Thoughts By Natalie

To Hatch, or Not to Hatch?

To Hatch, or Not to Hatch? //

Okay, girls, I need a little advice here—can you help me out? This summer I’m going to four weddings while pregnant. FOUR. One in April, one in May and two in July.

In an effort to minimize the amount of one-time-use maternity clothes I purchase (i.e. in an effort to not buy any one-time-use maternity items), I’m planning on buying one dress that I can wear to all four of them. My biggest concern, of course, is the very different sizes I’ll be between mid-April and late-July. And while I tend to favor more fitted clothes for bumps, I’m wondering if perhaps I should venture into the flowy category in an effort to keep it simple. Which, of course, brings me to one brand in particular: Hatch Collection.

Hatch maternity clothes are a breath of fresh air in a sea all of the terrible maternity options out there in the world. Their effortless styles are all designed to be flowy and flattering to all body types—during and after pregnancy. That being said, their chic clothes come with a hefty price tag, so I’m still not completely sure that I want to take the plunge. What do you think?

To Hatch, or Not to Hatch? //
1 // The Dinner Party Dress, $208
Only available in color shown above.

To Hatch, or Not to Hatch? //
2 // The Afternoon Dress, $208
In either black or navy.

To Hatch, or Not to Hatch? // thoughtsbynatalie.com3 // The Slouch Dress, $158 for jersey and $198 for blend (shown above)
Available in color above, and neutrals in multiple fabrics. All good options.

To Hatch, or Not to Hatch? // thoughtsbynatalie.com4 // The Lily Dress, $298
Love the color shown, but also comes in olive and black, which are timeless.

Two questions: 1) Which is your favorite? 2) Even if I wear my dress four times, is it even worth the money?

P.S. All of them come in petite, so if I decided to buy one, I’d go with that option to avoid being totally swallowed in fabric.

Images via Hatch Collection

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  • Joanna @ love always jo
    March 7, 2014 at 5:21 am

    I vote for number three. I like the color of that dress shown here, it has the most options, and it’s the cheapest. At $160, that’s $40/wear. You deserve to feel great and look great. Go for it, mama!

  • Laura
    March 7, 2014 at 5:43 am

    I’m not a huge fan of the flowy style, but of the above dresses I like 1 and 3 the best. Price wise I say go for it since you are getting quite a bit of use out of it!

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      March 7, 2014 at 8:30 am

      I hear you—I feel like I’m going back and forth about the choice because I, too, tend to avoid flowy dresses. This is going to be a tough choice!

    • Carissa @ Pretty/Hungry
      March 17, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      I have to agree, I’m not digging the flowy style. Although if anyone can pull it off, you’d be the one to find a way! (If I had to pick one, it’d be #3.)

    • Jessica
      March 29, 2014 at 10:46 am

      I agree! Number 3 is adorable and may even look cute after pregnancy too! I personally wouldn’t spend that much on a one time use dress but since you’re getting four wears out of it, if you love it go for it! spoil yourself ;)

  • Kristy
    March 7, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I don’t know if it’s worth the cash unless you REALLY love it, as there are some really great maternity options for less out there. Asos has some cute maternity dresses for a quarter of the money. I bought a few maternity outfits there when I was pregnant and they held up really well:
    BUT if you feel like treating yourself to one of these and absolutely love the style then why not!

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      March 7, 2014 at 8:29 am

      That’s good to know that the ASOS dresses worked out for you—I’ve looked around on the site but been worried they would feel too cheap. But with free shipping and free returns, I guess there’s no harm in ordered a few to try out, right? Good tip!

  • Kelsey
    March 7, 2014 at 7:09 am

    I totally love dress #3. I don’t think that it looks like a maternity dress at all, more of like a fancy poolside dress. Looking at your blog (religiously) I’m sure you are going to be all belly and being as small as you are its probably not going to be a very big belly at that, so for sure after you’re done being pregnant you could wear this dress again (to justify the money spent). Also definitely get it in a petite!

  • Elizabeth
    March 7, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Super cute dresses/maternity brand, I’d say it’s worth the investment. I like the first and the third the most. Happy shopping! xx

  • Kori
    March 7, 2014 at 8:48 am

    I haven’t used one (yet!), but there are places you can’t rent maternity dresses if you don’t want to buy. Modgblog has a review of Mine for Nine

    • Kori
      March 7, 2014 at 8:49 am

      * can rent

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      March 7, 2014 at 9:12 am

      I’ve never heard of that—checking it out right now! Thank you!!

  • Brooke @ BrilliantByBrooke
    March 7, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Oh my goodness :s #3 is my AUTOMATIC VETO!!! lol the body of the dress is already so flouffy and flowy and no shape to it, I don’t like how the sleeves and shoulders are all flouffy too because the little girl literally gets lost in it! I like that theres at least a little gathering and fem to the #4, but if I had to choose, I think I’d choose 2 because the short length takes away some of the “I swallowed a girl” feel that the other dresses have… lol :)

  • Brooke @ BrilliantByBrooke
    March 7, 2014 at 8:49 am

    And I’m thinking you could belt and/or have taken in along the seam dress #2 so you could wear it post-prego!?

  • Rebecca
    March 7, 2014 at 9:55 am

    I love #4. It’s beautiful and simple, but feminine, seems perfect for a wedding (or 4). That being said a lot of fitted dresses you can find or probably already own, have enough stretch in them to suit your belly at even 7 and 8 months pregnant (in my experience). That being said, you will stretch out the fabric, and most likely couldn’t wear them again as non-maternity outfits, but $ for $ it might be a better deal, and you get your fitted look. :) How fun to dress a belly, love it, have fun!

  • kati
    March 7, 2014 at 11:31 am

    i totally see why people are voting for #3 – it’s super cute for every day. BUT, it’s totally not a wedding guest dress, in my opinion. looks a bit too casual. i’d love #4 because if you get that neutral color you can jazz it up with different jewels for each occasion. that being said, i would love to see you get a fitted dress that is super stretchy and could expand to fit your various sizes, rather than something flowy. you will be adorable and all belly—show it off! :)

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      March 7, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      Good thought on getting something super stretchy. I guess I was thinking flowy so it could fit at all sizes, but with a ton of stretch I could achieve the same thing!

  • Joanna
    March 7, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I actually really REALLY like #1, The Dinner Party Dress.
    I think it’d be super flattering, no matter what size your belly is at the time.
    It is flowy, probably more then you’re used to but maybe you should give it a whirl.
    I also think it would be super comfortable and that’s one thing I definitely look for when picking out a dress to wear to weddings. If it’s extremely hot that day, it might be nicer than wearing something that’s fitting and makes you sweat buckets. Been there, done that!
    It might even be fashionable to wear post-pregnancy.
    The price is somewhat steep but for a dress you’d wear to four weddings? I believe that’s much cheaper than four different dresses.

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      March 7, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      Yes, agreed about the hot day factor. Two of the weddings are in TX, so it’s definitely going to be hot. My number one concern is finding something that will not show all of the sweat I inevitable will have pouring out of my body, haha.

      • Kate
        March 7, 2014 at 7:36 pm

        I like #1! The shorter ones might get too short when your belly gets bigger (but then again, the models are probably 7 feet tall, and you’re a tiny bit shorter than that!), and I’m sorry but #4 looks like something to wear to a toga party lol. You will be stunning in whatever you decide to wear. Considering you’re only planning to buy one dress for four events, I say splurge. You may be saving money here, right? If you had four weddings to attend non-prego, you might talk yourself into four new dresses! OK, maybe not, but I think that one dress for four weddings is economical and could be cute for watch-my-belly-grow comparative photos!

  • Tamara
    March 7, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    I appreciate this perspective on shopping & maternity must-have brands:

    Currently being at 26 weeks, I can tell you that, at this point, I prefer showing my bump versus wearing flowy dresses/shirts. Ebay has been a maternity source for me, after doing some research on brands that others have appreciated. Because people get rid of things after a short season of pregnancy, you can find gently used items cheaply. Showing off your baby belly is a fun stage – enjoy it!

  • Jen
    March 7, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    I like #1 or #3. The per-wear amount is not too bad – 40 to 50 a wear. Not bad for a special occasion dress! I think 1 has a great pop of color and will showcase the arms/neck/face very well and 3 will show off the legs! Can’t go wrong with either one. I have heard great things about Hatch. It is pricey true, but if you wear it several times it is completely worth it.

  • Jamie
    March 8, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    I remember being in your same shoes…pregnant and needing a dress for multiple weddings/events during different trimesters. I ended up getting a dress from Forever 21 (which I rarely shop at) that ended working out perfectly for my growing bump. With that said, it is ideal to have one nice maternity dress you can get a lot of wear out of so I say it’s worth the price with how much you’ll wear it. I like #1, it’s simple yet classy with a touch of elegance for a wedding and you can always accessorize it differently for each wedding! #3 seems a bit too casual for me.

  • Sarah
    March 9, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Just found your blog, and am really digging it! I vote 1 & 3. I prefer the cut of the first one, but if you’re going to be reallllly pregnant by the time that last wedding rolls around, you might not appreciate the attention you’ll get in that bright color (or maybe you’ll still feel great and be okay with it, hard to know).

  • Kate
    March 20, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    I vote 1 or 2 (though 1 is my fave). I think you have the knack to style both of those really well and in different ways for each wedding. The last two don’t say “wedding” to me, but I’m sure you’d be beautiful any of them!

  • Kelsey Ross
    March 24, 2014 at 10:06 am

    First of all, congratulations! I bought (splurged really) on a few hatch pieces with my first pregnancy. I’ve never looked back. They are the BEST and I’ve worn each and every piece post baby- still chic and so pretty. Go for it!