So many women make it through pregnancy without purchasing maternity clothes. But my belly grew really fast and will continue to grow another 3 months. And as you know, dear readers, comfort is so important to me. Perhaps I'm a little more finicky than others, but it's all about your own preferences isn't it? There is enough discomfort that comes with pregnancy and who wants to spend 9 months in uncomfortable clothes? I have been on the lookout for comfy, stylish maternity wear. I think I found it.
Anyway, early on I tried the rubberband trick and the belly band with my regular pants. It didn't take long for me try on (and fall in love with) secret belly fit pants. I'm definitely going to try to wear them post-baby. But, unfortunately I've grown out of those pants and jeans and moved on to the next best thing: leggings and yoga pants! I much prefer the legging, but yoga pants are a nice jeans alternative. Why these bottoms? They are super stretchy and so comfy when other parts of you aren't.
|Motherhood Maternity, Target|
But what to wear with them? Many of my tees and tanks stretched over my belly for quite some time. Some still do. But I did buy a few long sleeve maternity tops to wear with the yoga pants. But my tunics were'nt cutting it in this cold weather. I splurged on a few that I will be able to wear post-baby and then I stalked online maternity merchandise until I couldn't wait any more and found a few tunics online for super cheap. (They will be my key pieces over the next few months for sure.)
|Macy's. Old Navy Maternity|
|Target, Macy's, Gap and Old Navy Maternity|
But while waiting for tunics I found a few dresses along the way. Since it's so cold out they are perfect with the light-weight leggings I purchased in early fall. A couple practical dresses and one wowza dress to show off that bump will do just fine.
|Old Navy Maternity, Isabella Oliver|
To top all these piece off I added a few layering pieces (and am digging into my old ones) for added remixing ability. Cardigans and jackets are a great way to stretch a wardrobe. They are especially handy if you have a few basic pieces that you want to jazz up and wear over and over. Adding a jacket or cardigan can give that basic piece a whole new look. My new favorite is the abstract floral print blazer. It's a new style and print for my wardrobe and it feels so fresh.
|Motherhood Maternity, Macy's|
What about shoes? Argh! My feet hurt! My legs, hips, back...you name it, it hurts! So, a good shoe is very important for supporting that ever-growing belly and strained back. I purchased a couple pair of really good shoes-one pair ballet flats and one pair boots. Of course I have good shoes already, but my flats are getting tight. (The boots were an impulse buy. But a good investment.) I'm living in boots right now, as it's cold outside.
Another way to switch up that wardrobe is with accessories of course! Necklaces and scarves come in really handy to give your looks a different feel.
These are the key pieces that I've found to keep me comfortable during pregnancy. I have to admit, it's pretty similar to my regular style (minus the jeans that I love). I'm still dressing for comfort, it's just a little more challenging to remix with less. But I'm confident I can make it through this pregnancy still feeling good about my body and looking stylish along the way.