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Pregnant with my fourth baby, I accumulated maternity and non-maternity clothes of various sizes, and many of the items simply did not fit or were worn out. It was time to clean out my closet and figure out my wardrobe. I brought in Your Local Stylist to do a little wardrobe workshop with me. I face timed with Mary and she helped me rediscover my clothes and styles that I love.
One of my favorite tips Mary gave was that my wardrobe should represent my lifestyle. This notion was a hard pill to swallow since I love the classic and sophisticated looks but knowing they weren’t conducive to the messy lifestyle, a stay-at-home mother with three little kids. For example, I would always buy these beautiful expensive blouses but would never wear them, worrying they were too lovely to wear in my day-to-day life. After sorting through my clothes and realizing what I was genuinely comfortable in (taking note of style and fabrics), Mary helped me pull together some outfits that fit into my life and showed me how to elevate my looks with layering, new combinations, and accessorizing. I no longer dread getting dressed and have a new found love for my clothes. Go to my post Closet Cleanup with Your Local Stylist so that you can experience the relief Mary gave me. You can also follow Mary on Instagram for more amazing tips on style and fashion.
Some discoveries and lessons I’ve learned throughout the wardrobe workshop are the following:
-I love simple, comfortable, neutral looks.
-Versatile and casual clothing articles that I can easily elevate with accessories and layering belong to my closet.
-I can use what I have to mix up my outfits and dress up my everyday look. I don’t always have to stick to the same t-shirt, jeans, and sandals look I usually go for and tire from. It’s good to switch my outfits up, as it helps me to see my clothes in a different light, keeping me from feeling like I have to go out and buy new clothes.
-When making new purchases, I think of versatility and functionality with what I already love and own in my closet.
With all of this in mind, below are the items I kept and worked with to create my fall and winter maternity wardrobe. I wanted to try to do a capsule wardrobe approach and only include what items I absolutely love and know I will wear. During my last pregnancy, I was overwhelmed with the thought of getting dressed; I hid behind my leggings and oversized t-shirts. This time around, I’m having a lot more fun with my clothes and feel more confident as I’m growing this baby. Finding maternity clothes that fit and feel good on the growing body without breaking the bank can be difficult, and trust me, I’ve tried a lot of maternity clothes. I hope this inspires you to develop some fall and winter outfits that you will love and make you feel confident during your pregnancy.
I tried to link as many items as possible, but because many of my clothes are from a couple of years ago, they are not in stock, so I linked similar styles. And please excuse my dirty mirror, fashion blogging is not my forte (:
My favorites are Zella (non-maternity so size up – dupes linked below) and blanqi brands.
CARDIGANS + SWEATERS
In in love with this Cream Ribbed set from Stone +Willow, linked one similar and cheaper
I love the Made by Mary Jewelry and The Little Catholic necklaces. I’ve been having fun with these earrings I snatched up from Target. I’m still working on stepping up my jewelry game (:
Hi. Where’s your cream dress that you wore with the cream cardigan from? And the rust sweater dress and the cream cardigan too, please?
hilary sullivan says
Hi, the rust dress is from asos
cream sweater/dress combo was from stone and the willow, but now longer in stock, here is a similar dress and here
long cardigan was from american eagle and no longer in stock
here is a dupe of the short cream cardigan