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March 10, 2011

34 weeks - trick on wearing non-maternity clothes

Hi all! Remember I mentioned that Andy and I went thrifting in Shimokitazawa last Saturday? This is the skirt I scored for $6. Satomi's post about color evaluation (her blog is in Japanese) got me thinking about the color I use to create my wardrobe. According to her, she went to a therapist where she was told what color best  best suits an individual depending on their facial features, skin tones, hair color etc. I do not have money to blow on the therapy session, but I revisited my closet to find out that my wardrobe consists of...mostly black, gray, purple and blue. I do not have anything orange, or yellow. Orange and yellow are not my favorite colors, but I felt like a such a boring person wearing purple all the time. As for yellow, I'm consciously avoiding to wear yellow, since I feel like it matches with my skin tone too much. But perhaps I can go for different shades of yellow, such as lemon or mustard? Anyway, so when I found this bright orange skirt with yellow and teal tulip print on it for $6, I had to jump on it!

A problem I soon discovered was the waist size. It measures out as 66cm. There is no way that I fit in this skirt comfortably being 34 weeks pregnant! Although, on a side note a 66cm waist is the measurement I want to get back to after the delivery.

After some more deliberation I decided to wear it as a dress. My trick is to make a loop with an elastic band, and attach it to the skirt using safety pin. I threw on a cardigan to hide the opening part in the back. I felt like I'm wearing a moo moo with just that, so I added a belt under bust. Now I have a baby doll style dress:)

And, last but not least for today's post.  My darling friend Kaitlyn sent me the precious clothes! I can't wait to dress up my babe with these clothes!


Emily said...

Great idea! Love these colors on you. :)

Kayla said...

Those colors look beautiful on you! I almost always tend to wear darker neutrals too (perhaps that stems from always wearing navy blue/black for my work uniforms and from growing up in the fire service) but I do aspire to not wear so many dark colors. Great idea wearing the skirt as a dress and belting it, it is so cute!

Anonymous said...

hhahaa! that is so cool and funny :) i would not have know from the first 2 photos!!

ive done this once -- one day i was so bloated that the tight jeans was uncomfortable to sit in. so i zipped down and rubber banded the opening together! teehee, shhhhh!

Chie - Vivat Veritas said...


thank you!


its funny that many people has patterns of what they like to wear! i don't own neutrals much, but thats something i want to try more often in the future!


haha as long as no one sees! lol

Loren said...

You look gorgeous. Orange definitely suits you. Great idea on the safety pin.
I've been trying to expand my color palette a little bit too. In college I was all over the place. I tried to narrow it down to colors that look good on me but I over shot and now my wardrobe is just full of gray, brown, purple and teal.

emmalemma said...

That color looks really good on you. It looks like it would be cheerful and energizing to wear!

Another alternative for turning a skirt into a dress is this:

I saw it on Burda a while back but haven't tried it yet. It looks really easy though!

Janelle B. Shin said...

Hi Chie! Your solution for wearing this skirt is brilliant! Wearing long skirts as tube dresses is such a nifty way of remixing a wardrobe :)

I gravitate towards the same colors, too: black, gray, white, navy, burgundy. It's my goal this year to expand my color palette.

Take care of yourself! -janelle

nette said...

it has nothing to do with this post, but i am following the news about that enormous earthquake and tsunami in japan and was wondering if everything is alright. please take good care of yourself and your family.

Anna Neah said...

Hello and thank you for a great blog. I just found my way in here and at what a tragic time for Japan!? I hope this finds you and your family in good health. I will visit here again.

Ri said...

Fantastic idea! And not just if you're preggers... ;) *ate too much this winter...puuuuhh*
Certainly adds a lot more dimension to a wardrobe if you can wear one piece in several different ways. Thanks for sharing.

Hope you and your family are okay.

breastfeeding clothes said...

Such a really good discussion you all have happening .These are clothes which are mostly liked by the youth and have that carefree attitude about them. These sorts of clothes are not only liked by youngsters but also by elderly a growing bump you obviously need a dress that provide comfort and go well with your bump. A maternity jean is a necessity nowadays for those precious nine months when a woman carries her child in her womb. Seraphim maternity jeans have brought to you an extra bundle of joy. Thanks for sharing with us.

LGreenWriter said...

What a great idea and outfit - you look fabulous in those colors. Hope all is well with you & your family/community.

Jacinta said...

That is such a great idea! Maternity clothes are a waste of money and your closet space afterwards. Hope the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly. :)

Ashley said...

I linked here from another blog. I just wanted to say that this is a great idea. I love the colors!