Fall is fashion’s biggest seasons, and it’s also the one time of year when I really take the time to plan my purchases. I find it much easier to do some online research before heading out to the stores in order to make sure that everything I’m planning to acquire works together and works with my existing favourites.
This year is a little different. Being 7 months pregnant means I’m in a bit of a tricky spot when it comes to making sure my purchases get me all the way through the cooler months. I will be dressing a major bump through holiday season, and then there will be a few months of postpartum attire required before the weather warms up in the spring. Thank goodness that the trends seem to be on my side this year. I imagine that some mamas have really struggled during those seasons where a tucked in waist was the silhouette du jour, when the stores were packed with cropped tops and a-line skirts. I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot when it comes to being able to find items outside of the maternity shops in order to make this upcoming transition much easier. Loose layers, deep hues and sumptuous knits are on the filling the racks and will therefore be landing themselves in the front row of my closet. Here are the items I’ve selected to suit this year’s shopping challenge…
1 / Baby Bezel Earrings / No size required which means they might be the only thing I’m not either growing into or out of this year. Teeny tiny and oh so feminine, it’s a nice change from the oversized baubles of previous years.
2 / Mara 3/4 Sleeve Henley / I already have, and have been living in, my first Kit & Ace garment. I love the fabric and how well it wears and washes. Easily paired with a blazer, their tops can be dressed up as required, but my primary reason for this particular pick is that neckline. Snaps equal easy nursing without sacrificing style.
3 / Roaming Blanket / Scarf meets blanket meets nursing cover. This wrap is way oversized and perfect for both cooler weather and a little privacy while nursing. I love that this pattern reminds me of all those Souk rugs that we’ve all been loving. It never made it to my living room floor, but here it will be in my closet.
4 / Howard Dress / This dress will most likely begin it’s time with me as a tunic because of this belly, but the loose fit will also be perfect for those first postpartum outings or events. Paired with leggings and ankle boots, I picture this being an easy outfit that looks super pulled together in very little time. Also, it has pockets and that always leads to a quick sell for me.
5 / Fret Double Wrap Bracelet / Getting back in shape is important, but I think a gradual, gentle approach is probably how I’m going to roll. I loved using my Fitbit pre-pregnancy, and I intend to use is after as well. My only complaint was that if I wasn’t wearing sweats, I felt like the bracelet was a little…obvious. I think this is the perfect solution, and now I have no excuse to leave it on the dresser.
6 / Skip Hop Duet Diaper Tote / So here’s the thing, you will never catch me carrying multicoloured polka dots on anything…ever. It’s just not my style, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. A diaper bag is obviously going to be a must, so this is my solution. Clean, modern and not precious because we know there will be spills…and poop…and many other baby related messes.
7 / Leather Ankle Boots / Yes, these heels may be a little ambitious, but look above at all the practicality! I needed one item to love, one item that wasn’t focused 100% around being a new mom. Stacked heel, warm leather and a little bling…They may not be day-to-day but why not!