, and now I want to share some photos that illustrate how I did it.
My main strategy was buying only maternity trousers, and relying on non-maternity clothes for the rest, mostly stuff that I had worn before the pregnancy. Most of what I did buy were things that I could wear even after the pregnancy.
just 2-3 months. (Maternity clothes are too big to fit in the first trimester, and after that, well, there is such a thing as seasons. I started my pregnancy in the fall, and then went from cold snowy winter to quite a hot summer. So stop telling me maternity wear is an investment.)
To make the whole thing work, I used belts, leggings, belly-belts, and big jewelery.
. Also, I'm no fashionista, so pardon the less-than-perfection of it all.
Wool trousers from H&M I loved them, because I could unbutton the top buttons as my belly grew, and the lower buttons would keep the trousers nicely in place.
Warm stole from Zaragoza street market, Spain
I love the sweater, hate the shoes. But my black ones looked even worse. Actually the trousers should be longer; I've given them away for that reason. Nothing like taking outfit photos to learn what doesn't work.
The belly is apparent only from profile. Zipper of the jeans is held by an elastic.
White bead bracelets from India
I made this high-waisted skirt from a10-year-old's dress. I just cut off the top part.
Oh, and this looked much better after I put on hose.
Nothing really interesting here, I just wanted to show how I used the same stuff for different outfits.
Necklace is a gift from Bolivia, belly band from H&M (looks like it's a top worn underneath, but it's just a tube. It hides the open fly of the trousers.
The gorgeous bat brooch on the scarf is from my grandma. I'm wearing matching earrings. The tunic from Avanti (C&A), cost around 6€ on sale. The jeans are maternity from H&M, I didn't like them very much because they were too roomy in the thighs.
I wore this to some concert in the "lets do stuff while the baby still lets me" stage.
Here I commit the cardinal sin
showcase the avantgarde look of wearing leggings as trousers.
Same tunic as in the above photo, it's wonderfully stretchy and it's not even a maternity tunic. Before you tell me that it makes my belly look huge, I'll tell you that my belly was
huge. Really really huge.
This dress always won me a lot of smiles, am still not quite sure why. The shoes are not clear in the photo, but I call them the Harlequin booties since they are half light grey and half dark grey.
My belly was so huge that people would get nervous being around me. Blame it on the movies, which show women collapsing on the floor and screaming for ambulances. A real birth starts slowly, giving you enough time to walk home, feed the dog and watch a movie before you call the husband.
I wish I had a better photo of this. It's an Indian Kurta-Salwar (aka Salwar-Suit aka Punjabi), stitched for western tastes. If you can get your hands on one of these (try Ebay), it's totally worth it. The roomy trousers and tunic are way more comfortable than any maternity wear, especially if you have a sensitive and itchy belly.
I'm wearing it with a golden chain belt, and this peacock solitaire
(from Bolivia) in one ear. The occasion was a Medieval Festival.
My inner Hippie. This was almost the end of my pregnancy, which I spent among the Peonies.
Dress is from Ebay, from Hongkong, I think.