This summer I've had a bit of a quandary when it comes to getting dressed. I'm on baby number 4 and I've never ever been pregnant through the summer...much less an Arizona summer. Knowing this is my last baby, I haven't been too interested in building an amazing maternity wardrobe. Let's be real, is anyone ever interested in building an amazing maternity wardrobe? Didn't think so. To be honest, I was mostly concerned about the bathing suit situation. Perhaps it's because I haven't been pregnant in over 5 years, but I had visions that haunted me, of maternity tankinis with yards of ruffled fabric floating around me in the pool.
Good news is, dresses are killing it this summer & I found the perfect maternity one-piece that doesn't look like an absolute nightmare...in fact, it's pretty darn cute.
Because of the heat, I've rarely pulled out my maternity jeans...literally the only thing I kept from my last pregnancy. Instead, I've found dresses that can hide the bump & I've been loving the ease of getting dressed. No mixing, no matching, just an easy breezy dress everyday to keep me cool & comfortable.
Most of them I've bought over the last couple months & can't find online, but here are a few other favorites, mostly under $100...the last one, is most similar to the one I'm wearing and only $20!
Currently I'm feeling glad about the fact that none of these are maternity & that I'll be able to wear them again. Although every time I have that thought, I feel like the bride that says, 'The best thing about my bridesmaid's dresses is that they can wear them again.' Riiiiiiight. Perhaps, they'll all be in the Goodwill pile after I wear them nonstop this summer, but until then, I'm enjoying them. Easy to dress up or down for work or play.
Onto my biggest concern: the bathing suit. I'm in a bathing suit every.single.day. Sometimes, multiple times a day. My family teases me regarding my collection & I will say, being pregnant really put a damper on my bathing suit season. BUT, I did find a total winner that fit into qualifications. To qualify the bathing suit had to be 3 things:
One-Piece: I do have a two-piece option that I wear as well, but with a gaggle of 10-year-old boys in & out, I needed a one-piece option, mostly because I've never found a tankini that stayed put in the water.
Reasonably Priced: I found a LOT of great one-piece options that I would have considered if I was planning on more babies, here, here and here, but since this is a one summer suit, price was a factor. I was looking to keep it under $100.
Not Ugly: I know, its a high standard to meet, but after perusing my options, 'not ugly' was a good threshold to pass.
After a lot of trial & a lot of error, I set to the interwebs & found this gem from TopShop. I'd model it for you, buuuut, nope, I won't. It comes in a few other colors, here & here. I will say the fit on it is true to size & really flattering. Just typing that is making me laugh...a maternity bathing suit + flattering in the same sentence, but seriously, it has a good cut to it. Try & let me know what you think!
Hi, I'm Amy. When I'm not scouring the valley for the perfect new house, you can usually find me in the kitchen with a gaggle of kids. Chips, salsa and a Diet Coke are usually in hand.