A Pregnancy Wardrobe, Weeks 36-38

May 8, 2012

You know that feeling you get at the end of the day when you get home from work and peel off your bra? I didn’t think there was much to compare with how satisfying that relief is: until my bump got so big that it became uncomfortable to wear my maternity jeans. Now if I wear them out of the house I peel the bump band down as soon as I walk in the front door, examine the itchy red lines that have been left on my belly and swelling calves and put my pyjamas on. It’s THE BEST feeling.


1. A wedding outfit: Silk dress – Gap, Jacket – ASOS, Wedges – Comptoir Des Cotonniers. 2. The local launch of POP The Fashion Store: dress – The White Company, boots – M&S. 

So I’ve pretty much given up on the jeans thing and have switched my allegiance to leggings, but only because it’s not really acceptable to wear yoga pants or pyjama bottoms out of the house. I’m sticking with my rule of wearing as many ‘interesting’ leggings as possible to make things a bit colourful but don’t mention the incident when the leggings I ordered off eBay wouldn’t stretch over my thighs. They must’ve been a really really really small size ten or something. Ahem.


3. Cashmere and pearl jumper – House of Holland, dress underneath – American Apparel, Leggings – eBay, Jacket – M&S. 4. Dress – Uniqlo, cardigan – H&M, linen jacket – Topshop.

I’m still really proud of the fact that I’ve managed to not buy any expensive maternity wear aside from jeans and leggings and have instead bought things with a bit of stretch that can be worn after the pregnancy, or slightly larger sizes that will look good oversized or belted. But on days like today when it’s a bit chilly and very rainy it is really quite depressing that I literally have nothing that fits me anymore. Things that cover the belly make me look huge and things the belly pokes out of make me cold. I’m basically in serious mourning for Spring.


5. Dress – Untold, cardigan – H&M, leggings – eBay. Slippers shamelessly pinched from a hotel room. 6. Off to the press launch of POP. Jacket and shirt – Primark, Leggings, American Apparel. 

The first time I struggled to do my own shoes up I was quite depressed, I’d forgotten about the aspect of pregnancy where you have to beg your husband to do up your shoes. Ballet pumps aren’t particularly comfortable anymore as my feet need a bit more support so I’ve resorted to UGGs. The dream would be to pull out my trusty old Havaianas, but again DAMN YOU RAIN. The last time I wore heels was to the local launch of POP, a new fashion store by Kaisa Larkas, and I won’t be repeating that until I can have more than a tiny glass of wine to take my mind off the pain in the balls of my feet.


7. Tshirt – the best wedding favour ever, hoodie – Topshop, leggings – eBay. 8. Shirt – Primark, vest – ASOS, jacket – TopShop, leggings – eBay, shoes – TK Maxx.

As I am starting to look forward to all the slim fitting clothes that will go over my belly at some point in the next couple of months (yay!) I’m also starting to ponder the next stage of dressing for the situation at hand: breastfeeding. I don’t particularly like to wear shirts that much (doh) so this will be a very interesting challenge. I foresee plenty of tummy flashing.

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  • Reply Juliet May 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    You look great! Your leggin collection is second to none and definitely keeps things interesting. I esp like the stripy ones. May have to track down a pair of those myself… I too am craving the sunshine, I think dressing the bump will be much easier when tights no longer come into the equation.

  • Reply Metropolitan Mum May 8, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    I really enjoy this – let’s hope the weather improves a little (a lot!!) over the coming months. I can’t take it anymore. And also, I’ve got nothing to wear. And I am NOT going to buy winter maternity clothes, only to make the sun come out tomorrow. Ohhh dilemma! xx
    PS: Looking gorgeous, as always :-)

    • Reply alice May 9, 2012 at 11:54 am

      Thank you! I am very jealous of you, I am sure you are going to be wearing cute and lovely summer dresses and looking gorgeous! I’ve really missed my dresses! xx

  • Reply Abigail Oliver May 8, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Once again you look great! I looked like such a frump when I was pregnant, next time (if there is a next time) I am definitely going to look back at these posts and take some tips!

    As for the breast feeding thing I found that wearing stretchy strap tops (just cheap ones from primary) worked best to cover the stomach and can be pulled down easily, or can work under dresses or button up tops or anything really! That was the best thing I found!

    Can’t wait to meet your new little one!


    • Reply alice May 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks Abigail! I don’t take photos of the days I spend in my PJs ;)

  • Reply Alexis May 8, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Late pregnancy is a serious drag… you sum it up very well, but in no time at all you’ll have the compensation! Good luck! x

    • Reply alice May 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      It really is! And I’ve been finding the whole process of waiting for and trying to bring on the worst pain in my whole life a bit bizarre. Am both scared and excited! x

  • Reply Kitty May 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I love The White Company. I have a couple of their dresses. Uber comfy!

    I am no help on the breastfeeding top front. My bazoomas were so big I had to resort to proper, industrial strength breastfeeding wear. Like split tank tops and peekaboo dresses (sounds very naughty but I can guarantee not sexy at all).

    K xx

    • Reply alice May 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      Yes, so comfy and stretchy – lovely!

      My boobs have disappointingly remained pretty teeny tiny so no need to worry there, last pregnancy I really enjoyed the insta-boob-job having been quite flat chested my whole life! x

  • Reply Kelle May 10, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    You look fabulous pregnant! It’s so nice to see women who still take the time to dress so stylish when pregnant – lounge pants are strictly for behind closed doors!
    I’m so glad I’ve found your blog! We are expecting our second in just over 4 weeks – also a boy to join his big sister too!
    Good luck with the rest of the pregnancy

  • Reply Solveig May 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    While maternity fashion seems to have really come on, breastfeeding clothes are still pretty rubbish!

    I can’t wait to go out wearing a decent dress again – it’s still all tops I can pull up over one of three trusty vests which I can pull down, to keep my tum covered. These 3 vests have now seen me through all 3 of my children!

    On the positive side, Topshop’s nursing bras are fab! My clothes may be basic but at least my bras are pretty…

    Love your blog, btw!

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