which brings me to the purpose of this post.
this is how i walk around a lot... in the comfort of my own home, peeps. "ah! she's coming!" accompanied by the kids running and hiding and gracie covering her eyes, but honestly, pulling a tank down over an ever-expanding belly gets old. sorry dudes. my arms are getting tired. so, it rides up. and i keep it there. mind you, this tank you see is a maternity tank. yeah right. no really, it is. it's just a crappy one. but calling it maternity lets them charge way more than a normal tank. so, i'll let you in on some of my secrets. i had a formspring question weeks ago about maternity fashion (side note: i didn't know i had a bunch of formspring questions over the past few weeks... sorry! i answered them all last night.). but i really wasn't huge yet so i didn't have much to share. well, i feel kind of huge these days, so i'll share what i can. complete with it's own logo... see??
1. target's long & lean tanks. i pretty much buy another every time i go. gray, black, white, striped, floral. for $8 you can do that. yes, $8! and they are LONG (and i have a long torso). so, the actual "maternity tank" for $13 (the target liz lange version) has become my belly-exposing pajama shirt and the non-maternity one for $8 is my going-out-appropriate shirt. go figure. i'm wearing one here and here. and being mah big self in the summer months has made these a staple.
2. maxi dresses. i have bought a few from places like h&m and forever 21. non-maternity and they've worked just fine. they're stretchy, they're cheap (so you don't mind if you stretch them to the point when you can't wear them non-prego) and they're comfortable. i think the one pictured above is actually the one i wore to my shower here but in a different print. this one is h&m (and i think was $17-ish) and so is this one.
3. ingrid & isabel rouched tank. the epitome of pregnancy comfort. SO long, so stretchy, so comfortable. i have worn mine quite a lot and would be happy living in it (bonus -- it's so stretchy it will definitely be fine pre-baby, post-baby, anytime. i bought one last year long before i was pregnant and loved it then too.). i'm wearing it here. speaking of ingrid & isabel, i say skip the bellaband. i never found it that comfortable and really didn't wear it much (although, some people swear by it, so go figure.).
4. threads for thoughts v-neck shirts. i've had these for a couple years and it turns out they're nice and long and work for pregnancy too. hopefully i don't stretch these babies out permanently cause they're some of my most comfortable and long shirts (can you tell, i have an obsession with length in shirts... curse of the long-torsoed tall girl). you can find them at whole foods and i've also gotten them at tjmaxx (for like $10) and nordstroms off the rack. i didn't spend $32 on mine. i'm wearing one here and here.
5. belts, belts, and more belts. nothing can pull off a blah, tent-like outfit on a pregnant girl more than a stretchy belt can. many a time i have not been into the outfit i had on until, poof, i put a belt right under my boobs and it worked. plus, when you're feeling rather large and in charge, cinching the smallest part of your waist with a belt can do wonders. or at least i think so. which is why i did it here and here and lots more times. most of my belts have come from old navy, h&m, or forever 21. like this dress for instance? it's ok. put a belt around it and it is so much better than ok. hear hear!
6. old navy foldover skirt. they're jersey so they're comfy and stretchy and fold over. waistbands suck when pregnant, so stretchy ones like these are the bomb. i have a few and in the winter months, you can wear them with thick tights and flat boots, uggs, whatever, and summertime, nothing. bam!
7. other randoms. before it got hot, leggings were awesome. they stretch (how many times can someone say stretch in one post? i'm going for a record.) and i wore them with flat boots all winter long. i'm in them here and you can trust that i'm thinking in my head, "oh. i'm so comfortable. because of the stretch." you don't have to buy maternity leggings that get marked up 100% because they're called maternity leggings. whatever leggings you have will most likely work unless junk in the trunk gets out of hand but even then... they... say it with me... STRETCH! jeans. i didn't buy a pair of maternity jeans cause i knew i'd be my biggest in the hot months so i didn't feel like spending the mula. and i got a lot of hand-me-downs from my sister who just had a baby in september. these are forever21 and are technically not maternity but they don't have a button at the top... they have a stretchy waist band! score! what was that? stretchy! you can find them if you look hard at f21. these, on the other hand, are maternity... old navy. they're ok. i actually prefer the non-maternity f21 ones. michael stars makes GREAT clothes all around. i love his stuff. his maternity stuff is so long and has rouching along the sides so it allows for your belly but looks cute in the meantime. and it's one size fits all. here's me in a top of his. maxi skirts... this is one of my favorite purchases of all time, literally. i've worn it a gazillion times. it's from UO but i got it years ago (but keep your eyes peeled... you'll always be able to find a long maxi skirt somewhere). it's a skirt or dress and i have literally not gone on a big trip anywhere without this in my suitcase. pants... i say work with what you have (especially if you're biggest in the summer like me). these and these are not maternity but are stretchy and/or drawstring at the top, and these are just a bigger size than my normal jeans (trying to be boyfriend jeans but maybe just looking frump-tastic) so they've worked throughout this pregnancy. they're h&m and old navy & jcrew in that order. so, basically, i have gotten some hand-me-downs and otherwise worked with what i had. i seriously didn't spend much money at all on maternity stuff and i don't think you have to to feel good. work with what you have... the name of the game. and while i know my tips don't help everyone because everyone gains weight differently in their pregnancies or is pregnant at different months (i.e. if i were pregnant in the colder months, i probably would've invested in an awesome pair of maternity jeans), they've worked for me. maybe they will work for you??
ok, this post took forever. hopefully some of you will find it worthwhile! i'm outtie.