Advice for flattering maternity clothes

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

My guess is that by the third trimester, you’re going to feel so fat all over that your arms will be the least of your worries.  I’d go for the sleeveless tops anyways.  Here’s a pic of my favorite top so far:

It’s got a lot of shearing around the breast area that makes room for the belly.  I think it’s pretty cute!  And my other favorite shirts are the ones that have ties sewn into the side seams, and you tie them behind you to create nice definition between your boobs and your belly.  What’ll make you look like a blob is the shirts that don’t have that definition.

Post # 4
11760 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Evie19:  Pink Blush is my favorite for more stylish clothes. I went with old navy for cheap basics – t-shirts and sweaters.  I personally like the tighter fitting tops (with the side ruching) but that will depend on your comfort level, body type, etc. I find belted empire tops to be uncomfortable on a regular basis, and even more so when you’re already having trouble breathing due to little feet lodged in your rib cage!

You’re luck you’ll be most pregnant in summer. The clothing options are much more diverse and cuter in my opinion.

Personally, I didn’t want to spend tons on maternity clothes (they’re super expensive) so I went with 2 good (and expensive) jeans (1 skinny and 1 boot cut) and then basically  just got cheaper shirts and sweaters (from old navy) to wear with jeans/leggings.  Don’t bother with maternity leggings – regular ones are fine!  Then, I went with pink blush for some fun (more expensive) pieces for work and just to spice it up when I got bored from the basics.

I used the bella band for as long as possible to cut down on costs.  Luckily, I can mostlly wear jeans to work so I didn’t even bother getting any work pants. I used the bella band and luckiily haven’t had to go to any external meetings where I needed to wear a suit in the last trimester!

Zulily has some cute maternity clothes from time to time, as well. Good luck in your shopping! I can’t wait to get back into my normal clothes lol (except for the jeans – those bad boys are comfortable! I would die happy if I never had to wear button pants again lol)

Post # 5
361 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Evie19:  great idea for a thread… I’ve got no advice but I’m commenting to follow since we are due around the same time and seen to have a similar body type. Congrats on a strong heartbeat, btw. I know you were worried! I have to wait 2 more weeks!

Post # 6
413 posts
Helper bee

@Evie19:  I’m almost 18 weeks. I got 3 pairs of pants at 12 weeks that will (hopefully) last the entire pregnancy. The strechy part fits over my boobs now if I pull it tight. When I went to buy them I also tried on shirts. It was so sad. Everything was super drapy and just made me with my tiny bloat bump look like I gained 50 pounds instantly. I did get one cute sweater/shirt thing that I think will be cute for a few more weeks before I outgrow it and a zip up hoodie that I really like that has lots of room to grow. As much as I didn’t want to spend a bunch of money- buying way too big stuff now just to feel sad it them for months didn’t make sense. Also- different seasons I will need different clothes anyway. For now I still fit in my most of my old tshirts and sweaters. I have button downs that are on the edge of not fiting around the waist but I don’t ever really need to wear button downs currently. I figure in spring or around my mid 20’s weeks I’ll look for some tops. I’ll have more bump to ‘fill it out. 

Post # 7
430 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MrsWBS:  Hi there, what is a bella band?

Post # 8
11760 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
Post # 11
8887 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Dress for what makes you feel good!

I’m plus-size (18) so it was harder to find clothes. But when I did, I went for what made me feel good when I looked in the mirror. A couple times my mom or the lady at the store would say something looked good but if I didn’t feel it, I didn’t buy it.

TBH, I’ve been living in stretchy yoga pants from Old Navy the last couple of months. They’re SO comfy!

Post # 12
3260 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Advice fir flattering maternity clothes… Tell them they are pretty, and smart.

Post # 13
1413 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Lyndzo:  I second the yoga pants suggestion! I even went out and bought a second pair so I always have a back up pair when the other one is in the laundry. I find them to be incredibly comfy, especially now that I’m at the end of my pregnancy and feeling huge!

I was too nervous to buy maternity clothes online just because you can’t try them on and have no idea how they’re going to fit. I’ve bought quite a few tops from Old Navy and they were quite affordable. I prefer tops that are fitted and that show off the bump nicely :). I DID buy one shirt that is more flowy and has an empire waist but the first time I wore it DH said “aww you look like a bell!” (He wasn’t being mean FYI, he thought it was cute. :S). Needless to say, I haven’t wore it since because I can’t get the bell comment out of my head!!!


Post # 15
8974 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I bought 1 pair of jeans and 1 pair of work pants from the Gap.  I knew their jeans would fit me well so that’s why I got them there.  I would have bought 2 work pants but I couldn’t find one I liked other than black.  I LOVE my jeans! 

I bought a few long sleeve shirts but then I mostly bought tank tops from Old Navy and the Gap.  I got most of those on sale or clearance.  Most of them are meant to be fitted to your body, they just are longer and some have ruching on the sides so they can grow with you.  I have some longer boyfriend style cardigans I wear with them (non-maternity).  That way I figure if I’m pregnant again during the summer I will have tank tops to wear.  I actually don’t feel as big in tops that are fitted, at least they show it off instead of making you look like you’re wearing a tent (my opinion of how I look in one tank I bought that is really loose and flowy!).

My shirts are mostly solids and stripes.  They just didn’t seem to have many prints that I liked.

It’s winter so I don’t even bother with dresses.

I also bought maternity workout pants, some leggings (I love these), and one long sleeved workout top.  I got those from the Gap with Gap Cash from the first round.

Post # 16
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I prefer fitted maternity tops that show off the bump.  Otherwise I think I look way bigger than I am and/or wind up looking like a circus tent.  For some reason, designers think pregnant women look great in horizontal stripes too.  I don’t mind them personally but just be aware.  I also pair lighter weight maternity tops with both “maternity” and non maternity cardigans as for some reason I have a very hard time finding maternity sweaters.  It seems designers also think pregnant women don’t get cold…?

I can still wear my pre-pregnancy workout pants and tank tops but the tops are slowly inching up the belly (I’m 28 weeks).  I’ll probably just keep wearing them anyway since I workout at home and don’t have to see people at the gym.

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