maternity style

Bump Style – Cocoon Dress

maternity style // cocoon dress // sarah sherman samuel I’m pretty sure a cocoon dress might be the most comfortable and surprisingly flattering maternity silhouette out there. I have basically been rotating 3 cocoon dresses throughout the entire pregnancy and the best part is it is completely flattering without a bump as well. Somehow Miranda Bennett has figured out such a magic shape perfectly and I’ve rounded up a few of my other favorites at the bottom of the post.

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maternity style: off the shoulder

dress the bump // maternity style // off the shoulder I’m about 32 weeks pregnant today and am still finding lots of non maternity options that work so well with or without a bump, like this off the shoulder dress from Urban. Even though it still feels like summer here, the color palette of the dress is getting me in the mood for fall, and pair it with a sweater and maybe some ankle boots and it can carry you well into the autumn season.

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Dress from Urban Outfitters (it comes in a few other prints too!) // Bag from Cult Gaia // Shoes by Kyma // Lip Color is Riviera by Hourglass

Photos by Heather Kincaid

my (bump) style: 37+ weeks

dressing the bump // pea in the pod // 37 weeks dressing the bump // pea in the pod // 37 weeks With just a few weeks to go until our due date, lately I’ve been spending most of my days close to home while we prepare for baby’s arrival. A good pair of maternity jeans and a T-shirt or my trusty black dress (which I also got in blue) have literally been all I’ve been wearing. Both work great for everyday comfort and if the occasion does arise for me to adventure out, I just throw on a jacket and a bangle or two and head out the door.

dressing the bump // pea in the pod // 37 weeks dressing the bump // pea in the pod // 37 weeks dressing the bump // pea in the pod // 37 weeks While I have ended my maternity clothes shopping a month or so ago, if I was to leave you with one piece of advice, for those of you that are just starting to grow a bump, is to invest in a quality pair of maternity jeans. At the beginning I bought a couple of cheap pairs and I was only able to wear them a few times before they became SO uncomfortable. About mid-way through I got this pair and only wished I had had them from the beginning! These ones go over the belly and the waist band is SO stretchy that in my 9th month they still feel like I am wearing comfy leggings but have the look of normal designer jeans. THE BEST! SO although they are expensive, if you can swing it, I’d say its well worth the extra comfort and you will most likely LIVE in them.

Jeans by Genetic Denim c/o Pea in the Pod // Shirt from Old Navy Maternity // Jacket from Pea in the Pod (out of stock) find similar here // Gold cuff by Edge of Ember  // Shark Tooth Bangle

my (bump) style: pencil skirt & cardigan

pencil-skirt2pencil-skirt5pencil-skirt4640pencil-skirt3pencil-skirtI’ve always been a fan of the pencil skirt and the silhouette has come even more of a staple in my wardrobe during my pregnancy. Here at 30 weeks I’m pairing it with these non-maternity tops, a cozy fair isle cardigan and a cropped blouse (you may remember it from our pregnancy announcement video looking just a little less filled out ;).

The key to styling clothes around the bump successfully, for me, is to keep at least either the top or the bottom closely fitted, otherwise you can end up just looking like a big blob (and for heaven’s sake I already feel so blobbish, it makes a girl feel better not to look it too). The pencil skirt does the trick here, while I was able to layer up and go more loose and flowy top.

Fair Isle Cardigan by Old Navy and similar here // Pencil Skirt by Old Navy (sold out but find similar here) (and a non-maternity version here) // Top by Zara // Ankle Boots by Matt Bernson 

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my (bump) style: winter whites at 29 weeks

winter whites // bump style // smitten studioI wore this dress for Thanksgiving dinner, a daring move since food tends to miss my mouth lately and land smack dab on the belly, but it made it through the entire day unscathed. It also made for a very comfortable stint on the sofa while recovering from the turkey coma, turns out sweater dresses are all good by me.

winter whites // bump style // smitten studiowinter whites // bump style // smitten studiowinter whites // bump style // smitten studiowinter whites // bump style // smitten studioAny single item of clothing that you can throw on, and it makes an entire outfit is juuust perfect for the third trimester. :) I liked the lace detail in the shoulders which took care of the need for accessories, leaving me to just add a shoe and done!

Sweater Dress from Asos // Shoes by Charlotte Stone

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my (bump) style: stripes & plaid 2 ways

mixing stripes and plaid 2 ways // bump style // sarah sherman samuel27 weeks and counting with this bun in the oven! I can not believe the third trimester is here. Switching gears from my pattern mixing on the table to pattern mixing in my wardrobe, I’m sharing how to combine plaid and stripes two ways and both looks work with or without a baby bump. :)

mixing stripes and plaid 2 ways // bump style // sarah sherman samuelmixing stripes and plaid 2 ways // bump style // sarah sherman samuelmixing stripes and plaid 2 ways // bump style // sarah sherman samuelAdding a holiday worthy plaid to your wardrobe can be easy as layering on a scarf. The pattern is bold enough that even in a small accessory it makes a big statement. In order to keep the rest of the outfit from fading into the background I chose a graphic stripe to compliment the large plaid.

mixing stripes and plaid 2 ways // bump style // sarah sherman samuelmixing stripes and plaid 2 ways // bump style // sarah sherman samuelmixing stripes and plaid 2 ways // bump style // sarah sherman samuelmixing stripes and plaid 2 ways // bump style // sarah sherman samuelmixing stripes and plaid 2 ways // bump style // sarah sherman samuelFor this look, with the black skirt as a base I have added all the pattern on pattern fun on the top. To make the plaid and stripes mixing extra easy on this one, I’ve kept with the common palette of black and white. A combo I can’t seem to get enough of lately.

Look One Sources:  Scarf by Old Navy // Dress by Asos // Feather Bracelet by Monserat de Lucca // Ankle Boots by Matt Bernson

Look Two Sources: Pencil Skirt by Old Navy (the version I have is no longer available but can find similar here) // Plaid Blouse by Old Navy // Striped Jacket by Cartonnier from Anthropologie // Cuff by The 2 Bandits // Ankle Boots by Matt Bernson

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