Monday, July 27, 2015

What I'm Wearing Now: July

Summer Style Essentials, via Bubby and Bean
1. Embroidered Dress (thrifted years ago, has a couple of nice stains that I pretend don't exist; love this similar dress)  //  2. Long Tank, Target  //  3. Elephant Kimono, F21 (no longer available, but also love this kimono in a similar cut and color)  //  4. 'I Need Coffee' Tee (actually a sleep shirt that I bought a year and a half ago and is now out of stock)  //  5.. Mala Bracelets (got 10+ years ago while living at the Tibetan Buddhist Center; similar found here)  //  6. Cream Kimono (bought last summer; similar here)  //  7. Cropped Leggings, SO //  8. Straw Islander Tote, TOMS  //  9. Mossimo Bailey Footbed Sandals in White, Target  //  10. Hi Top Back Zip Booties, Minnetonka

Welcome to second trimester dressing! It's that special time of pregnancy when anything in your closet that isn't oversized doesn't fit, but your bump isn't quite big enough to make it apparent that you're pregnant, so you often end up just looking like a walking blob of sloppiness (or at least I do). Although the second trimester is considered to be the best part of pregnancy in terms of how you feel, it's my least favorite part when it comes to my wardrobe (at least in the first month or so, which is where I am right now). My cut-offs and jeans no longer button (or, to be honest, fit over my butt and thighs), my cute mini dresses are pulled up just enough by my growing belly that they can't be worn without leggings, and any of my tops and dresses that aren't knit/jersey can no longer be pulled over my boobs. And as much as I love maxi dresses on other people, they don't work well with my body shape any of the time, much less when I'm pregnant. The solution for me is, thankfully, a combination of things I already have in my closet: oversized tees and tanks, cropped/capri leggings (which I'm pretty sure are not in style unless you're going for a run or bike ride, but man are they comfortable), kimonos, and slightly longer versions of my beloved mini dresses that I usually sport on the daily this time of year (like this one that I bought at Target then hemmed a few inches and wear at least a couple of times a week; it's not shown above because I couldn't find a decent image). And that's what I'm showcasing for this month's edition of What I'm Wearing Now. (If you're a new reader, you can read more about the motivation behind why I started this series by checking out the past editions, right here.) You'll probably notice quite a few repeats from recent months this time too, especially the more unfitted (is that a word?), flowing pieces like the kimonos, which can be found on my body pretty much everyday right now. And I'm genuinely in awe that I only spent $25 (!) on that pair of Footbed Sandals that keeps reappearing here month after month, because I wear the damn things more than any of my other shoes combined lately. Pure craziness. I will say that I like summer dressing while pregnant more than fall or winter, so I'm doing my best to embrace it, despite the challenges that come when I'm attempting to put together flattering outfits.

What type of clothing and accessory pieces have you been wearing most this month?



  1. All of these items look comfortable and stylish. That dress is adorable!
    The weather is crazy over here - sizzling hot one day, chilly the next. I've been layering clothes lately :)

  2. I am wearing jeans and t-shirts most lately, I hope we'll have sunny days and I can wear some shorts too! I like the coffee shirt :-)

  3. I am wearing lots of light cotton tops these days! Love that dress, so elegant!

  4. These are wonderful pieces. Just because one has a baby bump doesn't mean they cannot also be fashionable - without spending a fortune on maternity clothes.

  5. It's been a weird weather month, with some days so hot that nothing but denim cutoffs seem appropriate, and other days so cool that I find myself reaching for a jacket. But to be honest, since I work from home, most days I wear something not unlike your current uniform - cropped leggings, an oversized t-shirt and a kimono or cardigan, depending on the weather :)

  6. I'm to pregnant but I'd wear any of this stuff in a heartbeat, so cute!!!

  7. Oops I meant I'm *not* pregnant hahahah lol

  8. Thanks for your comments everybody! It's always fun to read what you all are wearing too. :)


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