It’s only been about a week since we took this pictures but I already notice such a difference in my bump! I’m now 21 weeks pregnant and realizing it’s time to reevaluate a lot of my summer wardrobe to see what will fit my growing bump! Anything with a defined waist (read: nearly all of my favorite dresses) is officially out and I’m searching for new silhouettes that will get me through the next few months. I think drop waists and flowy maxi dresses are going to be my best friends this summer so I was happy to find this eyelet drop waist dress from Banana Republic! They actually have a lot of cute pieces that will work during my pregnancy and beyond — I love this ruffle sleeve shift and this striped t-shirt dress. I sized up to a 2 here and love the fit. It would also be super cute for a bridal or baby shower!

I also love a short-sleeve sweater and this cable-knit style is super cute and soft. There’s also a sleeveless striped tank that I love but will have to wait until next summer… please buy it if you’re not pregnant so I can live vicariously!

P.S. My parents just set up a badminton net in their backyard and we’ve been having so much fun playing on weekends. True story: I got a B+ in badminton in high school and I wouldn’t say my skills have gotten any better in the twelve years since! 😬

banana republic eyelet drop-waist dress

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banana republic eyelet drop-waist dress and cotton-blend textured stripe sweater

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banana republic espadrille wedge

banana republic 2-1

banana republic eyelet drop-waist dress on design darling

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banana republic eyelet drop-waist dress in white

Banana Republic eyelet drop waist dress (also love this eyelet jumpsuit if you’re not pregnant!)

Banana Republic textured stripe sweater  //  Banana Republic espadrille wedges

Banana Republic striped cable-knit sweater (also love this striped sweater tank) all c/o

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  1. I’m at 22 weeks today and officially NOTHING fits anymore, ha!

    Target has good, inexpensive maternity jeans. I found those were the first thing I had to change, ha…

    I did find Loft, Vineyard Vines, and some J.Crew pieces that are loose enough to fit me for at least a few months and potentially some months post-pregnancy. A couple of them I can likely stretch with quality maternity camis. I’d love to chat about pregnancy more if you’d like, it’s fun to “know” someone who’s about as far along as I am!