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Happy Valentine’s Day Ladies of YLF!

I have missed the forum these months I’ve been away. I thought I would make my re-entry with an outfit that I’m wearing to run errands.  I’m wearing a cozy lavender/gray JLo sweater from Kohl’s, skinny (Rockstar) jeans from Old Navy, with my black Timberland Bethel Buckle combat boots.

You may notice that I’m a little rounder and if you have you’ve got sharp eyes. I’ve been MIA because as of today I am 4 months pregnant! I am very excited and expecting the little one sometime in late July or early August. I’ve been absent from the forum because I had a really tough first trimester with nausea and fatigue as constant companions for about eight full weeks. (Glad that’s over!)

I looked pretty much like myself wearing my regular clothes (except for the I-feel-really-skinny-today jeans) until late last week then pop – all of a sudden my little bump was there. I am not afraid to tell you there was about 12 hours of sheer panic where I had no idea how to dress my evolving body. 

After recovering, having a loaded baked potato and turning in for the evening ;-) I pulled myself together the next day and started the process of going though my entire wardrobe piece by piece to check the fit. My biggest problem right now is I have a lot of tops with absolutely no stretch (yay structure!) so they aren’t getting worn for a good long while. My second problem is because I have a short torso the shirts I have with stretch are going to look inappropriate really soon because they won’t quite cover my belly in about 3 weeks (my best guestimate).

I have a few tops that are both oversized and stretchy, even fewer that are simply oversized. I have been forced to experiment with new or slightly altered silhouettes because my regular silhouettes of choice are temporarily unavailable. Ironically pants aren’t an issue because I’ve always preferred roomier fits and tended to size up.  I’ve been experimenting with a bellyband and pants in different cuts and sizes. My go-to jeans are my BF’s and up-sized skinny jeans (with lots of stretch -- go Rockstars!), of course leggings work just fine but it’s not warm enough to wear them outside just now.

 Until my new cache of longer looser tops (some maternity some not) arrives I have assembled some tunics, chunky sweaters, stretchy tops, dolman and kimono-sleeved tops to get me through the next week or so.

I would appreciate any ideas or suggestions you have to turn my current offerings into a reasonable facsimile of a maternity wardrobe. Thank you in advance for all of your suggestions (big or small!)

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83 Comments

  • April replied 8 years ago

    Lovely outfit -- and congratulations to you and DH!

    My maternity wardrobe (18 years ago) came largely from baby consignment shops.  I had nicer clothes during pregnancy than before or after, because a lot of the consignment items were very nice pieces that had been bought for some special occasion occurring during pregnancy and worn only once.  

  • abc replied 8 years ago

    Great to see you again, DV!

    First of all congrats on the pregnancy! I'm squealing with delight for you.

    Glad it seems you're through the un-fun first trimester symptoms. The 2nd trimester was always my favorite.

    It seems you've got a great plan re clothes. Can't wait to see your maternity style.

    You're radiant! Congrats again. :)

  • nancylee replied 8 years ago

    Congratulations, DV!  What wonderful news.  You look radiantly lovely, and I'm glad to hear you're feeling better.  :)

    I'm long out of the maternity wear game, so I won't offer any advice there.  But I will say that the Spring styles are all about drapey, flowy, loose fits, so that should make it easy to find tops that flatter your pregnancy.  

  • Neel replied 8 years ago

    I was thinking about you the other day :) ... Glad your absence was due to a good news :). Congrats! And you look lovely!

    When I was pregnant I largely wore stretchy ponte pants with stretchy tunics. And a few maxi dresses for some change. They were the most comfortable! I bought 5-6 items and kept repeating them for 40 weeks!! Yikes! No prizes for guessing how happy I was to chuck them out at the end of it all! Can't wait to see your maternity style :)

  • Debbie replied 8 years ago

    Congratulations! I have no advice on the wardrobe because my last pregnancy was 22 years ago. Hope you continue to feel good.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 8 years ago

    I've so missed you around here DV and am thrilled you're back and with such wonderful news. Congratulations!

  • Astrid replied 8 years ago

    Congratulations! Great to see you again. :) No clue about maternity dressing, but you look great!

  • minimalist replied 8 years ago

    Day Vies! I'd been missing your presence on WLF, and presumed you were up to your ears in work. So glad you're feeling better!

    Haramaki (torso warmers) can extend your existing wardrobe items a long, long way. They're widely used where I'm from, more often for "kidney warming" (LOL) than for pregnancy fashion, but I don't know of any U.S. sources. Here's a DIY link to give you some idea what I'm talking about:
    http://www.planetjune.com/blog.....-tutorial/

  • kkards replied 8 years ago

    Congratulations!
    i have no advice at all on maternity dressing, but i am confident that you will look lovely and colorful through out.

  • Day Vies replied 8 years ago

    I was supposed to leave the house about 10 minutes ago but I got hungry so I am going to eat my early lunch and respond to you all.

    Neel - I think maxi dresses are perfect. I'm glad you mentioned it. I only have one right now and had to dig it out of my summer wardrobe. It made me order 2 from Old Navy. I think I have to search for some great ponte pants. I had some a number of years ago and I wore them until they fell apart -- great suggestions!

    Nancylee - you are correct I have noticed flowy tops and less bodycon looks are in for spring. It makes me happy because my default spring wardrobe does not have to be specifically maternity. I can pick up a few things that I can wear afterwards.

    April -- Consignment is an interesting concept -- especially since I never know what wedding or occasion might be on the horizon. That is definitely a budget friendly solution for What the heck do I wear now?!

    Amy - I have felt conflicted about work as of late. I am still looking for that first attorney position but it feels a little odd to be looking now. I have kept my eyes peeled for simply perfect opportunities, but working just to say I have a job is off the table. I will check out the link you posted. Thank you -- at first blush it seems like it is very similar to a bellyband -- which has helped keep me in some of my jeans that fit everywhere except my tummy. 

  • Angie_T replied 8 years ago

    Congratulations! What a blessing.

  • pil replied 8 years ago

    Congratulations to you and Mr. Day Vies!

  • rachylou replied 8 years ago

    Day Vies, welcome back and congratulations!

    I was going to say I liked Rachel Zoe's fancy boho maternity style, but I don't know if you'd go for that. (Kaftans! Lol.)

  • Kimberley replied 8 years ago

    Congratulations!  You're glowing :)

  • ramya replied 8 years ago

    Congratulations DV that's awesome news. And with your awesome wardrobe skills I am sure you are going to look great

  • replied 8 years ago

    Welcome back! I have been missing you too and thinking about you. Congratulations! How exciting!

  • gryffin replied 8 years ago

    Day Vies - Congrats!!!  So glad you are feeling better!  I was sick as a dog till the day I delivered, so I really hope you get to enjoy this special time!!  Pregnant dressing, well I never mastered that art.  I did not want to spend a bundle so I lived in leggings or unitards and gap makes maternity tanks and cardigans.  Something tells me that  you, with your  eye for fashion, are going to look ravishing the entire time!!

  • Sara L. replied 8 years ago

    Congratulations!  I just got done with maternity styles and it's definitely a challenge.  I picked up some stuff at the thrift store and also got some hand-me-down maternity clothes from a co-worker that helped fill some gaps.  I used the belly band throughout my whole pregnancy although which pants I used it on changed.  I didn't have many non-maternity clothes that would work either, especially near the end when I was HUGE.

  • Emily replied 8 years ago

    Firstly, congratulations!
    I've missed your outfit posts, but can't wait to see what you come up with in the next few months.

  • Laura (rhubarbgirl) replied 8 years ago

    Congrats and I love your boots. Never been pregnant so I will defer to others on that advice. I see a lot of ladies wearing 'regular' clothes through most of the 2nd trimester, especially with loose and stretchy stuff.

  • Karie replied 8 years ago

    Congratulations! It's so good to see you again on the forum, you have been missed. You look fabulous and glowing!

  • replied 8 years ago

    Yay! You're back and with such exciting news! I'm thrilled for you and glad that you're feeling a little better now. You look great in your outfit , love the boots.

  • LACeleste replied 8 years ago

    Congratulations!  Best news ever!

  • Diana replied 8 years ago

    Congratulations!!!!

  • Angie replied 8 years ago

    Congrats. You look beautiful and are glowing a little extra. xo

  • deb replied 8 years ago

    OMG, I missed you! Congratulations on the baby news! You look as beautiful as ever.

  • catgirl replied 8 years ago

    Yay! Congratulations! You are a lovely mom to be and I am so happy for you!

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Whoohoo! Congratulations and welcome back. I have missed you. So glad you are starting to feel a bit better. You look sensational in this outfit. Can't wait to see the new wardrobe as it takes shape.

  • Day Vies replied 8 years ago

    I have missed you all -- my world felt a little smaller for the past 2 months without regular interaction on the forum.

    Rachy - I actually love Rachel Zoe's boho style. Some of the more free-flowing looks I'll have to adapt to my style. But for the most part given how it fits I can see myself in a caftan or two.

    Laura -  I have been stockpiling pins of women in regular clothes or avoiding maternity clothes altogether. I think stretchy is definitely the way to go. 

    Sara L. - I think I will look for jeans and summer clothes at the thrift store. None of my current summer wardrobe will work at all by June which is when it will begin to hit 80 degrees around here.

    Gryffin - I think stretchy is the way to go. I have been stalking the GAP website because they seem to be one of a few sites that offer regular lengths at 33" which I can with or without a low heel

  • Lantana replied 8 years ago

    Wonderful news, I'm thrilled for you and you look beautiful.

  • Sage replied 8 years ago

    Great news, congratulations! Looking forwards to your post in the time to come.

  • Eliza replied 8 years ago

    So good to have you pop in, Day Vies.  Congratulations on your exciting news.  As ever, you look composed and elegant.  Enjoy the next phase. 

  • Joy replied 8 years ago

    Congratulations Day! It's great to see you again. You look even more beautiful.

  • K. Period. replied 8 years ago

    Oh I was missing you DV!  Congratulations and welcome back.  You look beautiful.  Your outfit is lovely and such classic DV style.  

    My maternity wardrobe (kiddos are 3 and 6) worked really well for me.  I went with a very limited wardrobe organized with a capsule approach, even though I didn't yet know what that was when I did it.  I kept my color palette limited so the pieces worked with each other.  And oddly, even though I was used to a very big wardrobe, I was really happy with my maternity wardrobe. So little to think about when I was getting dressed.  It helped too that I knew it was only going to be for a short time.  I had one bottom for each day of the work week and one top, plus one pair of jeans and two maternity sweaters.  I mixed and matched them, but everyone was guaranteed to see me in my olive trousers at least once a week.  It was fine.  

    If you decide to wear your current knitwear while you are pregnant, keep in mind that it will very likely permanently stretch it (not guaranteed, but more likely than not) and you won't be able to or want to wear it after a couple months postpartum.  

    I absolutely loved the Gap for good quality maternity office-appropriate work wear at great prices.  I bought from Old Navy for fun, cheap weekend stuff.  Now Loft, AT and JCrew all have maternity too, so they are available as options that I didn't have. Lucky you!  

    So, unasked for advice, right? But maybe it will be helpful, so I couldn't help but volunteer! 

    Welcome back, dear.  You look fab!  

  • Caro in Oz replied 8 years ago

    Congratulation to you & Mr DV - wonderful news. What about wrap tops? They have some adjustment potential but still have some structure?

  • amiable replied 8 years ago

    Oh, I've missed you!  And I was just thinking about you yesterday.  So glad that you're doing well, and super congratulations!

  • TraceyLiz65 replied 8 years ago

    I have so missed your posts!  Congratulations, such a wonderful reason to be absent, well not the troublesome first trimester thing... Hope that you are feeling much better now!  Thanks so much for keeping us in the loop and letting us know!  You look as wonderful as always!!!! 

  • Aquamarine replied 8 years ago

    Congrats! You are positively glowing! My last pregnancy was 17 years ago so no advice to offer BUT I am sure you will wow us with your mother-to-be style soon enough, and I look forward to your journey!

  • Debra replied 8 years ago

    "Congratulations" how very exciting.....no advice but sure you'll be one stylish mum :)

  • Day Vies replied 8 years ago

    K. Period. - I have been trying to create a capsule for that very reason you mentioned. EASY -- no thought required. I don't have to worry about work just now so work-type clothing isn't on my radar just now. I am really liking the idea of limiting the capsule to one bottom per day of the week. That gives me a base to build upon. Thanks for the warning about stretching out my current knit wear. I don't have much of it that I think will work beyond the next 3-5 weeks so I'll put them away once they're not so loose. Old Navy is my best friend I just ordered a few basics from them -- no prints just solid neutrals. I think scarves and jewelry are going to do the heavy lifting (outfit interest) for me. I love your unasked for advice! I did NOT know that AT J. Crew or LOFT had maternity clothes. I knew if I asked for advice on the forum I would get great responses. THANK YOU!!!!

    Caro - I have 2 wrap cardigans (one in a light weight wool the other in knit jersey) that I think will fit the bill. Great suggestions because even if I can't wrap them around me I can wear them over a matching tank with leggings.

  • Beth Ann replied 8 years ago

    Woohoo!  Another YLF baby!  So excited for you and DH, and glad to hear that the sickness has passed.  I was thinking about sending a PM to say hello, since I hadn't seen you on the Forum recently.

    I looked like Ben Franklin when I was pregnant -- shaped like a barrel-chested, pot-bellied older man.  Seriously.  Much of the maternity clothing just didn't match my shape, since I carried DS much higher and wider than many.  I found that tops for apple shaped women (Chicos -- calling it out by name) fit well, just a size or so up. 

    I love K.'s idea of a capsule!  And I'd encourage you to take a look at GoldenPig's maternity posts for inspiration.

    Is that a J. Lo sweater?  I have one in navy.

  • El Cee replied 8 years ago

    Day Vies -- I have missed you. Such wonderful news! I am so thrilled for you and your DH. You look beautiful in that lovely, soft lavender color. Awesome boots. I am confident that with your fabulous sense of style you will be a "best dressed" mom-to-be. (Another yay for Old Navy. I love them too.)

  • lyn* replied 8 years ago

    1. You look fabulous.
    2. I missed you!
    3. Don't stay away!!!

  • karymk replied 8 years ago

    A DayVies junior! Wonderful!

  • DonnaF replied 8 years ago

    Congrats!  Missed you!  When I was pregnant more than 20 years ago, I remember being shocked that I couldn't get into some of my maternity clothes like my basic black skirt at the end of my pregnancy -- and I only gained about 25 - 30 pounds so I wasn't exactly huge.  What the?!?  Very annoying.  I think those items had elastic and extra room versus stretch. 

    I look forward to your baby bump posts.

  • carter replied 8 years ago

    I was just wondering where you were yesterday. Figured the job had consumed you. So happy about your news. Congratulations! No stressing over the wardrobe. It will all be fine and short-lived.

  • Windchime replied 8 years ago

    I've noticed your responses on a couple other threads recently and am glad you're "back"! And what happy news! Congratulations! (We adopted, so I'm no help with maternity wardrobe.) :)

  • Parsley replied 8 years ago

    What fabulous news, Day Vies!
    You are just glowing in your dusty lavender. I hope you continue to feel better, and I will leave it to the more recently pregnant people to give you maternity wardrobe tips. (My youngest "baby" is 32 years old, so maternity dressing has changed a bit since then.)
    Big congratulations to you!

  • MsMaven replied 8 years ago

    Congratulations and I too was thinking about you this week and wondering when you'd be back.  It is so nice that nowadays a woman doesn't have to hide the pregnancy and can even flaunt it.  No more maternity tents, unless of course, such makes you feel comfortable and happy.  So great that it is your choice.

  • Helena replied 8 years ago

    Hi there - congratulations on your news! You look glowing and your outfit is so cozy-chic.

    All I can add to the maternity clothes comments is that, as short as the early-bump stage is, you will get your money's worth out of any new pants you buy as they are also good for post-partum bellies :) 

    All the best to you and baby!

  • Kiwibird replied 8 years ago

    Congratulations to you and DH - how exciting!   You look gorgeous!!

  • Echo replied 8 years ago

    Congratulations!! I am so happy for you! You will have a very stylish little one. It's so good to see you back.

  • Ginkgo replied 8 years ago

    Congratulations!  I've been missing you and am so glad that everything is more than all right!  Looking forward to being dazzled by your gorgeous maternity style.

  • MsMary replied 8 years ago

    OMG SO HAPPY TO SEE YOU!!

    I've missed you so much, and am so thrilled to read your exciting news!!!  Hooray!!!  You look fab!!!!

  • Adelfa replied 8 years ago

    Congratulations!!! So glad I didn't miss this post!

  • Day Vies replied 8 years ago

    Beth Ann -YES it's a J. Lo sweater. I stalked it for 6 or 7 weeks until I could get it on mark down with Kohl's Kash. ;-). I am definitely an apple and will have a look at Chico's especially since they are the parent company of black house white market and all of my clothes from there still fit comfortably (who knew).

    Parsley - you are so fashionable and fabulous! You cannot make me believe that your baby is 32 (you meant 2 right?)

    MsMaven - I have seen lots of people flaunt the bump and many women are anxious to begin looking pregnant. I'm not sure I want to walk around in a tube dress but I certainly don't want to live in a tent either. A happy fashionable medium will do just fine.

    Torontogirl - I have to agree with you, everything I have read says that maternity jeans are a life saver and will continue to be comfortable through the "4th trimester". I am looking for the "right" pair.

    MaryK - I am so happy to see you again too!

  • LAR101 replied 8 years ago

    Day Vries,  Welcome, welcome back!  Glad to hear your absence is both temporary and excitingly positive.  I hope the next months flow smoothly.
    So happy for you and your family.    Congratulations!  

  • Marmee replied 8 years ago

    Congratulations! I've missed your WIWs!

  • Ornella replied 8 years ago

    What a nice way to mark Valentine's day :-) My warmest congratulations and I wish you easy, joyful remaining journey towards meeting the little person.

    As for style, I was pregnant well before my YLF days and had no clue about stylish sailing through that phase of my life. But I do remember that having a few very good basics could be stretched a long, long way.

    I look forward to seeing how you'll adapt your style - no dilemmas you'll rise to the challenge and be as we know you - one elegant, stylish lady.

  • goldenpig replied 8 years ago

    Oh wowee!!! Congrats Day Vies! I've missed your fab style and this is the best news--I'm so glad you're back and I can't wait to see your maternity style. You are positively glowing and I am so excited that you're having a little Day Vies to follow in your fab fashion footsteps!

    I have some links to my maternity outfits in this post:
    http://goldenpig.lookfab.com/p.....end-review
    I was lucky that I was able to stretch my pre-pregnancy wardrobe and buy very few maternity clothes, because I knew it was going to be the last one. I bought maternity black skinny pants from H&M, burgundy skinny cords and a mustard tunic top from Pea In the Pod, and maternity Always skinny jeans and a tank from Gap. I could be mistaken, but I think that was about it that was specifically maternity. The rest of the things I wore were either stuff I already had, or stretchy non-maternity clothes I bought while pregnant. Bonus is that I can still wear that stuff now, it just is a relaxed fit (which happens to be in).

    You can still wear your old tops even if they are short, if you layer over a maternity tank, or hike up your skirts and make them high-waisted. I bought several of those Vince Camuto midi tube skirts and Target Merona ponte pencil skirts and I was able to wear them even up to delivery!
    Here I am at 38-40 weeks and ready to pop, yet none of it was maternity wear!
    http://goldenpig.lookfab.com/p.....ek-of-work
    http://goldenpig.lookfab.com/p.....hter-style
    Same with my stretchy wrap and faux wrap dresses--still wore them in 3rd trimester and they just became a little shorter, but still wearable:
    http://goldenpig.lookfab.com/p.....its-a-wrap
    And I loved adding capri leggings under my regular dresses to make them into tunics when they became short due to the big belly:
    http://goldenpig.lookfab.com/p.....llet-flats
    You can also wear your old button down shirts, open over a maternity tank.
    I also used belts a lot to define my "waist" and just belted above the bump (which ended up being right below my bust toward the end of pregnancy).

    I wouldn't worry too much about stretching out knitwear. I actually have been wearing most of my clothes post-partum as well and haven't found that anything was "ruined" by my wearing it during pregnancy. The Target leopard skirt and the H&M fur collar burgundy cardigan are a little loose now (maybe because I had bought them a size up), and the Gap dolman sweaters I haven't felt like wearing, but everything else has held up well. I am not a small capsule dresser though, so I don't wear my clothes super hard. I went the "adapt a large wardrobe creatively" vs. the "buy a minimalist maternity wardrobe" route. I think both approaches are great though--others who are more minimalist would probably do well with jazzing up the basics with lots of different accessories to change things up. (Purses and jewelry and shoes are great things to shop for during pregnancy since those don't typically change size!)

    Hope this helps, and congrats! Can't wait to see what you do with your wardrobe during this happy and exciting time!

  • Susie replied 8 years ago

    Oh what wonderful news! Congratulations to you and Mr. DV!

    I had been thinking about you recently and I am so glad to hear that you are feeling better. You will be one of those beautifully glowing pregnant women I am sure. I'm confident that you will quickly adapt to your changing shape and will continue to show us stylish flattering looks!

  • Day Vies replied 8 years ago

    Ornella - I am glad you have so much faith in my abilities. My first installment of stretchy tops arrived yesterday. I am finding that with these huge rather shapeless tops I bought a semi-tuck with an off the shoulder asymmetry works to create a really fashionable shape for me provided that I'm wearing a tank underneath.

    GoldenPig - You are a treasure trove of information! Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I so admired your maternity style. I'm just not sure I'll be able to translate a lot of what you were able to accomplish on to my body. Granted a lot of that resistance is my fear that my body will morph into something I don't recognize. I guess I'll just have to get there and see what happens. I am finding that skirts are a lot more forgiving that anything else thanks for the reminder.

  • VenusCow replied 8 years ago

    Hi DV,
    Lots of old friends are obviously very happy to see you back. The lavender suits you and your styling gives nothing away. I know where you are coming from re comfortable, super stretchy good quality staples, why I ended up designing my own. For the next three months I'd stick to clothes like these you can wear after the baby arrives, that will mould to you as you grow and then shrink and only invest in premium priced maternity pieces if and when you absolutely have to. I recommend clothes swap parties through pregnancy.
    Shirley x

  • Day Vies replied 8 years ago

    A clothes swap is genius Shirley - I love your suggestions.

  • Aubergine replied 8 years ago

    Good to see you back and CONGRATS!! Also, I love the boots!

  • Ingunn replied 8 years ago

    I've missed you! Wonderful news, my congratulations to both of you. You are entering an exciting new phase in life. I feel that my children are a gift that keeps on giving, and I can't imagine life without them, of course!

    Your sartorial maternity outfit challenges are already in the best of hands, and I can't wait to see your take on it.

  • Jaime replied 8 years ago

    Another congratulations DV! Regarding pregnancy clothes, I think it is worth getting a few things designated for pregnancy without plans to wear them for very long afterward. It was closure for me when I could pass on my pregnancy clothes and I had no trouble finding someone who wanted them.

  • replied 8 years ago

    O - what lovely news! You look radiant, great boots.

    I stalked gap maternity sales. I found that their basics - jeans, pants, tees - fit well, relatively inexpensive, and lasted for the duration. Plus gap carried long lengths in pants. I had a uniform of 3-4 pants, a couple of tees and tanks that I would then pair with my regular jackets and cardigans. My maternity specific clothes were just the base. I wasn't able to wear regular clothes for pants or tops past 5-6 months. I think a lot of woman can but the pants were just uncomfortable and tops are barely long enough for me not pregnant. Pregnant my belly was not covered, eek!

    Such happy news, enjoy.

  • Sveta replied 8 years ago

    Congratulations, DV! You look radiant and beautiful, the pregnancy suits you well.

  • CocoLion replied 8 years ago

    Great outfit, if you hadn't said anything I would not have noticed your new growing family member.  Congratulations!!  As far as maternity dressing tips go, I can't draw from any personal experience.  But I do think the oversized / fluid top silhouette is quite flattering on you, as it pulls the focus to your long legs.  Maybe Angie's recent post on dressing the adorable apple will have some usable tips. 

  • Deborah replied 8 years ago

    Congratulations DV! You look gorgeous:) Wishing you all the best and I am looking forward to your maternity fashion.

  • rabbit replied 8 years ago

    Congratulations!  You look lovely in that sweater.  I actually have been impressed by some of the tops and sweaters/cardigans in the Ross maternity section. I didn't try them over a bump, but for the price and the style I tried a few to see if they would work without one when I was shopping for long cardigans.

  • Day Vies replied 8 years ago

    I just love the collective wisdom on this forum. I have more than enough ideas to try on for size. I am just so happy that you all are so generous in sharing your ideas and experiences. I will be trying all of them on for size and seeing what I come up with in the weeks and months to come. Thank you all so very much. I am overwhelmingly grateful for your suggestions, solutions, and well-wishes.

  • Caro in Oz replied 8 years ago

    Welcome back & congratulations to you both, great news :) 

  • carambola replied 8 years ago

    Congratulations!! Very excited for you. You look wonderful!

  • Mochi replied 8 years ago

    Day Vies, I'm extremely late to the party, but CONGRATULATIONS! How thrilling. And you look amazing (as usual). 

  • Jjsloane replied 8 years ago

    Congratulations - you are glowing and I look forward to seeing this part of your fabulous style. I second Old Navy, Gap and adding H&M (now that they are online it's easier) for basics as well as Target. I did well sizing up and getting talls for tops - Eddie Bauer and Gap have good tall selections. For the hot weather get some drapey knit maxis for total comfort and style. Most importantly bras! Never scrimp and get measured often. I would not recommend preordering nursing bras until very near the end. Even then don't over order you never know what's going to be your size/shape.  
    Also if you have any consignment sales near you for kids (Just Between Friends is a well-known franchise I work with locally and you can find one near you online at jbfsale.com but there are more) They are great places to get maternity wear and baby clothes and gear that is new or gently used and at a great price. 

  • Day Vies replied 8 years ago

    Jjsloane - wow thank you for confirming my initial thoughts. I was thinking an XL tall would work for length & width -- even better to tell me about a franchise source for consignment kid's clothes.  YAY! I'll definitely be revisiting this thread as the months go on to review all the great nuggets of information shared with me here.

  • Debora replied 8 years ago

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you!

  • Elizabeth P replied 8 years ago

    Congratulations!!  I've wondered where you were.  My two cents on clothes is to not get too many, time really does fly, and you'll have no idea how your body will change, how big you will get, etc.  Sure you'll get sick of them, but so what.  I got a lot of mine from a maternity/baby consignment store, and kinda regretted the new pieces I bought, I really didn't wear them enough.  But then, having too much stuff is my thing. :)

  • lyn67 replied 8 years ago

    What a fab news:-), YLF and I've missed you, too!

  • Alassë replied 8 years ago

    Congratulations!! You're glowing, and I couldn't tell there was a little one! I second the minimalist maternity capsule for when you need different clothes and Just Between Friends. I also trolled EBay for cheap maternity clothes that fit my color palette & aesthetic. I belted above the bump, got into maternity skirts faster than tops and wore them higher, and wore wider/wide-at-hem tops through delivery with a longer layer underneath (to add more options). These early bump clothes will also be your post-partum capsule, so keep them handy! 

  • Von replied 8 years ago

    Congrats on your great news!  I can't wait to see how you style it up this spring!

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