Dressing a body in transition is something new to me, as a person experiencing her first wanted pregnancy. Philosophically speaking, all of pregnancy can be described as a state of liminality-- an in-between, a precipice, or even a threshold. And although maternity clothing options exist to suit a range of price points (from Old Navy to A Pea in the Pod), I personally am not yet in a physical space where loading up on maternity styles makes sense. I don't know how I will "carry." I don't know the size my body will become. And I don't know what my body will be like, post-partum. I don't really think I am "showing" even though I have begun implementing the famous rubber band trick with my pants.
Right now, I feel like I need a few key wardrobe pieces for that awkward space of in-between, when a sizable (and ever increasing) portion of my current wardrobe feels confining and tight but maternity styles hang off me uncomfortably. I guess that's what I get for dressing a waistline for so many years! I have plenty of tent dresses that might work in colder weather. But most of my summer wardrobe clings. And I can't go belt crazy or wear waist-conscious shirtdresses without feeling like I'm busting through.
Thankfully, it seems that summer comfort styles include lots of elastic, jersey knits, relaxed fits, and longer lengths. I was perusing the Anthropologie sale (so many markdowns!!! Roxy has the most comprehensive list, as always) and actually found some clothes that I think might help. I didn't buy all of these, of course. But all of the above are marked down and I made a few careful selections. I also got to take advantage of the free shipping promotion!
Truth be told, a lot of these items would not typically be on my radar or my wishlist because I tend to covet those waist-emphasizing, girlie dresses that dominate the Anthro portion of my closet. Although these are out of my comfort zone, in the spirit of embracing the liminal I plan to experiment with new styles and different shapes while my body changes. I hope that what I bought will help me solve my current problem of the "in between" and maybe even prove useful during post-partum transitions. But if these pieces don't work, I can always return to my local store.
How do you deal/have you dealt with a transitioning body when it comes to wardrobe? Of course, transitions are not relegated to pregnancy only. So I hope advice can come from a range of folks!