Dressing the bump at 38 weeks

Figuring out what to wear to work has been rather challenging of late.  Bump is definitely way bigger and I’ve rotated most of my maternity wear.  To be really honest, I don’t think anyone but me really cares about what I’m wearing to work.  Well, dressing up has always been the thing I do look forward to in the day and since I’m preggers, it does take a little more work trying to figure out what to put together since unlike others, being effortlessly chic doesn’t come quite easy.  There are hits and misses but trust me, make-up does wonders!!  Hehe…

Here’s what I’ve been decked out in: IMG_6008Really conscious of my underarms after I discovered the gross pigmentation so my outfits are now geared towards covering up the pits.  :(  Sill loving Asos dress with Pucci prints even though it’s a struggle to take it out.  Haha..

IMG_5984This was a dress that I got at a massive sale that Spring Maternity was organising.  The dress cost like S$20 after the sale so I got it because it was rather comfy and the design was simple.  Threw on a pink cardi to cover my arms and the checks design on the side of the cardi actually popped out.

IMG_6007Another jersey maternity dress that I picked out at Maternity Exchange on a huge discount, this was under S$30 because they were clearing their rental outfits.  Again, conscious of my arms and not wanted to throw on just a plain cardi, I dug on this H&M for Marni cardi which I got and threw it over the outfit.  The double zipper on the cardi which allows me to unzip the bottom for Bump’s comfort was really handy.  Why oh why had I not discovered this before?? IMG_6081Last but not least, took Friday off to see the doc and check on Bun’s progress.  This is my casual outfit for waddling out and about town,  In case, you don’t already know, we are expecting a little girl.  :)  Love this tee that I got from Asos which tells the whole world the gender of Bub.  Hehe…  So, doc says all looks good and apparently, she’s all set to come and rock our world anytime now… Woo… whee…

 

Baby bump fashion

When I found out I was pregnant, one of the things I actually worry about apart from the 1 million other things is ‘What is there to wear?’  Frankly, I didn’t know how if I was going to balloon but I knew clothes may pose a problem.

Friends were quite kind to share where they got their maternity wear and some even passed on their clothes to me.  I managed to survive a good part of the pregnancy with my current wardrobe simply because most of the clothes I have are of a looser fit.  But I’ve also gone out to purchase maternity wear as a back-up as some friends shared that I probably get longer mileage if I get them earlier in my pregnancy.

So bear with me as I summarise the maternity fashion tips with a walk down memory lane on my baby bump fashion.

Rummage your current wardrobe with a fine-tooth comb and search for ‘treasures’ that can accommodate your bulging belly but remember comfort is key!

I do have a lot of dresses for work as they are the easiest thing to slip on without worrying if the top matches the bottom.  So what I did was to sort out the dresses that were flowy or loose and tucked them in a corner which I mentally labelled Maternity Wear.

IMG_4298If you do not wish to look like a tent or a whale walking around with the loose flowy dress, then you could add a silhouette by wearing a belt above your belly.  I did just that with one of my dresses.  These dresses by the way are really my fave pieces that I keep going back to during the maternity journey.

For casual wear on weekends, invest in at least a pair of maternity denim, shorts and leggings.  Tunics are also your best friend!

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Tunics are your best bet as it can cover your belly quite comfortably.  Invest in maternity denim as well for weekend wear.  I got mine from Topshop and they have lasted me well.  If you are thinking of getting maternity leggings, Muji offers them without breaking the bank and trust me, they stretch really well without causing any pain to the belly. If you do not wish to invest in maternity leggings, the pre-maternity leggings worked fine for me as well, I just wore them under the belly.

As for maternity shorts, invest in one or two pairs for home or lounge-wear.  I got mine from Spring Maternity and Mothers en Vougue or you could get yours from qoo10 too.

For weekend casual wear, I got my maternity tees from ASOS and Old Navy which are really stretchy and can accommodate bump at all stages comfortably.

Show off your bump proudly!

After the first trimester is over, I was still pretty shy about showing off my bump so I hid behind loose clothes.  Then a friend told me I should show off bump proudly for that’s the only time I don’t have to worry about being stick-thin with a bulging food belly.  So I invested in a body-con dress from ASOS that hugged bump tightly.  The Man likes to laugh at me when I put on the dress because it’s pretty stretchy and I always look as if I’m struggling to put it on.IMG_5276

If colours ain’t your thing then invest in the Little Black Maternity Dress.  This dress which I scored during the ASOS sale is a fab buy that I don’t regret.  Particularly useful for events and date-nights with the Man if I want to feel glam and dressy instantly.

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The thing about maternity dresses..

One thing I’ve come to realised about maternity dresses is that they tend to accentuate bump making it look bigger than usual.  Every time I put on my maternity dress, colleagues commented that I look larger for the day.  Well, Bump is of course growing but there is plenty of room / fabric that these maternity dresses usually have.  So if you aren’t comfortable with that, then try the above tips.  Otherwise, it is good to have a couple of these maternity dresses on standby.  I often put them on if I have a work-do where large crowds are present and I don’t want people to accidentally knock into me.  With my bulging belly in full view, it’s best they stay and steer clear of me.  Hehe..

IMG_3365My favourite maternity dress from Isabella Oliver which I got at a steal from the ASOS sale.  It’s comfy and the material looks good enough for work.

IMG_5550The fuchsia pink dress (on the extreme left) I got from Seraphine Maternity can also double up as a nursing dress so greater mileage procured for the item.  Though I’m not too sure if people will give me funny looks or ask me if I’m still pregnant if I put it on.  Let’s see.  This is also the famed Kate Middleton dress and it has literally flown off the shelves with sales hitting the roof.

Other tips that I thought I will share on maternity wear:

  • I cannot stress enough the importance of getting the right support during your pregnancy, so invest in a couple of nursing bras from your 6th month onwards and proper maternity underwear.
  • When shopping for maternity clothes online, go for your normal size (ie: if you are a UK 8, then stick with the same size).  Maternity clothes are made for your build and to fit growing bump so if you go a size or two sizes up, the outfit will not look good on you.

Guess that’s about all I have to share about maternity fashion.  It has been a wonderful trip down memory lane as I was doing up this post and I’ve had a couple of hits and misses along the way when it came to dressing the bump.  But overall, it has been a blast!  :)  Thanks all for indulging in this read and if you have other tips to share, feel free to leave a comment!  :)

 

 

Playing dress-up for Bun

At about 34 weeks, we talked about laundry.  The Man still thinks its too early to start the massive washing so we will wait another 2 more weeks or so before loading up the machine to wash Bun’s stuff.  I guess that doesn’t stop me from picking out the clothes that she’s going to be dressed in when she comes back home.  Friends have shared that babies go through at least 4 to 6 changes of outfits daily so best to just wash a load of stuff first.

People I’ve been talking to also asked if I started packing my hospital bag.  Again, erm, no.  I kinda have an idea on what I should be packing but as for the physical action of putting these items into a bag, not yet.  Note to self: will get to it within the next week or so.  Need to make out a list and then get through the motion of packing them.  But one thing that got me mildly excited about packing the bag was picking out Bun’s homecoming outfits.

Obviously, the Man’s idea of bringing Bun home is totally different from mine.  When I showed him pics of the outfits I was planning to pack for the hospital, he laughed “Aren’t we going to just wrap her up in a towel and bring her home from the hospital?”.  Erm, no siree… she obviously needs to be dressed before swaddled for the homecoming right?

Here’s what I picked out for Bun to be dressed in:

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  • A peach cardigan (in case it’s cold)
  • Petit Bateau onesie (that I wished was in a larger size but I loved the rocking horse print way too much and since it was on 50% off, decided to get that last piece which was available)
  • Paired with white mittens (from Kiddy Palace) and white socks (from a kids shop at Chinatown Point)

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  • A soft mint polka-dotted kimono vest long-sleeved top and white pants from Joy Luck Club Maternity (I got these for S$5 bucks each at the Baby Expo) – practical and super-soft for some have shared that onesies may not be that practical for a newborn so kimono vests are easy to slip on and off
  • Paired with a mint and purple striped pair of mittens (from a kids shop at Chinatown Point)

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  • Peach kimono vest (purchased from Isetan Tokyo Kids department)
  • White long-sleeved pants from Joy Luck Club Maternity
  • Paired with Hello Kitty mittens (gifted from Aunty Sary)

Thankfully, Bun’s outfits are pretty small for now so they won’t take up too much of space when they get packed in to the hospital bag.  Of course, that might all change when the Man finds out about this and eventually takes away one of the proposed outfits.  So which outfits should I keep for Bun?  Decisions, decisions….

A new header for Bump

IMG_4935What does one do before turning in?  Instead of catching up on my reading, I whipped out my mobile and started playing with font types and stickers to turn the pic into a header for blog entries.  The Man came out and asked what I was doing in darkness.  I just giggled under the sheets.  After 10 minutes of playing with the app on my phone, I’m pleased with how the header turned out and will be using this going-forward in line with the Stars and Mint/Pink theme that we are trying to go for.

Also, I’ve been calling baby different nick-names from Bun to Bump and actually, Bump sounds pretty pleasing to the ear right now.  It refers to the growing belly plus the little one nesting inside.  She will probably have many nicknames but this one is pretty endearing to me at this point in time, so going to stick with it for a while.  :)

IMG_4190More buys for Bump with the stars theme!  :)  Love the pair of Babiators I got for her!  Yes, frivolous but did you know that sun damage to the eyes are permanent and non-reversible?  One shouldn’t take any chances with your child’s eyes.  So, I guess this is now considered an investment?  :)  Not sure if Bun will be used to wearing the shades at first but we will try, she may fuss initially but if we get her to wear it each time we head out, sooner or later, she will happily put these on.

IMG_2762And yes, I’m a hoarder!  Not sure if the hoarder mentality was passed on by my mom but these were some of the DVF cum Gap collaboration pieces which I’ve accumulated the past 2 years.  To my defense, I did get them with the intention of gifting them but by the time I got round to meeting the friends, their respective kiddos have outgrown the sizes.  So well, I just kept them, thinking I will just pass them on to someone else, keep it for myself if we do have a kid or just give them away.  These are some gorgeous pieces which are timeless in terms of design.  Hehe, secretly pleased that I now get to dress Bun in them.  :)

What about you?  Are you secretly a ‘hoarder’ too?  If yes, what are some of the items you set aside for your lil’one?

28 weeks

Just for the fun of it, thought I will continue to document how bump is doing as I enter the third trimester.  Yikes!!  I can’t believe how fast time just flew.  I actually panicked just the other day for I realised that other than clothes and some of the stuff we got, we haven’t really bought bulk of the items yet.  Neither have we prepared our room for her arrival yet.  Mummy’s seriously freaking out now!!  Daddy, on the other hand, is telling me to chill, he’s got everything under control.  So, let’s see.

IMG_4351 IMG_4298 IMG_4349 IMG_4350Bump has really increased in size!  Still rummaging my wardrobe to see if I could fit into any of my current clothes.  Have luck with some but decided I better just break into the maternity dresses now to get more mileage out of the pieces.  ;)

Moving along…

Slowly inching towards third trimester where most call it the final stretch before seeing Bun in our arms.  I’m feeling bigger and been yawning way lot more these days.  Afternoon naps during the weekends?  Never thought about them but these days, I actually do enjoy an hour of rest before easing in to the evening or night time activity.  Yes, forcing myself to sleep earlier too these days.  Sleep will soon be a cherished and precious commodity.  :)

Planning the wardrobe (something that I used to enjoy doing) is now a lot more challenging with a growing bump but I’m pleased with these outfits for the week.  IMG_4232Camo printed top that can be work during pregnancy and postpartum.  This is not from the maternity range but love the length of the tee that can help cover bump.  Paired with my one and only work pair of maternity pants which I intend to fully utilise for the rest of the pregnancy.

IMG_4236Love the floral motif on this dress that’s slightly loose fit.  Again not a maternity dress, I saw it in one of the pop-up stalls near the office.  Looked flowly and the front had sufficient room for bump to move in.  Best part?  At $35, this was a steal for work!  :)

IMG_4235Now this cobalt blue dress is a proper maternity dress that I picked out at the sales rack over at Maternity Exchange.  They run a rental system for maternity wear based on credits purchased.  After a couple of wears, I guess they ‘retire’ the worn out looking pieces.  Loved the colour of this dress and apparently it was rented out about 4 times, the price was rather attractive too, under S$30 if memory doesn’t fail me.  So I just got it anyway for days when I feel like a whale (which is about now).  Even though the jersey material is soft but because it’s been worn a couple of times, you could tell that the dress has seen its days.  Having said that, a pop of neon costume jewellery to the rescue then!  It helps take away some attention from the dress.  Hehe

IMG_4231For dress-down Friday, I picked out this floral tunic from Marni which I got years ago.  Most of the stuff under Marni are of loose-fit which I like because it’s a good guise for the flab.  What I used to do with this top was to wear it with a belt to show off whatever waistline I had.  Well, and also to prevent people from asking if I’m preggers when I’m really not.  Happy that the top has enough room to accommodate Bump but I reckon I probably won’t be able to squeeze another wear from this top.  Maybe postpartum then. Happy floral top was paired with maternity jeans.

IMG_4234 Over the weekend, we had a dinner date with friends where I felt like dressing up.  A LBD – otherwise known as a little black dress is almost a quintessential piece every girl should own in their wardrobe.  It practically solves all your headaches when you don’t know what to put on for a special occasion.  I was worried about going out in style if there ever was a need to during the pregnancy journey.  So pleased, I decided to get this dress for I loved the lace details on the dress.  Plus, it was on sale with an additional discount that I scored on sale items!!!  It’s still available over at ASOS so if you wanna grab your hands on one.  :) I doubt you will regret it as a buy for the fit is flattering and the jersey material is really comfy as well.  Initially, the Man was a little worried when I was struggling to put this, but once the dress was put on.  It was all good!  Hope to get more mileage out of this piece.  Fingers crossed!

IMG_4238The sweetener for this week?  A gorgeous bouquet of  blooms with a cute furry doggy that reminded me of Sparky specially delivered to the workplace.  A perfect cheer-me-up for the somewhat difficult week that I had been facing and a sound reminder that I have gotta let go of things that I do not have control of to lead a happier life.  I’m gonna chin up and embrace the new week ahead.  Breathe!

 

Prints are my best friend

during pregnancy that is.  Oh actually, I’ve always loved prints but I realised that they seriously rock in style during my pregnancy journey.  I’ve managed to disguise bump with the help of the busy prints from the dresses that I owned (pre- pregnancy) inviting only stares that I’ve had a huge meal and made no effort to hide the bulging belly.  Hehe..

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And the dresses that I ordered from the Peter Pilotto for Target range all fit for now!  So pleased with the buys and again the floral prints on the outfits.  :)

IMG_3317On to week 22 now and people just stare hard at the belly wondering if bump really is there.  It’s actually pretty funny getting these looks.  Let’s see how far the outfits can stretch as I’m really hoping to get more mileage out of these pieces.   Hehe..