January 17, 2013

Dressing Your Bump: 1st Trimester

If you are pregnant and struggling with how to dress your bump, this post is for you.

Let's face it, the first trimester of pregnancy is a tricky little lady. She's full of hormones that makes your skin do crazy things.  She makes your boobs swell up to the size of Texas.  If it's your second time in the rodeo you will have a belly as soon as you pee on that stick.  It's awkward.  You don't have a real baby belly, not one that will fit into maternity clothes yet anyway.  So what do you do?

You try to rock what you've got, boobs and all.  This means getting creative with your existing wardrobe.  Scarves are your best friend.  Belts are good.  Layering is essential.  Leggings are awesome.

When I was pregnant with Kendall I could not wait to wear maternity clothes.  I'm pretty sure 8 weeks into the pregnancy I was shopping in the maternity department.  Totally unnecessary but I was excited, so sue me.  This time?  Totally different story.  I am steering clear of the maternity department as much as possible, determined to make due with a lot of my "regular" clothes.  With that being said I have bought two belly bands {white & black} and a few basic tees & tanks {that should hopefully get me through to the very end}.

Outfit #1
Scarf- NY&Co.
Tee- Target
Jeans- Old Navy
Shoes- TOMS
Jeans & tee shirt kinda girl?  Well just go stock up on a few basic tees in a size {or two} bigger than you'd normally wear like I did. I got a few of these tees from Target {$8} and am hoping they'll get me through my whole pregnancy.  These jeans are pre-pregnancy/non-maternity but thanks to a cheap belly band I can rock them for just a little longer.  See that scarf?  It helps to conceal the milk makers because lord knows they are not going anywhere anytime soon.

Outfit #2
Cardigan- Francesca's Collection
Dress- Kohl's 
Leggings- Target
Shoes- Target
Have a dress that you love but think that the bump will make it too short?  It probably will!  But?  Have no fear.  Pair that dress with some leggings and it makes a great tunic!  If it were warm enough I'd be wearing this type of outfit daily.  Very comfortable, very forgiving and still stylish.  Have some summer dresses?  Throw it on with a cardigan, leggings and boots and you've got a great fall/winter look.  This is also a great way to hide the bump if you just aren't ready to spill the baby beans yet.

Outfit #3
Scarf- Target
Tee- Target
Cardigan- Target
Jeans- Old Navy
Boots- Target
I love Target, what can I say.  But the key to this look is layering.  Even my doctor said it, "the first trimester is all about layering".  This is basically outfit #1 but way more put together/layered and more suitable for the now frigid temperatures we're having.  I have enough cardigans to start a club so this is my staple look.  You can mix and match the scarves to make a new outfit every time, if you want.  

Outfit #4
Sweater/Vest- Old Navy
Tee- Old Navy
Belt- Target
Leggings- Target
Boots- Target
This outfit was always one of my favorites, pre-pregnancy.  It's very comfortable but the mix of brown and black is "edgy" and well, I just like it.  Before I was pregnant I wore it without the belt but I just feel like that looks sloppy now and anything to help create a waist is good.  I'm fairly certain I'll be belting everything this pregnancy.  Accentuate the smallest part, right?  I know come months 8 and 9 this won't really work but in the beginning it totally helps.  The belt trick also helps for those not ready to tell yet too.

So there you have it, tips and tricks for dressing your not quite a baby bump but more like I ate too much dinner bump aka the first trimester bump.  I know there are lots of new belly buddies out there so hopefully this helps during the awkward, "is she pregnant?" phase.  I know I've been scouring Pinterest for all sorts of ideas and that's what helped inspire this post.  

12 comments:

  1. I love your style, and I pretty much dress that way alllll the time. And I'm not pregnant. LOL! Cardi's and leggings are usually my staple. I Hate pants, so sue me! Rock that bump, girlfriend!

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  2. I love your style girlfriend! You are rocking that bump like no tomorrow! Hope you're feeling well! :-)

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  3. Looking good mama! Great style! !

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  4. Looking good mama! Great style! !

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  5. Which Target tees are those? I can never find them that long and hopefully soon i'll have a belly too!

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  6. You look adorable! I'll be stealing some of these ideas for my non-pregnant self, they're just too cute. ;)

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  7. You are adorable. That is all.

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  8. You are so cute, I especially love the long brown vest/sweater picture. Adorable. Also wanted to mentioned I linked up with you yesterday for the first time yesterday. Meant to comment but I don't think I ever did! So sorry. http://readyforroots.blogspot.com/ It's @Raezilla from twitter.

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  9. Okay I need you to come to PA and help me :) You make it look so easy but then I try and fail! Hopefully this helps me!

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  10. Such great outfits! You are rocking that bump girl!

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  11. Ok for serious- you make being preggo look HOT!! Now I want to be preggo again..and you can show me what to wear! xo

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  12. You are rocking the bump! Looking good mama!

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