Pregnancy Style

I am *NOT* pregnant, but my friend and contributing editor, Ali Berlin, *IS* pregnant (HUGE congrats and love). She is not only a wise sage, but a stylish, hip, on-trend fashionista. EVEN when pregnant. So for you pregnant friends and readers, here are Ali‘s current go-to-pregnancy-style items! Thank you, Ali.. Take it away!

Pregnant Ali! How cute is she???? I want to look like her (and I didn't love being pregnant, but she makes pregnancy look so hip and fun!)

Pregnant Ali! How cute is she???? I want to look like her (and I didn’t love being pregnant, but she makes pregnancy look so hip and fun!)

My pregnancy style is simple, versatile and kind.  I’m putting zero pressure on myself but I still want to look and feel like myself, despite the massive changes.   For jewelry, now I tend to wear more bracelets than necklaces because I don’t want anything hitting baby Twinkle and my necklaces are big and heavy, so bracelets are a little pop without any of the weight. I bought shoes that were basic enough to go with various styles, but they still have some edge to them.  It has been challenging to find what I love and what works.  It seemed like every time I’d find some things that fit and worked well for my style, I outgrew them.  I wore maternity pants from the beginning.  I didn’t want anything too tight on my tummy or hips or lady parts.  I wanted to breathe and I wanted to energetically make space for the baby to grow, even when he was the tiniest of tiny. So here are my go – to pregnancy style items that I purchased and wore throughout this time in my life. Enjoy!

 

Rachel Pally Long  Caftan Dress

The Rachel Pally dress is so comfortable and has a great silhouette.  It’s cut really big (for me/my shape but probably for most ladies) so even in pregnancy I got a size P.  Also it’s super flattering on the boobs because of the neck and how it gathers above the belly. So easy to wear and to pack if you’re traveling.

Long caftan

Long caftan

This dress comes in long sleeves and sleeveless, and with different colors and prints. Fun for any occassion.

This dress comes in long sleeves and sleeveless, and with different colors and prints. Fun for any occasion.

Gansevoort Dress

I was in my best girl’s wedding in November and thankfully I was able to choose my own dress.  After about 45 rejects, I found this one.  It’s not maternity but I made it work.  Again, the cut was flexible enough for me to have it altered and make it work for my pregnant bod.

66 bucks!!!

66 bucks!!!

Gold lame! Perfect evening attire for a nice price (will not feel guilty about never wearing the dress again).

Gold lame! Perfect evening attire for a nice price (will not feel guilty about never wearing the dress again).

Pure Body Long Sleeve T

GAP body maternity long sleeve might be the best tee on the market for pregnant women.  I have at least 10 of them and wear them every single day at this point in my pregnancy.

 

Basic

Basic

Basic everyday shirt.

Basic everyday shirt. VERY early in pregnancy.

 

Various colors.

Various colors.

A little flava

A little flava

Old Navy tanks are long enough! That’s always an issue for me and it’s necessary now more than ever. I need things that hit below belly. These totally fit the bill and they are so inexpensive! Love them for layering, especially under the Gap pure body long sleeve tops. Live in both.

NEED!

NEED! Just a simple straight-forward necessity. At a reasonable cost.

GAP Full Coverage leggings

Gap leggings are awesome for the FULL coverage. I personally can’t deal with a half panel of coverage on the tummy. Need full otherwise its way weird and uncomfortable for the pants to cut off mid-bump. The gap leggings hit so high and are so soft and easy to wear. A little too lounge-y for my regular lifestyle, but as cozies they can’t be beat. And I mostly wear them with leg warmers. Just because.

gap

Gap knows how to do leggings!

The David Lerner leggings/pants are much better quality and nicer looking.  They are real pants. I wear them when I want to have a more pulled together thing going on and feel like I’m wearing real clothes. They have great coverage (read: full tummy) and feel great.

pizzazz

pizzazz

capri

capri

These pants, too, have full tummy coverage and were my absolute favorites when they fit. They look and feel like my regular jeans and I loved them! Was so sad when I outgrew them — which happened lightening fast.

Grey jeans

Grey jeans

H&M Faux Leather Jeans

By far my favorite pants! LOVE LOVE LOVE and highly recommend.   They are leggings but feel like pants, made of thick jersey (black with imitation leather at front, dark blue with zips at hems) and are so fresh and comfy.

Leather + bump = mama sexy

Leather + bump = mama sexy

I live in wedges and was not about to stop one of my staples during pregnancy. I had to make sure I had shoes that I loved which were also super comfortable to walk around in– as much as I wanted.  I like to be unrestricted and these do the trick- giving me freedom while still looking hip.

moon boots

everyday, every outfit booties

So comfortable with a little height (thank you wedged heel!)

So comfortable with a little height (thank you wedged heel!)

Again

Again

Actually I don’t completely love the Koolaburra shoes but The Josie Girl said she digs them, so I included them! They are super cute but some aspects of them are not my style.
wedge

wedge

So there you have it — some basic, hip, affordable pregnancy gear! Hope you found it helpful! Hope you continue to have a great week.

Ali Berlin, Contributing Editor

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