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Extending your Wardrobe: Maternity Style


            

What to invest in:

Maternity Denim (4 pairs)

Maternity Leggings (2-3 pairs)

Maternity Workout Leggings/Capris (1-2 pairs)

Maternity Cotton Tanks

Maternity Cotton Tees 

Fitted Cotton Maternity Dress (in a neutral hue)

What you already have:

Ponchos

Long Knit Cardigans 

Button Down Flannels

Utility Jacket

Leather Jacket

Denim Jacket 

The thought of maternity clothes made me a little nervous at the beginning of my pregnancy. I didn’t want to lose my personal style and at the same time didn’t want to invest in an entire wardrobe that I would only wear for a short period of time.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that maternity denim (this brand in particular) can be super cute, well fitted, and trendy. Invest. This is something that is so worth the investment. When I was ready to transition into maternity jeans, I tried a belly band first, and the constant adjusting was uncomfortable. You need to feel comfortable, and that can easily be achieved, while looking put together, also. I invested in a dark wash, a medium wash, a distressed light wash and distressed black denim. Maternity leggings are great for oversized sweaters and tunics.

Maternity tops are another story. I am not a fan of the cliche maternity top. The button down front and tie around your bump is not my style. I quickly found a way around that, without having to invest in an entire maternity wardrobe. Basics like cotton maternity tanks and tees are the ultimate staple. I invested in all neutral colors (blacks, whites, greys, navy) and purchased two of each color. These basics make is so easy to pair my normal non-maternity clothing into my everyday looks. I can slip on a fitted plaid button down with a maternity tank and add a scarf and ankle boots to complete the look. All of my cozy long knit cardigans fit my growing bump with a maternity tee underneath. A statement necklace and over the knee boot can dress it up. Ponchos are the ultimate must have, no matter what stage of my pregnancy they are the perfect throw on item to feel cozy and look chic.

Jackets are another great way to extend your wardrobe. From leather to denim and utility jackets in between, they can be paired with a maternity tank, tee or are great over a fitted cotton maternity dress with ankle boots.

Pairing maternity basics with non-maternity clothing you already have in your closet, let’s you stay true to your personal style, and feel most comfortable in the style your own style, while your body is constantly changing.

I did come across a few really cute maternity tops with a great fit and modern spin. I also purchased a few non-maternity items, a couple of sweaters, blouses and a winter coat,  and just sized up one from my pre-pregnancy size.

J.Crew Sale Picks

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Boots / Jacket / Shirt / Pumps / Rain Boots / Earrings / Blouse / Coat / Crossbody / Sunglasses / Boots / Socks / PJS / Slippers

I’ve rounded up my top picks at J.Crew for their current promotion, 30% your purchase of $150+ or 25% off your purchase of $100, in store or online, using code “GIVEMORE”. Take advantage of building your Winter wardrobe or gifting your faves, because ends Sunday, December 6th!

Labor Day Sales

Labor Day Sales 2015 | TheSubtleStatement.com

1. J.Crew: 30% off your order of $125+ with code, GETSHOPPING

2. Nordstrom: save up to 40% on sale items

3. J.Crew Factory: 50% off everything

4. Banana Republic: 40% off your entire purchase using code, BRFALL

5. Madewell: take 30% off fall essentials & extra 30% off all sale styles with code, YESANDYES

6. Bloomingdales: save 20-70% on select items

7. Old Navy: up to 60% off everything + extra 20% everything using code, LABORDAY

I hope you all have a wonderful & safe Labor Day!

Fall Staples Under $100

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale | Under $100 | Fall Staples | Fall Basics | TheSubtleStatement.com | #nsale #nordstrom #anniversarysale

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These Fall finds make perfect staples to transition your wardrobe into the upcoming season, and each have so much versatility, all under $100. The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is open for Early Access for cardholders until July 16th, then goes public July 17th!

Plaid Scarf & Wedge Sneakers

Plaid Scarf Top: Cache  /  Denim: J Brand  /  Shoes: Ash  /  Scarf: Gap (similar & similar)  /  Bag: Prada  /  Bracelet & Ring: David Yurman  /  Nails: CND Shellac Silver Chrome
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Plaid & Polkadots


Plaid & Polkadots

It may not feel like the Holiday season just yet (today it was almost 70 degrees!) But lately, I’ve found myself leaning towards cozy plaids, and statement metallics. (oh and a festive red lip!.. love Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous in Inimitable)

Plaid & Polkadots

Top: J.Crew (similar)  /  Scarf: Cejon via TJ Maxx  /  Denim: J Brand  /  Shoes: ShoeMint  /  Bag: Prada  / Lips: Chanel Inimitable /  Nails: Julep Julie

Plaid & Polkadots

Plaid & Polkadots

 

Plaid & Polkadots

Plaid & Polkadots

Friday Finds

  1. The Best Makeup Brush Cleaner Ever. – I was in search of an innovative way to clean makeup brushes, that even by using department store brush cleaner, won’t come clean. I found this recipe on Pinterest, but I didn’t have tea tree oil, so I changed it around a bit. It makes your makeup brushes look brand new in seconds! Just swirl brush around in the cup with mixed ingredients. Rinse with hot, then cold water, pat dry excess water & let dry brush side up in a cup.
  2. Diptyque ‘Baies’ Scented Candle – This candle is so relaxing and refreshing! It just smells pretty. A new nightstand staple.
  3. ShoeMint Hillary Flats – Pointed toe & a bow are one of my favorite combinations right now! So cute.
  4. Antioxidant Superfood Smoothie – I’m obsessed with making smoothies with my favorite superfoods. Usually my mid-morning pick me up.
  5. Cozy Sleek – Can’t get enough of OP’s urban chic plaid.