Creating a stylish maternity wardrobe is challenging, but it can totally be done! You don't have to sacrifice your style or your money either. Personally, I didn't want to spend a fortune on things I could only wear a for a few months. I also did not want to have to deprive myself from shopping all my favorite non-maternity stores. I already had so many other things I had to deprive myself of (wine, caffeine, sushi, cookie dough) and I was not about to be forced to only shop at Pea in the Pod for 9 months (nothing against Pea in the Pod though). So, I decided to buy just a few maternity pieces. Everything else I bought was either a stretchy knit, elastic waist, or voluminous-style non-maternity. I wanted to share with you my essentials!! So here's what you should buy if you find yourself preggo!
A good pair of maternity Jeans (or 2). Jeans are essential to any wardrobe! By week 14, you can kiss your regular jeans good-bye. Eventually, even the old elastic tie around the button loop trick won't work anymore. I really love this maternity pair from Asos.com. The fabric is super soft and stretchy. I could sleep in these.
What to avoid. (These may be obvious, but just in case)
-High waist pants or pencil skirts
-Shoes with ankle straps: Don't draw attention to those cankles!
-Crop top. Really, any normal length top will eventually become a "crop" top, so watch out! Look for long tunic length tops!
-Generally, anything woven unless you get it from the maternity section.
-Banded hems/elastic hem tops: These hit you right across your widest part and are really unflattering.
Great stores that have good maternity sections:
Hope you found this helpful! Do you have any wardrobe pieces you just could not live without when you were pregnant? Share in comments below!