Maternity Leggings - a comparison

photo credit: https://www.blanqi.com/products/maternity-high-performance-belly-lift-support-leggings?variant=536656737

photo credit: https://www.blanqi.com/products/maternity-high-performance-belly-lift-support-leggings?variant=536656737

A fairly boring topic, I admit, but also a very important one for me.

I wear leggings quite often. Not generally in public, but all evenings spent at home, most weekends outside of summer, and while I'm sleeping, I've got leggings on. That's a lot of time spent in stretchy black pants, and that routine suits me very well.

So now, at 6 months pregnant, I've experimented with a couple versions of maternity legging. One I would call higher-end, the other middle-of-the-road to low, and the last the low-low end.

First are the pair pictured above by Blanqi. These are quite nice, but for me almost too much. There's a lot of thick fabric here, and the material is listed as 'breathable' but I'm not entirely convinced. I've gotten a bit sweaty in these a couple times and I wasn't necessarily feeling that moisture-wicking they mention on the site, and they're much too warm for me to sleep in.

I will say, in the plus column, I do like the coverage they offer if I do go out in public in them. I like having one pair of these to run to the grocery store or travel in.

My last issue with the Blanqi leggings is the 'support' factor. I don't know if I'm just not big enough yet to appreciate that these are more supportive... but so far I'm really not getting any support from these at all. I will do a short post again in the future if I find otherwise.

Next on the price scale, are the Gap full panel maternity leggings (here). These are my favorite of the three. Comfy, stretchy, long, breathable and probably a skosh see-through. That's my only complaint, otherwise these are working really well for me.

Lastly are Old Navy's version (here). I just don't really like them. They're thin, they're not very long (I'm 5' 5" and they barely come up bast my navel), they're not as soft as the Gap version and they just don't really compare to either of the above. If you're on a budget and you just need some cheap leggings, these will serve their purpose, but I personally would just wait a few days for a sale at Gap and get those at 30 or 40 percent off.

I will say, however, that I only just noticed that Old Navy also offers a 'heavy knit' version of their leggings, so maybe those are worth a try. (Though try for a sale day, both Old Navy and Gap run 30% off sales quite often).

Best of luck if you're trying to figure out maternity clothes in general, I have found it to be a chore, but so far the Gap and Old Navy have served me well.

 

Vince Sweaters

Image via Net-A-Porter

Image via Net-A-Porter

I collect sweaters. 

I also wear the shit out of all of my sweaters.

So far this year, my elbows have popped through two turtlenecks and two cardigans, and we've still got a lot of sweater-wearing left in 2017.

These turtlenecks and cardis were not cheap either! Three were J. Crew cashmere that I've had for at least five years each and one is a Tory Burch number that I've worn religiously for at least three years.

The high cost of true love.

I will continue to wear sweaters and knits in various soft and fuzzy materials until they explode, and I will continue to purchase them with reckless abandon.

They're wearable blankets, I can't ask for much more.

But there is more to life than bulk purchasing J. Crew sweaters. Especially as their quality has come into question recently.

A few years ago, I bought my first Vince sweater. I saw Vince, and still do, as a slight upgrade from J. Crew. Not necessarily in the quality of the cashmere, I cannot speak to that specifically because I don't think I own any 100% cashmere sweaters from Vince. Rather I speak of the quality of their blends. Most of the items I own by Vince are a combination of wool, cashmere and yak. (Yak... different from sheep's wool.. I would have never known you had to be so specific). And I Love them. I've had each of them for two, three and four years and they are still going strong. They wear nicely and they are warm enough to wear as a jacket even when the weather dips into the 40s.. 

Vince sweaters are pricey, but I say that if you're into wearable blankets, and love a good heavy cardigan, you should definitely check Vince out. 

The above is at Net-A-Porter, but you can also get great deals on Vince at Amazon, Saks Off Fifth and Last Call by Neiman Marcus.

Vince Women's Open Front Cardigan, Stucco, M
$425.00
Vince Womens RTW child code

Everlane Tanks.

https://www.everlane.com/products/womens-luxe-drape-muscle-tank-heathergray?collection=womens-tees

https://www.everlane.com/products/womens-luxe-drape-muscle-tank-heathergray?collection=womens-tees

I prefer uniform dressing for work. I have a 9-5 job that sometimes takes me outdoors, but is mostly an indoor-business-casual type deal.

In Winter, I'm in black jeans and sweaters.

In Spring a mix of heavy and light sweaters because really... in Michigan.. Spring is just a slightly warmer, sloppier version of winter.

In Summer I'm in a mix-and-match rotation of (ideally) good-quality tanks and tees paired with colorful cardigans.

These tees by Everlane have been a recent favorite in the tank and tee rotation. (Though I will warn, the white is a bit see-through.)

If you, like me, are searching for comfortable, breathable crew neck tees for the remainder of the warmest months, check these out.

 

For reference, I purchased smalls and am a 36B, 5'5" and have a 28in waist.

 

Ridiculously Inexpensive Jeans

We'll get into much more interesting and informative subject matter soon. Until then, let's talk jeans. Specifically jeggings. On the cusp of cool fashion? Nope. Comfortable and wearable for almost any occasion? Yep. That's what I want a wardrobe to be about. I want to be able to wear the shit out of my clothes. I want to be comfortable and I want to feel comfortable in any situation. I wear these to work, out to dinner with friends, in the car on long drives, on flights... I guess I probably won't wear them to the wedding I'm going to in May...  I bought a 4 and a 6 in these and I'm happy with both. My waist is about a 28, but these stretch nicely for days when I'm bloated or know I will be drinking a couple beers and eating fried pickles. The 4's are nice because they hug a little closer to the butt if that's what I'm going for.  Grab them here.   By: Stephanie

We'll get into much more interesting and informative subject matter soon.

Until then, let's talk jeans. Specifically jeggings. On the cusp of cool fashion? Nope. Comfortable and wearable for almost any occasion? Yep.

That's what I want a wardrobe to be about. I want to be able to wear the shit out of my clothes. I want to be comfortable and I want to feel comfortable in any situation.

I wear these to work, out to dinner with friends, in the car on long drives, on flights... I guess I probably won't wear them to the wedding I'm going to in May... 

I bought a 4 and a 6 in these and I'm happy with both. My waist is about a 28, but these stretch nicely for days when I'm bloated or know I will be drinking a couple beers and eating fried pickles. The 4's are nice because they hug a little closer to the butt if that's what I'm going for. 

Grab them here.

 

By: Stephanie