Let me first start by saying that my “maternity closet” doesn’t include a ton of new items. I was incredibly lucky in that I was able to wear all my “regular” clothes throughout my first trimester and most of my second trimester. And even now, as I am about to enter into my third trimester, I’m still wearing mostly non-maternity tops that were already in my closet. Thankfully I don’t wear super tight tops to begin with so many of my sweaters fit perfectly though some of my shirts are beginning to be a little too short. I’m also incredibly lucky in that I don’t have to “get dressed” for work during the week. I live in workout clothes and have one or two days during the week that I need clothes to wear out in public and then the weekends. My goal is to purchase as few items as necessary because I won’t be wearing them for very long and while there are lots of options out there now, a lot of those options are very expensive considering I only have three more months of dressing this bump. So yes, I am repeating outfits and I’m also using jewelry and shoes to change things up. All that to say, here are some of my favorite items that I’ve purchased.
27 weeks wearing a non-maternity Lilly dress that I’ve had for several years.
The Bellaband. This was the first item I purchased that was clothes-related after finding out I was pregnant. This was a lifesaver when it came to making my summer wardrobe carry me through summer (and into fall). I also have a feeling I’ll use this post-baby when I’m in between sizes. I purchased the band in white and wore it with shorts and jeans and loved how it smoothed and allowed me to keep my pants unbuttoned.
Maternity Crossover Panel Active Capri (Ingrid and Isabel for Target). I am the proud owner of four pairs of these workout pants. Two weeks I officially retired my non-maternity workout pants that simply had too much compression for my growing belly. These pants are perfect and I wear them daily. They stay up and are incredibly comfortable. The price tag is also much easier to digest than a lot of the other workout pants I looked at. I wear a medium in these pants.
Almond-Neck T-Shirt (Ingrid and Isabel for Target). I own this shirt in all three colors and it’s my go-to t-shirt to wear around the house with yoga pants. This shirt is so soft and comfortable enough to sleep in. A true maternity closet essential. I wear a medium.
Maternity Belly Support Leggings. My favorite leggings EVER. I save these leggings for leaving the house and they are the most comfortable leggings I’ve ever worn. I plan on ordering a pair of their non-maternity leggings post-baby. They are a little high maintenance in that you’re encouraged to wash inside out on a delicate cycle which is why I don’t use them as my lounge pants. They are thick enough to wear out in public and not feel like you’re showing too much. They aren’t the cheapest leggings on the market but I can’t recommend them enough (and neither can a lot of celebrities which is how I found these gems).
Citizens of Humanity Secret Fit Belly Avedon Ankle Maternity Jeans. My favorite non-maternity jeans are Citizens so it’s no surprise I wanted a pair of their maternity jeans. These are the only pair of maternity jeans I’ve purchased and I don’t plan on purchasing any others. Yes, these are a little pricy but I’d rather have one good pair of jeans than five mediocre pairs. I’ve learned that I love pants with the over-the-belly panel but they make these in under-the-belly, too.
7 for All Mankind Secret Fit Belly Ponte Maternity Pants. My third and final pair of “out of the house” maternity pants. Between my jeans and these, I would say that these fit the best. However, I had hoped these pants would have been a little looser in the legs so I could wear them the church but they actually fit more like a legging. Regardless of whether I can wear them to church or not, they fit perfectly and I know I’ll be wearing them on repeat over the next three months. My only complaint: dry clean only. Whomp whomp.
Simona Maternity Dress. This is a recent purchase and it will be “the” dress for me over the holiday season What does that mean? You’re going to see it over and over again. It’s incredibly comfortable and can be dressed up or dressed down. It’s basically the maternity “little black dress.”
This past weekend I ordered a few long sleeve shirts from Old Navy and I picked up a few tank tops from Target to wear under my sweaters and cardigans. But other than that, I’m hoping that the above items will help me mix and match my way through the next few months as I dress my bump.