I blogged about this beautiful babydoll top not long ago (read post here), but I purposely didn't mention the little secret this shirt holds. This top was a given to me in a box of pre-loved clothes that a friend of mine gave me after cleaning out her closet. This blouse was never worn before, but she had bought it for a very special season of her life; when she was expecting her first son. That's right, this is a maternity shirt.
Although I don't often shop in the maternity section when I am not expecting, several of the styles can be very flattering on boyish or curvy body types because maternity clothes are often designed to accentuate your waist. Many of the tee shirts and tank tops are ruched at the waist, which help define your middle, giving you a nice shape. Also, many maternity tops have a waist-tie, another way to aid that figure.
Besides helping to create a waist, maternity tops have a couple other benefits. First, if you are like me and very small chested, I find baby-doll tops or empire waists help to define my chest without exposing major cleavage or using an expensive push-up bra. Second The flowy material of many maternity tops is very flattering and feminine, and especially comfortable during the warmer months, allowing the air to circulate more through your outfit, keeping you cooler. And just a word to the wise, if you chose to shop maternity, don't buy something that makes you look prego when you aren't! Make sure to try the pieces on before purchasing, and often times you will need to size down to find something to fit you properly.
I am not saying you should go raid the maternity department at your favorite store, but simply, when it comes to shopping in different clothing departments, don't be afraid. Even though my size, shape, and height usually keeps me shopping in the juniors, that doesn't mean I am restricted to one department alone. Petites usually have cropped pants which are extremely flattering to my short legs. And they also make allowances for people like me who, as I mentioned before, are very small chested.
Women's tops rarely fit snug to my body, but loose tops with tight skinnies or shorts is a go-to look for me, so it's always worth a shot. Of course, you want to avoid looking too matronly if you are in you're too young, and you don't want to look like you are trying to hard if you are past the Juniors wearing age.
Ultimately, It is extremely easy to get caught shopping in the same places, and in the same size departments such as Juniors, Plus, Petite, or Women's. If you are looking for a pick-me-up in your wardrobe, changing up departments is a must. Obviously, if you are a size 0, I wouldn't necessarily go shopping in Women's Plus. But don't be afraid to venture into the Petites or Women's Wear. If you are shopping for a specific piece, and cannot find it in the department you usually shop in, make sure you check in the other departments.
Now that the Monday blues are just a distant memory, happy hump day! I hope you are feeling great and already gearing up for a fun weekend. I feel like Saturday is an eternity away, but my hubby has Friday off so I am looking forward to three sweet days with him. Do you have any adventurous plans for your weekend? Now that the spring breezes have given way to summer heat the only word I can think of is "WATER." I am dying to go swimming! I love the beach but the water is a little petrifying to me, so I am going to stick to the pool and leave the beach to be my natural tanning spot. I've heard that these Pacific beaches aren't like the Gulf beaches that I am used to, so I am exciting to experience it for myself. Any suggestions of good beaching in NorCal? Please let me know in the comments!
Golden State Livin'. Southern Charm. Jesus Lover. Wifey. Mommy. Style Enthusiast. Thrifter.
New York Native. Bama Life. Style/Beauty Consultant. Entrepreneur.