Why? Maternity Fashion!

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One of the things about being pregnant is that you get an almost entirely new wardrobe! Of course, if you loved your old wardrobe, my recommendation is to put those things in another closet, so that the site of the cute kate spade dress that you can’t fit into at the moment doesn’t taunt you.

Maternity fashion has come a long way from just tunics and muumuus. I thought I’d share some of my favorite maternity looks, as a little peek inside my pregnancy and to possibly give you some hope that just because your skinny jeans are on the shelf, you can still look cute!

Where to Shop

My maternity wardrobe has come from Destination Maternity, Gap Maternity, Seraphine, and Pink Blush Maternity. Destination Maternity has two brands: Motherhood Maternity, which is the more cost efficient, and A Pea in the Pod, which is great for dressier items or for a pair of 7 for All Mankind maternity pants (yes, I have a pair and they are amazing). Pink Blush Maternity is a great place to pick up cute, cost effective pieces, since you don’t want to spend a fortune on clothes you’ll wear for not even 9 months. That said, I’ve also found Pink Blush’s quality to not be as great as the other brands.

Casual

Jeans and sweaters are staples of any wardrobe, pregnant or not. My favorite jeans are the Indigo Blue Skinny Kick jeans from Motherhood Maternity (similar). These jeans have the full belly panel, so they’ll work for the entire pregnancy, but they’re still the nice skinny leg that gives you a tailored, non-mom-jeans look.

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The sweater is from Gap Maternity (similar), which has some really cute options! Gap Maternity also has my favorite staple item: the supersoft long sleeve v-neck T (here). This super comfy, flattering shirt (hooray for ruching on the sides) works on its own.

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Wondering if anyone will care about maternity fashion

This is also a good time to point out that accessories always fit! The scarf above is one I love and is, of course, not a maternity item. You can still keep pieces of your pre-maternity wardrobe in play with scarves, shoes, bags, jewelry, etc.

Anyway, back to the T. This is also a great piece for under cardigans. Long cardis have been a maternity favorite for me this winter, like this Pink Blush one (similar).

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Business

I’m lucky in that I don’t have to wear suits to work. Business casual, or even just casual, is fine around my office. So, I stocked up on black pants and nice sweaters, which carry through most days. Here’s a typical day-at-the-office look:

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The pants are my 7 for all Mankind maternity pants, which are soft and luxurious and just awesome (here)! The sweater is from Motherhood Maternity (similar) and is a good example of how you can pair a pricey item with something less expensive and still get a very cute result.

Another favorite work option is the sweater dress.

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While this one is from A Pea in the Pod (here), a lot of my pre-pregnancy sweater dresses were boxy enough to still fit even in pregnancy, which is a nice way to keep pieces of your former wardrobe alive.

Oh, probably a good time to mention shoes, since I’m wearing the same pair in half these pictures. You’ll find that flats are comfortable, safe, and generally a pregnant gal’s best friend. So, stash the crazy heels with the cute skinny jeans and find a couple pairs of flat, well-soled shoes to carry you through.

Sometimes you need to be a bit dressier for work, though, so here’s an outfit that would work well for a meeting with the boss.

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The cardigan is a kate spade pre-maternity piece, but the skirt and top are both from A Pea in the Pod (here).

Dressy

Special occasions will come up and that little black dress might be a bit too little. Here are ways to dress up your bump.

For an afternoon baby shower, I went with this lovely blue dress from Seraphine (here).

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Not only is it comfortable, but it’s very flattering too!

Since the holidays hit, there were parties to dress up for too. One of my favorite holiday looks was pairing a Yellowcake Shop top (non-maternity) with a pair of black leggings (here) and a black cami.

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And this A Pea in the Pod maternity evening dress (here) was perfect for Matthew’s work holiday party!

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I also found a maternity dress for Jump Back Ball that still makes me feel beautiful, even if it’s less “Bond Girl” than I might have imagined pre-pregnancy. You can check it out here.

While your shape may be changing, your style doesn’t have to! I’ve tried to not wear anything in maternity clothes that I couldn’t imagine wearing pre-pregnancy. Embrace the chance to shop for new things, to dress that adorable bump, and show off your glow!

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19 Responses

  1. PLP

    I have been wondering where you were hiding that bump in photos (not that you have much of one yet!) and now I know you were saving them for this fabulous post! I love it all. You are glowing, radiant, and as always, totally fashionable! The JBB dress is stunning, can’t wait to see photos!
    xo

  2. I really enjoyed this post! I always hear about moms buying for baby but very little about mom buying for herself… or where to even go! I had no idea so I guess I can store this away now for possible future use. 🙂

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