I have a weakness for timeless Chanel-style jackets, and thankfully Ann Taylor caters to that for a fraction of the price! This new arrival is very nice quality with a good weight to it, and I adore the dark chambray trim with fringed edges. The fabric itself is beautiful (mostly navy and cream with some confetti hues) and there’s a full lining. The tweed is pretty easy to pair with various other colors, but I especially like it against light blush, such as this shell. If you’re looking to reach the free shipping minimum, I can’t recommend these low block heel sandals enough! Mine are from years back and get so much wear.
For the first half of this pregnancy, the BellaBand worked like a charm for extending the life of my regular low-rise jeans and pants (with the exception of leggings – I love this affordable cotton pair for lounging + this thick, durable pair for working out / travel). But now that even widely-unzipped pants are starting to dig into my belly, it feels oh-so-good to slip into my first pair of maternity jeans and start living that zipper-free life!
I’ve been recommending LOFT skinny jeans for years, and am happy to report that their petite maternity jeans are just as good! Pre-pregnancy, I tried on the non-maternity version of these skinny jeans in “dark indigo” sz 24/00p and can attest they’re very similar minus the over-the-belly stretch panel. For fit reference, I went one size up here (to 0P) from my pre-pregnancy size at LOFT. I tried on 00p in their maternity pants but they would barely fit over my expanding hips, plus the belly panel felt snug. After sizing up, the legs are a little loose on me but more comfy overall, and I don’t mind some room to grow into over the coming months!
PS – A lot of LOFT items are on sale right now, including a pretty good petite maternity section! Expecting mamas should check out: maternity navy ankle pants, maternity black trousers (very flattering), and maternity legging jeans with a cropped 25.5″ inseam (the ones I’m wearing have a 27″ inseam). If you prefer side stretch panels instead of over the bump, I’ve heard lots of great things about J.Brand Mama jeans, which are 30% off here! I also made a few orders from other maternity lines, and will share thoughts after they arrive.
I’m filing this outfit under workwear, since you can easily swap in slim ankle trousers and make this business and meeting-appropriate. As office substitutes for skinny jeans, my favorite non-maternity navy pants are BR Sloans for stretchy all-day comfort (see them on me), or J.Crew Camerons which are more tailored with no waist gap (see them on me). I never machine dry the Camerons, but a reader let me know that hers have held up very well through machine washing + drying!