The Bump Project is our style diary to map a mama’s journey through the HATCH wardrobe as her body — and her style needs — change shape. We tapped Glitter Guide fashion editor Natalie Borton to test drive select HATCH silhouettes in advance of her due date in September. With an industry-honed eye, Natalie dishes on the facts and favorite pieces from her HATCH experience.
It’s so fun to watch how these pieces are evolving with my shape. The pleats, which were more of a style detail to me before, are now becoming such flattering accents to my curvy pregnancy figure. This month, I’ve added one more piece to the lineup that wasn’t included in my last post: The Meadow Dress. Let me just say, I wear it all the time and find it to be the most comfortable dress I own. Here’s how I styled each piece this month…
THE MEADOW DRESS / Ideal for morning lounging, I adore everything about this dress. It feels soft in the way a beloved old t-shirt does, and the draping is just so beautiful. I didn’t really style this outfit at all, because it felt so right on its own. My favorite detail is probably the back—and the way all of the fabric gathers at the top. I will certainly appreciate this dress more and more as I grow!
THE BATEAU TOP / Perfect for gardening or watering the plants outside, this top pairs with black linen shorts, brown sandals and my favorite baseball cap for a comfy, casual outfit. I love how The Bateau Top can be easily dressed up or down, and its stripes are super figure-flattering, contrary to popular belief! As I grow, the top is naturally getting a bit shorter, which is why I love it with shorts right now—perfect length. The split in the bottom seam is also really lovely for allowing growth. And as with most of the HATCH pieces, it’s nice that it’s a bit longer in the back for coverage.
THE LILY DRESS / Since the back detail on this dress is so stunning, I opted to pull my hair up in a bun and accessorize with my favorite summer fedora. Though I wore a belt with it last month, I decided to let the dress flow freely this time and I especially love the way it looks and feels as I walk.
THE MIA DRESS / For a comfortable morning blogging session, I slipped into my Mia with a soft, bright scarf for contrast. I’ve found scarves to be the easiest accessory for pregnancy, and they always add a little something when working with a simple base color, like the black of this dress. I also put on my favorite olive green watch, because it really goes with everything, and my new brown flat sandals. Now that my belly is larger, I’m wearing this dress with flats rather than ankle boots so it doesn’t look too short. I love the way it shows off my legs!
Natalie Lynn Borton is a Glitter Guide editor and the blogger behind Thoughts By Natalie. She lives in San Diego with her charming and super-smart husband Brian and their scruffy adopted pup Maggie. She’s currently expecting her first child—baby Jack—who she can’t wait to meet in September.
Photos by Joyful Steps Photography