Creating a stylish maternity wardrobe is challenging, but it can totally be done! You don't have to sacrifice your style or your money either. Personally, I didn't want to spend a fortune on things I could only wear a for a few months. I also did not want to have to deprive myself from shopping all my favorite non-maternity stores. I already had so many other things I had to deprive myself of (wine, caffeine, sushi, cookie dough) and I was not about to be forced to only shop at Pea in the Pod for 9 months (nothing against Pea in the Pod though). So, I decided to buy just a few maternity pieces. Everything else I bought was either a stretchy knit, elastic waist, or voluminous-style non-maternity. I wanted to share with you my essentials!! So here's what you should buy if you find yourself preggo!
A good pair of maternity Jeans (or 2). Jeans are essential to any wardrobe! By week 14, you can kiss your regular jeans good-bye. Eventually, even the old elastic tie around the button loop trick won't work anymore. I really love this maternity pair from Asos.com. The fabric is super soft and stretchy. I could sleep in these.
What to avoid. (These may be obvious, but just in case)
-High waist pants or pencil skirts
-Shoes with ankle straps: Don't draw attention to those cankles!
-Crop top. Really, any normal length top will eventually become a "crop" top, so watch out! Look for long tunic length tops!
-Generally, anything woven unless you get it from the maternity section.
-Banded hems/elastic hem tops: These hit you right across your widest part and are really unflattering.
Great stores that have good maternity sections:
Hope you found this helpful! Do you have any wardrobe pieces you just could not live without when you were pregnant? Share in comments below!
Well there's no question now. There's definitely a baby here! Wow-- I've gotten big! Thank goodness for my leggings! I'm wearing the heck out of them! Although I do miss getting to wear a good high waist pencil skirt with a tucked in blouse, I'm really enjoying the loose, flowing style I've been forced to create to accommodate my growing belly. I love injecting a little hippie into my wardrobe. It's good to branch out of your closet comfort zone every now and then. So, thank you baby for forcing me to do so! (PS: All clothing seen here is non-maternity so feel free to copy away)
Matt and I kicked off the new year with a little brunch date. La Petite Marche has incredible grit bowls with shrimp, bacon, eggs, and cheese. So yummy. I'm always inspired by the decor there too. It's like eating at Anthropologie.
Grey Tunic Top: Lotus Boutique
Fringe Kimono: Lotus Boutique
Black Leggings: H&M
Black Wedge boots: Zara
Purse: Phillip Lim for Target
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