Over the last few weeks, shopping has been a dilemma. I want things I can wear now and through the end of my pregnancy, but also as investment pieces that will last me (and fit me!) after the baby. The biggest and most uncomfortable part of your pregnancy lasts just a few months, so it seems counterintuitive to buy a whole new wardrobe for such a short amount of time (though I’m sure it doesn’t feel quick once you’re in it – stay tuned!). I’ve found a few maternity pieces that I love (blog post coming on this soon!), but for the most part I’m finding it tricky to find trend-driven, comfortable things that fit my style. And while there are some maternity items that are essentials you’d be hard pressed to cheat your way around for 9 months with items you already own – I’m talking about jeans, button down shirts, and pretty much anything that buttons or zips up without much stretch. But – once you start looking, you realize that there is a surprising amount to be found in non-maternity clothing that works well for pregnant women without having to compromise your own style.
I’ve found 2 great websites called Tilden (where I got this dress and cardigan) and Nine In The Mirror – both of which have a curated selection of non-maternity brands and pieces that can be worn both during your pregnancy and afterwards. It’s a brilliant idea, and seems so much more practical to me than spending a fortune on clothes you’ll only wear for 3 months. Below are some of my favorite pieces that work for you whether you’re pregnant or not!
It seems like an oxymoron, but the more pregnant you are, the more flattering fitted items become. Oversized, flowy things make you feel like a tent, and can make you look much bigger than you actually are. I’m obsessed with this fitted midi dress – it’s so comfy over my belly, but I’ll also be able to wear it post-pregnancy, too. Double win! I also love how versatile these dresses are – I’ve worn this one with a dressy coat and flats, but it could just as easily be worn with a denim jacket and sneakers for a more casual feel.
Empire Waist Dresses & Tops
I just wore this maxi dress on the blog, and it’s not at all a maternity dress. It’s smocked at the top and has an empire waist, so it flows perfectly over the bump without being too billowy. There are tons of tops in this style as well, that would be great for wearing over maternity jeans or leggings.
Cool Outer Layers
Since I’ve been wearing a lot of fitted dresses, I’ve noticed that the best way to top off the look is with a cool outer layer, like a distressed denim jacket, oversized cardigan, or cool wrap coat like the one I’m wearing here. Plus, it makes you feel a little less exposed when you’re wearing such a fitted dress underneath.
What do you guys think? Did you buy many maternity clothes when you were pregnant? Tell me below!
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