Dressing the Bump

Dress: A Pea in the Pod (also love this one)   |   Necklace: Kendra Scott   |   Sandals: Joie (50% off!)

So, guys, I'm gonna be honest with you on this one. Before I got pregnant, I thought dressing a bump would be seriously so fun and I couldn't wait to have all of these cute outfits showing off this growing little baby but let me tell ya, it's not all it's cracked up to be. 

One the first hand, let's tackle the elephant in the room- or the elephants- the boobs. Yes, I knew they would grow but I mean no one tells you that you go up 2 cup sizes by 22 weeks? No? Just me-- great. Just in case there are women out there like me, growing boobs isn't all that fun. First off, all of my wonderful bras- couldn't fit into them if I wanted to so right now I'm alternating between three very generic- incredibly comfortable- bras. All of them are this one from Victoria's Secret that I highly recommend! They have truly saved me. I'm trying to embrace them (figuratively, not literally) but it makes getting dressed tough. I have stocked up on these tanks for undershirts to keep them contained in shirts that still fit otherwise. 

Every day clothing- this category has definitely gotten more fun once I got passed the "oh, congrats! I thought you just had a big lunch" bump phase. Cute dresses like this one (and I have one similar to this) are amazing for weekends or going to dinner with Ryan. BUT, here's the thing. From bloggers I follow and such, so many people were said they bought non-maternity items and didn't go up a size and yet they fit. That was NOT the case with me. For a while, it made me sad and then just depressed because I felt like my old things were supposed to be fitting and EVERYTHING was just plain uncomfortable so I just let it go. Bottom line, turns out I have a body that just really has to be more in maternity wear (yay for shopping boo for my wallet) and everyone's body is different! I have been wearing maternity jeans since 6 weeks (huge thanks to my friend Taylor who literally gave me bags of clothes to borrow) and ya know what- they're so comfortable! 

My biggest pet peeve even before I got pregnant was shirts that were too short and I just have to say if you're pregnant and looking for basic tees- you have to get these from Target! The price point is amazing, they wash great, not sheer and super comfortable and long! I'm off to buy 4 more- not a joke. 

Business attire- so I work full-time at a university in their marketing department and unfortunately don't have a super flexible dress code. The good news is it's not like I'm a lawyer but business casual is a must. I am going to do just a post of that with outfits that I've been putting together that have been comfortable yet professional, really focused on a few staples so you don't have to spend tons of money on maternity clothes! 

Do you have any advice dressing a bump?! I'll take anything you guys got! 

the outlaw,

christine