The Perfect Summer Shirt

Nordstrom Sale aside, I haven’t had the easiest time shopping for summer clothes lately. Things have started to get tight and I only want to wear the same 5 things that fit comfortably. I’m either in these jeans, which I’ll get more into later on in this post, a pair of the softest boyfriend jeans, or a dress. I’m not even big, but when you’re pregnant, apparently you gain weight in places you don’t even know exist – that make all your clothes feel uncomfortable. I’m slowly learning how to dress this new body, but it’s taking some trial and error.

The Light Oxford Collarless Short-Sleeve Square Shirt

Everlane shirt xs c/o, Rag & Bone jeans 24 (DIY raw hem, also here), Everlane pointed flats 5 c/o, Cult Gaia small ark bag, Janessa Leone hat small, Tory Burch watch, Ray-Ban original aviators 58mm

Everlane light oxford collarless shirt
Rag & Bone cropped flare jeans

Everlane light oxford collarless shirt in blue stripe

Cult gaia small ark bag
everlane pointed slide

S H O P  T H E  P O S T :

Dresses aren’t the easiest to find when you’re petite and pregnant, so I’m trying to find tops that will continue to look flattering while I get bigger. This one from Everlane is actually the exact shape I’ve been loving. A little boxy and shapeless, aka Mike’s worst nightmare, lol. I love that the style is supposed to be worn loose. I can definitely hide my nearly double D boobs and growing belly, but it also doesn’t look like I’m trying to do so. While boxy and short isn’t usually the description for the perfect shirt, it totally works for this one. Trust me, when I saw this top out of the box, I wasn’t sure, but once I put it on, I fell in love. The classic navy and white stripes doesn’t hurt, either.

I also want to briefly talk about my favorite jeans of all time, the Rag & Bone cropped flare jeans. These cropped flare jeans have proven to be amazing. They fit comfortably when I wasn’t pregnant, but they’ve also worked up until now. I don’t know how they do it, lol. They’re so darn comfortable, the wash is perfect, and the flare is the perfect size. Keep in mind, the flare was super wide originally, but after cutting them to fit me, I was left with the perfect cropped flare. I’m obsessed to say the least… we’ll see how long I try to squeeze into them.

If you happen to love this Everlane shirt as much as I do, it does come in white, navy, and long sleeved white and white and navy stripe. For the price, $55 and $65, these shirts are a steal!

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  • Hi Crystalin! I was trying for a long time not to buy too many “maternity” clothes but have found that it’s a bit impossible once your bump grows bigger and your clothes get tighter and shorter! My favorite thus far has been TOPSHOP maternity and that’s where I’ll splurge. Even though they are not “petite” sizes, I have bought in my usual size (normally a 4) and haven’t had to shorten or alter anything (so far) because the baby bump helps to lift hemlines on its own (kinda nifty). I also tried ASOS maternity but have found their sizing to be inconsistent (usually too big) and my belly wasn’t able to fill out the shape of the dress. For non-maternity labels, I have been getting less expensive midi-length body-con (ie. stretchy) or swing dresses from COTTON:ON, Express, Target, ASOS, etc. wherever just so I don’t feel too guilty. Also check out Lou & Grey for their Signaturesoft collection – so unbelievably comfortable (feels like pajamas) and stretchy. I also tried maternity denim from LOFT (only 1 out of 3 worked out) and have an order with GAP maternity right now… we shall see! I wish you luck! It’s definitely been interesting trying to dress a petite and pregnant body!

    Tip: once your pants aren’t able to be buttoned anymore, you can always try the rubber band/hair tie trick by looping it through the hole and securing it on the rivet :)

  • I was stalking this shirt online before it came out and bought it immediately when it did! I love the look of Madewell’s central and courier shirts, but they’re always huge on me. I’m not sure if this one was actually smaller, but this one worked so well.

    I love that you’re making this one work for the pregnancy! Purchase definitely feels further validated. (Current me preparing for possibly future me? Maybe, maybe not.)

    Congratulations again on the pregnancy!