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dressing the bump

September 13, 2015

i have been meaning to post for awhile now about the struggles of maternity dressing–because the struggle is real! there are a lot of better options these days, but it is still difficult to sort through the good–the bad–and the ugly! here is a round up of my must haves–including some beauty favorites–to hopefully help some of you ladies out who feel my pain when it comes to dressing the bump!

bump friendly work dresses
if you like a colorful wardrobe, i may not be your style guru. i’m a neutrals kind of girl… and i really love to wear black. every now and then i will brave a bright color, but its even less likely when i am pregnant! the other thing about my maternity style is i opt for tighter dresses that show off the bump. i am not a big fan of big flowy dresses that make you look larger than you already feel! i believe in embracing the bump! the other key element to mastering a maternity wardrobe is finding bump friendly dresses that aren’t maternity! if you have the time to shop around for those than lucky you, if not, the site nine in the mirror is pretty great to help you on your search–it is like the net-a-porter of maternity.


1. isabella oliver (maternity) – avery dress / 2. j.mclaughlin – sage dress in seregetti
3. isabella oliver (maternity) – wickham dress / 4. equipment – tegan dress
5. polo ralph lauren – leather trim shift dress

denim obsesssions
i am normally a rag & bone denim kind of girl, but my other favorite denim line is dl1961 and it just so happens they make the perfect maternity jeans… i could wear each one of their styles everyday! another great maternity denim option is ag–especially their boyfriend jeans.


1. dl 1961 (maternity) – ankle slim cigarette in riker / 2. dl 1961 (maternity) – ankle slim cigarette in zeppelin / 3. ag (maternity)– secret fit belly boyfriend jean

weekend wear
most girls i know are in love with hatch collection, whether pregnant or not! it is pretty genius to make a line of clothes that is made for maternity, but still looks cute post maternity too! another genius line of basics while pregnant is by storq!


1. hatch collection – 3/4 dress / 2. hatch collection – the twighlight jumpsuit / 3. hatch collection – the talullah dress / 4. storq – dress (the bundle is the best!)

beauty must haves
when you are pregnant you tend to develop a sudden heightened sense of awareness as to what you are putting on your skin. i have been trying to transition to products that have more natural ingredients for awhile, but being pregnant really made me speed up the process. thankfully there are a lot more options that offer natural and organic ingredients. below are some of my favorites.


1. tata harper – regenerating cleanser / 2. clarins – tonic body treatment oil
3. one love organics – morning glory caffeinated firming serum / 4. one love organics – skin savior multi tasking wonder balm / 5. supergoop – anti aging eye cream with spf
6. well people – foundation stick



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