I had originally titled this post in my planner “What Maternity Clothes You Truly Need”, but now that I’ve gone through my closet, I’ve realized I truly only have five pieces of actual maternity clothes! So, I’m going to share them here and my thoughts on all of them and then later I’ll share a post with you about how I adapted my wardrobe to make room for the bump.
The reason there are so few pieces here is because I quite frankly found shopping for maternity clothes one of the most depressing experiences. Everything is designed to either drape like a tent or to scream, “Hey! Look at me, I’m pregnant!” Neither of these were sentiments that I felt like sharing, especially since I was already self conscious of my changing body.
With that in mind, you can rest assured that each of these pieces were therefore very carefully selected and loved over the course of my pregnancy. Since working on switching over to a minimalist lifestyle, I’ve also become very careful about the pieces of clothing that I bring into my wardrobe. So all of these are holy grail, hands down favorites that I’ve loved day after day.
01. First, I have this dress which was gifted to me by Pinkblush and featured in Wardrobe Confidential. This is something I took a lot of time in choosing because I wanted to find a piece that would be useful no matter the season so that I could wear it through my winter pregnancy and also save it for a future pregnancy that could take place over the summer.
I would definitely recommend finding a streamlined silhouette made out of stretchy material that will hug your curves. Also, finding a piece that ties right above your bump is great because it can accentuate your belly while still leaving enough fabric to gracefully drape over the hump. The goal for me was to call the right attention to the bump. I wanted people to be aware but to also feel flattered by the cut.
02. Second, a great pair of jeans. If you have a summer pregnancy, I’d recommend a cropped pair or even some shorts. I wore these nearly every day and since they were a light wash skinny, I could dress them up or down really easily which made getting ready in the morning a snap. My recommendation are these from Madewell. They are so soft and perfectly stretchy. They kept everything sucked in where I needed it most, came up nice and high in the back giving me extra security and felt like I was wearing jammies all day long. I’m telling you. If you’re pregnant, go get a pair! Your belly, legs and waist will thank you.
Third is a nursing camisole. Preferably one that isn’t still a little wet from coming out of the dryer like the one pictured above. Sorry, guys. At least it was clean and fresh out of the washer! You do what you can.
Anyways, I picked this up during my first trimester and it was one of my most worn pieces for sure. They’re inexpenssive and so perfectly soft. I picked it up when I was having a hard time with sore breasts during the first few weeks of hormone shifts. They are made to provide enough support while still keeping things very gentle. I would wear this almost always at home and would just toss on a flannel or sweater if I was going out somewhere. The nice part is that I know I’ll end up using it once I’m nursing so it’s a great transitional piece as well that will last me through another season.
In the same vein, be kind to your body and get yourself a nice, supportive maternity bra. Having the right support will really help when you’re feeling sore. I tried a few other, less supportive bras because that seemed more comforting, but I realized what I needed was something that would give me the support of a bra with underwire while still being less structured.
I eventually settled on this one by Hotmilk. There’s piping where the underwire would usually rest so it still gives good structure and support while allowing the comfort that I need. I was also pleased with the fact that it’s a gorgeous design and still makes me feel beautiful when getting dressed in the morning. It’s these small, little things that make you still feel like a human while chaos ensues in your body. So I would encourage you to embrace it and treat yourself to some frills even if you’re the only who knows they’re there!
Lastly, if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know my recent obsession with my Storq caftan. It’s been designed for pregnancy, nursing and after baby days and I can’t say enough about it! I picked up the blue this past month and I raved so much about it, my parents actually picked up the gray for me as well (thanks, Mom and Dad). I’m so far along at this point and with the warmer weather, these are pretty much all I’ve worn since receiving them.
The fabric is the softest cotton you’ll ever touch and is breathable enough for warmer days and thin enough to layer up when I need a little more warmth. I wish I had picked these up earlier on in my pregnancy, but they are definitely getting plenty of use even at the end!
There you have it. Those are the five items in my wardrobe that actually have “maternity” tags on them. You’ll see in my next post how I styled some of them with pieces from my every day wardrobe from beginning to the end of my pregnancy.
Until next time!