Sunday, March 31, 2013

Tribal, a la mass market

32 weeks - and running out of pants!

I often feel guilty the odd time I buy mass market clothing; then, when it falls apart, I feel cheated. But desperate needs call for desperate measures. I have only one pair of maternity leggings - my only pair of pants these days - so a quick trip to my local H&M yielded several pair of inexpensive maternity bottoms that`ll hopefully hold together long enough to see me through the next couple months and post-baby.

On the sale (non-maternity rack), I found this cotton tribal-esque oversize cardi for a song. True, its threads catch on everything as I walk by, and it`ll likely unravel off my body one day, but I just thought it was so cute for spring, when the weather is still chill but doesn`t quite warrant a full on winter coat.


I`m wearing it here with the new leggings, along with thrifted boots, turtleneck and pendant necklace. Vintage handbag courtesy of Etsy; hat bought new in Toronto years ago and leather ruched gloves were $5 in a Toronto end-of-the-line retailer.


The cardi would have perfectly matched this ethnic bag I found at a vide grenier in the fall for just a few Euros - but it was almost too perfect a match, if you know what I mean. The outfit was already starting to feel pretty matchy-matchy, and the bag may have created a pattern overload.


I am ever so slowly starting to run out of tops to fit my expanding stomach. Good thing the seasons are changing. I`m now starting to amass a small collection of spring and summer tops that`ll do for the next few months and post-baby. My local second-hand shop, and Etsy, have proved invaluable in helping me find stylish, affordable and practical options comprised of mainly cotton button-down empire waisted blouses or oversize blouses, to hide a post-baby pooch and for easy breast-feeding action.

As for the bottom half, well, I think unimaginative black leggings will have to do as they`re the only comfy options that fit around a non-waist. I`ll be jazzing them up with great accessories though - stay tuned! And Happy Easter to you! I`m a bad girl and haven`t yet responded to your kind comments from my last post, but I will, promise (hopefully someone reads them).

32 comments:

  1. You look fantastic, great bump you have growing there! You are in the home stretch now!

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    1. Yup, it's freaking me out that I can actually say due date is "next month" (end of May)!

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  2. Ooh, 8+ weeks to go! Exciting! I use the plus sign as there is a danger in thinking only in terms of 40 weeks as sometimes the babies are so warm and comfy they forget they are meant to hatch out! I got to 40 weeks and felt gutted that there was sign of my baby. Sadly she took after her Daddy, late for everything.
    You look very stylish! x

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    1. Luckily I'm thinking in terms of 41 weeks as the French go by a 41-week pregnancy calendar, for some reason! :)

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  3. You are glowing! Such a great ensemble; the sweater is really lovely. And I adore the ethnic bag! Etsy has such great vintage bags. :D

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    1. Yes, you're a fellow Etsy vintage bag shopper, aren't you, Sara? If memory serves you've found some super funky bags there. I love Etsy for vintage handbags and bling. :)

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  4. That outfit is super cute on you. I know what you mean though about the quality issue of mass produced clothing. I wore my first ever Forever 21 sweaters yesterday. I am not impressed with its quality even though it looks cute.

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    1. Thankfully the cardi is on one piece, though the washer may kill it - must handwash! I thought I'd try and do 'mass' the French way and bought a bunch of cashmere-blend sweaters for 10 Euros each in the fall. Guess what? They're all been donated to my local thrift shop as they look like hell! :(

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  5. Black leggings are great--so versatile. The ethnic patterns are very close. I agree, that would be too matchy-matchy for me, too. The bag is killer!
    Becky :)

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    1. Sadly the leggings are my life now, Becky. I have forsaken the compression tights as they make my belly itch, and I look like a tent in all the dresses that looked so cool on me a few months ago! :)

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  6. You look so wonderful and I applaud your stylish choices!! I think being pregnant gives you some latitude with the mass market retailers!! You can do a lot with black leggings, especially at this time of year. Enjoy this magical time!! I love the sweater too.

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    1. Thanks for words of comfort, Jean! And yes, the black leggings are my life now. I should do a style challenge and see how many looks can be generated with them!

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  7. you look beautiful. you are blooming. have a very happy easter . love lucyx

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    1. Aw, thank you, Lucy, I hope you had a good one too. The Easter Bunny brought me too much chocolate. I think baby is going to come out a chocolate addict due to my weekend indulgences! xo

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  8. A pregnant girl's gotta do what a pregnant girls gotta do (to stay clothed). In spite of the questionable quality that cardigan looks very similar to the one on the cover of the August 1974 issue of Seventeen Magazine that I just bought on eBay. It's shown with a knitted cap in the same pattern -- the matchy matchiness of it looked ok actually.

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    1. OOoh you have to post that cover on your blog!:)

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  9. That is one hell of a bag. Love the cardigan too and the fact that you had beige boots in the mix. Thanks for posting the photos and feel free to drop by me too when you have time.

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    1. Thanks! I did stop into your blog and leave a comment on your fur post. Thanks for popping in again!

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  10. Black leggings are a perfect basic, you can fancy them up with all sorts of interesting stuff on the top half! And you do need something comfortable around the bump, otherwise you'll be fussing and fretting and fidgeting with your waistband all the time!
    Despite the danger of unravelling, the cardigan looks great, and the bag and boots are gorgeous.
    Ooh, not so long to go now! Emma Kate is right though, due dates are a very arbitrary business - my first 2 kids were both late, third was 3 weeks early, so you just never know when they will choose to put in an appearance! xxxxx

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    1. I hear ya, Curtise, those compression tights are most emphatically not feeling good on the 'ole belly now. Both tops you sent me are brilliant with the leggings; can't wait to wear the summer-weight one!

      Luckily the French don't let you go more than a few days past 41 weeks, and my due date is based on a the 41-week calendar that they go by here, so unless the little guy is early (which would be fine by me), he should make his appearance in late May! xoxo

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  11. You are definitely one of the most stylish pregnant ladies I have ever seen! Sometimes it's OK to buy stuff from the department store, although I totally feel lame sometimes when I do so. As long as it was a good deal, it's alright :)

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    1. Aw, thanks Brenda! I know, it's that guilt, isn't it? But this stuff will serve me well so I'll try to lose that feeling. :)

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  12. Hi there!! This is such a fresh and gorgeous Spring outfit and the cardigan looks really lovely-the bag is uncannily similar and was a fabulous little bargain! Hope you had a good Easter xxx

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    1. I know, like they were made for each other! Hope you had a good one too, Sharon! xo

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  13. You look fabulous even if it is mass market and unravelling, you put your own unique and stylish slant on anything and look incredible. xxx

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    1. Thanks, Vix, that makes me feel better! And truth be told, I'm wearing the hell out of the leggings and cardi. :) xoxo

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  14. Hello Kelly!

    So nice of you to drop by our new blog
    Izzy and i split the tasks, she does Instagram and Facebook, i reply to lovely comments like yours
    People like i said were extremely nice with us when we took the shots, i was so surprised!
    I love the your expanding bump, it's ok to go mass market once ina while and you have a pretty good excuse!

    Take care

    Hugs

    Ariane xxxx

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    1. Love the new blog, Ariane, and looking forward to seeing all the stylish MTL peeps! I would love to do a French street style blog but have always hating asking people for photos, even as a journalist - so many peeps are weirded out by it .... xoxo

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  15. Love the cardi, great colours, perfect for wrapping up that bump, I don't like buying mass market, but sometimes, you get a great bargain, plus how much comfy maternity wear can you find secondhand anyway? xxx

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    1. True, it's the luck of the draw, Clare, and sometimes, as you say, ya gotta go mass. :) xoxo

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  16. Hi there Kelly!

    You are so darn cute with your cardi and cap
    I will feature you today on my blog as Friday Fave Ladies!

    Have a good weekend

    Ariane xxxx

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    1. Ariane, I saw that yesterday when I popped into yours - thanks for featuring me, I'm tres flattered (even though it's a mass market outfit!). Looking forward to seeing more of this new feature! Have a great wkend! xoxo

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