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New Season Wardrobe Updates (& Making Them Work For The Bump)

Wardrobe Tips Mar 26, 2018

Hey guys! It’s been a while since I’ve shared with you my closet updates, and given that we’re going into a new season I thought it would be a great opportunity to show you want I’ve been wearing a lot lately.

As I mentioned in my last post, for these last six months of pregnancy I have really been focused on wearing what I would usually wear, but just with elasticated waistbands or in bigger sizes. I know it’s not a great long-term maternity wear strategy (every day is Russian roulette in the wardrobe department) but it’s been working…. Wearing what I would usually wear has helped, particularly during that strange period when you don’t look pregnant you just look like you ate all the pies (which I probably did haha). The benefit of doing this is that most of the items I’ve added I’ll be able to wear after the baby is born, yay!

With the new season upon us, my friends over at Grana offered me a few pieces to style, so you know I couldn’t pass up their amazing silk items!  As usual, they have some amazing new styles (they have lots of cool things on their website atm… use the code ‘apasxgrana for 10% off!) and so my list is made up of new pieces from them, as well as

Wearing: Grana silk dress, Belly Basket From Ikea, Necklaces from Catbird and Oroton, Earrings from H&M, Watch from Cluse.

Wardrobe Additions

The Simple Silk Shift

You guys know how much I love a simple silk dress, and in the last few months they’ve been pretty much all I felt like pulling on. This dusty pink one from Grana is just what the doctor ordered!

Making it work for the bump For this style I simply sized up, making sure that there was a bit of room to allow for my expanding belly. By adding a skinny belt and using that to shorten the dress a bit, it gives some shape where shape is definitely needed!

A Silky Pair of Shorts

Elasticated waistband shorts have been a staple in the last few months, and as the weather gets hotter in Hong Kong they’re the perfect staple. Grana has released a new version with a flat fronted waistband which I love! 

Making it work for the bump Because these shorts have a flat front but an elasticated back, they’re perfect for a growing bump. I sized up two sizes larger for these because I like a nice billowy silhouette and wanted to be able to wear them throughout. They’re quite long in the inseam which is good!

The Pinafore 

Overalls and pinafores have been on the top of my hit list, they’re just sooo comfortable! I bought a pink one and a denim one recently, and now eyeing off this one too.

Making it work for the bump You guys were so right in my last post about what to make with my new fabrics, soooo many of you said to go for a pinafore overall style rather than a dungaree… Increased toilet visits and all that jazz. So pinafores it is, I’ve sized up one to two sizes in everything I’ve bought and they’ve worked well!

A V Neck Silk Tank

Gimme all the silk tanks now! I honestly can’t get enough of a silk tank, and Grana’s new style with wider straps so that you can wear a t-shirt bra are perfect.

Making it work for the bump Again I went up a size for this tank, and found it’s perfect!

Affordable It Bags I’m also adding a few new seasons, affordable bags to my wardrobe – I love that for the last few years the ‘IT’ bag has actually been something that didn’t max out your credit cards. I love this straw basket bag and this net bag.

Making it work for the bump No adjustments needed in the bag department, let’s wait until I actually have a baby and these teeny tiny bags are going to seem laughable.

Wearing: Grana Silk Tank and Silk Shorts, Belly Basket From Ikea, Necklaces from Catbird and Oroton, Earrings from H&M, Watch from Cluse.

On the subject of dressing the bump, I have to admit that it’s quite hard to start with – at the beginning you’re trying not to give away the fact that you’re up the duff, and then it becomes all about dressing the bump when it looks more like you’ve just been overeating… At the end of the day, I found it most easy to focus on comfort, with a little retail therapy thrown on dark days when nothing worked. For hiding the bump, separates of black and white worked really well!

And for those of you who are like ‘Geneva we need actual maternity ideas thanks’, I’m excited for the bump to be getting more bumpy, meaning I can share more tips and tricks with you next month. Stay tuned!

This post is in collaboration with Grana. Remember to snag yourself 10% off when you use the code ‘apasxgrana‘.

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