Oh, friends. Two weeks ago I was buying more maxi skirts because my rotation of maxi dresses was getting tired. Last week I confronted the reality that I am getting bigger and there is no way that I will be getting smaller for the forseeable future.
This is now the point in the show where I would like us all to light a candle at the altar of Our Patron Saint HRH The Duchess Of Cambridge Who Guides Us In All Things.
I feel like it’s no secret that I am a massive fan of hers, and that I am especially a fan of her style. It’s classic, but more importantly, if I had to pick a practical word to describe Kate’s wardrobe, it is Appropriate. I can’t wear what Kim Kardashian wears, nor would I want to for a host of reasons. I love what Taylor Swift wears, but her style wouldn’t really suit me. Kate’s style = wearable and suitable.
As I flipped through the maternity sections of GAP, Old Navy, Target, and LOFT, I found the experience to be…distressing. I didn’t love any of the styles, and they’re not things that I felt I would wear were I Not Pregnant. I am not terrifically concerned about what to wear casually, but being well-dressed for work is important to me, and I have also needed to confront the issue of What To Wear For The High Holidays.
So while I already knew about Kate’s love of Seraphine, after Googling “Kate Middleton Maternity Dress,” I found another frock she had worn from Asos and I was completely sold.
Frankly, all of the dresses I ordered cost more than any other dress I would consider ordering were I not pregnant. There is a tiny part of me that cares about that (AKA the budget-minded side of me that is sort of dying inside). But there is a bigger part of me that realizes that I will probably be wearing a number of these post-partum because you don’t magically lose all of the weight after you have the baby and that they will definitely be wheeled out for when Little Critter gets a sibling. All of which is to say, that I’d rather buy some things that I really love once instead of a bunch of mediocre stuff that I’m not terrifically jazzed about.
Asos – Maternity Nursing Kate Wrap Skater Dress in Spot Print with 3/4 Sleeve
Seraphine – Polka Dot Mock Wrap Maternity Dress
Seraphine – Green Knot Front Maternity Dress
Kate wore this one in fuchsia and also in a floral print. I still have some feelings about the floral print and might end up sourcing it later, but I decided that the green would be a more practical color for what’s all in my wardrobe at the current moment.
Seraphine – Black Knot Front Maternity Dress
Kate didn’t wear this one, but I felt like getting a longer-sleeved version of the dress (and in black!) would be a smart buy.
Unfortunately, now that Princess Charlotte has been born, I will be left to fend for myself. Thankfully it will be fall sooner than later, which means that at least when I’m NOT at work, I can start to wheel out the leggings and cardigans.
Mama friends, what were/are your favorite maternity brands? I’m guessing I’m going to need more than four dresses to get me through this thing.