The Carly (XS). I was roughly 22 weeks along in this photo.
The Irma tunic (XS) with leggings (OS). I was roughly 22 weeks along in this photo.
The Gigi top (L). I was roughly 23 weeks along in this photo.
The Cassie skirt (L) with a Lynnae top (M). I was roughly 25 weeks along in this photo.
The Julia dress (M). I was roughly 22 weeks along in this photo.
Sarah cardigan (S) with a Lynnae (M) and jeans. I was roughly 25 weeks along when I took this photo.
This post isn’t exactly hard-hitting journalism, but it does address something that I’m preoccupied with on a daily basis: what to wear. And if you’re like me—at home with a toddler who likes to get into everything and has an occasional diaper incident—you’re sometimes figuring out what to wear a couple different times a day.
When you’re pregnant, decisions about what to throw on sometimes feel a bit more complicated.In the early days you might wonder, what will make my bump look bigger? Once you start over-indulging with Milky Ways and Goldfish, you might wonder, what will make my bump look smaller? And there are other considerations, too. What will draw attention away from the super cute break-out erupting on my forehead? What outfit will make me stop glaring at my husband because he took too long eating the pint of ice cream and I desperately want it back? **I’m not making pregnancy generalizations here; these are all pregnancy matters/hangry episodes that I’ve dealt with.
Just like when I’m not pregnant, when I am, I feel most confident when I have on an outfit that expresses my personality, has a flattering fit, and still manages to be comfortable. The Trifecta. Target and Old Navy offer lots of pretty maternity pieces, but my favorite maternity wear is LuLaRoe, and I’m not saying that because I’m a LuLaRoe retailer (although my easy access to the pieces has certainly helped me learn how amazing these pieces work for maternity fashion!). Here’s why:
LuLaRoe offers solids in any color of the rainbow, but our prints are amazing. If you want to garb your bump in polka dots or stripes or florals or monkeys wearing bow ties, check out LuLaRoe.
LuLaRoe comes in sizes XXS-3XL. I love knowing that my friends and family of all sizes can find something beautiful in my shop. And not only that—it’s great to know that if one size isn’t working for me, I can easily grab another.
LuLaRoe is reasonably priced. Prices in my shop range from $25 to $70 (plus tax and shipping), and the pieces are made of high-quality materials with a highly flattering fit. When I pick out a LuLaRoe piece, I pick it out because I see that it’s special. Because in many cases, I haven’t seen anything else like it.
And our clothes are so comfortable, which is extremely important to me. Before I became a LuLaRoe retailer, it felt easiest to wear what I lovingly called Cookie pants (once-black-turned gray “active wear” that I only wore as leisure wear). But then I discovered that it was more comfortable to wear LuLaRoe. Not only that, knowing that I looked stylish—and still felt comfortable—was a huge boost to my confidence and has changed my life as a stay-at-home mom. And, hello, did someone say leggings? You can buy leggings at many clothing stores—but they’re nothing like LuLaRoe’s.
When you buy LuLaRoe, you’re supporting a small businesswoman/businessman.
And finally, and most important in my mind, most of the LuLaRoe pieces that I bought before becoming pregnant still fit me now, at 25 weeks pregnant. That doesn’t mean that the pieces were super baggy or unflattering before I became pregnant, either. To my mind, these clothes are like Hermione’s magic bag in Harry Potter; so far, most of my pre-pregnancy LuLaRoe clothes have magically accommodated my growing bump—and I still feel stylish and comfortable in them. This not only means that I’m more impressed with the clothes that I already purchased; it also means that if I want to do a little retail therapy or shop for a special occasion at 25 weeks pregnant, I can turn to LuLaRoe and know that depending on what I purchase, I might be able to carry it into my postpartum wardrobe, too.
Please know that I’m not guaranteeing that you’ll love how LuLaRoe works as maternity fashion, but it’s definitely worked for me. Without further adieu, here are my favorite LuLaRoe styles to wear during pregnancy.
**I typically wear a size 6 or a Medium when I shop at stores like Target, Old Navy, etc., fyi.
The Carly: I’ve made it abundantly clear to anyone who will listen that I’m in love with the Carly. I love the high-low hemline of this swing dress; it’s a special touch that I think makes it easy to dress it up if you’d like. I’m still wearing the XS size that I wore before pregnancy. The bust has become tighter, but it’s still comfortable, and I still have plenty of room for my bump. This is a dress that seems to minimize the size of my bump—just going by what random people have said when I tell them my due date.
The Leggings: I’m wearing the One Size leggings that I wore before my pregnancy. They’re snugger than they were in my pre-pregnancy days, but they’re fitting nicely below my bump and I still feel cute in them.
The Irma: This top is perfect at any point in your life’s journey. It’s meant to be an oversized tunic, so you can easily wear the size closest to your true size, or size up and knot it, belt it, etc. for a different fit. I’m still wearing XXS and XS in the Irma, and in the latter in particular, I have plenty of room for this growing bump of mine. When in doubt, look to the LuLaRoe Carly or Irma as garments that might be perfect for you during pregnancy and after—they have been for me.
The Gigi: The Gigi is one of LuLaRoe’s newest pieces, and it’s a fantastic fitted top that pairs beautifully with any of the bottoms I sell in my shop, or your favorite pair of jeans. So far, I’ve worn a size Large. I’m pretty sure that it will only fit me for another month of my pregnancy, but I made the choice to get a Large because I fell in love with the print. Luckily for me, if I want another Gigi, I can check out sizes XL-3XL, and I’ll know that any of those sizes will look fetching as an up-sized T after pregnancy.
The Cassie: This pencil skirt has adorably stretched to cover my bump. I’m still wearing a size Medium, although a Large is beginning to feel and look flattering as well. The Cassie has a yoga waistband so you can adjust the fit as needed. One other bonus: it’s ridiculously comfortable.
The Julia: Being pregnant has made me appreciate the Julia t-shirt dress in a whole new way. Like the Cassie, the Julia is meant to be a snugger fit, so before pregnancy, I upsized in both. Medium Julias still fit me, although I’m anticipating that at some point in the future I might want to move up to a Large. Now that I’m pregnant, the Julia looks like a traditional fitted maternity dress on me—minus the ruching effect that I typically see on traditional maternity styles and that screams maternity wear only. If you want a fitted maternity piece that you can hopefully take into your postpartum days, look to the Julia!
The Sarah: I’m a big fan of layers, especially since I wed a man who is wonderful and amazing but prefers to have the air conditioning on at levels that I do not. The Sarah cardigan not only pulls an outfit together but I think that it’ll be an amazing piece to throw over a nursing cami or tank in the postpartum period. Right now, I’m loving throwing it on over my favorite Carlys, or over a LuLaRoe Lynnae, Randy, or Classic T top and jeans. I'm still wearing a size Small.
I carry twelve total styles in my shop. The truth is that I wouldn’t hesitate to wear any of them at any stage of my life, but the ones listed above have been my tried and true maternity faves. Which style is your fave?
If you love LuLaRoe and/or you're searching for something beautiful to wear, head over to my shop or check out my business page. I'd love to see you!
Jon Snow. So honorable. Please stay on the show forever.
I. can't. even.
This article about Jane Austen and Jane Austen Reads. I love some “facts and figures,” and this article is bursting with fascinating details about Austen, her characters, and her books. When’s the last time you read an Austen book? I started reading Northanger Abbey recently and didn’t finish it (I just wasn’t in the mood for that particular book at that particular time), but I’m thinking about trying Persuasion soon.
Game of Thrones. Wow. This season has been a veritable feast of omg moments, and I’ve been gorging myself on them like I’m me at…well, anywhere lately. This pregnant woman is hungry. I won’t go into details for fear that I’ll ruin your life with a spoiler, but storylines are coming together in thrilling ways. I’m excited and nervous to see where things go.
These articles on postpartum anxiety. As I've written on the blog before, once I had a baby, some of my previous anxieties morphed into other anxieties, and they were all concerned with my child’s safety and well-being. One of my best friends, Mary Catherine Starr, writes compellingly and honestly about the joys of being a mother, but also the incessant worries that fill our heads—from the biggest to the more mundane. And my amazingly supportive husband, Daniel, sent me a link to this article the other day. Women who are experiencing postpartum anxiety, it’s so important to reach out to a support network—in my case, it’s been my husband, a therapist, a psychiatrist, and my friends and family. Let other people be there for you. Being self-aware and open with others has given me great peace.
This video comparing Donald Trump Jr. to one of tv’s worst (and best) characters. Oh my. It’s so crazy to think that some of the most absurd characters on television are laughably (and terrifyingly) comparable to many of the people currently running our government. My question would be: who’s Buster?
Other things I’m loving: my LuLaRoe shop and shopping group; knowing that we’re having another boy this year (!), and watching my amazing sister play with my son last weekend.
Our hallway after the UPS man delivered 12 boxes of LuLaRoe inventory. Needless to say, I'm still frantically photographing the clothes.
Opening my first box. For a sneak peek of some of my fave items, check out my Facebook group later today.
One thing that I really love about this stage of my life professionally is that in some ways, it feels pretty open. That might seem strange to say—given that I’m a stay-at-home mom and my schedule revolves around our son—but nonetheless I’ve made time during the days to pursue what I want to do, too. I do some reading and writing, and though I’ve slowed down on that part of my life, that’s just as much a decision I’m making as it was to read and write a lot. Lately, I started thinking more about another other interest of mine, clothes, and how I could bring that into the mix as well. This brings me to my big announcement: as of a week or so ago, I’m a LuLaRoe clothing retailer. (The last sentence is probably pretty anticlimactic given this post's title.)
Aside from grades kindergarten through eleventh, I’ve always been into clothes and the procuring of those clothes. While I’m of the opinion that you should feel strong, beautiful, and confident no matter what you’re wearing, wearing an outfit that feels special and that makes you feel special doesn’t hurt the old confidence department, either.
I discovered LuLaRoe in the manner that most discoveries are made today: Facebook. Specifically, an online pop-up. To my delight and my husband’s dismay, I quickly became enamored with the clothes. In fact, that’s my primary reason for selling these wares. I love that the styles themselves are predictable (I’m currently carrying ten in my shop), but the colors and patterns that they come in are not. You can be as classic, whimsical, or bold as you want. And the simple truth is that I feel put-together when I wear these clothes, and they are also as comfortable as wearing my leisure-wear-that-most-people-would-call-active-wear.
Besides that, I wanted the opportunity to contribute financially to my family. Make no mistake, my husband and I both think that the contributions of a stay-at-home parent are extremely valuable (financially and otherwise). But I wanted this opportunity for my family and for myself. Over the last year, I’ve really recognized that it’s exciting and fun and joyous to explore what makes me feel happy and fulfilled—whether it’s writing for pleasure or selling clothes that I love.
On Wednesday, July 5th at 8:00 EST, I’ll be hosting my LuLaRoe Jess Christensen Shopping Group launch in my Facebook group. You are cordially invited. The other exciting news is that I’ll be hosting a few giveaways this week, leading up to and during the launch. SPOILER ALERT: The first giveaway starts RIGHT NOW and ends at noon EST on Wednesday, July 5th. To find it, join my Facebook group and locate the post that begins with GIVEAWAY #1. While you’re there, feel free to take a looksie at the styles that I carry (under "Size Charts" in Albums) and read my "Description." You can also follow me on Instagram.
This is a change that I’m really excited and also a little nervous about, but even the nerves are exciting.
Thanks for reading. If you’re a regular reader, know that this blog will still chiefly stay the same—what I’m reading and watching, etc. In fact, I’ll be back on Wednesday with a post about a read that I just devoured.