The other night, diplo-husband and I were listening to random things on the ipod that we hadn’t heard in awhile and we did a little Dave Matthews hour. I don’t think I’ve heard half of those songs since college, but one of the lesser known ones that came on was about “the space between” wrong/right, black/white etc etc. And my closet is now in it’s own space between. Obviously, I’m no longer pregnant, but we’re in that strange phase now where most of your maternity wear doesn’t apply, and we’re not quite yet at the point where I can just bounce into my non-pregnancy wear. Even if I could physically, I couldn’t actually, since I stored non-pregnancy relevant pieces away so that I wouldn’t feel bad about not fitting in to them, so in order to actually bounce into them, I’d have to pull them out from our storage under the guest bed and re-organize my closet. On the to-do list for sometime this week…or the week after that…
I didn’t become someone who abhors maternity wear. I actually think that if you think through what works for you normally, and have enough determination to spend some time on the internets, you can come up with some close seconds for what you would normally wear. And if you choose wisely, there are some pieces you can invest in that will last you throughout nearly your entire pregnancy, as well as the proverbial “fourth trimester” (the more correct, fashiony way to refer to this in-between phase). And in fact, there are a few pieces I won’t be letting go even beyond that. Secretly, I kind of wish I could keep my maternity jeans – I had a couple of pairs from the Gap and one from Citizens of Humanity and found them crazy comfortable. Alas, there’s no longer enough belly to hold them up and I realized this weekend the band was hanging halfway to my knees, so those will be packing up soon.
There are three pieces I’ve found though that seem to work amazingly whether I’m pregnant, really pregnant, recovering, or close to normal, and perhaps unsurprisingly, all three happen to be from Isabella Oliver. I’ve mentioned her before and her clothes ended up being lifesavers in terms of building foundational basics I could wear home and at the office, dress up or dress down. The fact that I’m still wearing these make them worth their price tag, even though the key to shopping IO is to get on their mailing list so you’re in with the in crowd when the big discounts hit.
1. The Wrap Dress – this went with me to client meetings, dinners with my husband, and nights at the opera…I have pre-pregnancy wrap dresses from other designers, and this one is by far and away the winner for comfort, fabric and packability.
2. The Ruched Top – ruching in the belly is key when you’re pregnant, very forgiving when done right, and important to have when you’re going through the initial “is she or isn’t she?” phase. I had these in black, white and gray, but black was the favorite – the fabric is a fantastic jersey and this one is staying with me, especially for days after meals of a few too many courses. Great canvas for my collection of chunky necklaces.
3. The “Smooth Line Trouser” – it appears to me that smooth line trouser is a fancy way of saying foldover pant. I’m not sure that I would quite call these trousers, though you can dress them up if you try. Mostly, I wore these when working from home, and the waist is very forgiving, yet lines are flattering (more so than formal “trousers”). And the pants don’t seem to mind if you’re not pregnant at all.