Bump Style Breakdown Vol .03

For this week’s Bump Style Breakdown I teamed up with my gal pals Jessica Garvin and Leanne Barlow to show three ways we are styling distressed denim. I tend to lean away from white pieces while pregnant for several reasons. Hmm…let me count the ways….
a) I seem to spill and stain and ruin any white clothing item due to my enhanced clumsiness and lack of self control.
b) White denim tends to be extra suffocating in the heat, and who needs extra heat when your pregnant temps are already through the roof?
c) We all know white isn’t the most flattering on added poundage. 
But let’s just throw hay to the wind for a quick minute, and wear whatever the heck you want for the day. That was this day….

denim, white, and army green via IHOD via IHOD

White denim – This particular pair of Free People white stretch denim is cropped and frayed.  They aren’t maternity, but they were a size up from my normal size and are super comfortable. The waist tends to run a little bigger in this style so it worked out well for my second trimester;) They are out of stock online, but this pair is one of my favorite denim styles. And here is a good investment pair option.

Denim or chambray button down – I love the way blue and white pair up, and this loose denim button down is super light and comfortable. It is a staple I wear before and after pregnancy too. There are so many good options out there right now, but a few options here and here.

Utility Jacket – Army green really pulls in a color palate. It is a neutral tone so it works well when you are trying to pair different color combinations. I foudn this jacket at the thrift store, and it renewed my faith in second hand shopping. A perfect fit for $7? Sorry can’t beat it. However this jacket  (25% off today) or this one is one you might have forever.

Ankle booties – The word transitional is highly overused right now, but for lack of vocabulary skills at 11:22pm at night when I am writing this, we will fly with it. Moving on…these transitional booties, open back boots, clogs…whatever you want to call them have been my favorite option for spring. I am not quite ready to reveal my un-manicured feet, and am completely over socks. These are a comfortable in between seasons option. I used some shopbop credit for these but they are almost sold out. You can also find them here.

White Clutch – I love a good large and in charge clutch to hold everything if I am out for a date with Gabe. It says…”I am free of sippy cups”…don’t you think? ;) I got this on sale from the Shopbop event (%25 off right now).

Now that I have gabbed your ear off, I set you free to go check out the outfit genius of Little Baby Garvin and Elle Apparel Blog.

Photos by Chelsey Heidorn

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Bump Style Breakdown x 2

Last weekend I went to a 3 day conference and packed about ten options and wore two of them. I think it is pretty common when you are pregnant to be discontent with everything you put on, right? Your shape changes by the day it seems. What you thought might be a great fit, no longer works, and that thing shoved in the back of your closet suddenly fits much better than you remember.

Shift Dress - Bump Style via IHODShift Dress - Pregnancy Style via IHODLayering Necklaces

I have never been pregnant through the summer before (a tad nervous about that one), so  Jessica Garvin and I thought it would be fun to start sharing some of our favorite looks for pregnancy. We will be sharing a few different looks in the coming months here on the blog and on instagram:) It’s sooo nice to have a pregnant pal to brave the summer with!

So here is today’s Bump Style Breakdown (I am 22 weeks):

Shift Dress – A dress style that looks pretty unshapely on a hanger, but when you are pregnant, it is glorious to wear since it offers a little more give. It is a good in between for those months you aren’t quite ready for maternity dresses. This dress I stumbled on at Francesca’s (hadn’t been in there in a few years!), and it is incredibly soft. Here is another favorite shift dress.

Wedge heeled Booties – I stubbornly hang on the heels until the end, but am very cautious about the type I wear since this is about the time where my back will start to get too sore if I don’t wear comfortable shoes. These were a really good comfortable option that lasts for a while with no pain. (They are from F21, but recommend a good quality pair like such.)

White Bucket Tote – My catch all, throw all for everything from snacks for my little ones to my giant dslr camera. I like bags that fit it all, so I usually put in an insert to keep these separate and organized (if that is possible?). c/o J.Crew.

Layering necklaces + Arm Cuff – I usually just throw on a long necklace with most looks, but I like to layer them once in a while. The arm cuff from Trading Hope is a new piece that came just in time for shorter sleeves. Necklaces are by Velina, Mourning Dove, and Kendra Scott c/o.

Head over to Little Baby Gravin blog to see how she styled her ridiculously cute swing dress!

Anna and Jess
Thank you Chelsey Heidorn for Photography!

Bump Style Breakdown Vol. 01

Striped ShirtGold and stripes

Arrived at 21 weeks today. I think the fourth time around has allowed me comfort in my own skin. I expect the changes, and am more than okay with the extra weight. I am celebrating, because every day I have a life inside of me is something miraculous to rejoice over. As my closet choices grow thin, and my belly continues to expand, it is much easier to succumb to leggings over anything else. So, I’ll be starting a pregnancy lookbook series next week with Jessica in hopes it will help my dwindling motivation to get dressed, and maybe help a few other mothers to be in the process. There really are some great options available now for every phase of pregnancy. So here we go, this bump style break down:

Street Style .01 via IHOD

Long and stretchy stiped tee – I probably should avoid stripes when I am pregnant, but I have an undying love for them…especially black and white stripes. This is a maternity tee I used from my last pregnancy that I just fit into again last week. Here are a few non-maternity striped tees here and here that could also work for your first and second trimester by going up a size or two.

Black Slouchy pants – Make way leggings make way. You have been replaced by the slouch pants from Lou & Grey. These are not maternity but the stretchy waist and ankle give plenty of room for comfort. Love how you can dress these up or down. They are still available in stores, and online they just released a pair that is almost the same.

Cognac Ankle boots – Low cut ankle boots are handmade by Poppy Barley. They make the shoes to custom fit the width of your foot which I welcome with open arms. They also have these cushions on the insoles that allow you to wear them for hours without pain. I bow down. (Also #consciousclosets approved!)

Black Leather Tote – I love large totes because I need to be able to fit the world inside. This is a reversible brown/black leather tote that works with just about everything I wear.

Gold accents – I love supporting ethically made jewelry and clothing companies as you know, and really loved the mission behind Trading Hope. Their pieces are also really unique. I paired their Elin necklace, Trellis cuff bracelet, and stud earrings for some gold accents to complete the look.

Check back next week for my next outfit breakdown. Cheers to the new week, expandable pants, and better yet, husbands who go on ice cream runs for the pregnant wives;)
x, Anna

Photography by Chelsey Heidorn, layout by IHOD