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First, let me say that you all sure know how to make a regular girl feel special about her prego-ness and inability to duplicate model hands. You guys are awesome. Thank you.

I already showed you how I use high-waisted dresses to my advantage when dressing the baby bump. Today I’m moving onto jackets and cardigans. These pieces can be left wide open in the front {with a shirt underneath of course} to let my belly breathe and, once again, they are totally adaptable post-baby. I’m into the hot flash stage of pregnancy now that I’m well into my second trimester, so I’ll layer a jacket or cardigan over a light cotton shirt or sleeveless blouse to keep from overheating.

Of note: I ventured out onto our apartment’s balcony to capture this set of photos. The lighting is better but I apologize for the parking lot in the background. It was barely above freezing and had just stopped flurrying so I couldn’t talk myself into dragging my ear-infected three-year-old out to a local park just for better scenery.

Who says pregos can’t wear horizontal stripes? Not me. It helps when you sport narrower stripes and let them play peekaboo under a sweater or jacket.

With my first two pregnancies, I thought I had to buy maternity jeans just because I was pregnant. This time around I’m happily discovering that many of the stretchy skinny jeans I already have are lasting further into my pregnancy because the waistlines are so low and sit well below my bump. Skinny jeans weren’t as prevalent during my past pregnancies or I would have tried ‘em then too.

I do have one of those elastic belly bands on loan from a formerly pregnant friend for when I’m not able to button my pants anymore. I’ve also purchased one pair of below-the-belly elastic waist jeans that I wear when I know I’ll be sitting for a long period of time {i.e. watching my kids’ gymnastics classes} because the buttoned skinny jeans can start to dig in after a while. Otherwise, the skinny jeans are fine as-is for running errands, working around the house and chasing the kids.

Normally I don’t wear open toes in snowy weather. Brrrr. But I really wanted to show them to you. They’re flexible and comfy and I love the little pop of color they add. I’ve had them for at least 5 years and they still look like new.

THE OUTFIT:

  • jacket: FREE on loan from a friend {Motherhood Maternity but you could easily substitute a regular jacket}
  • black and white striped long sleeve tee: $8 {on clearance at Target}
  • jeans: $30 {Mossimo at Target}
  • red flats: $60 {MIA Bridget from Zappos.com}
  • patterned canvas tote: $15 {local shop in Daytona, FL}

The only item I’ve purchased for this outfit during my pregnancy is the striped tee. All other items I already had minus the black jacket which a girlfriend has kindly loaned to me while I’m pregnant.

Another easy maternity option is a cardigan or button-up sweater. They can be purchased in the regular women’s section of nearly any clothing store.

I layered mine over a sleeveless champagne silk blouse I already had in my closet. Either piece will be wearable after baby is born.

I added a wooden bead necklace, taupe flats and a teal leather purse to the ensemble.

Now these flats…I would absolutely wear them in wintry weather…well, flurries…maybe not a foot of snow. I bought them a few months ago while on the hunt for dressy yet comfortable work shoes. An average work day requires me to stand in the same 2’x2′ square area for 10-12 hours at a time. I have crazy high arches that make cheap, flat flats unbearable at work. My work shoes must be supportive and comfortable. These shoes fit the bill with no ‘wear in’ period necessary. They’re Naturalizers and I felt old buying them just because up until now I’ve always associated Naturalizer with orthopedic shoes and nylon stockings. But the brand has younger, hipper styles available and they’re the most comfortable flats I’ve ever owned. I might be a convert. I highly recommend them.

THE OUTFIT:

  • white sweater cardigan: $17 {Target}
  • silk blouse: $14 {Target}
  • jeans: $30 {Mossimo at Target}
  • taupe flats: $40 {Naturalizer at DSW}
  • teal purse: FREE {gift from my mom years ago}
  • wood bead necklace: $2 {estate sale}

The sweater is the one item I’ve purchased since finding out I was pregnant.

There you have it. More ideas for making non-maternity items work during and after pregnancy: jackets and cardigans.

How did I do with my hands this time? I contemplated spirit fingers and/or jazz hands. ;) I was a little less sweaty this time. The snow and freezing temps helped.

FYI – I was not compensated in any way for mentioning the above items. I just love sharing good stuff!

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

28 Comments

07.December.2011

See ? When you carry something, your hands live their own life and don’t bother you anymore ! Next time, try holding a kitten (I remember you’re not a cat person but kittens are sooooo cute… ). You may also try an umbrella, a watering can, a flashlight ? just kidding …
Take care !

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replied on December 7th, 2011

Ariane – There is a lady at HH’s work trying to give away some free kittens…hmmm? Hehe. No, seriously, you were so right about holding something. I felt less uncomfortable for sure. Thanks for the tip!

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07.December.2011

Cute! Love stripes on a baby belly! And I was trying to decide which shoes I like more but nope, both are super awesome. :)

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07.December.2011

That first outfit is my favorite, but all of your pictures are super cute!!! That red and cream tote is lovely.

PS. I looked nothing like this when I was pregnant. I was way more polska keilbasa!

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07.December.2011

I have those same cardigans from Target but mine look much more worn than yours. Do you wash and dry yours after each wear? Or maybe you air dry them? The world must know your secret for keeping Target clothes nice looking!

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replied on December 7th, 2011

Courtney – I wash my sweater cardigans in my front loader using the ‘handwash’ cycle. I don’t wash them after every wear…maybe after every 2-4 wears depending on how long I was in them. I can usually get a nice sized ‘handwash’ load by tossing my bras in too. Depending on my mood and if I’m in need of a clean cardigan right away, I’ll either air dry them on my drying rack {with the bras} or toss them into the dryer on low. I give full credit to my washer…a front-loading Bosch.

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07.December.2011

seriously…you are just gorgeous! i love your style and hope i look 1/4 as cute as you when i’m preggers!

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07.December.2011

You look great! I’m not prego, but after these posts I would still love to read about how you manage to stay so toned!

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07.December.2011

Super cute– that is my style when not preggers. (and I love that you shop at Target!) But you have to realize you are very special– most women cannot get into their skinny jeans let alone button them in their second trimester!! Looking good and best of luck!

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07.December.2011

I’m 28 and Naturalizer is probably my favorite brand of shoes. They’ve always had a randomly hip style or two among their dozy normal line, and lately the cute options have increased. I have not quite worn out the awesome bowling shoes I got from them while in college, and my go-to work shoes for the past 3 years are a 2-inch heel in a brown leather-and-suede 30’s styled spectator shoe with a bow on the toe. HUGE FAN.

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07.December.2011

Gorgeous! (You and the clothes). I’m a year down the track and still can’t get into my skinny jeans, so go girl!
There’s a great fashion blog for mums with some awesome ideas for dressing when pregnant, breastfeeding (a REAL style dilemma I am still having) and running around with bubs. Its at http://www.foxinflats.com.au
I am not associated with this blog, I just love it. Lots of good, practical ideas.
Enjoy your second trimester. It was my favourite for sure.
x

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replied on December 7th, 2011

Anne – Fox in Flats looks like a great place to spend some me time! Thanks for the link!

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07.December.2011

Oh, I love the pics and the fact that you put sources!! Thank you!! I am 14 weeks pregnant with baby #4 and have been pretty sick…I am really looking forward to feeling better and dressing cute! Thanks for the inspiration, though I’m not sure I will be fitting into my skinny jeans for that long either…good for you! :)

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07.December.2011

Love the white cardigan and beige top – I’m a sucker for the neutrals and they look so elegant. They really add to the soft sweet elegance of pregnancy.

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08.December.2011

These posts make me miss being pregnant. I always felt pretty in my first 3 trimesters :) You look great! I’m guessing you’re a healthy eater in general and exercise? One of these days, I’ll get my old figure back…. I hope! :)

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08.December.2011

I have to say that you are a cute and fashionable pregnant Mom! I noticed that your champagne blouse looks very similar to the one I have (Zara). Please continue posting as I enjoy your blog.

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08.December.2011

Although I’m not prego & don’t want that anytime soon, I also plan to make my everyday clothes last as long as they can, being the frugal lady that I am. Thanks for sharing the pics and explaining what works for your budget, you look absolutley amazing!! Now get HH back in town so he can do more work to the Underdog. I look forward to your updates on a regular basis, I am so excited to get you moved in :)

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08.December.2011

I have those same Naturalizers in gray! I love them. Actually got them at a thrift store, brand new. I’ve worn them twice now for my new What I Wore Wednesday posts I’m doing (the thrifted version: http://stillinstlouis.blogspot.com/search/label/What%20I%20Wore).

Anyways, I kind of wish I was pregnant again. Your outfits would totally inspire me to dress the bump for success!

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08.December.2011

You are too cute. I love your maternity wear.

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08.December.2011

I love how you being prego is a fashion challenge you have to overcome (and do so, quite successfully, btw). I think my life is a fashion challenge. Even not pregnant, I can’t hold a candle to your well-frocked baby belly.

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08.December.2011

It’s been a while since I stopped here to comment on your blog, but now I read that you’re pregnant! Congratulations!! I’m so happy for you and you look oh so lovely pregnant! And everything you’re wearing is flattering. It was a lot different when I was preggo, I looked like a hot water balloon (I held too much water in my legs, feet and face). :-D But you look still fabulous and sooo cute! Have a great pregnancy, have fun and try to relax sometimes, ok? :-)
Love, Inge

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08.December.2011

You look great!

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Wow, you are gorgeous and love your preggo-style tips! Ialso love all the things you featured from Target…Target is amazing (but not in canada yet…grr…). You look great. I just came across you blog and am excited to read a lot more!

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replied on December 9th, 2011

Heather – Here’s hoping Target hops on the Canada wagon soon!

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09.December.2011

You are so incredibly cute and beautiful!

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13.December.2011

You seriously look like a model! I hope I look half that good when I’m expecting!

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07.January.2012

Wow! An inspiring maternity-fashion-blog!!! Really love the MIA red flat shoes! Try to find it at Zappos but failed. Any idea where to order it online?

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