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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.

Second Trimester Essentials

Second Trimester Essentials | TheSubtleStatement.com

I’m a couple weeks into my second trimester, and I’ve gained back so much energy, and have been feeling great! My appetite has been in overdrive, but I’ve been working out three days per week, which feels amazing!

  1. Maternity Tanks – These tanks are super comfy, and so versatile. I’ve paired them everything from plaid flannels to cozy knit dusters. They’re great basics for layering.

2. BumpNest Pillow – As my second trimester approached, sleep was getting more and more uncomfortable. Between trying to get comfy with 7 pillows to support my neck, bump, knees and feet, and getting up to pee once per hour, I knew I had to find a pregnancy pillow. The amount shapes and styles is overwhelming. So I started with the only one I found in store, The Boppy Custom Fit Total Body Pillow. I know people that love it, but it wasn’t for me. It wasn’t fluffy enough, and lacked neck and back support I needed, and the velcro was loud when I turned in the night. Next, I ordered the Snoogle. It was great compared to the Boppy, giving back and bump support, but I constantly found myself waking up on my back throughout the night, because of the design, and it was very firm. Third times a charm! I ordered the BumpNest Pillow. Finally, a pillow that supports my bump, back, neck, knees and feet, and is extremely soft and comfortable. I stay sleeping on my side all night, also. If you’re having trouble sleeping, a pregnancy pillow is worth every penny!

3. Lip Balm – My lips seem to be dry all of the time. I love Honest’s all natural lip balms. They’re silky and smell amazing.

4. Pregnancy Journal –  A friend gifted me a pregnancy journal, right after we found out I was pregnant. I love keeping track of such a special time in my life.

5. Slippers – Slipping into a cozy pair of slippers on days where my feet are aching, by the end of the day feels amazing. These ones are my favorite.

6. Hand Sanitizer – Being pregnant and sick is no fun. I love this chemical-free hand sanitizer, that’s also toddler-friendly.

7. Active Maternity Series on Beachbody on Demand – Second Trimester: Get Strong  At my first doctor’s appointment, I asked if there were any exercises I shouldn’t be doing, and my doctor responded jumping jacks, plyometrics or using a treadmill. There are jumping jacks in the second trimester workout, but I just modify them. It’s great to have a workout designed with safe exercises to stay fit, and help get prepared for labor, and are less than 25 minutes! If you’re interested in the workout email me at fashionmeetsfit@gmail.com [*Consult with your doctor before beginning any type of fitness program.]

8. Maternity Denim – I was surprised to find how in love with maternity denim I would be! From a perfect skinny fit, to cute distressed styles and washes, this brand is my favorite, I have 4 different variations.

 

Morning Links

Morning Links | TheSubtleStatement.com

  1. 5 Recipes to get juicing  (TheResidence)
  2. Your lips can still be super soft with this cult (& personal) fave, but in a brand new hue (sephora.com)
  3. The Do’s & Don’ts of Shopping A Sale (WhoWhatWear.com)
  4. At-home beauty DIYs from VS beach beauties (byrdie.com)
  5. Not ready to commit to Birks? This trendy touch on a classic style brings the latest shoe trend in full force, on the cheap (target.com)
  6. Revive when your mascara goes dry, with something you already have in your handbag (thebeautydepartment.com)
  7. DIY your own beach tote for your next sun kissed trip (theglitterguide.com)
  8. These coconut milk based popsicles are the perfect treat to beat the heat (thisrawsomeveganlife.com)
  9. 3 Ways to Disinfect Your Makeup During Breakout Season (glamour.com)

Peter Pilotto for Target

Peter Pilotto for Target | TheSubtleStatement.com

  1. Light Blue Floral Print Blouse
  2. Black/White Print Skirt
  3. Green Bikini Floral Print Top
  4. Green Floral Print Pant
  5. Black/White Print Bikini Top
  6. Black/White Bikini Bottom
  7. Green Netting Print Beach Towel
  8. Green Floral Print Belted Dress
  9. Purple Floral Print Dress

I don’t own a matching bathing suit. In my everyday wardrobe, I just don’t like matching in any sense. Instead, I choose to compliment. That’s why I’m loving the Peter Pilotto collection for Target. Everything can easily be mixed and matched, for a fun Spring/Summer vaca vibe. The cropped bikini tops are right on trend with the season’s playful length, and pair with almost everything in the collection. Have you snagged any pieces from the collection yet?

Batter Up

Batter Up - Baseball Cap Trend | TheSubtleStatement.com

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Sporty chic style is in full force this Fall, and I’m loving the baseball cap trend. The girly chic spin on the classic staple can easily glam up a casual ensemble or mask a bad hair day. I recently scooped up the faux leather version from Target, a great addition to Fall’s edgy style and a steal at under $13!

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Prabal Gurung for Target

Prabal Gurung for Target

On February 10th, the most exciting collab to hit to Target, thus far, will be available online and in stores. I can’t express my anticipation for this designer collection. The  tropical prints, bold hues, and perfectly tailored silhouettes are totally swoon-worthy. I plan on stocking up on these sleek ankle strap sandals in multiple shades (hello, Summer!)  Cutout sandals are right on trend this Spring, I can’t get enough of the chic footwear. The fit and flare frocks are oh-so-fab! The collection’s inspiration has me dreaming of sun and sand..

Holiday Gift Guide {$25 & Under}

Holiday Gift Guide {$25 & Under}

  1. First Aid Beauty Feel FAB Kit
  2. Julep Nail Vernis 
  3. 2013 Weekly Planner
  4. Xhilaration Pajama Set
  5. J.Crew Crystal Bow Key Chain
  6. Striped iPhone Case
  7.  Glitter Bow Ballet Flats
  8. Macaron Box
  9. Campo Marzio Business Card Case
  10. C. Wonder Geo Paint Latte Mug

Friday Finds {Neiman Marcus + Target}

  1. Prabal Gurung Cape $79.99
  2. Lela Rose Top $69.99
  3. Brian Atwood Leather Gloves $49.99
  4. Tracy Reese Blouse $79.99
  5. Robert Rodriguez Dress $99.99
  6. Tory Burch Lunch Box $19.99
  7. Tory Burch Beverage Container $24.99
  8. Marc Jacobs Pouch $69.99 each
  9. Altuzarra Shaker $49.99
  10. Eddie Borgo Letter Opener $34.99
  11. Tracy Reese Dessert Plates (4) $39.99
  12. Altuzarra Tray $79.99

I have been anticipating this legendary collaboration for a very long time, and can’t wait for it to hit Neiman Marcus and Target stores tomorrow, December 1! These are my top picks from some of my favorite designers. The Prabal Gurung Cape and Tracy Reese Dessert Plates are my favorite pieces in the collection!

Navy & Pink

Blazer: Michael Kors (similar)  /  Top: J.Crew Crewcuts  /  Pants: Target  /  Shoes: Adrienne Vittadini via TJ Maxx  /  Necklace: ILY Couture  /  Ring: JewelMint  /  Nails: Julep Alma (Trina Turk Fall 2012 Collection)

It was *love at first sight* when I spotted these sparkly pumps adorned with bows. They are the epitome of glam. It’s safe to say this statement shoe will add sparkle to any ensemble.

 

TIP: Don’t limit yourself to Women’s sizes. J.Crew Crewcuts boys clothes sometimes have a better fit than Women’s when it comes to button-front tops! Added bonus: the price tag is usually significant lower, also!

Shimmer & Spice

Blazer: Wilfred | Aritzia (similar & similar)

Tank: Forever 21 (similar)

Denim: Mossimo Supply Co. Skinny Denim

Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Handbag: J.Crew

Earrings: Tiffany & Co.

Necklaces: Forever 21 (similar) & JewelMint

Ring: Vintage

Nails: Essie Penny Talk

Last week, I Instagramed my budget buys of metallic denim, each under $27. I’ve been on the lookout for a great pair of metallic denim this season. I happened to be in Target the other day, and spotted these fabulous shimmery black skinnies. The sparkling sheen gives off a coated denim look. These skinny jeans are so comfortable, I could sleep in them. Did I mention they’re under $23? Major fab find.