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When I first found out I was pregnant with E, I made a promise to myself that I wouldn't be one of those pregnant women who went crazy shopping for maternity styles, that I might never wear again. Plus, who wants to fall in love with a piece that they'll have to purge from their closet in a few months? And who really wants to accentuate that belly after baby, am I right? It just didn't make sense to me. So, I took the time to really build on the wardrobe I had, and purchase clothing that would last me not only the length of my pregnancy- but long after.
So far, I've only had to add maternity jeans and a ruched swimsuit to my my wardrobe to get me through this pregnancy. The rest has all been non-maternity wear that will carry through into motherhood with me!
Here's some guidelines that really seemed to help make it possible:
Look for length.
One of my favorite tricks to use while shopping for maternity friendly styles, is to shop the "Tall" Section. At 5'3 it's a section I'd NEVER even gotten close to before pregnancy. Now it's become my new favorite spot while expecting. Many times, the issue I've had the most in regard to my growing belly and the fit of my clothes, was that my old clothes don't provide the length I need. Even my cutest flowing dresses that have no problem sliding over my large tummy, lose length in the front, making them impossible to wear (unless I want to give someone a show.) By shopping in the tall section, I eliminate the problem and I'm not stuck with those awful scrunchy-sided maternity dresses!
Tunics never go out of style.
I'm a long-time lover of a good tunic! I've always been short and busty, which leaves my torso looking very short in comparison to the rest of my body. I've really found that tunics are a flattering style for me because they give the illusion of a longer torso! When I got pregnant, I realized tunics make the perfect maternity tops also! They're looser fitting, can be dressed up or down, and give enough length to not only cover that belly- but also flatter your baby bod!
When in doubt, size up.
I'm a strong believer that you can never have too many casually loose clothes in your wardrobe. The slouchy tee is a personal favorite of mine! When hunting for a non-maternity style top that will fit your bump, go up a size!
Stretchy clothes are life.
As a busy work-from-home parent, I feel like stretchy clothes were already a huge part of my closet. But even more so now! Stretchy=Comfortable. And with this ever-growing and uncomfortable tummy- I'll take my comfort wherever I can get it. Some of my favorite new staples are American Apparel stretch knit dresses, crew necks, and t-shirt dresses form comfy layering! Plus, they show off a bump beautifully! I'm sure my future mom-self will be thankful for all of these new stretchy staples too!
Right now, you can even get $20 off your $100 purchase at American Apparel with the code: EVER20AA
Ask yourself, "Will I love this later?"
This should really be a question we're asking ourselves ALL THE TIME about EVERYTHING, but hey, I can be bad about it too. I'll try out a new trend, only to realize six months later that the trend is over and I don't dig it long term. I promised myself from the beginning that if it wasn't something I really would love even after pregnancy, or something that wasn't practical to wear afterwards- I wouldn't buy it. My husband is happy about the rule too because it means I'm not buying throw-away pieces.
Leggings are your best friend.
Leggings ARE pants. Especially when you're a mama-to-be. I found as soon as my second trimester hit, that my belly got really uncomfortable while wearing many types of pants. So, I quickly resorted to wearing leggings 90% of the time. They're breathable, comfy, and great for layering too. I love pairing them with tunics or long flowing tops, and booties!
Adjust for the seasons by layering.
Living in NoVa has been a real shock to my Florida bones! Five of my nine months pregnant have been during the winter. Now though, it's starting to really warm up just as my belly is getting its biggest! I knew this would happen, so instead of stocking up on big sweaters and long sleeve tops, I opted to buy cooler pieces I could layer! Now my closet is full of clothes I can wear year-round, with or without the bump! I've also added plenty of nursing-friendly tank tops for help layering now, but for functionality later when my E is here.
That's it! My closet is full (my husband can attest to this) and my future mama self is happy, because I will not be packing away a million maternity pieces that I may never wear again! Hallelujah! Tell me how you put together your maternity wardrobe! Or better yet leave me some pics of you and your cute bump, or tag me on instagram @motherwayfarer