Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Printed Dresses and Boots: Wearing Pregnancy Purchases Post-Baby

Over my pregnancies I never stopped buying clothes. I do love shopping! I tried to buy things I knew would work post-baby most of the time. It's strange wearing those pieces for the first time without a baby bump, and always a relief to find that they still work.

What I wore:

Atmos&Here Betsy jersey wrap dress Second Birthday party breastfeeding friendly outfit | Away From The Blue

Aquamarine Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC clutch bag silver bracelet stack | AwayFromTheBlue
DressAtmos&Here Betsy jersey wrap dress in watercolour print (on sale!)
ShoesRMK Chester black ankle boots (on sale!)
Bracelets: the usual
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather

Why I wore it:

This dress was perfect for the 'it's a wrap' style challenge prompt, although I didn't wear it on the same day. I wore this for toddler T's second birthday! It's hard to believe he's 2 already, he's growing so fast. For his first birthday party, we kept things simple and did everything ourselves. Despite thinking I wouldn't be able to do the same this time with a baby as well, we managed to pull it off. It did mean a busy week as I did some baking in advance, but it was worth it as both boys enjoyed the party.

I knew I wanted to wear this dress for toddler T's party. It's strange seeing it without a baby bump though, after buying it in the third trimester. As I hoped when I bought it, it will still get lots of wear post-baby. A wrap dress is a classic!


Last worn: printed wrap dress, ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine mini MAC.

Other ways to wearprinted wrap dress in the third trimester, ankle boots and red jeans, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine mini MAC and skinny jeans.








What I wore:

Winter printed dress tights tall boots yellow colourful scarf outfit | Away From The Blue

Mulberry Foggy Grey Alexa satchel bag | Away From The BLue
DressJeanswest Nikki printed shirt dress
ShoesAsos Cleo leather boots in tan
BagMulberry regular Alexa bag in foggy grey

Why I wore it:

This dress is another one I bought when I was pregnant. However, this is it's first wear despite having the 'wear everything twice in a month after buying it' rule. In the 2 years I've had that rule, this is the only piece that's sat there new with tags in my wardrobe after a month. Since I bought it in November I really should have worn it before now... I'd bought it in the second trimester, tried it on and while it was snug, I could still fit into it, so set it aside to wear in a few days. By the tine I got around to wearing it though the bump didn't fit into it! A baby belly grows so quickly in the second trimester, I really should have sized up.

Every pregnancy is different, and every experience post-baby is different too. While with toddler T I was back into normal clothes and button up shirts quite quickly, with baby boy things are a little bigger in the chest area! It means that while in theory this button up shirt dress is perfect for breastfeeding, I had to wait until things calmed down a little before I was able to squeeze myself into it! Glad I've been able to wear it now at least - it's easy to layer up for winter despite being from the Jeanswest spring range.


Last worn: yellow scarf, tall boots, Mulberry Alexa bag. First time I've worn the dress as it's the first time I've fit into it!

Other ways to wearyellow scarf and a red dress, tall boots and skinny jeans, Mulberry Alexa bag and a maxi dress.






Linking up with What I Wore, Fresh Fashion, Oh Hey Girl, Style Me Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, A Labour of Life, Fashion Files, Style Sessions, Weekend Linkup.




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83 comments:

  1. I love your beautiful wrap dress! Its very festive for a birthday party! Hope to see you stop by my Wednesday linkup!

    xo Sheree
    http://poshclassymom.com
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  2. Such a nice dress!

    Xx,

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  3. Love that first dress! It's good that you are able to wear these dresses beyond your pregnancy :)

    Abby | Life in the Fash Lane

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    1. Yes they were good purchases :)

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  4. I really like that second dress on you, it such a lovely winter piece (with layering lol, though in Brisbane you probably won't need to do much!). And paired with those boots, just stunning. BTW I can't believe toddler T is 2! What! My friends son turned 2 two months back now. It's crazy how time flies!

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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    1. It does fly so fast - can't believe he is two already!

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  5. I love both these dresses on you, and I have the same rebecca minkoff bag :)

    www.fashionjazz.co.za

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  6. The wrap dress looks great post-baby too!! Great print!
    Dora www.BangsBang.com

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  7. The second look is my favorite. I tried to only buy things Id be able to wear after the pregnancy as well, and they really come in handy in those transitioning times before you are back to pre-pregnancy weight.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. Yes the postpartum days can be tricky coming up with things to wear - it's nice to have things that accommodated the belly well to rely on! :)

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  8. Love the wrap dress. A good wrap dress puts me in a good mood haha!

    www.rdsobsessions.com

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  9. Both pieces look fab on you:) Wrap dresses are so versatile and stylish, eh? So cool you can wear it before and after pregnancies.I wish I invested in pieces like this when I was pregnant. I think by the time our third child came, I was just living in leggings and loose tops...oh wait, I still wear these!:D

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    1. Yep, wrap dresses are classics! It's nice to get a little dressed up in them too :)

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  10. I love both of these fun dresses, especially the wrap dresses. I love seeing that the wrap dress is just as cute post-baby--maybe I need to pick up one like that to wear now and later! Now that I'm over halfway done with this pregnancy I really need to focus on buying things that will work after the baby comes as well. Thanks for all the inspiration for both maternity and post-maternity style!!

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    1. Glad I could give you some inspiration - I think you're having a very stylish pregnancy! :) Pieces that work in pregnancy and after are good purchases for sure! :)

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  11. Wow two already! I've been following your blog a long time then! Haha :)
    Both of these dresses are lovely!
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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    1. Yes, it's been years! So glad to have been following you for that long too :)

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  12. the second dress are very chic, it looks you have winter / colder time I envy you :)
    galantosfun

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    1. Yes, it is winter here in Australia.

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  13. Love both dresses! Such a fashionable mama

    Enclothed Cognition

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  14. I just can never get enough of your Rebecca Minkoff bags! <3

    Angelie // L’oreal Mythic Oil Nourishing Masque Review

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  15. I really love both outfits you've shared here, girlie! What I love about the first look is both the print and color combo of the dress and how the purse matches so perfectly! For the second, I love the fit and style of the dress, as well as the pop of yellow, which looks SO good on you! Thanks so much for sharing, beautiful, and I hope you're having a great week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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  16. You can never go wrong with a wrap dress - so classic and chic! It's great how you were able to wear both of these dresses during your pregnancy and transition them so seamlessly afterwards.

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    1. Yep wrap dresses are classics - pregnant or not!

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  17. wow, you look stunning in both of these printed dress.

    p.s. you have such a winning smile!

    www.modaodaradosti.blogspot.com

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  18. That wrap dress is so cute! I love the shape and the pattern :) I hope you guys had a great party in celebration of T's second birthday!

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

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    1. Thank you Mili. He had a wonderful birthday :)

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  19. Love both dress on you, Mica. I had a trouble with clothes when I was pregnant with Little Tyke, I couldn't fit into any pregnancy clothes because most were too big on me, even the smallest size so I stick to purchasing normal clothes but in size M or L. Wish I've thought of a wrap dress, that would suits many body shapes and sizes.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Yes I found regular clothes fit me well in pregnancy too, didn't need too many maternity pieces :) And buying my normal size means I can enjoy them post-baby too! :)

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  20. Glad to kept that dress/tunic - because it made possible that look :)
    Just like my houndstooth dress, sometimes you got to wait until the time is right.

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    1. Yes, very true! Sometimes you can't wear it right away!

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  21. Birthday parties are work LOL But I bet you did a fabulous job Mica. How time flies! I can't believe he's 2 already! I love both outfits. So smart to purchase clothes that would work for you after your pregnancy. Smart :D
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. I learnt from my shopping in my previous pregnancy, haha! :)

      Time really does fly, he's growing so fast!

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  22. Love the ankle boots and the pop of bright yellow!!

    Sarah
    http://mybowsandclothes.blogspot.com

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  23. Both dresses look lovely on you. How great that you were able to find pieces that worked after pregnancies too. The first dress is so gorgeous, love wrap styles. They are super flattering. Hope you are having a lovely Wednesday. XOXO, Elif

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  24. Nice oufit! Like the yellow Scarf that brighten the outfit.

    Vettae - Simply Vettae | Lifestyle Blog

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  25. I love that both dresses are versatile enough to be worn during and after pregnancy! Hope T had a great birthday celebration!!
    Nidhi
    An Unblurred Lady

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    1. Thank you Nidhi, he had a wonderful birthday :)

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  26. Cute dresses! We're planning on kid number 2 and I'm nervous about buying clothes (cause I can't stop myself). Glad to know it's working for you!

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    1. haha yes I couldn't stop buying clothes for 9 months! Although I did buy less....

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  27. I love the dress with the boots! So adorable. You make maternity style look so easy!! xx-S

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    1. Thanks! I think having a classic piece like a wrap dress I could wear in pregnancy really helped - instant outfit! Works great post-pregnancy too like I'm wearing it here.

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  28. I love the wrap style dress. Looks great on you as well.
    The bag you match with it is so elegant as well.

    (◕‿◕✿) EmoteraGoddess.com | Instagram | Bloglovin

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  29. I am LOVING that alexa in grey. I've never seen this colour before!

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  30. Hello, Mica! ♥

    Still looking fabulous as usual. I've always admired your pretty printed dresses! So lovely :)

    Hope to hear from you.

    Love, Airish ♥
    http://www.airishabella.blogspot.com

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  31. So good you can still style your pregnancy clothes after having the little one - that's given me yet another to love wrap dresses! Also loving your scarf in the second look, gives it such a lovely colour pop! x

    Viva Epernay | £100 Asos Voucher Giveaway! | Vote For Me - Beauty Blogging Awards

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    1. Yes wrap dresses are so forgiving, it's great that this non-maternity piece worked in pregnancy and I can enjoy it afterwards still too :)

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  32. Both dresses look great on you hun - but I'm particularly fond of the first one because I love the prints and GREEN! Have a great week gorgeous :)

    Love, Aldora
    www.musingsofarabbit.com

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  33. The first one is my fave! Wrap dresses are great for pregnant women and not pregnant women. It just looks flattering on every shape! :)

    Jenn
    The Pink Lemonade Girl
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    1. They are a very flattering style :)

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  34. HI Mica. First of all I apologize for being MIA but I am super behind blog-reading in general as I have been very busy Summer and am currently on vacation. Two great dresses. The wrap tulip one is gorgeous as is the Aquamarine bag. I love your rule of twice in a month in regards to new clothes. đŸ‘đŸŒ

    Happy birthday to your oldest boy and hope you all had a blast! 😎

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    1. Thanks Ada! He had a great birthday. Hope you are enjoying your holiday :)

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  35. From a reader stand point, I feel like you got your body back quite fast after baby number 2. I think you have a very practical way of shopping. I've learned a lot from you in the almost two years I've been following your blog. Need to get on the wrap dress train though, I feel like those would work so well for the office!

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    1. Yes wrap dresses are great for the office :) I'm definitely not back to my pre-baby body but I'm happy with the slow and steady progress to my new 'normal', whatever that will look like in the end :)

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  36. The second dress is my favorite as well. Love that pop of yellow with the scarf!

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com/

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  37. You look amazing in both dresses! Fabulous colours - love that yellow scarf with the grey dress.

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  38. Both of these dresses look fabulous on you! I love that wrap dress!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  39. I love both dresses, but the first is definitely my favorite! What a gorgeous color and it goes great with the Rebecca Minkoff bag!

    -Katie
    http://hellokatiegirl.blogspot.com/

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  40. You look amazing after giving birth! so inspiring :)

    Hugs,

    www.agirlinafrica.com

    Diana

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  41. Such a nice look! This dress is so pretty and I love your bag! It's good that you're reusing your maternity clothes again!

    XoXo,

    Tamara - LoveofMode.com

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    1. Yes it's a good idea to buy and wear non-maternity pieces in pregnancy as you get to enjoy them postbaby too! :)

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  42. So freaking cute!!! Love that bag in mint, too!!

    Xox Dana Ivy // www.iadorewhatilove.com

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  43. I love that first one! The green is so pretty on your skin tone! I also love it paired with those ankle boots!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

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  44. Wow, I feel like it was yesterday when you announced you were pregnant with baby T. I guess, I've been following the blog for a while, so it's nice to read about your happenings with the second pregnancy. Love the print and colours of outfit #1. <3
    FASHION TALES

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  45. Loving the colors! You look amazing!

    xoxo Rina
    www.andshedressed.com

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  46. Stunning looks! I love the first look's shoes!

    Adi xx
    www.fancycorrectitude.com

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  47. It sounds like you did some smart shopping whilst pregnant! I love the wrap dress! When I was pregnant I bought some maternity items in my third semester because nothing else fitted anymore (I was pregnant with twins) but they totally didn't suit post pregnancy, so they were rather a waste of money unfortunately.

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    1. I bought a few maternity specific pieces near the end too! I wore them so much I definitely got my money's worth, and my friend is really happy with them now :)

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  48. I never considered wearing maternity clothes post-pregnancy too! What a great idea, especially for a piece you love, and you can't even tell. You look beautiful!

    Via Sora || instagram · twitter · pinterest · bloglovin

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    1. These are non-maternity pieces which is probably why they don't look like maternity ones :)

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  49. Love both looks with perfectly teamed bags. Like the look of those brown boots too, I'm still on the hunt for a good long (but not too long) pair in the right shade of brown.

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    1. These were a great sale buy a few years ago! Long boots are tricky being petite, I'm glad I stumbled across these :)

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  50. Love the watercolour print of the first dress! Very pretty :)

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  51. Both great outfits and really loving the yellow scarf.

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  52. Love both dresses!! You look fantastic! The wrap dress is stunning and your RM bag goes perfectly!!

    xx, Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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  53. I love a good wrap dress. It's such a versatile item. You look awesome.

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  54. Great looks lovely! I really love the green number on you. It really suits you. <3
    Sammy | Bargainbaglady.com X

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  55. Love the pops of mint and yellow. Great outfits and that you getting so much wear out of them!
    x Kirsty

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  56. The boobs are so changeable throughout the day aren't they? You start off fitting perfectly and end the day busting out of your tops. I do really like the dress.

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    1. haha I find them at their largest in the morning after baby boy's longer stretch of sleep overnight. They do seem to change a lot though, especially in the early days! :)

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  57. Thank you all for your comments.

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