Preg Fashion at 7 Months: Avoiding Maternity Clothes

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I don’t know about you, but before I ever got pregnant, I was dreading maternity clothes. True, the days of super fugly tent-dresses are pretty much over, and there are some cute options on Zulily and ASOS, but seriously–why spend the money on outfits that I’ll only be wearing for a couple of months? I have always been the kind of person who only buys clothes that I looove (not my fault that the closet is overflowing because I love so many), and will want to wear for longer than say, two months.

Lucky for me, this season is incredible for preg-friendly non-maternity clothes. The roomy cuts of many tank tops, dresses, and even gym clothes has blown my mind, and I just have to share some of my finds with you! Here are some of my favorites:

Maxi dresses – I was never a huge fan of the maxi dress, but I have become one in the past month or so. Why? They’re sooo comfy, they’re bump-flattering, and you can dress them up or down depending on the occasion. This maxi dress from Banana Republic is one of my absolute faves. Notice the way the dress is stitched–the bodice is fitted, while the darts at the (high) waist allow just the right amount of growing room!

Banana Republic is full of bump-flattering non-maternity maxi dresses to keep you feeling light and airy.

Banana Republic is full of bump-flattering non-maternity maxi dresses to keep you feeling light and airy.

Low waisted shorts – With the influx of 90s-inspired high-waisted shorts, the low-rise variety is much harder to find than in previous seasons. But it’s worth it to look around. Old Navy’s Diva shorts have fit me thus far, and I also found a pair of low-waist stretch denim shorts (pictured below, from the back), at Body Central.

Low-rise shorts are still buttoning beneath the bump at 29 weeks and counting.

Low-rise shorts are still buttoning beneath the bump at 29 weeks and counting.

Roomy tanks – Forever 21 has some cuuute ones. Below is one that I recently purchased. I’m wearing it with a tutu for the pride parade, but you get the picture. The low-rise leggings I bought to go with it are ah-mazingly comfy, too.

I'm loving the roomy tanks at Forever 21.

I’m loving the roomy tanks at Forever 21.

Blousy gym tops – Old Navy has these awesome active tops that bubble out at the bottom, and I just had to buy them in various colors. Also, any gym tanks that say “semi-fitted” on the label have worked for me in my regular size thus far.

Floaty dresses – As obsessed as I’ve been with maxis lately, I love the shorter, floaty dresses that are everywhere this season. This one from Kohl’s Juniors’ Department is one of my favorites. I just bought it on sale, and my normal size has tons of room.

Other mommies-to-be out there, are you morally opposed to maternity clothes? 😉 What styles have you been buying that will work for you during your pregnancy and beyond? I’d love to hear what you think!

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Prego Fashion at 5 Months: 4 Mini-Bump Flattering Styles for Hot Mamas

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I’m now at 22 weeks, and Baby C has made him/herself known–in the form of a little bump starting just below my belly button. Obviously, my fave bandage dresses are out of the question–at least for the next few months. But, awesomely enough, so many of the latest fashion trends just happen to be bump-flattering!

I define an outfit as bump-flattering if it meets a few strict criteria: a.) comfort, b.) room to grow, and c.) overall cuteness. Here, I will tell you 4 of my favorite looks that never fail to get me the compliment, “What? You’re 5 months pregnant? Where are you hiding it?!”

Harem pants – They’re everywhere, and I couldn’t be happier about it. Harem pants are perfect for the mid-pregnancy silhouette because they have a high, stretchy waist and are roomier in the lower ab region–genius! Their colorful patterns make them an eye-catching look any time of year, but I love to “summer-ize” them by pairing them with a sleeveless blouse (tucked in) or a favorite tank top (over the pants).

Harem pants with a blousy, tucked-in top look dynamite on the preg bod! I enjoyed taking this fun, California-style look to London. Pants, jacket, and tank top: Body Central

Harem pants with a blousy, tucked-in top look simply dynamite! I enjoyed taking this California style to London this past week. Pants, Jacket, and Tank Top: Body Central.

Harem pants under a tank top are great for a day in the park. This picture was taken a couple of days ago in Hyde Park in London. Pants and shirt from Body Central (links below).

Harem pants under a tank top are great for a day in the park. Pants, Tank Top, and Bandeau: Body Central.

High-waisted flared skirts – Your bump starts at the lower abs, and chances are your upper abs are still looking like their usual sexy selves at this stage. If this is the case, the adorable high-waisted skirts and dresses that are all over stores should be your best friends for nights out. The skirt flares at just the right place–right over your baby bump–and the fitted part showcases the most slender part of your waist. Hello, optical illusion. 😉

This dress from H & M has been my go-to for nights out lately!

This dress from H&M has been my go-to for nights out lately!

Who says you can't bear some midriff when you're 5 months along? This high-waisted skirt and crop top is of my fave prego going-out outfits. The skirt totally covers the 5-month bump. Plus, there's a bonus pic of Baby C's dad, my hubby Antonio. ;) Top: Asos, skirt: Forever 21.

Who says you can’t bare some midriff when you’re 5 months along? This high-waisted skirt and crop top is another of my fave prego going-out outfits. The skirt totally covers the 5-month bump. Plus, there’s a bonus pic of Baby C’s dad, my hubby Antonio. 😉 Top: Asos, Skirt: Forever 21.

Empire waists – It’s wedding season, and if you’re looking for formalwear, the empire waist looks simply ravishing at month 5. These gowns are super hot right now–I went shopping for a dress for our good friends’ wedding in Macy’s Juniors prom dress department, and was startled by how many empire waist gowns there were! Here are 2 of my favorites.

This dress from Macy's is formalwear at its comfiest!

This dress from Macy’s is formalwear at its comfiest!

This hot pink empire-waist dress from Macy's felt great through hours of dancing at the wedding!

This hot pink empire-waist dress from Macy’s felt great through hours of dancing at the wedding!

Layers – Crocheted summer sweaters are an amazing look for moms-to-be who are looking to even out their silhouettes. They impart a fun boho look and can be dressed up or down. I prefer layering with casual ripped cutoff shorts and tank tops, but you can experiment to find the best look for you!

Crocheted summer sweaters look ravishing over your bump. Sweater: Body Central, Cami: Charlotte Russe, Shorts: Old Navy

Crocheted summer sweaters look ravishing over your bump. Sweater: Body Central, Cami: Charlotte Russe, Shorts: Old Navy

Other mid-preg ladies out there, what trends do you enjoy wearing? Have you noticed any new bump-flattering styles? I’d love to hear what  you think!