Outfit: the comfy bump

Ok, it’s official – none of my bottoms fit anymore. And it’s not going to be long before my tops go the same way. I think of this stage of my pregnancy as ‘The Teletubby’ because it’s pretty much exactly the shape I feel from the bust down (before it gets really big). Supposedly, because I’m short I should wind up carrying this baby ‘wide’ because there’s so little room for it to grow lengthways, which frankly fills me with horror because I’m already feeling wide enough, thanks. Pregnant women are often told to not be so selfish to fear things like looking like a whale and staying that way post-natal, but I’m beginning to see how long it’s going to take to fit back into my old clothes already. Just last week I had to admit defeat and remove my belly-bar, as part of my belly-button has surfaced and it was really uncomfortable (I always imagined it ‘popped’ out in one go, but nope! I’m sort of half inny, half outy right now).

There was also an ‘incident’ this week where I was so determined to do up a size 8 jacket just to reassure myself I could (ha ha… ha) that the zip got stuck for ten minutes and was seconds away from having to be cut off. I couldn’t honestly tell you what size I am right now, which would be ok but it’s a frickin’ nightmare getting dressed these days. Don’t even get me started on the fact that even one more centimetre on my chest and my (MATERNITY!!) bridesmaid’s dress for three weeks time isn’t going to fit…

Deep breath. Ultimately, I know this is baby weight and as I’m weighing in exactly as I should be, it’s – despite how it feels – perfectly healthy. But that isn’t making it any easier to dress the lump(s) on my front and, importantly, coming up with some casual outfits I can spend most of my non-office days in. Step up, cute separates from Vivien of Holloway paired with the best invention in maternity clothes – maternity jeggings. I’ve seen a lot of ladies wearing this cute cardigan and it looked so cosy I couldn’t resist – I’m always looking for items that I can wear in place of jackets in the spring. It definitely fits the bill and looks great with the bump. As does my newest slash-neck top, which I’ll admit I only just got into because I was determined to not size up, wanting to keep it for after the baby. So in both pieces, I’m wearing my usual size Small here. Let’s hope it will be usual again one day…

And the maternity jeggings – did you know, it’s actually really hard to find these?! You’d think it’d be a no-brainer, but nope, brands LOVE making those horrible maternity jeans that cut under the belly and then have a giant expanse of fabric that literally goes up to your neck, and spends its entire day rolling its way down and off your body. Plain leggings you’ll find in abundance, but jeggings… weirdly no. And then I finally found a couple of decent pairs at Boohoo and snapped up these mid blues and a darker indigo pair. I already know I’m going to be living in them, alongside my dungarees. They’re not the most flattering things in the entire world (not mad keen on how they look around the crotch to be honest!), but I’m all for comfort over style these days… And distracting people by wearing cute stuff from the ‘waist’ (ha again) up.

Vivien of Holloway Jenny cardigan and slash neck top maternity style Vivien of Holloway Jenny cardigan and slash neck top maternity style Vivien of Holloway Jenny cardigan and slash neck top maternity styleVivien of Holloway Jenny cardigan and slash neck top maternity style Vivien of Holloway Jenny cardigan and slash neck top maternity style Vivien of Holloway Jenny cardigan and slash neck top maternity style Vivien of Holloway Jenny cardigan and slash neck top maternity style Vivien of Holloway Jenny cardigan and slash neck top maternity styleVivien of Holloway Jenny cardigan and slash neck top maternity styleHeadscarf: eBay
Earrings: vintage
Cardigan: Jenny c/o Vivien of Holloway
Top: c/o Vivien of Holloway
Jeggings: Boohoo (similar)
Shoes: Carvela (past season’s)
Bag: c/o Vendula London (similar)

7 Comments

  1. December
    April 23, 2018 / 4:37 pm

    Pregnancy dressing is so much more difficult when it’s cool out! I always thought if I were ever pregnant again I would get a couple of those grecian-goddess-looking gowns and just alternate them for the last few months. You look gorgeous as always!

  2. April 24, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    I love your pregnancy banter/ranting. I know it’s not supposed to be entertaining…but it is. Sorry! I think you’re taking it all in stride and I hope we continue to get updates like this because I enjoy them. Along with the cute looks you’re putting together! This look so casual an comfy and it’s so cute to boot!

  3. April 25, 2018 / 6:16 am

    I think you are doing an amazing job with your style, I would probably just be in kaftans by this stage. Can a bump ever be comfy?! The cardi is a lovely classic style, very authentic vintage looking.

    Love your VOH top, I want to make a copy in stripes actually. You could add side vents to your top yourself just by unpicking the seams a bit of the way up and then securing them. Might give you another couple of weeks of being able to wear it!

    We have had an awfully rainy and cold week, so no cute outfits for me, just dressing for warmth tbh! Xx

  4. Melody
    April 26, 2018 / 12:19 am

    Gorgeous outfit, you look great…i love my dusky pink jenny cardie…very tempted to get it in this colour too now. Xx

  5. April 30, 2018 / 11:34 pm

    Not to sound like an idiot, but being pregnant sounds really hard! I mean, of course it is – you’re making a whole other person with your own body. And living as a modern woman and wanting to feel pretty and stylish while you go through the process must add a whole other layer of strangeness to it, I imagine.
    I know it’s not effortless to get dressed right now, but you make it look as if it is! You look lovely and stylish, and your look is still very much in keeping with what I think of as your style. I’m sure you’ll look just as fabulous right up until the end.

  6. May 1, 2018 / 9:23 am

    You still look amazing and you look lovely in your outfit. I also really like your bag. xx

  7. May 1, 2018 / 10:42 pm

    Oh Teletubbies! Bet you’re glad that you won’t have to sit through Tubbymania in your household…though I’m sure there’s an equally annoying modern equivalent to look forward to 😛 😉 I hear Pepper Pig is all the rage… I love the colour of this cardigan and I think you’ve really nailed a 60s mod look here – you could have well fooled everyone that these were jeans too! I’m glad that you were able to find something that works just as well because it’s bad enough wearing a pair of pedal pushers after a big meal, but a baby bump would be something else!

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