I promise Smaggle isn’t going to turn into a pregnancy style blog, so don’t stress. I know MOST people who read Smaggle (or indeed most people in general) aren’t pregnant right now so it’s not overly relevant but the whole pregnancy thing will inevitably pop up every now and then over the coming months. My fashion posts have always reflected what’s happening in my life though. Simple, easy to wash outfits for when I was a special needs teacher. VERY simple and very easy to wash outfits for when I was a jewellery student and up to my elbows in chemicals all day. Less practical but way more fabulous outfits whenever I’ve had an office gig. Casual but still public appropriate outfits when I transitioned to working from home full time. And now that I have a new fashion challenge, I’m slowly navigating how to deal with my changing body and work my wardrobe around it and always, I like to share my findings on this kind of stuff!
Dress from Supre
Tights from Columbine
Clogs from Funkis
Origami Shoulder Cosy made by me – Pattern and full crochet lessons available at Crochet Coach
I’m almost 20 weeks pregnant and not looking very pregnant at all. I’m tall, with a long torso so I suspect it’s going to be a while before I look properly up the duff. This is terribly convenient because I’m a few days away from being halfway through my pregnancy and I haven’t even had to buy a maternity bra, let alone clothing. How lucky is that? I know I’m going to look like I ate a basketball soon so I’m going to enjoy my modest bump while I can. Here are a few things that I think have been helping with my pregnancy style thus far…
1. Stop wearing pre-pregnancy pants and jeans
The one thing I can’t wear anymore is my pre-pregnancy jeans. I’m fine standing up, but sitting down is painful. Pants are the first thing to go when your belly is growing so unless they have an elastic waist, replace them with maternity pants or just stock up on stretch dresses with lots of tummy room.
2. Speaking of dresses, embrace dresses
I’ve always been a dress gal and all of my dresses still fit but if you wear dresses, amping it up in the second trimester is a good idea. If you get dresses in jersey style fabrics they’re comfortable and will stretch as your body grows. My stomach has always been my ‘trouble’ area so when I put on weight, it goes straight to my midsection which means my wardrobe is full of pregnancy appropriate dresses already. Win. My natural body shape is first trimester pregnant, so when it comes to legit pregnancy style it’s my time to shine people!
3. Long singlets are a godsend
Pregnant bellies are heavy, even though mine is quite small at the moment that extra bit of support is really helping me out. It’s also great for extra warmth if it happens to be winter where you are. They’re also great for sleeping because with shorter singlets they ride up and your belly pops out! I’m still wearing my ten-year-old ones from the early 00s when super long tops were in fashion but if anyone knows where I can get super long singlets, hook me up!
4. Don’t feel the need to swamp yourself in huge clothes
I’ve always been quite self-conscious about my stomach but now that it’s firm and round, I’m kind of digging it. What used to be a spare tire (and the bane of my existence) has been replaced with a smooth, round little bump that is unmistakably (when I’m sitting down) a baby bump. It still just looks like I ate a big lunch when I’m standing up. I tried to hide it in my first weeks because I didn’t want to go public with my pregnancy just yet but now I don’t give a shit. I know a lot of women aren’t comfortable with their bodies during pregnancy but I think pregnant bodies are pretty cool, so if you feel down with it, flaunt that bump.
5. Get used to feeling like you never look pregnant enough or you look too pregnant
That’s been the conversation I’ve had in my head most mornings for the past few weeks. If I had a meeting with someone I wasn’t ready to tell I’d be worried I looked too pregnant. If I was going to see someone I hadn’t seen in ages who was keen to ‘meet the bump’ I’d be worried I didn’t look pregnant enough. I’ll be honest, I never look SUPER pregnant but I’ve also figured out I look different almost every day. Sometimes the bump is sticking right out and sometimes it’s having a quiet one. It’s different all the time, which is totally cool and also why jersey dresses are life for me right now.
This outfit was worn for a big day of client work and market prep because tomorrow I’m going to be at the Fitzroy Markets with a wee little stall of clothes, yarn, crochet kits and bits and pieces. Most clothing is size 14 to 16 and shoes are size 9. There’s also a shite load of yarn and crochet hooks up for grabs! If you’re in the area, I’d love you to stop by!