Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ch-ch-changes

So I'm pregnant. That radically changes my thinking about fashion and consumption like nothing else has. Some days, I couldn't care less about how I look.

I don't really want to buy things that I might outgrow in a few months and that I might not be able to fit into post-pregnancy. Ironically, although this pregnancy has disordered all  my plans and complicated things quite a bit (it was both planned and unexpected), it has, on the other hand, simplified my wardrobe into about a dozen workable pieces. I now have a minimalist's wardrobe! haha.

But I am determined to buy as little maternity-specific clothes as possible. There's no point in buying things you'll only wear for a few months, in any scenario. As long as I can still pull from my old closet, I'll continue to do so. It helps me to feel more like me, too, which is important because I have no plans to morph into Mom, capital M, with all its social expectations and stereotypes. There are no mini-vans in my future (but I feel obliged to say that if a mini-van were to appear in my {non-existent} driveway, I wouldn't refuse it! a 30-year-old short-bed truck is less than the ideal baby transport).

Which isn't to say that I haven't stuck a toe into the maternity arena. I went down to the local thrift store to see what maternity clothes were to be had, and it was a quick lesson in aversion therapy. Everything was either ugly, gigantic, shapeless, frumpy, or a combination thereof. While I feel sympathetic to the women who, I imagine, were strong-armed into such garments solely by the forces of circumstance and practicality, I hope to not end up in such desperate straits. (But really, who's to say? One thing I've learned in being a full-time incubator is that there is not a lot under your control.)

Towards that end, I have isolated two women whose maternity style I admire. One is Melanie Huynh, former editor at Vogue Paris, and Nicole Richie, former best friend of Paris Hilton. I'll post a study of their styles in separate posts at some point. I don't really plan to fully emulate their style--I did not wear spiky Balenciaga heels prior to being pregnant, and I certainly won't during--but I think they both tweaked their individual style admirably  to accommodate their changing body shape, in ways that would be instructive to anybody.

8 comments:

  1. First of all, congratulations!!
    Second, hahhaha, I know what you mean about Mom. And I think Geraldine Saglio looked AMAZING during pregnancy and I think fellow bloggers My Mommy Style and Garderoben have incredible tips on how to not fall into the maternity clothes stereotype trap.

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  2. Congratulations then, on having a human being growing inside your belly! I'm sure you'll manage to look just amazing, even if your body is changing rather rapidly.

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  3. Congratulations! That's certainly a change... Good luck on avoiding Mom-dom, let us know how you do? I really want to avoid that too, eventually. I think it starts by keeping your (awesome) truck. Screw minivans.

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  4. Congratulations! I've been trying to get pregnant for 4 years now so I am excited to see your style tips and see how you decide to dress your new body. And keep your truck.

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  5. Congratulations! I've always liked the Sofia Coppola baggy sweater/ankle pants look while preggers.

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  6. Congratulations! I fully agree with Amanda that SC would be an inspiration for effortlessly chic maternity wear, or perhaps Natalia Vodianova would too?
    Hope you are embracing the changes!

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  7. Thanks everyone for your congratulations! This is my first baby, and I'm thrilled.

    Fleurette --
    I have seen a few pictures of Geraldine Saglio and thought she looked fantastic. It was all about fit for her, as I recall. Thanks for the tips about the other blogs. I will be sure to check them out.

    Ane Marte--
    I have gained 6 pounds last month! So yes, rapid changes. I started showing at about 6 weeks.

    leilanie.e & Moya --
    It is technically my boyfriend's truck, though we have been mixing finances for so long that it's mine as well. We're not getting rid of it. I just have to learn how to drive a stick so that I can move myself about.

    Moya --
    I had been off the pill for about 2 years and did two IUI's before this happened. My fertility specialist said, given the length of time we had been trying, that we had something like a 5% chance of natural conception (we had unspecified issues...all tests were normal). I'm not sure of the exact number, actually, because I promptly ignored her. I don't want to hold myself up as an example, but I have learned from my experience that it can happen regardless of what the numbers say. Good luck!

    Amanda--
    Thanks for the tip. I don't like all of what she wore during her pregnancy, but I do remember that that particular silhouette was particularly cute.

    K--
    I agree that Natalia Vodianova would be a fantastic muse, especially if I had any red carpet events to attend!

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  8. CONGRATULATIONS! Hope pregnancy is treating you well. I'm new to your blog, but I don't see any signs of you morphing into Momdom. I like the idea of looking at Melanie Huynh and Nicole Richie's style. Both looked wonderful pregnant. As did Geraldine Saglio. I also adored Vogue US's Meredith Melling Burke's pregancy style- she looked amazing and just seemed to glow. Good luck!

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