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.
With just two months to go until I meet my little guy, all four of my HATCH Collection pieces are still going strong and helping stay both comfortable and chic as my belly grows and grows.
THE MEADOW DRESS / For breakfast in my backyard, I turned to the softest dress in my wardrobe. Pretty enough to wear out in public (I love putting it on to run errands around town), but cozy like pajamas. My kind of dress for sure! The gathered fabric in the back is still my favorite detail.
THE BATEAU TOP / I slipped on this top with some simple black leggings to whip up some eggs. I thought by now it would be too short, but it still fits well and covers my bump completely! I already know this will be such a wonderful top to wear post-baby, thanks to its structured cut that’s not fitted around the middle.
THE LILY DRESS/ With a few special events ahead of me, I tried on my Lily Dress with three key accessories: nude pumps, an animal print skinny belt and a gold link bracelet. Since I’m on the shorter side and the dress is a midi length, the pumps really help elongate my legs. Also, the belt creates definition around the bump and helps emphasize the beautiful draping.
THE MIA DRESS / Like The Bateau Top, I was convinced this would be too short by now—but it’s still a great length! The fact that it’s loose and on the shorter side makes it easy to wear in the summer heat, even though it’s black. When I have no idea what to wear, I just slip this on with a pair of flat sandals and am ready to take on the day.
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