Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Marianne: Belt It

Okay! First off, thank you so much for so many sweet comments and congratulations.You guys make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. And, I was excited to hear that quite a few readers are also "in a family way", and eager for some maternity styling tips. So, without ado, here is my first rule of maternity style: Belt The Bump.

I think early pregnancy is the hardest stage to dress. I'm 14.5 weeks along, and this is my second pregnancy, so I am definitely showing. But if I wear something that's loose, I just look...well, like I have eaten about 12 burritos. With extra cheese. It's not pretty. So in this stage, before the belly is literally ALL YOU SEE, my rule is to fake a waist by belting above the bump. By belting above the bump, you not only accent what's left of your waist (or fake that you still have one), you clearly look pregnant instead of chubby. When I wore this shirt suddenly everyone was like, whoa! You popped! But really, I belted.

Also of note, these awesome jeggings I'm wearing. Maybe you don't believe in investing a lot in maternity wear, and I am mostly 100% on board with you there. But there is one thing I do believe in: nice maternity jeans. I'm tall (5'9"), and I wear jeans several times a week to work, and on the weekends. For me, it's worth investing in a couple of pairs of high end maternity jeans. I have found the Paige brand works great on me (which is funny since when I'm not pregnant, I don't love this brand), and so I've bought two pairs off of eBay for less than half the original retail. There are great sales, too, as you can see here.

top: Old Navy 3/4 Sleeve Top (these are on sale right now and seriously awesome. I have 3!)
ribbon belt: J. Crew (similar here and here)
jeans: Paige Maternity Union Jegging (more than half off!)
boots: Frye Lisa (similar here and cheaper similar here)
scarf: J. Crew (similar on sale! here)
coat: BB Dakota (similar on sale! here)


  1. So cute! You do NOT look like you've eaten any burritos at all. And the coat is so good with those boots! Meanwhile, I am like, "Oh, maybe I should just do the belt trick everyday so I look like I have a waist," and I am not pregnant, so...

  2. Woman, you are looking gorgeous! Love the outfit.

  3. Super cute! Definitely love the belt idea.

  4. I hadn't realized you were preggos until last week! Congrats mama!
    I'm sure you're probably hearing it from everyone but you are looking so bright and (I don't want to say it) GLOWING! Pregnancy looks good on ya!

  5. You are seriously glowing! It's a cliche but it's true. Congrats on the pregnancy!

  6. Thanks for the tips, Marianne! You and Adrien have definitely warmed me up to the idea of shopping for clothes on eBay, so I just might have to try that for some maternity things.

  7. I love that plaid coat! So perfect for this time of year :)

    xo, tasha
    twenty-something blog


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