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New Jeans

On a recent trip to Wal-Mart I went to check out the maternity section and noticed that the space was completely cleared out!  This meant that the items had been marked for clearance.  I felt a giddy flutter in my stomach– but that could have been Baby Girl showing her excitement.  A quick search turned up the clearanced items and this light wash pair of maternity skinny jeans for $10 made it into my cart.  I went with a large instead of a medium because I wanted them to still fit in a few more weeks.  I’m so glad that I’ve added another option to my maternity wardrobe.

I’ve paired them with a top that I’ve worn several times before, a gold sparkly cardigan, and purple ballet flats.  My jewelry is pretty simple– my everyday silver watch and drop pearl earrings.  This outfit was so comfortable and I felt put together.  Here’s two other ways that I’ve styled this top with a yellow cardigan earlier in my pregnancy:

I’ve worn this top quite a bit but I don’t always take pictures.  The way that it’s cut is very accommodating to my growing baby.


Buyer Beware

Monday of this week I was excited to wear another one of my maternity tops.  This is one of the 4 tops that I bought with the gift card from my sister.  Online it looked like the background was white or creme with the blue flowers.  The reviews said that this shirt ran large and one buyer complained about the buttons falling off.  I went ahead and purchased it anyway thinking that it would be a good shirt to wear while teaching.  Well, a few things.  First off, the background is blush pink.  I actually don’t mind too much because I think it’s a subtle and classy way to wear baby pink and blue.  But, the button comment was no joke.  When I first took this blouse out of the plastic bag it shipped in one of the buttons fell right off.  Luckily, it wasn’t that big of a deal and I just sewed the button back on.

But, it didn’t end there.  You can’t tell too much in this photo but I layered a navy tank top underneath of this blouse and boy am I glad that I did!  Because the buttons are sewn on loosely they have a tendency to easily slip out of the button-hole at the slightest shift in posture and then before you know it the entire top of the blouse is hanging wide open.  Yikes!  And the button saga continued.  About halfway through my day one of the buttons on the cuff of the sleeve fell off.  I was able to grab it and put it in my pocket so I can sew it back on, but still.

Then, I noticed that there was a string hanging off the side of the blouse.  Upon further inspection I realized that they were loops on either side for a belt.  But, my shirt didn’t come with a belt.  I’m not sure if it was supposed to but I am led to believe that it was.  I bought the shirt on clearance for $12.79 so it’s not the end of the world but I don’t expect the buttons to fall off a shirt and it to arrive missing a piece.  I may remove the other buttons and sew them on tighter so that the shirt can be more functional and I have belts that I can wear with the shirt, but buyer beware!


My sister sent me a surprise gift card to Motherhood Maternity so that I could buy myself a few things.  I had already placed an order at Old Navy for a pair of dark wash skinny maternity jeans, wide-leg khaki colored pants with an elastic waistband (non-maternity) and a pair of khaki shorts (non-maternity) in a size up from my usual and to meet the threshold for free shipping I added in a striped t-shirt.  Knowing that I had already placed an order for some items I decided to scour the clearance so that I could get the most bang for my gift card buck.  I placed an order for 4 shirts– a three-quarter sleeve cream-colored top with a lace overlay, a printed blouse, a black and red thin knit sweater, and a pink striped t-shirt.

In my order from Old Navy only 2 of the 4 items worked out– the maternity skinny jeans and striped shirt.  The two non-maternity items didn’t work so they got returned.  All 4 of the tops from Motherhood Maternity worked out.  The outfit above is my first “true” maternity outfit.  The jeans have stretchy side panels and I picked them because I am anticipating that my non-teaching wardrobe this Fall and Winter is going to consist of skinny jeans, flat riding boots, and some sort of long top.  They are a bit big for me currently, but not so much that I can’t wear them.  Here I gave them a large cuff and paired them with my knock-off Sperry boat shoes.  The length of the striped t-shirt surprised me at first but the material is so soft and comfy that I looked past it.  Plus, once my bump grows bigger I am going to need that extra length.  For now I just put a small knot in the hem of the shirt.  I added an olive-green boyfriend style cardigan, bronze feather earrings, and my oversized gold watch.  I think that this outfit is super cute and casual and it was oh-so-comfy.  It felt great to feel and look good as a pregnant woman.

What do you think?  Would you rock a non-maternity version of this outfit?  Let me know in the comments below.