Hey friends! Been a doozy of a few months over here. If you missed the news in this weekend’s post, the title of this post clearly gives away the punchline: we’re expecting!
A little over 19 weeks along with a second baby girl, and we’re all feeling some kinda way about it. I’m only a wee bit terrified after a good 6+ years of very nearly assuming we’d be a single-kiddo family (might have to share more on that in a future post), but at the end of the day, I’m becoming more and more excited all the time. We all are.
One thing I’m less excited about? Maternity fashion.
I swear the first time around, it wasn’t this hard. Maybe it was because stretchy maxi skirts were most definitely having a moment. Maybe it was because the hair tie trick worked with 90% of my jeans for a good few months. (High-rise denim, it turns out, while flattering, wants NOTHING to do with a baby bump, no matter how many hair ties you coax up a button fly.)
Maybe it was because I was, ohhhh, almost 7 years younger at the time?
Overalls: My Answer To Low-Key Maternity Style
Fortunately, I’ve found the Golden Ticket to second trimester fashion, and it’s happily something that, technically speaking, has nothing to do with “maternity” wear.
Two ways, in fact, because this “still fits into standard clothes” phase of the second trimester is short-lived, and I’m milking it (heh) for all it’s worth.
To be clear, I’ve always been an overalls girl through and through, which is what makes this particular strategy so dang good. Everything here had a place in my wardrobe before baby — and will have a place in my wardrobe after baby. Nothing’s maternity-specific. Which means? I’m actually dressing like me (well, at least for the time being). And when you’re in a body that is slowly attempting to trick you into thinking it’s no longer your own? That feels pretty dang good.
Low-Key Maternity Outfit 1: Overalls + Stretchy Bodysuit
There’s nothing groundbreaking about this outfit here — other than the fact that it’s equal parts comfortable, cute and adaptable to a growing bump. Up until a couple of weeks ago, I was nauseous more or less all the day long — to the point where just about any pressure on my torso made me squirm.
Enter the tank bodysuit + overalls combo. No high necklines. No waistbands. I even ditched the bra more often than not since the overalls provide a bit more modesty. Bonus points for the fact that overalls also generally help mask the fact that one boob is expanding at an alarming rate while the other is…not. (Thanks, mastectomy.)
Overalls // Lucky you! Now on super sale, and with free returns (but selling FAST). These have got to be some of the most comfortable overalls I’ve ever worn. They’re softer than traditional denim, and the bleached out engineer stripe somehow softens the look even more, so they don’t feel overly utilitarian. I will confess the adjustable straps tend to slip a little, so I tacked them lightly in place with a few stitches so I wouldn’t have to fuss with them (you could also do a hidden safety pin), but they’re just playful and fun — somehow not overly cheesy. I tried both the XS and the S, and I have to say: they’re generously cut. I’m usually between those sizes, and in my non-pregnant bod, I probably would have gone with the XS. The most noticeable difference between the sizes was the amount of volume through the middle, so I opted for the S here — and am hoping I can continue to wear them for at least the next month or so (fingers crossed!).
Bodysuit // I had really low expectations for this inexpensive bodysuit, but I wanted something soft, stretchy and with plenty of room for growth. And it is COM.FYYYY. Very pleased. I think pre-pregnancy I would have taken a small, but I sized up to a medium to allow for more room through the torso without it riding up.
Sneakers // Tried and true Stan Smiths. Going on almost five years with this pair. Size down half, or if you wear up to a size 9, you can generally squeak into Big Kids sizes by sizing down two (I wear a women’s size 8 and bought these in Big Kids size 6).
Sunglasses (75% off) // I’ve had these rag + bone sunnies for almost a year now, and they’ve held up really well. Super timeless, high-quality tortoise shell (it’s not a cheesy spray-on pattern like on some of the cheapies), and they’re just a bit lighter than my Le Specs. On sale for under $60 right now, too.
Low-Key Maternity Outfit 2: Overalls + Boho Top
This is just my speed for a casual date night, or a brunch thing, or a wine tasting situation. (OK, maybe the juice bar is more apt for me at the moment.) I wore it to dinner with a girlfriend — plenty of room for bellying up to the table! And clearly it’s my top choice for romping around in a foggy field, as one does.
Overalls // Lucky you! Now on super sale, and with free returns (but selling FAST). These have got to be some of the most comfortable overalls I’ve ever worn. They’re softer than traditional denim, and the bleached out engineer stripe somehow softens the look even more, so they don’t feel overly utilitarian. I will confess the adjustable straps tend to slip a little, so I tacked them lightly in place with a few stitches so I wouldn’t have to fuss with them (you could also do a hidden safety pin), but they’re just playful and fun somehow not overly cheesy. I tried both the XS and the S, and I have to say: they’re generously cut. I’m usually between those sizes, and in my non-pregnant bod, I probably would have gone with the XS. The most noticeable difference between the sizes was the amount of volume through the middle, so I opted for the S here — and am hoping I can continue to wear them for at least the next month or so (fingers crossed!).
Boho Top // Would you believe this is an Amazon find? I am admittedly extremely skeptical of Amazon fashion, but it showed up as a suggestion, and I was too intrigued not to pull the trigger. It’s actually more or less exactly as shown in the picture (imagine that!) and the quality is pretty dang good. I gave it a quick hand wash/hang dry and then, once dry, tumbled it in the dryer for 10 mins just to soften it a bit, and it’s genuinely lovely. Definitely curious about the black and the sky blue, too. Wearing a S and it’s generously cut.
Heels // Maybe the only pair of heels I bought in the past year, and they’ve gotten a surprising amount of wear (all things considered). Fit is true to size, the heel is incredibly walkable, and (contrary to the single review on the site), the quality is superb. Truly a year-round shoe for here in Northern California. (I’d also be highly likely to wear this version of the outfit with the sneakers up top, too.)
Bag (50% off) // This has been such a perfect bag for around town. It’s just the right size for all the essentials: cards/cash, sunnies, phone, mask, hand sanitizer, lip gloss. And while it’s small and chic enough for dressing up, it’s also sporty enough that I routinely pair it with my most casual of outfits (joggers, leggings, sweats, giant shackets) for pick-up and drop-off. Additional colors here, too.
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Really trying not to just aimlessly collect overalls, but if I were going to, here’s where I’d start. (I already have and love a past season’s version of these, and they’re perfect if you’re just looking for a timeless pair that will age well. And if I weren’t knocked up? These would be my holiday uniform this year. That tailored waist!)
Cheers to comfy, effortless dressing (preggo or not).
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Photography by Carolyn Stockman. Thank you, friend!