Pregnancy is a strange time in that, in some ways, it feels like an eternity, but in others, time seems to fly by. All of the sudden things that fit fine just a couple weeks before don’t stand a chance of fitting on your body. From the beginning, I found it helpful to take stock of what I had – things that weren’t overly fitted or a size or two too big that I could move to the front of my closet and wear as I got bigger. It was equally helpful to quietly put away the tight dresses and skinny jeans so not to harbor any false hopes of wearing them in the near future.
I didn’t want to spend too much money on maternity clothes since I knew I’d only be wearing them for a short amount of time. I found that I was able to purchase just a few maternity essentials that allowed me to mix and match with other pieces in my wardrobe.
- Swing dresses – Mango and ASOS have great options and the major plus is that you can still wear these when you’re no longer pregnant.
- Black and white maternity tank tops for layering over
- Oversized cardigans – another item that you can still wear when you’re not preggers. I picked up one from Loft earlier this summer and basically wore it with everything.
- 1 pair of maternity jeans – while it’s nice to have different style options, I found that one pair was enough to get me through.
- 1 pair of maternity leggings – equally useful for activewear and otherwise, I often wore these with a shirtdress to work.
- 1 pair of maternity shorts – Mango also had some elastic-waisted pairs I was able to wear until the end of my pregnancy.
- 1 pair of maternity pants for work – Loft has a great selection.
- A belly band in nude or black – allows you to wear non-maternity pants unbuttoned as your belly grows.
This is also a great time to hit up the thrift store. I nabbed a few inexpensive oversized blouses and it’s a great place to find looser-fitting and longer blazers.
I hope this helps! Any tips or questions about maternity dressing? I’m happy to answer anything I didn’t cover!