Styling Beyond the Bump
I've had so much fun working on "styling the bump" posts, all thanks to you, guys, I definitely want to continue this niche behind the bump too.
This time I want to focus on styles beyond the bump. There are so many beautiful fashion blogs and bloggers out there, but the "after the bump" niche seems to be lacking when it, as a mom of now 7, I will firmly say, is one of the most important ones. Nurturing a baby inside for 9 months brings changes to the body and the period of getting to know the body "after" the baby can be tough for many of us. We all want to feel good about ourselves, whether we openly admit it or not, we still do, right, ladies? I think much of the feel-good "magic" is achieved by the right clothing, it's amazing what a good outfit can do for one's self-esteem. So here we go - beyond the bump styling!
One of the biggest stumbling stones for me that prevented me from diving into the maternity fashion with my first kids was the fact that I felt it was a complete waste of money plus the styles were... frumpy.
I gave it a try for a few months with my first and second children and given up.
The maternity styles have gone far in the last 15 years and I've had absolute full-on happy indulgement at the end of this pregnancy, regretting only that I haven't discovered some of the amazing brands earlier. The maternity fashion today doesn't end on the day the baby is born. Far from it. Stylish clothing is created in such a way, that it flatters the body after the baby and is cut with nursing-friendly designs in mind as well. Ingrid and Isabel, Boob Design, Hatch Collection, and many more other brands have gone far and beyond to make modern women happy.
I have a few favorite brands to cover, and will kick it off with Hatch simply because Hatch collection was the first brand I found many years ago when I was looking for a "bump-friendly" non-maternity clothing. I still have a top from one of the original 11 piece collections and it still looks lovely and flattering on. Hatch pioneered the market in creating "before the baby — bump friendly — after the baby" styles that would fit modern women's lifestyle and allow her to go from bump to baby with ease and in style.
Hatch designs are flowy and oversized, allowing for a flattering cut over the body with the bump or without. I styled a couple of my favorite pieces from the Fall collection - a slip dress styled with one of my old cardigans, but this one from Hatch is a perfect match., a Cami and a sweater plus a pair of Hatch x Current Elliott jeans. Let me tell you about the jeans too: forever I shunned away from maternity denim, not wanting to deal with the "bubble butt" ( you know what I mean, right?) But I found a few brands that fit seamlessly and it's THE best thing ever! I got so many compliments on the jeans; I feel like they deserve a separate post of its own.
Back to the collection - below a few looks that would work great for an expecting mom, a new mom or just anyone in general. I wore a grey top with a blazer and a dress to a couple of meetings this week (and gathered a million compliments too) and a sweater made my SF weekends warm and comfortable, I have to restrain myself from wearing it every day - I absolutely would!