Finding maternity clothes that I like and fit has been far more difficult that I anticipated. Because of that, I feel pretty lucky that I’ve been able to wear my pre-pregnancy clothes for most of my pregnancy. Even now I still have a few pairs of leggings and tunics that I can wear. Over the past seven months or so though I’ve found a few key pieces that I like and fit well.
When building a maternity wardrobe, I kept a few things in mind. I didn’t want anything too trendy. If I’m lucky enough to get pregnant again, I want the items I’m buying now to work in the future. Aside from jeans, I didn’t buy expensive pieces. I know I’ll only be wearing these items for a short period of time, so it doesn’t make sense to invest a lot of money into my maternity wardrobe. Lastly, I’m starting to think about tops that will transition into postpartum and are nursing friendly.
I’ve mentioned this a few times, but my maternity jeans are surprisingly comfortable. Normally I hate wearing jeans, but these jeans have a nice stretch that make them comfortable all day long. I probably could have gotten away with just one pair of jeans, but I bought these first and while I really like them, felt like I needed something a little dressier too. I find the full belly panel to be really uncomfortable, so I like that these just have the elastic waistband.
Like I said, any pieces I’ve purchased are more classic and timeless than trendy. I love this white button down and I think it will work postpartum too. Thinking about the future, it will also work well regardless of the season.
I’ve worn a lot of loose tunics for most of my pregnancy and I’ve only just recently become comfortable showing off the bump. I picked up this top during the Shopbop sale a few weeks ago in black and white that I’ll wear with long sweaters and leggings. Speaking of leggings, I’ve been wearing these leggings from Old Navy that come in a two-pack for only $18 on sale. They are nothing fancy, but they are comfortable!
The part of my maternity wardrobe I’ve struggled the most with is finding workout clothes I like and fit. Sizing up in regular tops doesn’t work because they end up being too big in the top. I randomly tried on this top from Athleta though that I think is extremely flattering. I wear an XS and it has plenty of stretch in it. For leggings, I’ve found these to be the most comfortable. I size up and there is plenty of stretch in the waist.
Dressing a bump can be a challenge, but also a lot of fun. I love seeing how other moms-to-be accessorize their bump!