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This past weekend, hubby and I attended a family member’s wedding in Virginia. The event was semi-formal, outdoors in the woods. Since wedding season is in full swing (we’ve been invited to five just this past summer!) I decided to share what I wore. If you are pregnant and attending a special event outdoors, here are some suggestions for styling your adorable bump.
Experiment with color and patterns.
This is something I loved doing even before I was pregnant. Unpopular opinion, but I think black is overrated. Sure, I’ll wear it sparingly, but I don’t find it to be as “universally flattering” as the fashion industry tries to convince us it is. A festive occasion such as a wedding is a perfect opportunity to find a new color or pattern that flatters you.
When it comes to maternity fashion, though, there aren’t very many options in my small town outside of Target and Wal-Mart. I’ve been using Stitch Fix to build my maternity wardrobe instead. Every month I get five clothing and accessory items tailored to my style preferences. My last fix came with this gorgeous blue and pink maxi dress with an ornate pattern – perfect for summer weddings! (It doubles as a nursing dress too!) Access my referral link here if you care to try it out for yourself.
Wear pretty jewelry.
While I can’t wear 99% of my pre-pregnancy wardrobe, I can still wear almost all of my old jewelry (besides my wedding rings – swelling is no joke guys). The budget-conscious pregnant lady will probably wince at the idea of putting down more than $100 for a special occasion maternity dress they’ll only wear once. That money would be better spent on your baby shopping list.
There’s no shame in buying a more casual piece that you could see yourself wearing again and again. If you are worried that the outfit you plan to wear to an event is too casual or plain, an easy way to address that is to dress it up with your favorite jewelry pieces. I tend to prefer ornate, antique-inspired statement pieces as shown here.
The necklace is a costume piece from francesca’s, while the gold filigree earrings are another Stitch Fix keeper.
Bring comfortable shoes.
Once upon a time, I was a girl who wore heels every day during her commute. I laughed at the thought of practical shoes and proclaimed that I wouldn’t be caught dead in Crocs. This girl has been relying on Crocs ever since the beginning of her second trimester.
Specifically, these Crocs. (No, they’re not the big clogs with the holes).
Why did I choose them? I needed flat shoes, but my leather ballet flats were too constricting. My flip flops and flat sandals didn’t have enough arch support and eventually caused shooting pains in my heel and leg. I needed shoes that were supportive, breathable, casual enough for every day but feminine enough to wear to events.
With their cute lace design, these fit the bill. I got them in Bronze and they go with absolutely anything. The best thing? When I put them on it feels like I’m wearing a shoe made entirely out of gel insole.
I’ve had such issues with overheating this pregnancy I may as well be a walking furnace. If you’re constantly running a low-grade fever and need to sit outside in the sun, you want to avoid any clothing that’s going to be constricting or too heavy.
The dress I chose has a flowy maxi skirt, keeping me cool while still offering some protection from the sun. The open neckline also helped, as did the light jersey knit material the dress was made of. I added a bolero sweater to protect my shoulders. I have several of these in different colors because they are so affordable and versatile. You can purchase them here!
Show off your bump!
Your body changes like crazy when you’re pregnant. There’s no avoiding that. One day you’re proudly sticking out your itty bitty bump, and seemingly overnight your belly turns into a beach ball. Your face, arms, legs, breasts, and hips all may change in some way throughout your nine-month journey. Embrace these changes! Don’t set up an expectation of what your pregnant body “should” look like and make an effort to hide the parts that don’t meet your expectations. Everything that is happening to you is happening for a good reason. Be proud of your bump and all that comes with it. Use it as your best accessory!
What do you say?
Do you have any other advice to add for expecting mamas looking to dress up? Any further questions? Let us know in the comments! Remember to share this post on social media if you enjoyed it!