Sharing my non-maternity wear dress of florals and why I feel my style is changing during this pregnancy.
At 18 weeks pregnant I’m at a point where most of my pre-pregnancy clothes don’t fit anymore. I recently bought a belly belt to try and get back into my favourite jeans, which is working, but some are getting a leeeeetle tight around my hips. My intentionally oversized blouses that seemed lovely pre-pregnancy just make me feel frumpy and shapeless now, and I look longingly at my old clothes and wonder when I’ll be able to wear them again (because as we know, the body doesn’t bounce back straight away post-partum).
However, I’m also trying to avoid buying maternity clothes for this pregnancy – I’d thrown out the ones I wore for my previous two pregnancies, and as I’m 100% sure this is the last time I’ll be pregnant I didn’t want to buy what I wouldn’t need in a few months.
When I told some of my close friends I was pregnant early on, one of them was kind enough to give me some of her old clothes she wore while she was pregnant. I had been waiting until I got to the very point I’m at now to bust them out.
One of the dresses she gave me was this lovely Jeanswest one. It’s actually not a maternity dress, but an empire waist one so that the elastic sits above the belly and below is loose enough to accommodate the growing bump.
I’m loving the floral print, and it’s interesting because lately I’ve been really into floral and girly prints, girly ruffly details… don’t get me wrong, I will still keep looking at stripes and ripped jeans, but I’ve been wanting to add more feminine touches to my usual tomboyish attire. I look at my pre-pregnancy wardrobe and want to add flowers and embroidery and ruffles. And skirts.
Could it be that I’m carrying a girl that’s causing this sudden attraction to feminine details? Or could I be having a boy so that my consciousness is then turning towards my more feminine side?
Unfortunately this will be the one and only time you’ll see this dress on the blog and on Insta. My friend must have been much smaller than me during her pregnancy, as I had a hard time getting the elastic over my boobs. I wore it today as it just fit, but I don’t think I could wear it beyond this.
A nod to my pre-pregnancy style is my Acne Jensen boots… yes, it’s getting warm, but given how much they cost me I would probably wear them through summer if practical.
The Whistles backpack (bought second hand from eBay) was my little treat to myself after my no-spend ban in October… ironically enough, it cost more than what I saved in the $5 challenge, but I had been after the Verity backpack for ages and when this popped up I had to have it.
- Dress – Jeanswest (hand me down) (similar)
- Bag – Whistles Verity backpack (second hand from eBay) (in black)
- Boots – Acne Jensen (bought second hand from Gumtree) (similar, less than $200)
Pics by Instagram Husband