Hey there, Effortless Anthropologie Readers! I’m Molly from Anthromollogies and would love to chat with you today about maintaining your Anthro vibe while you’ve got a baby on board.
Maternity wardrobing brings an entirely different world of challenges to the 9-month process. It can be confusing and frustrating learning how to connect with your new, growing (and constantly changing) body shape.
I actually started blogging the very same month I discovered we were pregnant with our fourth child. It was unintentional, but a fun twist to incorporating my love for all things Anthro with being a walking incubator. As a four-time member of the pregnancy been-there-done-that club, I feel I have a few tips to offer. I’ll make it four, one tip for every pregnancy. Sound fair?
1. Your waistline won’t disappear; it will rise, every day. You are in control here, believe it or not. Don’t pack away your cute belts; wear them! Or invest in some if you don’t already have them. You’ll wear them loose around your real waist at first, than right under your ribs, than basically above the bump/ right under your bust at the end. The “pregnancy glow” is an elusive force; some days you have it, many you do not. My cure was reaching for an Anthro accessory, particularly their belts. Cause if there’s any store that does unique belts right, it’s Anthro.
2. Maximize your Assets. Pregnancy hands you many things: heartburn, weight gain, sleepless nights, cravings, with all the negatives to deal with, it should offer a peace treaty of some sort, right? Enter: Ample Northern Twins. (They get even more impressive once you nurse, by the way). Maximizing maternity assets also helps to make the proportion of other body parts, i.e. the butt growth, seem less dramatic. Once your bump becomes an established force to be dealt with, embrace it as a maximized asset too — show it off! Wear slim silhouettes with merciful stretch to show your new curve. Avoid wearing baggier clothes; I promise you my first-born child, you’ll just look bigger.
3. Camouflaging is an art while pregnant. Under the belly, Unzipped, and Undone: All three are acceptable while you’re a baby hotel, especially when modifying your normal wardrobe and morphing it into a maternity one. Stick with skirts and maxi dresses; they’re way more forgiving to your backside. If you’re third-trimestering it through the winter, I’d go with warm tights and long skirts before I’d make myself do pants. Wear that dress unzipped for your expanding ribcage, those cardis unbuttoned to hide extra plump on your arms and back, and that skirt under the belly for breathing room. Top it off with an Anthro accessory pieces that creates shape, adds pattern, texture or shine, and you’ve sealed the deal. This skirt below? Totally unzipped on the side. 🙂
4. Double-duty pieces are golden apples then and now. You know how you adore those pieces in your non-maternity wardrobe that do double-duty? Well you’ll love them even more when you’re the size of an aircraft carrier! Skirts you can wear at hip level before you’re really showing, then wear the over the bump later? Golden. Oversized button-ups you can tuck in to a highwaisted skirt or tie in a knot over the bump to create shape? Yes! Maxi dresses with an empire waistline to hide first trimester growth or accentuate the beaming bump near the end? Priceless. You’ll bruise your own back patting yourself for acquiring such versatile pieces.
Roxy, thanks so much for having me in your casa today, and to all of you gorgeous expecting ladies — may your mommy hotel days be blessed and may your Anthro style prosper. Take care all-