Maternity wear

Baby on board, what do I wear!? Step three: FINALISE!

You closet is cleaned out, you’ve made your lists of what you really want and what you think you will need.  Now it’s time to begin building that wardrobe!

Step three is about building your wardrobe from the bottom up.  You’ve gone through your existing closet and put away everything you won’t need.  You’ve also determined what phase you will be in per season and made your lists.  So here we go!

 
First trimester and post baby go hand in hand: People often worry about the longevity of their maternity clothing.  Buying items that are too large in the beginning in hopes that you will grow into them is a huge mistake. When buying your first trimester maternity items, make sure that they fit you now.  Begin with your Belly Bands, basic bottoms such as black pants, skirt or capris and versatile items like camisoles, T-shirts and sweaters.  Know that these items will serve you very well in the beginning and you will get most of their wear post-baby.  Yes, we’re now talking what you’ll be wearing once you are not pregnant anymore.  Buy good quality basics that are in your proper size as these will probably be the items you will get the most use of when you’re home being mommy to your new little bundle.

 
•    2nd trimester the first big boom:  Begin your 2nd trimester shopping alongside your trimester shopping.  Somewhere in the middle of your second trimester you’ll begin to wonder what happened!  Your belly will finally begin to look like a real baby bump. This is the trimester in which the golden stretch rule comes in.  Stop wearing current items you don’t want to ruin with stretching.  This is the time to start getting the most use out of your maternity tops and pants.

 
•    3rd trimester the final push:  You will be wearing what you’ve bought on a daily basis.  At this time in your pregnancy, some women can easily wear their initial maternity clothing.  Yet some other women may become victim to swelling and may need a larger size.  If you fall within the latter category, opt for true stretch items like a pair of basic pants and maybe one or two maternity tops in a larger size.  Take note that items bought specifically for this period in your pregnancy probably won’t serve you as long as the items you bought closer to your pre-pregnancy size.  Yet bear in mind that these items will be worn consistently and washed several times a week, so pay attention to fabric quality.

 
The key to success in looking great and wearing suitable maternity wear during your pregnancy is mere organization.  Take the time to properly go through your closet and remove the items you don’t need in order to assure that you can easily find and coordinate your new wardrobe.  Once that is done, build your new wardrobe from the basics up.  Don’t forget to pull out all of your bling from the hidden crevices of your drawers!

 
Happy organizing and shopping!
All the best to you and your new adventure!

Baby on board, what do I wear!? Step two: Plan your shopping

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Jeans for mommy from MaliMoo Baby!

Today is all about  making your lists.  Now back to evaluating your regular wardrobe before you go and start spending your hard earned money on maternity wear!

Step two is short and sweet today.  This step is all about planning your maternity shopping expedition.

In step one you learned about the different aspects of evaluating the clothing (specifically stretch items) that you currently have in your closet.  You  have organised, packed away all the items you won’t need during your pregnancy (or that no longer fit) in proper plastic bins and have pulled out all of your accessories from the woodwork.

Now you are ready to look at what how you can enhance what you do have and makes lists of what you don’t have or will need in the coming months.

Fancy the season: Start with making a list of the seasons you will be pregnant and an approximate stage you’ll be during each of these.
•    Maternity Bathing suit: To consider if you will be within your second or third trimester during the hottest summer months.
•    Maternity winter coat: To consider if you will be within your second or third trimester during the winter months.
•    Maternity business suit: To consider if you have a job that requires business attire.
•    Special events: Will you have any events like weddings or other special occasions that will require you to buy something a little formal?  Jot this down on your calendar and note what phase you expect be in during that time.

Make a working list: Create a working list of items you think you will need.
•    Determine if you will need any of the items listed in Fancy the season.  Jot these down.

•    Build some outfits based on what still fits you in your closet.   Are you still just squeezing into these things?  Are these items you have kept in your closet because you plan on wearing them out?  Do you feel that you can sustain these throughout the first trimester, possibly the second in your pregnancy?

•    Look at your lifestyle.  Now may not be the time to go with a whole new image overload especially with your body changing rapidly.  If you are accustomed to wearing jeans to work and on week-ends, consider planning to buy a few cute dresses for those showers or other weekend events you may have coming up.  But if you are a denim girl, you will want your denims when you are pregnant.  Research maternity jeans styles you may want to invest in.  On the flip-side, if you are a business woman and live in dresses or suits, then plan accordingly with your list items.  Again, work with your seasons and what stage of pregnancy you will be in.

•    Create your wish list.  Begin from the bottom up.  I say that because bottom pieces are what you will need least of and moving upwards (tops) you will want the most of!  Start adding things like pants, jeans, skirts and then move up to camisoles, t-shirts, dressy tops, bras and underwear etc.  Put an approximate number of how many pieces of each you feel you may need.  How often in one week do you currently wear your basic black pants?  Jeans, favorite T-Shirts?  Remember that you won’t be building in the same numbers as you have now.

 

Step Three will outline how to narrow your list and at what point in your pregnancy you should consider buying these items!

Until then, enjoy your wish list making and evaluating!

If you missed the first step click here to read step one!

Happy jotting!

 

Baby on board, what do I wear! Step one: How to evaluate what you have

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Beautiful Zara Maternity top

Beautiful Zara Maternity top

Pregnancy is a wonderful time in a woman’s life.  A time to reflect on all the lovely things you’ve done and all the things you aspire to do.  With the new blooming life in your belly, you’ll be filled with only happy thoughts until that fated day when the top button of your pants will no longer close. Uh-oh, the unwelcome fat days have come.  Rather than feeling depressed and filled with self-loathing about your body’s “discrepancies”, embrace these changes: Inside and out.

The most difficult task is shopping for a new wardrobe.  Add a body that has a mind of its own and the shopping experience has now become more of a nightmare than the week-end therapy it once was.

The trick to maternity wear shopping for both the body and the pocket book is to do it in steps.

Over the next few days, I’ll be posting the three vital steps to evaluating your closet and how to organize yourself so that you maximize the use of your current clothing and dollars.

Today covers STEP ONE: Evaluate what you do have and how you can make what you own an asset in your new maternity wardrobe.  Invest in some large plastic bins to store your no longer fitting items while they wait for you to come back to your skinny body!

Here are some tips on how to determine what to keep and what to stash:

  • The sexy squeeze:  A sexy squeeze item is anything that you can still squeeze into and wear comfortably for at least a couple more weeks, including items that you can salvage with the use of a maternity band can be kept in the closet (for now).  Remove all clothing items that definitely do not fit anymore. Put these away in your store away bin.
  • Golden stretch rule: Some tops, dresses and sweaters made of stretchy fabrications and can be worn at the beginning of your pregnancy.  These items may even carry you through to the very end; But before you wear out your non-maternity stretch clothing, you’ll need to decide what you plan to wear out and what you plan to wear once you are back to the skinny you.  While it’s nice to wear what you have, you’ll need to remember that some stretch fabrics won’t recover after being stretched to new heights.  These types of items will generally be ruined due to lack of stretch recovery.  Therefore, the golden stretch rule is to keep items in your closet that are long enough, stretch enough and that you don’t mind wearing out.  Store away those precious stretch pieces you wish to spare from distorting with your new sexy body and want to wear again after baby is here.
  • Over and open: Button down shirts, jackets, blazers and other over pieces are hit or miss.  Some women enjoy the open jacket look or shirt blazer look.  If you have a few good over pieces that can be worn open for fashion sake, then by all means keep them in your closet.  Just remember that some items like these look ridiculous unless they are properly buttoned up.  So for those un-fit babies, pack them up for later.
  • Baby Booty: Baby booty is the first thing to creep up on most women.  Pants, jeans and shorts are the trickiest items to wear when you are pregnant. These are the first items you will need to replace and are typically the last item that most people go back to in their old size (right away).  Choose these items wisely.  Any non stretch bottom that is already giving you grief has to be put away in that bin immediately.  Keep all yoga pants, leggings and joggers that you don’t mind sacrificing to the “golden stretch rule” (see above).   Items that matter should be put away.
  • Bring the Bling: Except for belts, all other accessories are the items that have no “shape” restraints.  Now is the time to go through all of the bling you have, including those you probably forgot about.

The key to success in looking great and wearing suitable maternity wear during your pregnancy is merely organization.  Take the time to properly go through your closet and remove the items you don’t need in order to assure that you can easily find and coordinate your new wardrobe.  Don’t forget to pull out all of your bling from the hidden crevices of your drawers!

Until step two, HAPPY ORGANIZING!!!