Like I said in my last post, I ended up with very few actual maternity pieces in my wardrobe during this pregnancy. I had planned to purchase quite a few pieces, but I realized that I really didn’t need to buy a whole lot since the weight gain was actually less substantial than I expected and also because of some of the current style trends.
Staying in my everyday wardrobe required a little bit of tweaking, but for the most part, I was able to get away with wearing my regular clothes throughout the entirety of my pregnancy so I thought I’d share how I transitioned pieces from normal fits to being more flattering for my pregnant self.
01. The first thing that’s easy to work with is a nice, oversized sweater. I would recommend going for something that is large enough to fit over your bump but that isn’t so big that it overwhelms you and takes away all your curves. This one from J. Crew was my favorite because it stretched along with my belly while still hugging my silhouette.
I would either wear this on its own own or I would pair it over a button down or under a jacket in the colder months. The material choice is really important with these! I purposefully chose this one since it’s mostly cotton which means it’s really breathable which is something you’ll appreciate as your hormones spin out of control.
02. Lightweight, slogan sweaters. Again, stick with breathable fabrics! This one from Madewell is perfect because it does also have a bit of stretch to it. So it slides right over my bump or can be tied up over it if I’m layering the sweater over a maxi dress or t-shirt. I loved wearing these types of pieces under jackets or layered with heavier sweaters in the dead of winter because I could build up the outfit for warmth or just wear the base piece alone. The fact that it has some text on the front also gives outfits more interest so if jeans and a sweater is all I can muster for the day, it’s still a little more interesting.
03. This is just a short sleeve version of the top above. This one is by Everlane, but during the spring and fall, you can find them nearly everywhere!
Having a short sleeve means it’s easier for layering and of course, better in the warmer months. All they really need is a necklace or bandana and you’ve got yourself an outfit. If your belly end up outgrowing the length of the sweater, you can layer it over a longer button down or tee to give you a few more inches of coverage.
04. Tunics are perfect because they tend to have a bit more fabric in them making room for the bump and also give you the length you’ll need. Early on, I would wear them as usual with leggings or alone and then as my belly expanded, I transitioned them into tops over jeans.
05. The shirtdress trend has been a lifesaver for me! They are easily popped over tights or jeans and can be tied up at right above the bump to give you a bit more shape. Again, just think about layers. I featured this one in Wardrobe Confidential with boots and a short sleeve sweater, but I also paired it with cardigans and jackets for an easy outfit for on the go.
06. This is a bit of an interesting piece. I think it’s technically a shirtdress but I find it to be more of a mix between that and a tunic. Either way, this piece from Madewell was one of my most worn pieces this winter. Here’s why: at home, I could wear it with leggings and slippers and feel cozy and comfortable, but I could also dress it up really easily by adding a few necklaces, a long cardigan and some tall boots. It transitioned the piece from “jammy” worthy to an actual fashion decision.
07. Flannels and button downs. These are really great go-tos and lasted my entire pregnancy. I got away with buttoning some of my more oversized ones all the way to the end, but the ones that didn’t button after about 7 months, I just wore open over a tank or tied up over my bump with a tee. These were also great pieces for adding some length to shorter dresses and jackets like I talked about above.
08. The popover. This shirt is probably my most worn shirt out of my entire pregnancy. I found that the buttons stopped right at the top of my bump and the fabric below gave just enough space for my belly. I would definitely recommend pieces like this one that longer in the back. I know that you’re front is what’s growing the most, but all that extra belly can pull your shirt forward, causing a back gap which is 10x more annoying when pregnant.
I often wore this alone because the print and mandarin collar made me feel just fashionable enough to leave the house, but I would also layer it with a leather jacket or long cardigan if I wanted to give a little extra effort.
09. Tanks. My favorite Essential Tanks from Loft have been so helpful all pregnancy long! They are my go-to essential when it comes to tanks because they are lightweight, breathable, stretchy and long. One of my biggest pet peeves are short tanks so these have become my favorites and since they are longer than most, they accommodated my belly during all stages of growth.
This is just an easy example of how I handled my flannels once my belly outgrew the buttoning up process. Paired with a tank and bandana, and you’re good to go!
Another easy look is to top off a tank with a denim or leather jacket. Quick and standard, this was a go to for me with jeans.
10. Like tanks, having a great base, essential tee was key for me! I love these from Zenana Outfitters! I get them at Marshalls and T.J. Maxx for $5.99 and they are the softest tees that will ever touch your skin! And also- they have a lot of stretch in them! So they are nice and figure flattering when you’re normal size and weight and will stretch as your belly does making room for babe.
Just like the tank, I would just throw on a jacket or sweater over these and call it a day. Once my belly was really defined, I liked letting it pop out from the jacket. It let the world know that I was expecting while the jacket gave me just the right amount of coverage to make me feel like I wasn’t wearing something too skin tight.
11. The maxi dress is probably the very best trend that can be transitioned for pregnancy. They work well on their own but also look great dressed up with some jewelry and a leather jacket. You can also layer them over long sleeve tees for a little extra warmth. The empire waistlines will hit you right above your bump and the flowey fabric will hug you around your waist and hips and flow right out over your bump.
Those are my most worn pieces from my everyday wardrobe! These have carried me through nearly my entire pregnancy with ease. If you’re pregnant and wondering what to wear, I would encourage you to take another look at what you already have. You may need to pair a top with maternity jeans or find new ways to work with pieces, but I guarantee you have more options that you may think.
Also, last tip I’ll give you is to try clothes on no matter how you think they’re going to fit. I found that I felt a lot bigger than I actually was and once I tried on pieces, I realized I could still fit into a lot more than I had originally realized.
Until next time!