Fashions for those expecting

baby_bump_FshionsHappy Wednesday to you! I know most of you know by now that there will be a new little “Cleveland-cheerleader” arriving this summer and we couldn’t be more thrilled! With that said, so many of you have asked how I hid the little bump for as long as we did. I have to say I did it with a few good fashion trends, add winter layers it was pretty easy.

I actually was very resistant to the transition from normal clothes to the stretchy “baby on board” fashions on today’s market. While everyone told me “oh maternity fashions are so much better today than they were back when” I can’t even begin to think of how bad they had to once be. I am still not “on board” with all these stretchy panels & empire waist drawstrings everywhere.

However, with a few good infinity scarves, some chic bootie shoes, lots of accessories and don’t forget the bright lipstick, you too can pull of being fashionable all nine months.

Recently I have turned to many of our great vintage stores for some amazing special occasion dresses (for Alt Summit & Jump Back Ball) as well as everyday patterned pieces. Thanks to Chelseas, Flower Child and ReDress for some amazing dresses I have really enjoyed reworking old styles to make them fit and to make them interesting during this mild fashion hiccup.

I have also found a few amazing belly bump pieces at both the stylish and budget friendly stores around town that I wanted to share as I know there are a few of us expectant mothers out there in the 216!

1 : J Crew Embroidered Stripe Tunic : While it is a little light for the current arctic freeze this tunic gives me hope that spring/summer will be here (along with baby!) soon. It runs large so you can wear it during and post baby. I can’t wait to wear it over my bathing suit with baby in tow at Huntington Beach next summer.

2 : Old Navy Open-Front Cardi :  Easy on the wallet. I’ve managed to find so many fun pieces at Old Navy. This lightweight cardigan will also double over a tank top later this summer but for now it the perfect drapey sweater, so cuddly and soft.

3 : Old Navy Anchor Print Shirt : I really miss button down cotton blouses (tucked into a pencil skirt) but for now I bought a few sizes larger than typical and am rocking the nauti print top with leggings and boots!

4 : Liz Lange for Target Long-Sleeve Top : This t-shirt has been my favorite basic so far. It’s great to wear to yoga or a quick trip to the market, but it also is a great long layering piece. A good one for the wallet as well, I think I paid around $16 for it.

5 : Lululemon Roll Down Pants : These high waisted “wunder-under-like” pants have gone from fancy nights out (I literally dressed them up for Christmas midnight mass) to spinning class. Typically I don’t like the roll down tops types of pants, but I just pull these up and over the bump and off I go. They may be on the higher price end, but I wear them so much that I feel like the price per wear is worth every penny.

6 : Anthropologie Cabled Cowl Poncho :  Another more “splurgy” piece, this poncho has been a great “inside event” piece. This sweater is like a good blanket, not only does it keep you warm, it makes you feel all cozy even during there insanely cold days.

All you expectant moms-to-be out in the land of CLE any fashions or pieces I may have missed? Otherwise, I hope you enjoyed just a few of my finds for those of us who have a little bump on the way or for those of you who know someone who is expecting. Enjoy & happy Wednesday!