Ok, I’m now getting to the point where my clothes are not doing up as well as they used to… I don’t think there’s a pair of jeans in my cupboard that buttons and any skirts without elastic waistbands are probably out by this point. For some reason, most of my growth seems to be on my waist rather than my belly, which just looks a bit more rounded than before. This is VERY inconvenient for my wardrobe, which is almost entirely fitted to the waist and isn’t really coping with the fact most of my internal organs seem to be residing there now thanks to the baby. It’s also making me look more tubby than pregnant – the waist and belly are expanding outwards at pretty much the same rate. I’ve been taking weekly bump shots and if you hadn’t seen the first one in the series, you wouldn’t clock I was pregnant and not just eating a lot more than usual because the shape of a baby just isn’t there yet. I’m sure it will be before too long, though… It’s that or I’m growing this baby roughly where my stomach is (which given how hungry I am… maybe I’m just growing a new stomach??).
So, thus begins the hunt for the ‘in-between’ clothes because I’m finding that maternity range stuff often has these big baggy pouches of material where a big bump will one day be, which is all well and good but I don’t have one of those yet. Mostly, I’m just watching size guides and sizing up where I’ve outgrown my usual size and it seems to be working – as long as I avoid things that are too fitted to the waist.
This dress was one such find from a non-maternity range (from Joanie Clothing) that has a fit that really works with my new protruding waistline. In fact, it worked SO well that in these photos I don’t look pregnant at all. This was baffling to me because when I looked at myself in the mirror I definitely, even from the front view, looked like I had something stuffed up my dress (genuinely I thought it looked like I’d put a jumper up there kind of how kids do when they pretend). It was the first time I felt I looked visibly pregnant in an outfit and I was ok with that – it was a cute little almost-bump, protruding waist an’ all. So, this dress is clearly a magic dress, at least in photos!
Honestly, I really love it. I picked it because the fitted part of the bodice is at the empire line and the rest of it didn’t look skin-tight. The measurements on the size guide confirmed my suspicions (as they are, helpfully, by garment rather than generic) and I actually ordered my usual size as a result because there was so much room in the waist. And there was – just enough to skim my much larger waist (I’ve probably got 1-2 more months in it!) and tummy and be altogether a gorgeous, spring-time dress. Check out those adorable sleeve ties, seriously! I then went and snapped it in 2 degrees because – lolz – British winter. Thankfully, I remembered my faux fur coat I’ve had for years and it was the perfect match for this dress – although usually I’d never have thought of putting fur with a floral tea dress like this. Initially, I was just going to wear it on the way to the shoot, but I liked how it looked so much I realised I’d managed to create a whole look here that kind of made me think of borrowing from 40s style, even though it’s clearly a modern spin. Fashion blogger win.
With the puppy I don’t get out to fancy meals much these days (and McDonald’s Drive-Thru probably isn’t ready for all this jelly), but I have a Mother’s Day lunch on the horizon so fingers crossed there’ll be no more waistline growth-spurts as I think I’ve found my outfit! And the baby just gave me a little poke, so I think it agrees.
Oh, and any other mums-to-be need to check out Joanie’s range – they have lots of looser fitting but still impeccably cute dresses and tops, not least in their clearance section, and I’m basically buying the whole lot up at the moment. So don’t be surprised when they pop up on here again soon! One dress is even named after me (my real name anyway), so that’s a must.