Showing posts with label From Maternity To Now. Show all posts
Showing posts with label From Maternity To Now. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Lifespan of a Favorite Shirt


Blouse: H&M (similar)
Shorts: Target
Shades: Ray-Ban
Sandals: Birkenstock

As I slid this red and white blouse over my head before heading out to the local farmers' market this past weekend, I realized this might be my favorite shirt. It certainly has staying power. I've had it since I started this blog - that is over five years! It cost me $9.99 when I purchased it from H&M and I constantly lament that I wish I had more blouses in this flowing style. What's that old saying? The best things in life are right under your nose....yeah, I think I made that up just now, but it still applies to my point.



I brought this blouse out for the 4th of July this year. It was unbearably hot as we waited for the local parade, but this shirt covered me both on coolness and color-necessity for the day.

4th 2012

Speaking of the 4th of July, this blouse made an appearance on the blog in 2012 to celebrate our nation. Clearly, my love of deconstructed denim has not waned.


Even as far back as one of my earliest blog posts, while 18 weeks pregnant with my son, I rocked the flowy blouse with wide leg jeans. There is nothing like a full blouse to help you get through those early maternity clothes struggles. Perhaps this should also be part of my "From Maternity To Now" series...

The point is: if you love something, don't set it free. Hold on tight to that favorite shirt. I plan on wearing this shirt until the threads fall off!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

From Maternity To Now: The Over-sized Tee

This might be one of my favorite maternity purchases.  When I was about 12 weeks pregnant, I found an over-sized tee for $5 that I thought would work with my growing belly, yet still be stylish post-baby.  I wore it all through my maternity months and I still live in this shirt now.


24 weeks and the belly had just popped.  I never bought into the theory that a pregnant woman shouldn't wear horizontal stripes. Maybe it does make you look wider, but I didn't mind drawing attention to my stomach.  After the first trimester of having all the misery of morning sickness, exhaustion and uterus stretching without the ability to share it with the world, a little eye draw to your baby was welcome.

At 37 weeks pregnant, very little fit me anymore. I turned to my trusty tee to get me through.  Because it is long in length, there was enough material to keep my tummy from poking out the bottom, though a layered tank supplied reinforcements any time I reached my arms over my head.

At two months postpartum, a tee shirt is a gift.  A necessity, even. Spit-up, drool, milk and any other spilled substances easily wash out of a tee shirt.  Plus, an over-sized tee shirt hid my tummy pooch very well.


Tee: H&M
Blazer: Ben Sherman
Jeans: Joe's
Necklace: H&M
Heels: Urban Outfitters

Ah, the over-sized striped shirt.  When I can't figure out what I want to wear, I start with this shirt and work around it.  It is my favorite layering piece. You know what else is my favorite?

These shoes.  They get at least compliment per wear. I may not have been able to sport these during pregnancy, but I'm making up for lost time now.  Thank you, Kendi, for long time showcasing an amazing shoe that exists in my size!

Friday, June 24, 2011

From Maternity To Now: The Poncho

Today I showcase my absolute favorite article of clothing that I wore while pregnant - my sweater poncho. I lived in this thing for months and I'm happy to say, I'm loving it and wearing it today.


At 21 weeks, it gave me the comfort I needed when all other clothes were starting to lose their fit.

When I hit 27 weeks, I had some of that good second trimester energy going on as I entered my third trimester. It was easy to throw on while on the go and still feel cute. This was also during my Princess Leia phase in fashion.

39 weeks and popping! This was my last outfit post before the baby was born and I sported the poncho all the way until the end.


Poncho: H&M 
Jeans: J Brand
Flats: Steve Madden

The poncho - perfect for hiding a baby underneath all that material and now, perfect for the mom on the run.  This sweater was never intended for maternity.  It is supposed to be over-sized and draped. For me, those two words equal perfect maternity wear.  Whether you are pregnant or not, full coverage and a nice drape make for a flattering look. The fact that a poncho is uber-comfortable is just a bonus.

I look at the above pictures of Keagan and me and I think, "I can't believe that just a few months ago this kid was in my belly." He was nestled right under than poncho while he grew. Now, he sits right on my hip and smiles like a cheshire cat. Who knew a sweater would help illustrate the miracle of birth?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

From Maternity To Now: The Maxi Dress

Let me tell you this: I am stoked that maxi dresses are the must have item of the summer.  They are the easiest way to be dressed up and down at the same time.  Today, I will showcase an Old Navy maxi dress that I've had in my closet for at least three years that worked for both maternity and regular wear.


At 36 weeks pregnant, I was running out of options fast.  It was winter, it was cold and it was uncomfortable.  What better to provide comfort than a maxi dress?  It's like wearing a Snuggie or a Slanket or your wearable blanket of choice.


Maxi dress: Old Navy (similar)
Jacket: Ben Sherman
Belt: Macy's
Earrings: H&M
Watch: Michael Kors
Flats: Steve Madden

I'm still wrestling with my lack of a California tan this season, so a maxi dress sounds just right.  I put a blazer over it for the office and reintroduced the big belt to make it look a bit more polished.  Nude flats made my feet less obvious than black flats.  After work, the blazer was swapped for a cardigan just in time for a walk to the Farmer's Market, where I ate the most delicious smoked portabello po'boy from a traveling food trailer.  I'll be remixing this maxi all summer long and possibly into my next pregnancy...not that it is coming soon!

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Monday, June 6, 2011

From Maternity To Now: The Flowing Blouse

When I was pregnant, I tried to spend very little on maternity clothes.  Instead, I shopped my closet for items that had enough stretch, give or shape to fit a growing belly.  Since I'm now almost five months post-partum and back in most of my pre-baby clothes, I thought I would showcase some of the items I wore back then that I am still wearing now. Here is the beginning of a new series I'm calling From Maternity To Now.

First up, a flowing blouse.


I was 26 weeks pregnant in this picture. The blouse has an elastic waistband that worked well for pregnancy.  I set the waistband low under my belly and because the top has a lot of extra, flowing material, it made room for my extra girth.  The excess length at the bottom eliminated any concerns about letting it all hang out.


Blouse: H&M
Belt: Macy's
Skirt: Victoria's Secret
Tights: Hue
Watch: Michael Kors
Earrings: H&M
Heels: Ralph Lauren

I placed a belt over the elastic waist to cinch in the material because I am darn proud to be able to see my toes again.  There are so many ways to wear the blouse in the future: under a jacket, with black skinny jeans, or tucked in to a skirt or pants for the office.  I bought this shirt for $5 at a H&M blowout sale when I was about three months pregnant, seeing its potential beyond the bump.  When you shop for maternity clothes, it doesn't have to be for just nine months!