If you aren’t pregnant, this probably doesn’t interest you at all. Just warning the masses.
But if you ARE pregnant, let me tell ya….this is maternity clothing GOLD.
I’m here to share some of my current favorites when it comes to maternity wear and things I bought this pregnancy that have been amazing…both flattering and comfortable. Now let me tell ya, if you are one of those people that can wear anything when you are pregnant….I kinda hate you in my heart just a little. just a little. It’s simple unadulterated jealousy. I have never been that girl.
I am the one that Googles “shoes for super swollen feet” and looks at Kim Kardashian’s swollen ankles squeezed into heels all day long. I will tell you…I can’t wear heels after a certain point because it makes my PGP worse and I literally won’t be able to move. I will be frozen in place with no ability to move my legs. I like dresses but I can’t wear them all the time because I have to squat a lot with kids. And I do retain ALL the water. My legs, feet, ankles and even my butt swells. I need big girl pants that stay up over the bootie. If this sounds like your type of maternity wear….we are kindred. we are peeps. we are shopping buds.
SO let’s talk basics….
SHORTS & TEES
My best piece of advice when it comes to t-shirts or any lightweight top (because we are all super hot when pregnant – even in the winter) is to buy cotton and buy long. If you think it’s tunic length or mini dress length….that will probably last you into the third trimester. It’s amazing how short those tees get. I bought a few from H&M this pregnancy and they are winners. Liz Lange for Target are good too. ASOS has some great fashion forward tops but make sure you double check the material.
For shorts, if you can find drawstring shorts that are lightweight, then I size up and go for it! I got these ones at Old Navy and then these ones from Target that both have done really well this pregnancy. They are lighter than standard denim and very affordable. My tip is that if you can stand the full belly coverage with shorts…go for it. I tend to pull shorts down lower and having that extra bit of fabric at top covers anything squatting could expose.
For blue jeans, I have had to buy only one pair this pregnancy and they were from Old Navy. The Liz Lange brand run small and tend to only last me through the first two trimesters but often have a weird fit. Old Navy are usually the best fit for me (ASOS has terrible jeans fit for pregnancy as the legs are too tight and then the waistband is too loose). I got a long skinny pair and they have been a go-to!
For this summer, I have really loved white jean shorts and white jeans. I got some of the Liz Lange shorts and I LOVE them. I did size up and they have been a great in the wash.
I also bought some white maternity jeans with the band waistband and I love them too! They stretch out a little bit much for overall…still a favorite.
When it comes to other tops, I love off the shoulder options…again just make sure they are long enough. And then make sure you wear a four clasp bra that has great coverage. Your body (specifically your boobs) do weird things when you are expecting…so I swear by finding the right bra. I use a Maidenform convertible bra that has four clasps and it stays up, has plenty of nip padding and under boob support so that nothing falls down and out. It is very similar to this one.
For other tops, I actually do love wearing long bathing suit cover ups (like the one above is meant to be!) and mini dresses. I can usually get away with them for at least two trimesters. It may be a little tight around the bust area if you owned it before getting pregnant but if it’s new, just size up.
Also this is my first time with maternity rompers and this black one feels like pajamas. I highly recommend it. I jazz it up with a couple bracelets and a necklace when I go out….but seriously…it’s up there with yoga pants. A lot of you question how to go to the bathroom with it on…it unbuttons at the neck and yes, you pull it down. But it’s not complicated…kinda like when you go to nurse a baby…there is adjusting.
DRESSES & SKIRTS
Oooookay! Let’s talk DRESSES!
So the few dresses and skirts that I have bought this time around are all neckline appropriate. In the past I’ve loved wrap dresses (still do!) but they can require a little babysitting. Yes, stray boobs are a thing. So this time around, I’ve taken it very seriously and bought ones I could wear to work events and still feel comfortable and appropriate.
This pink one also comes in black and it is not maternity. BUT it’s SUPER lightweight so I wore it to Haven and felt great even in the 100 degree heat.
Hands down my favorite purchase for dresses has been this black scalloped dress. The arms are scalloped as well as the hemline and it’s a t-shirt material so you can imagine how comfortable it is. I would have loved to wear heels with it but again…walking is kinda important. So I grabbed some flats and loved dressing it up with accessories. Also just look at Jen from House of Wood and Rachel from Shades of Blue Interiors….my friends literally look like two living barbie dolls.
One of the fanciest maternity dresses I bought was this floral short sleeve body con dress and it was all sorts of comfy even when my ankles weren’t. They only have one size left in it but I found a couple other options that are from the same place and they look like they would be winners too! Here are some similar ones…
Last but not least is this casual option for those of you loving skirts but not really knowing what to do about them. Skirts are super tricky and can be very unflattering. This one is actually not maternity – it’s a maxi skirt but I hoisted it up and over the boobs and layered a regular tshirt over top. It was light enough for the hot Georgia summer, stretchy enough to squat and was way more practical because it was so casual. Here are some similar ones that would work….