Maternity Style in a Hot Summer

 

 

When I was pregnant with Evvie, we were living in Houston. If you think it gets warm in Houston, you’re mistaken. It doesn’t just get warm, it gets MUGGY.

So here I was, an ever-growing preggo lady trying to stay healthy and active in a city that wouldn’t drop beneath 80º, even overnight, and had a near constant humidity of 70%+. I learned to dress smartly for the weather — from active style to work to nights out — and carried over this adopted style when moving back to St. Louis.

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We’ve been enjoying some (unsurprisingly) warm and cool days in the past month, but this week has already shown that 90º weather is just around the corner. This belly is growing much quicker this time around with dear Collins baby, so I’ve already started the planning process for how to survive summer. What will you find in my summer staples? (Hint: Almost ALL ARE NOT MATERNITY!)

Check it out!

SANDALS

Slip-on sandals and slides are the best!

With hot, humid weather and an increasing intake of fluids internally, a woman (or anyone, really) needs to do their best to prep for the inevitable swelling. I found with the last go-around that my feet were the first to succumb to an increase in size.

Having a great pair of stable slides, like the pairs below, helped me stay comfortable while up on my feet. Plus, slides are SO much cuter than they used to be — they really can take a casual outfit and plus it up a bit.

Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 12.25.46 PM     Call It Spring Thirenia Slide Sandal

Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 12.27.54 PM      Madden Girl Brando Footbed Sandal

Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 12.32.04 PM.png   Betula by Birkenstock 

WRAPS AND TANKS

As you can see in the photo, I picked up a number of very light kimono-style wraps that I could throw over a tank top to dress up. I wore these often to work or out for dinner with family and friends.

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It’s important when you’re pregnant to layer! While it may be SUPER hot outside, it is very likely quite chilly at work or inside the home. Layers enable you to strip when needed and bundle up otherwise.

Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 12.41.15 PM.png   Accessory Street Kimono Wrap (Long)

Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 12.42.27 PM.png  Melrose and Market Kimono Wrap (Lace Trim)

Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 12.44.36 PM.png       Lulla Collection by Bindya

MAXI DRESSES

Maxi dresses are a pregnant girls’ best friend. Long enough to keep you warm at work (where my offices tend to be seriously chilly) and usually sleeveless to keep you cool while outside. Another plus? They tend to be made of loose, stretchy material.

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Hello, that big ol’ belly would REALLY appreciate that extra room (as well as your hips, if you’re anything like me…).

Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 12.56.09 PM.png  Socialite

Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 12.57.40 PM.png   Clayton (Hurry! Only ONE left!)

Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 1.01.04 PM.png       H by Bordeaux

Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 1.02.05 PM.png   Maternity Jersey V-Neck Dress

(Similar to one I own– I LOVE the angle pattern to highlight a burgeoning belly.)

FLOWY COTTON SHORTS

If you’re anything like me, when I get pregnant, the first things to grow are my butt and my hips/thighs. Sigh.

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I wasn’t keen on the idea of wearing shorts with my wider waistline, but grabbing soft, cotton shorts like the photo above made me so much more comfortable!

Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 1.08.05 PM.png   French Terry Lounge Shorts

Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 1.18.00 PM.png     Tart Braylee Short

Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 2.05.53 PM.png    AEO Floral Runner Short

Take note, friends. You DO NOT have to be pregnant (or expanding) to enjoy these cooler, COMFORTABLE outfits. Happy shopping!

XO

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