Second Trimester Wardrobe

 TANK: W5  [SIMILAR]  / PANTS: VIA TJ MAXX  [SIMILAR]  / SANDALS: AVA & AIDEN [SIMILAR] / BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF  [RED IS SOLD OUT]  / SUNGLASSES: COLE HAAN  [SIMILAR]

TANK: W5 [SIMILAR] / PANTS: VIA TJ MAXX [SIMILAR] / SANDALS: AVA & AIDEN [SIMILAR] / BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF [RED IS SOLD OUT] / SUNGLASSES: COLE HAAN [SIMILAR]

Dressing a growing baby bump can be daunting, especially as the "real" clothes in the closet stop fitting. After selling a bunch of clothing items on Poshmark, my go-to reselling app, I had a few dollars to get a couple new things. [If you use code HBFLJ when you sign up for Poshmark, you'll receive $5 in credit]. As I mentioned in my First Trimester Update I do not have plans to buy too many maternity-specific items, so these are things I picked up a few sizes bigger than I normally wear. 

TOPS

Tees, tanks, etc.

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With tops, I looked for A-line, hip-grazing, loose tops that I could wear with pants or skirts. They drape nicely over my little bump, and I know that I will be so happy to re-shop my closet come next Summer when I am still holding onto a bit of postpartum baby weight (when clingy clothes are not my friend). I also shopped for a few simple tanks and tees that I could tuck into form-fitting skirts. In those I usually buy a small, so I bought a large to accommodate my growing bust and belly. So far so good. Here are a few similar pieces that are perfect for Summer and layering once the Fall comes.

BOTTOMS

Stretchy skirts, denim, linen pants.

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Pants can be tricky during pregnancy, and I definitely recommend getting 2 pairs of maternity jeans to rotate in your wardrobe, especially as the Fall/Winter season approaches. But denim is not the only option.

I found these black linen wide-leg pants in my local TJ Maxx, and they had a stretchy band meant to be folded down, but I wear the stretchy fabric up and over my belly. They almost look like what you'd find in a maternity section, and they were a great price. Also look for low-rise utility style jogger pants with a stretchy waist band you could wear under the belly, like this pair or something similar.

Thinking outside the box is helpful when looking for maternity style clothing, so be sure to try on an array of sizes and look for items that will allow room to grow.

DRESSES

Tight and A-Line loose.

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Dresses are usually not my go-to item because I am eternally more comfortable in pants, unless I am pregnant. I've found dresses are very flattering on a pregnant body because of how they hug the middle and show off the beautiful curve of the bump.

I've resorted to wearing a few loose, drapey A-line dresses for daytime with sandals during the week, and tighter, more body-con style dresses for date night or special events. 

When looking for dresses that are non-maternity, make sure they don't have seams or elastic in the middle, and steer clear of belted styles. Sometimes those seams can be off-shape to a prominent belly, and end up looking so. Also, when trying on dresses, make sure they are long enough so that they don't dip in toward the crotch and shorten because of how far out the belly sits. Most stores have a basic section of simple midi and maxi dresses that you can absolutely wear proudly during your pregnancy.

What are your favorite ways to dress a growing baby-bod? And, if you're not pregnant, these styles are still easy and classic for a summer wardrobe. What do you think?

Nicole M. Caruso

I was born in Manhattan to two native New Yorkers who met working in the Garment Industry. Fashion was the family business. Suburban Connecticut is where I grew up and often daydreamed about someday attending New York Fashion Week.

When I was in college studying Communication & Media, I met the man of my dreams. We married nearly one year after our first date, and have been adventuring together ever since. While we moved around the country for his job, I freelanced as a makeup artist, worked in retail, and blogged about style & beauty as a creative outlet. 

Moving back to New York led to serendipitously working for two major fashion houses, where I learned the ins and outs of the industry, and attended Fashion Week both backstage and in the tents. Soon after, Verily Magazine brought me on as Beauty Editor, which was my dream job. It combined all of my passions and hobbies into one, and granted me a deeper understanding of print and digital media. One year after that, I had my daughter and experienced true fulfillment in motherhood. 

Everywhere I have traveled, I have met incredible women who inspired me to be the best version of myself; to wake up every day feeling confident and ready to Carpe Diem. I want to inspire women to explore their feminine genius by investing in their self-worth. This lifestyle blog is the place where I can share my worldview, my experiences, and my tips and tricks to live a more fulfilling life, which include expert style and beauty advice, tips for healthy living, and reflections on marriage and motherhood.