I bought this coat from Diane von Furstenberg last year, decided I loved it, ripped out all of the tags and a few weeks later (I’m not proud of this) decided I hated it. It felt too big and clumsy on me and it had no pockets. In a haze of shame and guilt, I wrapped it in a suit cover and hid it out of sight in the back of my wardrobe promising myself that I’d put it on eBay when the time was right.
Fast forward six months and there it was, still quietly haunting me from the “naughty purchase corner”. But this time, when I slipped it on, it just seemed to fit perfectly! I can’t get it done up over the bump, but it sits so nicely around it and actually has a really flattering cut for my current (very rounded) shape. With a black dress underneath, you can barely even tell I’m pregnant! (Considering that I’m showing in quite a substantial way – you can see “bump” pictures here.)
I have become quite inventive with my maternity wardrobe, buying a few key things such as extra-tummy-room leggings and purpose-built dresses, but for the main part trying to find existing tops and tunics that work well over a growing bump. So far, the stars of the show have been my Stella McCartney jumper dress (the beige one that I wore in my Chloe post) and most of my Hush stuff. I think that the more quality items in my wardrobe have served me very well – they tend to be generous in the amount of spare fabric they have, which is useful for the expanding waistline!
The dress I’m wearing in this outfit, for example, is Donna Karan – it was a bit of an investment buy, so I wouldn’t want to ruin it by stretching the waist any more than I am at the moment, but it has been brilliant up until now. I’ll have to do a pregnancy style post or video before I get much bigger – I’ve really enjoyed finding new ways to wear my existing wardrobe, but I do fear that I might start bursting seams at some point soon…
The tights I have on were something of a find – expensive, but absolutely brilliant. So soft and thick, they are 200 denier and were £12 from Accessorize. I wouldn’t usually buy my tights from there, but I was on my way to Paris and had to get tights at King’s Cross. ASOS have a three-pack of 200 denier for £22, but they don’t look quite so opaque in the photos, I shall have to get some and try them out. I love a thick, smooth pair of tights!