made less so by being made of gold.

  9. Labworks Stripe Shift Dress, Target
    This dress looks short! It would be equally cute over leggings and boots, but I couldn’t bring myself to still be looking at boots this time of year.

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