A few months ago, I shared all about our planning process for our Baby Moon in Charleston, South Carolina. I also shared a bit about what I was packing. And while I covered some of our adventures over on Instagram (check out my highlights for a recap), I wanted to go into a little more detail for you here, too. I’m working on a full itinerary but first here’s a peek at what I wore during the trip — my Charleston Style Diary, if you will.
A few things to keep in mind about these outfits:
First, I was 26 weeks pregnant during this trip.
As you’ll see, the baby bump was noticeable, but not outrageous. I was more at the stage of wanting to accentuate it so people knew I was pregnant! However, each outfit is made up of items I would pack and want to wear in Charleston normally, too (with the exception of swapping in normal white jeans for my maternity ones).
Second, we traveled to Charleston in late April.
This struck me as the perfect time to be in South Carolina. We had warm-ish days (low 70’s) and cooler evenings. It wasn’t quite beachy weather, and we got our share of cool breezes. But it was warm enough to enjoy ourselves without lots of layering and only got one stormy evening. Plus, we avoided the deep South heat & humidity by traveling before summer set in.
Outfits #1 and #2: Travel & Sightseeing
Can we pause for a minute and talk about this wallpaper? I’m going to share more about our bed & breakfast in the next post, but this wallpaper alone made me fall in love. And yes, I forced T-man to photograph each day’s outfit in front of it. #bloggerproblems
I selected the pieces for both of these outfits specifically for sightseeing. For me, that usually means something that’s versatile. Whenever we travel to a new city, we like to have time to just wander, learn the lay of the land and explore spontaneously. It’s important to me that I’m equally appropriate whether we end up walking for miles, popping into a museum or opting for an extended happy hour.
For shoes, my go-to for travel are always these Soludos (which I pounded the pavement in Italy wearing) and my Converse sneakers.
A jean jacket is also a must-have for travel. I’ve had mine from JCrew for years so it’s super soft and broken in. It’s such a versatile layering piece, I bring it on almost every trip, especially to warmer weather locations like Charleston.
Outfit #3: Date Night
I didn’t get great photos of the outfit I wore on our fanciest “night out.” We splurged on ourselves at McCrady’s, where they only offer timed seatings for the chef’s tasting menu. I wanted to wear something a little special, so I changed from Outfit #1 (above) to this look.
I can’t say enough good things about this top! It’s such an easy date-night look and the flowy style works great for pregnancy. The white version is out of stock, but this striped version is way on sale and available in several sizes.
Outfit #4: All Day Adventuring
I think I was most excited about this maxi dress, which is old and from J.Crew Factory (another similar option here). For some reason, the bright white stripes combined with the boater hat just screamed Charleston to me! In fact, I think this might’ve been my favorite outfit throughout my entire pregnancy.
In the past, I shied away from maxi dresses because I was uncomfortable with the length. I’m 5’9” so it’s hit or miss whether a maxi dress will hit in a good spot and can easily be coordinated with shoes. This one lucked out and provided just enough give in the cotton fabric to work with the bump.
As I mentioned, the weather was warm but we still had some chilly breezes. A long-sleeve maxi dress was lightweight and comfortable enough for our explorations, but provided enough coverage and warmth to last throughout the changing weather conditions.
Outfit #5: Whatever the Day Brings
On our final day, I was a repeat offender and re-wore my white distressed jeans. This was in part out of necessity — I only had so many maternity pants options — and partially a packing strategy. This outfit took us from bike riding to brunch, to a walk on the beach and then to the airport to fly home.
A Note on Travel Accessories
When traveling, one of the things I never skimp on is accessories. They take up such a minimal amount of space in your suitcase and can really transform outfits. I use earrings, bags, and in this case — a hat — to restyle some of the same pants, tops or jackets. Plus, I tend to think vacation is a great excuse to pull out all of your statement pieces that you might not wear on the regular.