Friday, August 9, 2013

My (Maternity) Style // Two Miles High


Maternity Style, 2 Miles High // Bubby and Bean

It's been a month and a half since my last My Style post, and there is one reason for this: most of my clothes no longer fit!  Although I'm slowly learning how to incorporate pieces that are flattering for pregnancy, I've been amazed at how much my body has changed over the last 5 months.  Despite the fact that I'm still eating healthy foods and exercising almost everyday, I have already gained over 20 pounds at 19 weeks (and I won't even get into how much my normally tiny boobs have grown - yikes).  I am fully embracing these new feminine curves, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that adjusting to an ever-growing body wasn't a challenge.  Everyone has advice and suggestions, but pregnant or not, every body is different.  For example - most of my friends who are or have been recently pregnant live/lived in jersey maxi dresses, and have done it gorgeously.  But now my beloved maxi's just make me look awkward and unbalanced.  I'm discovering that these days, what works best for me are shorter jersey dresses, over-sized tees with draping fabrics that are slightly clingy, and good old-fashioned leggings.  This 'uniform' is not only the most comfortable, it also works as a blank canvas for adding fun shoes and accessories.  For me, style is still important, baby bump or otherwise. :)

Maternity Style, 2 Miles High // Bubby and Bean
Geometric Ring Set
Maternity Style, 2 Miles High // Bubby and Bean

During our road trip last week, we decided to take some shots in front of the stunning lake and mountains of Dillon, Colorado (9,111 feet).  This scenery was literally right out our back door, and we spent a lot of time just sitting here, staring at the beauty that surrounded us. On this particular day, we'd had a late breakfast on the outdoor patio of a local eatery called Arapahoe that was just down the street.  Despite the sunshine, it gets chilly fast when you're up that high in the mountains, and I also wanted to dress up my very neutral tee-and-leggings ensemble a bit.  Throwing on a lightweight coral cardigan did the trick.  I also added a few of my favorite accessories - some black and gold bracelets, a long gold triangle necklace, and some geometric midi rings.  These are the type of small additions that allow me to still feel put together when I'm wearing pregnancy outfits that could, for all intensive purposes, otherwise be labeled as yoga clothes.

Maternity Style, 2 Miles High // Bubby and Bean
Blowfish Shoes Tugo

My favorite part of this outfit, hands down, was the shoes.  I actually got them back in early June, but it's been way too hot in Chicago to wear them yet.  Lucky for me, they were perfect for Colorado high country weather.  They're called the Tugos and like many of my favorite pairs of kicks, were made by the fabulous folks over at Blowfish.  I love the bootie style, the buckle detailing, the color, and the fit.  But the best part is the hidden heel.  I wish I could say that I was one of those bad ass chicks who rocks regular heels during pregnancy, but I'm just not you guys.  I feel completely off balanced and uncomfortable in them these days, and I'm also paranoid about falling over and hurting the bebe.  So these hidden-heel booties are a dream come true - they give me a little extra height so I still feel semi-dressed up, but without the awkward/risky pregnant lady stiletto type situation.  Blowfish is currently sold out of the Tugo style, but check out the very similar Top Notch style in their 'Heels and Wedges' section.

I also just have to quickly mention that for my frizzy-wavy haired self, Colorado is a dream.  I used to live there, way up in the mountains, but had almost forgotten that the need for a flat iron is completely diminished when you're at an altitude that lacks humidity.  Getting out of the shower and not having to touch your hair is pretty freaking incredible.  I slipped a brush through it once daily, and that was it. 

Maternity Style, 2 Miles High // Bubby and Bean
Maternity Style, 2 Miles High // Bubby and Bean
Maternity Style, 2 Miles High // Bubby and Bean
Shoes: c/o Blowfish  //  Grey High-LowTop: F21  //  Cardigan: old  //  Leggings: Target
Bracelets: thrifted and c/o Oasap  //  Sunglasses: H&M  //  Necklace: gift  //  Rings: F21

 

I plan to start doing maternity style posts here more often, and would love any links my fellow pregnant mamas may have to outfit posts you've done as well.  I still haven't bought any real maternity clothing, but considering the fact that fall is around the corner and my current pairs of jeans can only be pulled up to about mid-thigh these days, I do see some maternity shopping in the not-so-distant-future. If you have any favorite shops, brands, or styles that you'd like to recommend, I'd love to hear about them in the comments!


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23 comments:

  1. The background in your first picture almost looks like a gorgeous watercolor! Love the layers in your outfit! I like that you could wear it whether you're pregnant or not, it looks like such a natural progression to maternity wear. If that makes any sense?

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  2. You're a much more stylish mama-to-be than I! I inherited a bunch of maternity clothes from a friend, and I've basically been living in maternity jeans/capris and t-shirts this summer. Not very stylish, but oh so comfy!

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  3. What beautiful photos...I absolutely love the 4th photo down! Your style is so perfect...comfy and fun :)

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  4. Beautiful photos! Love your style. Pregnancy is a wonderful moment in our lifes :)

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  5. I'm not even remotely pregnant but I want to wear this outfit so bad. I love reading style posts from people who are wearing clothes that I could legitimately afford. Thanks for all of this. Dillon looks gorgeous!

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  6. You're finding your pregnancy style beautifully! Absolutely adore this outfit down to every last detail + you look gorgeous. You've got that amazing mama glow going on!!

    xo
    By The Shore

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  7. You look beautiful!!!

    I am currently 41 weeks along - and pregnancy fashion has been a journey - more so because its hard to feel good when you are one of those people who gains a lot more weight than you are "supposed to" and whenever you go out in public people insist you are having twins, haha I wrote a few reflections - things I learned about pregnancy fashion on my blog. Here are the links...

    http://wearebeholden.blogspot.com/2013/06/35-weeks-and-pregnancy-fashion.html
    http://wearebeholden.blogspot.com/2013/04/23-weeks-and-pregnancy-fasion.html

    Hope they are helpful!!
    Joanna
    http://wearebeholden.blogspot.com

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  8. Your maternity style rocks! Love the shoes, and I'm so glad you were able to wear them on the trip (having them since June and not wearing them must have been hard). I really like the cardigan too!
    ~Kim

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  9. sis you are glowing, you look absolutely stunning! love everything about this outfit, and how happy you look..also that prism ring is AMAZING #fomo

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  10. Very stylish - and so much nicer than pregnancy clothing used to be in my time (more years ago than I care to remember). I'd not change too much of what you're doing: remember, it's not for long that you'll need the stuff, and why spend more than you need to. Maybe just what you doing - layering - just up-sizing to accommodate the little one!

    Good luck - and keep healthy and smiling.

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  11. old navy's maternity skinny jeans are a great bang for your buck. they've got bunches of fun colors in addition to regular jeans colors, and they fit me well through my entire pregnancy with Owen. I liked the ones that didn't have the full panel but just had the teenie panel -- my belly got so big (i'm super short, so Owen had nowhere to go but out!) that the "full panel" pants were uncomfortable. the panel wouldn't cover my whole belly!

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  12. Your photos are so pretty!! Love the shoes! I need to get me a pair :) Happy Friday to ya!
    Cheers!
    Akshara
    Simply Akshara

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  13. What a stunning spot for photos and you're totally glowing!
    www.shannonheartsblog.com

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  14. You look great! Pregnancy suits you. Also, I LOVE THOSE SHOES. =)

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  15. What! how did I totally miss that you where pregnant! Congrat's you look gorgeous :)

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  16. You look absolutely gorgeous! With the mountain background, it looks like you've been photoshopped into a painting.

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  17. Hey,
    beautiful pictures! :)
    Love
    Tabea


    http://wolkedrei.blogspot.de/

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  18. you look gorgeous and congrats on the pregnancy!

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  19. Thanks so much for your comments you guys! xo, m

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  20. Melissa, the drapey fabrics look great on you! I like how you remain stylish throughout your pregnancy :)

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  21. These are absolutely gorgeous photos! You are so cute!

    Christen
    http://christenlouise.blogspot.com

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  22. You are too cute! My sister-in-law just had baby #2 and she was telling me that it's also weird to adjust back to your normal size after the kiddo is born. Which I can totally imagine. I'm excited to see what other fun outfits you put together! You're looking great.

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