Here’s an outfit that I wore a few weeks back to a conference event that I was helping organise and coordinate travel for.
This trench coat is from a French company that I found online. I find that maternity wear in North America is usually meh and much more casual, so I have spent a fair bit of time scouring European brands for maternity wear. The trench needs smoothing down in the above picture, but at least it is visible just how much room there is for a growing bump! There are no ugly side zippers to contend with, just lots of clever folds and pleating which makes this my favourite maternity trench. It’s also well-lined and the material is thicker –perfect for those fluctuating temperatures that are a hallmark of impending spring in Ottawa.
Coat: Vertbaudet maternity trench coat in beige (2018)
Dress: Elpasa ‘Hortensia’ dress (2018)
Shoes: Aldo ‘Palinira’ ballerina flats in bone (2016) [Shop it here]
Jewellery: Tiffany bow pendant in sterling silver, mini (2013)
This dress is one of the prettiest maternity dresses that I’ve seen. It’s from Polish brand Elpasa and fits like a glove. Huge thanks to Natalie at Luna Maternity for her assistance in finding the right size! These two pieces are definitely going to be worn even after the birth, although I’m curious to see how the dress with its bump allowance will look on my post-bump figure. We shall see!
As for the shoes, I will be honest –they’re an OK choice. I really wanted to wear my pearlescent pink Salvatore Ferragamo heels, but I didn’t think that would be the most practical choice for running around at the event, let alone being pregnant and running around, so I settled for these. When I next wear this dress, my new purple Sam Edelman ballet flats will be a more vibrant choice:
Since these pictures were taken on the fly via my iPhone, they’re not the greatest quality, but you can just make out a little blob at my neck. I would like to clarify that it is not a horrid pimple or wart, but my Tiffany bow pendant –the one that I got for my wedding and hadn’t worn since then. I decided it needed another turn in public, and it certainly made me feel that the outfit was complete.
I hope to come back with a list of everything I bought for maternity wear, as well as a list of non-maternity wear that I can still fit in and dress my bump with. I’ve tried hard to keep my spending to a minimum, because it doesn’t make sense to me to buy clothes that will only be in use for 9 months. I’m hoping there are others interested in economising whilst bumping for joy as well!