autumn inspiration + maternity style money saving tips

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the new karina fall collection

This dress from the fall collection of Karina Dresses has a different design than what I got used to. This piece still has that feminine and timeless flare, but this time they added those ever so practical pockets. The front and back bodice have small gathers and the skirt falls above the knee. All other Karina Dresses fall right on your knee or just a little bit under. The shorter cut makes the dress and its wearer look cute, plus when you add a big bump in the mix, it will take up on some of the fabric and create that high-low effect. The waistband will nicely accentuate your waist and if you’re pregnant, it will slide above your baby bump and show off the belly more.

where to wear it?

To me, this dress falls under the date night / special occasion category. It might be my changed body, but since the skirt falls well above my knee coupled with the deep decolletage I would not wear it for work these days. I can also see this dress with a pair of ankle boots and a moto jacket for a casual outing.

maternity style money saving tips

And while we are talking about bump-y clothing and maternity style, here are a few tips on how you can cut corners on your maternity wardrobe:

  1. Maintain a healthy diet and exercise, so you gain weight gradually. Exercise is wonderful for your growing baby, plus you can stretch your regular clothes so much more! You’ll be surprised.
  2. Build a wardrobe with classic pieces that have either chic, roomy design or their fabric is flexible. That way you can wear your same non-maternity dresses almost all the way through your pregnancy. Karina Dresses and most pieces from J.Jill are absolutely wonderful for that purpose! Both brands have classic designs and they don’t cut corners on fabric quality.
  3. Don’t buy more than a handful of body-con dresses. This has been a challenge for me, since I love to show off the bump. I am creating a human and I am proud of it. Plus those figure hugging dresses from Pinkblush are just irresistible. However, those will be the closet pieces that you won’t be wearing much longer after giving birth, so try to limit how many of them you collect. You can flaunt that baby bump beautifully by adding a belt to your looser dresses and look like the cutest mama-to-be.
  4. Forget maternity pants. They are a waste of money. In all honesty, you will want to be comfortable during this time of your life. I can count on one hand how many times I felt like pulling pants on. They are a pain, even if they are maternity. And again, after that little human arrives, you will not be wearing those pants at all. I have been able to wear my regular pants even at 8+ months pregnancy just by using a rubber band or covering the closure part with a wide, stretchy belly band.
  5. Buy quality maternity basics. They make all the difference! A good quality maternity bra or a support band will take off a ton of load and keep you comfortable all day. I also purchased a few pairs of over the bump leggings. They ultra comfortable and super versatile.

Photos by Rick Robillard

  • Katherine Swain

    Precious dress and you look absolutely amazing!!

    Katherine |

  • Kristy Lyons

    This is such a gorgeous dress! Love the silhouette! Thanks for linking-up with Trend Spin!

    xo Kristy

  • Lanae Bond

    Your dress is so cute and perfect for summer to fall!

  • JL@ A Pocketful of Polka Dots

    Pretty dress and perfect that it has pockets! Great tips for maternity style.

    Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday!

    Jennie – A Pocketful of Polka Dots

  • mummabstylish

    Great styling – and you look fabulous. thanks for joining the fabulous Friday Link-up. x Jacqui