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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Blue Chevron


Man you guys, I know I talk about this probably more than you'd like to hear about, but I'm so grateful for maxi dresses.  I started falling in love with how easy they were to wear before I was pregnant, but now they are my saving grace.  I've been having a hard time finding maternity skinny jeans that I don't want to rip off after 5 minutes and I'm outgrowing the belly band / hair tie tricks.  (For maternity jeans I've tried Old Navy, H&M, LOFT, and Target.  Any other suggestions?)  On the days I need to cover my legs, maxi skirts and dresses are my new jeans.  Don't get me wrong, I'm still on the hunt for a good pair of maternity skinny jeans, but in the meantime I've been soooo grateful for maxi pieces.  Plus, all of my maxi pieces so far have NOT been maternity wear, so I love that I'll be able to wear them later too!

I'm trying to wear them in a way that doesn't always scream "I'm giving up!" by pairing them with more structured pieces like blazers or adding jewelry or accessorizing in some way.  Hopefully it's working.  And if it's not, for my sanity, pretend it is.  ;)

Links to Shop:
1.  Bloomingdale's  |  2.  Gap  |  3.  Kohl's
4.  Kohl's  |  5.  Kohl's  |  6.  JCPenney



Shop for the Look:
Dress: c/o Conversation Pieces (exact--code PMTFreeShip, similar, similar)
Blazer: H&M (similar, similar)
Bag: Target (exact)
Shoes: Target (similar, similar)

*Bump status: 25 weeks 

60 comments:

  1. I love my gap skinnies. I wear them during and for a couple of months post partum. I would highly recommend them!

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  2. That stinks! Old Navy and Target were my go-to maternity stores. I didn't like Motherhood or Pea in the Pod. Too expensive, and not enough casual pieces.

    I always had good luck with Old Navy maternity skinnies. Which panel style(s) have you tried? I liked the full panel and the low panel. They used to have a mid-panel that you could fold over like yoga pants, but it was terrible.

    I also have a pair I love by Duo. I got them as a hand-me-down, but Google says you can get that brand at JC Penney.

    Good luck!

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  3. You are rocking that maxi dress! I really like your style, casual chic :) Great blog for inspiration.

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  4. I tried jeans from all types of stores- which was hard enough when I was pregnant and none fit quite right - my favorite two pairs, skinny and bootcut came from motherhood maternity.

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  5. My favorite maternity jeans were by far from JC Penney. I don't remember the brand but I think it was something in-house. I had skinnies and boot cut and they were perfect.

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  6. Love that dress on you! I never did find a pair of maternity skinny jeans I love. The closest/best I found were actually maternity jeggings (def. go the jeggings route!) from Ross (so who knows where else they could be found). And although the low elastic waist is nice earlier in the pregnancy, you'll probably really want/need the full-coverage elastic waist towards the end of the pregnancy!

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  7. I loved Indigo Blue - you can find them at Motherhood (yes spendy) but if you have a Gordman's near you they have Motherhood items for a little cheaper. I was lucky to find two pairs of Indigo Blue at the consignment store too. They were so comfy!

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  8. Thanks! I'll look into Duo. I love Old Navy's low panel and HAAAATEEEEE the full panel.

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  9. Gap! They were amazing during my pregnancy, and a few weeks postpartum.

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  10. Gap Always Skinnies were my go-to pants during pregnancy!!

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  11. I liked Motherhood's jeans with the half panel (or magic or miracle panel or whatever they called it). I folded it down like yoga pants in the middle part and post-partum, but you might want it in the last trimester or right near the end, because it keeps your belly from pushing your pants down too low.

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  12. With my first pregnancy, I survived on wearing dresses and linen pants with an elastic waist. I couldn't find affordable maternity jeans that fit right. With my second pregnancy, I bit the bullet and bought ONE pair of designer jeans at Destination Maternity and wore them almost every day (getting my money's worth out of them, I suppose). I kicked myself for not having bought them with my first pregnancy. They were definitely more than I wanted to spend on a pair of jeans, but they were flattering and SUPER comfortable and at the end of the day, isn't that what matters most?

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  13. Rachel A Herts UKWednesday, May 14, 2014

    I loved my maxi dress during my pregnancy too especially at the end. I actually ended up giving birth wearing it!! (Amazingly it came out completely unmarked and lived to see another day!) You look lovely btw!

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  14. Yes, accessories will take you from typical pregnancy maxi love to an intentional look. You've paired this up nicely with the blazer, I've never thought to do that but it looks great, business casual and fun!

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  15. I don't have any suggestions for skinny jeans just a "you should know" that when you're pregnant certain clothes will drive you batty regardless of brand or size. That doesn't mean you won't love them after the pregnancy is over or that every pregnancy you will feel that way. I'm currently expecting my 7th child (yes seventh, not a typo) some pregnancies I LOVE the over belly panels others I HATE them (like my current one). Additionally, I love skinny jeans but I can't wear them this pregnancy at.all. they are just way too constricting and I go to put them on and the second they're on I take them off. So what I'm saying is you may never find the perfect skinny jeans for this pregnancy and that's okay, just keep mixing things up with the maxi dresses and shorts :)

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  16. Try Motherhood Maternity or Kohls, they carry a Motherhod line. I hated Old navy full panel too. It was the worst. I really didn't even like a full panel until the end when my belly was huge.

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  17. Try Motherhood Maternity. I haven't gotten skinny jeans there, but some capris, skirts, and other pants.I've found their Secret Belly panel to be the most comfortable and continues to work for a month or two post partum until I'm ready to go back to regular pants. They are reasonably priced as well.

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  18. Well never mind the jeans, you totally look gorgeous!!!! Stick to whatever you're comfortable in. I adore this dress....xx

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  19. Gap Always Skinny jeans were what I wore all during pregnancy and the first two months post partum.

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  20. I hated the full panel until I got to 7-8 months. At that point anything constricting below belly was horrible that late in the game.

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  21. Oddly, I often did well for maternity pants at Ross and Burlington Coat factory. I also found a few at Kohls.

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  22. Danielle ArsenaultWednesday, May 14, 2014

    Girl you look adorable!!! I love the blazer with that maxi - super cute! xoxox Danielle @
    For the Love of Leopard

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  23. I'm with Shara - Gap maternity jeans are awesome.

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  24. Salley Burkett ThompsonWednesday, May 14, 2014

    So I am currently 23 weeks pregnant and I love my Citizens and Paige maternity skinny jeans (one pair in black, the other a medium wash). They are pricey (I was able to get mine on sale), but the fit is fabulous. The don't get stretched out or baggy. I was willing to spend a little more on them because I purchased them fairly early on & am planning on wearing them to death until back in pre-preggars clothes.

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  25. Definitely try Kohl's! I'm almost positive the brand is "Oh Baby! By Motherhood" I caught them on sale for $25/pair which I thought was great. They had the most comfortable band and I got skinnies that I wish I could still wear now! They were super cute. I got Old Navy brand jeans too but I did not find their band to be comfortable, at all. If you don't have any luck at Kohl's, try the actual Motherhood store or Destination Maternity.

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  26. Gap Maternity without a doubt! I tried all the places you did and they were weird to say the least. I love my jeans from Gap, but even more so I LOVE their skinny mini pants. They feel a little less casual at work as opposed to my jeans. If possible I would suggest going into the Gap store as opposed to ordering online. The jeans run big and have stretch. I'm usually an 8 but I had to size down to a 4.

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  27. I really love that bag! It's such a gorgeous color.
    -Ash
    www.stylizedwannabe.blogspot.com

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  28. Check out Destination Maternity for Jessica Simpson's line of jeans...I loved it when I was pregnant. They also have other brands to choose from and almost have BOGO every now and then!

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  29. I found my favorite maternity jeans at Motherhood Maternity. I know it's totally cliche to shop there but hey, it works. :-)

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  30. I lived in Gap legging maternity jeans! They are so comfortable, and kept their shape, more like a skinny jean then a legging.

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  31. You look great! If the jeans aren't working for you I say rock the maxi dresses all week. :) I tried to wear figure-flattering clothes for as long as possible because hubby prefers the fitted look, and I had Three Seasons, Liz Lange for Target, and Baby GAP maternity pants, along with yoga pants and a couple styles of leggings. I always pair the leggings with tunics because I'm a big believer in covering my behind. (It's a fine behind, just not for public display!) Anyway, there came a point when all of the pants drove me nuts (wouldn't stay up, whether low or full panel) and I got tired of fighting. I, too, have become a huge fan of maxi dresses! Paired with statement earrings, long necklaces, and pretty toppers (like your blazer) they still look polished.

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  32. I bought almost all of my maternity pants and my skinny jeans from motherhood maternity. All the other brands I tried were either super uncomfortable or didn't fit right. I was also able to find all my pants there digging through the clearance rack and that made them even better!! Good luck! Once you find the perfect skinny jeans, it changes everything (although towards the end, I may or may not have needed a little help getting them off haha)

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  33. The pair I ended up wearing all the time were from there too.

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  34. TheAdventuresofBugandBooWednesday, May 14, 2014

    Have you ever tried Seraphine? They're a London-based maternity shop but they seem to have a US site as well: http://www.seraphine.com/us/maternity-clothes/maternity-jeans.html
    Their stuff is very cute - I bought a couple choice things there when I was pregnant and lived in them. The prices can be a little high (most things here cost more!!) but the sales are good! :)

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  35. I agree with everyone. Kohls Destination Maternity jeans were the most comfortable for me, and they were affordable enough. I would also try the actual Destination Maternity jeans. They're a great investment and fits comfortably and well into pregnancy.

    Great maxi dress pick. My friend always pointed out that they were like sweatpants without the legs, so good to know you're feeling comfortable in them!

    -Maria
    cmntsblog.blogspot.com

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  36. whitney_home4comfortWednesday, May 14, 2014

    I love that your goal is to not look like you've given up! That's a great standard and one I just might adopt...I can see myself now, in front of the mirror. "Does this outfit scream, 'I've given up!?" Thanks for the inspiration! =)

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  37. I used gap almost exclusively for maternity clothes. I liked how I could actually go in the store and try on the clothes. But Gap definitely for jeans, wait for a sale of course but they always have one. Congratulations!

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  38. After two pregnancies, I swear by the jeans at destination maternity and pea in the pod. At first I was horrified to spend so much on maternity jeans, but it was so worth it. Their jeans have a special type of panel that I found 100 times more comfortable than the other brands. Being comfortable was so worth it, and even though I wore them almost every day, they held up well through my second pregnancy as well. They were a worthwhile investment! Good luck!

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  39. I had a pair of maternity jeans from the gap. They were pricey but they were awesome. The jeans material was so soft and the band fit around the belly perfectly! They lasted me through two pregnancies so the price was worth it!

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  40. Hey I think when you're pregnant, you deserve to be comfortable- first and foremost. Maxis are always great although I hope you're staying cool in that blazer! It's been in the 100s here so I'm sure it's just as hot or hotter in San Diego. Loving the different shades of blue combo!
    Lauren
    Exploring My Style

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  41. I love maxi dresses even more when pregnant - I think they always look put-together, so you have no worries there! :)

    Away From Blue

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  42. Love this Audrey, the dress looks gorgeous on you...you know I love chevron!

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  43. I have to second the vote for Gap maternity jeans/clothes. I cried after visiting Target and Old. Navy and completely striking out. I was never a fan of the clothes Motherhood maternity had. I felt like much of their selection was frumpy and looked Maternal mi could not bear to even go into their store. Joanne from A Cup of Jo mentioned living in Gap clothes while pregnant and I decided to try them out. I have loved everything I bought from Gap for maternity. I think I was 24 weeks when I bought my jeans and at 29 weeks, I love them even more. I second the advice to wait for their sales because they are amazing. Good Luck

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  44. I loved the full panel, and Gap was definitely the most comfy of all. It looks like they also offer a demi-panel and something called the ultimate panel, which is stretchy just in the front but regular jeans in the back. That could work too!

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  45. ashley @ sunnysideshlee.comThursday, May 15, 2014

    brave you for trying to wear skinny jeans while pregnant! i moved on to full-panel maternity pants pretty early in my pregnancy since i'm expecting twins and haven't looked back. the full-panel make everything ah-so-comfy and i recently picked up a pair of jean shorts from target and a pair of white and navy striped shorts from motherhood maternity. the maxi dresses and skirts are awesome for that bump as it grows! it's like 24/7 sweatpants!

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  46. Love this on you Audrey. Love how you styled it with a blazer

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

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  47. Maxi's are a pregnant woman's dream! lol When I was registering for gifts with my sister, every pregnant person in the store was wearing a maxi dress or skirt.

    http://kacieskloset.blogspot.com/

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  48. Definitely did not wear this yesterday. My outfit posts are usually about a week behind, so I wore this early last week. :)

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  49. The cut of your dress is super flattering, and I love how they put that chevron pattern together. Looks great!

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  50. What size did you get in this maxi dress? I love it!!!

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  51. Kerianne CameronThursday, May 15, 2014

    Motherhood Maternity has a good selection of jeans -- I couldn't stand the full-panel ones until very late in my pregnancies, but they carried some under-bump skinny jeans as part of Heidi Klum's 'Loved' line. Check it out, they are more affordable than many other maternity stores. You look fabulous by the way! Congrats!

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  52. This is SUPER cute! I love this outfit! :)

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  53. LOVE the cobalt!!!

    I’ve chosen this to be one of my “What I Love” looks for this week. I hope you'll keep an eye out on my blog today.

    Terry
    http://terrystwocents.tumblr.com

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  54. I had decent luck with Gap Maternity jeans [that I found on clearance] and Old Navy but Motherhood Maternity was a close second to the ON. I liked Motherhood's shorts better than ON as well.

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  55. I'm never been pregnant, but some friends/family of mine have sworn by Gap's maternity jeans. They may be worth a try??

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  56. Have you tried Lilac? http://lilacclothing.com/ They have adjustable buttonhole elastic so it can grow with and stay under the bump if you prefer. Pricey... but they can be worn before and after so likely worth it. ;-)

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  57. Nicole EbertowskiFriday, May 23, 2014

    I loved my maternity jeans from JCPenny. I can't remember the actual brand but I wore them ALL the time all day long.

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  58. It's totally working! I also saw this the other day when I was doing some research- hopefully it will help! She gives a rundown with good and bad for different types of maternity jeans (panel placement, stretch, etc.) http://www.aintnomomjeans.com/2011/09/maternity-jean-rundown-which-styles-are-best-for-you.html

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