Ok, confession, I bought my first item of maternity wear before I even got pregnant. I tried to talk myself out of it (as did others – it felt like tempting fate somehow), but I couldn’t help feeling I’d be annoyed at missing out on such a bargain that I could actually wear while not pregnant too. And, I did! You see, there’s this whole style of floaty dress where the waist seam is just that big higher and as long as you cover it with a belt no one need know…
This dress was purchase number 2 and it had that higher waist-seam and room for a bump but this time it was standard range, not maternity. So yay, no guilt! But it’s such a perfect dress for a pregnant lady! Stretchy and comfortable and flattering. At least, it’s flattering now while I’m not big… But I think this one really could have gone to the end, other than the fact I’m due in the height of summer and it’s a bit too warm for that!
So, I’m sort of thinking of this style of dress as a pregnancy staple and will keep my eye out for more. I’m sad it sold out so quickly – I only bought it before Christmas so I was hoping by the time I wore it for this purpose it might still be around, but alas. I’m annoyed I didn’t buy it in the green colourway too as I really am wearing this one to death right now! It was most excellent for disguising the little bump at work.
Hair bow: old (removed from a hairband)
Dress: Zara (last season’s – but this one from eShakti could be customised to be similar)
Belt: vintage (gift from an amazing reader!)
Tights: Primark (old)
Bag: eBay (old)
Shoes: Lulu Hun (now out of stock)
I don’t know if it’s a coincidence that this is the first set of photos taken in my second trimester, but even though the weather was again pretty grey I feel like I’m less so, for once. Could it be that pregnancy glow?? I have to say, I’m not sure I buy into that as all the second trimester has brought me so far is zits and gas, but if it were to happen I’d really not complain…
I think I’m looking pregnant in these photos, but the bump is still merrily appearing and disappearing at whim, so I think it’s still 90% my lunch here. I’m told by many to expect from next week – week 17 – it’s probably here to stay…
Oh and a final shout-out for the amazing reader who gifted me this gorgeous vintage belt just because. I still can’t believe how kind that was! It makes blogging feel all that more worthwhile when lovely things like that happen.