Matchy Matchy

So my maternity inspiration on the forum Golden Pig/Natalie is a master at finding and pairing matching patterns and wearing them together. I thought of her when I paired my zebra printed jacket with my zebra printed kitten heels.

I was lamenting to Beth Ann on my post yesterday that some maternity tops are ridiculously DRAB. This one would be a prime example. In my defense, I bought this top online and had no clue that the blue had more gray undertones so it was not going to be the sharp vivid cobalt I wanted. I mentioned to Adelfa in her post earlier this week that "fake cobalt" looks great with black and white patterns. There's something about the high contrast of black and white that sharpens this shade of blue and makes it pop in the way you intended.

Also this top is made to grow with you but the sizing is HUGE. So even at 35 weeks this top has way too much room around the belly area for me. I thought the jacket and the white belt would give some structure and shape to this top. I think I succeeded.

I'm wearing mostly maternity today, but I would definitely remix this outfit and wear it again as a non-pregnant lady. How did I do?

  • Old Navy maternity top in "fake cobalt"
  • white belt
  • Zebra print jacket 
  • Loft maternity boot cut jeans 
  • Ellen Tracey zebra print kitten heels 
  • Coach white patent handbag

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  • MrsK replied 9 years ago

    Maternity dressing is SO difficult, isn't it? The options out there are not too plentiful! I love the look you've pulled together here, you look fantastic - that shirt is definitely not looking drab as you've styled it!

  • Neel replied 9 years ago

    I love the outfit and I think I would love it more without the belt. I think the jacket is good enough to create the structure you are after. I also know you like some waist definition :). But somehow here I think it cuts the upper body in half which I am not quite liking.

    I like your white framed glasses here too. Fun and cohesive!

  • carambola replied 9 years ago

    Ooh, love! The jacket and shoes are great and they go with your fab white specs so well. I think the top is a good color for creating a column of blue.

  • Neel replied 9 years ago

    Perfect carambola ... Column of blue .. That's the nagging thing in my head I wanted to say! The white belt kind of cuts that IYKWIM!

  • Ledonna N. replied 9 years ago

    Awe man! You look great those glasses bring it home for me. Pleas don't take offense but I found you to be stylish before you were a mom to be but now it seems like the creative juices are really flowing. You truly look fab you hit this out of the park to me.

  • Angie replied 9 years ago



    LOVE the specs. xo

  • Day Vies replied 9 years ago

    Ladywone - no offense taken. Who doesn't want to be considered stylish?

    Neel - I know what you mean about the interruption of the belt. Angie mentioned it to me 3 months ago --  but... without it boobs and belly blend and look like one big blob. This is enhanced the top is truly oversized. The fit you see in the pics is an an illusion. The blouse is a huge shapeless bag the belt helps cinch the blouse.  

  • replied 9 years ago

    I really don't mind the belt. I love all the crisp tones in this and I agree that adding black and white really makes the blue pop. Love your matchy shoes and jacket.

  • replied 9 years ago

    I think you look adorable, put together, sassy and stylish. So cute.

  • MsLuna replied 9 years ago

    Wow, the topper is super cute!!! I love how it matches your shoes! I would actually prefer the top without the belt, but I can see why you're using it for structure.

  • Joy replied 9 years ago

    Fabulous! You know that women are going to be inspired by your maternity looks for months and years to come. You were successful in kicking up the bright in that faux cobalt. I must remember your trick and bet that it works with other dull shades too.

  • Day Vies replied 9 years ago

    Diane G / Joy - I stumbled on the black and white trick for faux cobalt by accident. I was just playing around in my closet. I think you're correct Joy that black and white prints will wake up dull colors.

  • Beth Ann replied 9 years ago

    I know exactly the color of "fake cobalt" you mean -- I have a top in that color, too.  I'll have to try it with b/w!  Love  the mixing of zebra here, and I know exactly why you're belting -- the definition in the torso is working here.

    Amazing to need a jacket in almost-July!

  • goldenpig replied 9 years ago

    Day Vies, you are looking great! I'm flattered that I was an inspiration for this outfit! Love the matchy matchy zebra jacket and heels--really adds pizzazz to maternity dressing! You are looking cool, sassy and stylish. I know what you mean about the belt giving needed waist definition--I was doing that all the way to the end, too. I didn't realize you were so close to your due date...almost there! I've always loved your style and even more so with your maternity style!

  • Ornella replied 9 years ago

    Your maternity style t-h-r-i-l-l-s me, full stop. I think you elevate 'attention to detail' to a whole new level. The way you pair colours together and the reasoning behind ("There's something about the high contrast of black and white that sharpens this shade of blue...") makes my head spin. You give me so many ideas. 

  • Day Vies replied 9 years ago

    Beth Ann - You feel my pain. I think you were also understanding when I was ranting about drab purples earlier this year too. I'm also glad you understand the boob belly merge and the complete lack of definition in this area. (Currently a styling challenge -- I think I can handle it)  DD is kicking me a lot in the ribs too. The best I can say about that is at least I am not having the wind knocked out of me and I know that she's growing just fine.

    GP - I'm so glad you commented on this thread. I was hoping you would see it. I was thinking of your black and white Kate spade purse and dress post when I put this together. I loved that print. I am getting very close and getting very excited. Nobody said that the WAITING would be part of the hard part. I feel like a little kid waiting for her birthday to arrive.

    Ornella - Oh you're so SWEET! I always thought the why behind outfits was interesting and instructive so when it's an important part of my thought process in putting an outfit together I try to include it in the post. I can definitely see you deconstructing the elements of this outfit and putting them back together in some novel yet striking way. I can't wait to see how this comes out on your end.

  • Alassë replied 9 years ago

    Excellent matchy-matchy! :)

  • Ornella replied 9 years ago

    It's a deal :-D

  • Eliza replied 9 years ago

    Another gorgeous day at Day Vies house.  Love these colors on you and the shoe/jacket combo is fab.   You make 35 weeks look easy... 
    (and we know it is not usually so...)

  • Alana in Canada replied 9 years ago

    Wow! First, congratulations! Second, boy, do you look incredible. I love hearing your thought process and your reasoning--makes it easier for me to learn! Thank you.

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