Pregnancy can be hard. Uncomfortable. Heartburn ridden, and swollen. But that will never be able to negate the fact that we still just want to be fabulous. With a growing uterus in the way, there are a myriad of maternity options out there to suit any body type. Yet even with all of these antepartum fashion needs taken into consideration, some girls vehemently decline the maternity motif within their own wardrobes, in search of something more like what they wore before the baby belly. What’s a modestly expectant girl to do when in need of some sartorial solace for the next 9 months? These are the labels I have been living in for (almost) 40 weeks, and will continue to don ever after. That’s the benefit of finding clothing that is not necessarily designated for the pregnant belly brigade; you can continue to wear them regardless of your maternal state of being.
I love this sweater not pregnant, and I continue to express those sentiments well into my third trimester. The loose fit allows it to work for both states, pregnant and not, and this skirt I have been able to wear under my belly throughout my maternity days, thankfully. It really is about just sifting through your wardrobe until you find the pieces that can accommodate the need for more room, so to speak.
A combination of factors have been impeding on my immediate ability to do new outfit posts, but I hope to remedy that posthaste. Moving to a new location with unfamiliar territory, I find it difficult to carve out the perfect photo-op spot. That being said, I schlepped to the far reaches of Long Island and took the opportunity to document my #OOTD.
I have never been one to buy maternity clothing. I do not love the selection or designs (with a few exceptions to be discussed in a future post), and I find I can make do with a non-maternity wardrobe in almost the same capacity as a maternity specific one. Jackets are a great way to create a simple outfit from bare basics and take it up a notch. Assembling a collection of jackets, blazers, and any number of toppers is a great investment in the chicness of your future. I have worn this particular cargo version many times, and it serves me equally well, both pregnant and not.
It would be superfluous to talk about the temperature at this point, considering it is physically impossible for the cold to escape anyone’s attention. Just in case you are lounging luckily in warmer climates, the news is it’s freezing here. The past two days have required a cumbersome amount of layering, to no avail; it is still an environment conducive to hypothermia.
I went in very different style directions on each of these days, but I started both outfits with an ample chunky knit sweater, and built from there. A couple of layers later, and I was ready to bear the cold with a new appreciation for central heating, and extra hot vanilla lattes.
It is a common and revered staple for every modest girl’s wardrobe and we are always keeping our eyes open for the most perfect version of this foundation piece: The Shell. I have steered away from using it as a top on its own as of late, but it has not become any less integral for me and my dressing needs. For reasons of tznius (modesty), a shell provides the necessary inches for covering elbows and collarbones, and proves invaluable in completing certain pieces in our closets. What’s a girl to do if her favorite vintage maxi is sleeveless? Or she needs a basic layer to don under a blazer and scarf combo? And so the shell remains a beloved item in our lives, for the simple reason that it allows us to wear the otherwise impossible, and grants us a degree of sartorial freedom.
When I tried the CHI CHI shells, I found them to be soft, with a generous stretch, and provided the perfect coverage for the dresses I was wearing. When I try a shell for the first time, I want comfortable sleeves for my on-the-go life as a ‘Yiddishe Mama‘ (as my friend Sharon of Fashion-Isha puts it), and that it yields a seamless blend with the clothing I am topping it with. The CHI CHI shells fulfilled those requisites and were simply a relief to have in my closet when I needed to grab a layer and run.