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I am 21+ weeks and although my little bump looks cute in fitted t-shirts and yoga pants, I cannot find anything to wear to work! Suddenly everything in my closet doesn’t fit. I work in an office and have to wear dress pants / nice jeans and tops. Also, dresses are not an option (unless they are long, but I’m trying to avoid that as long as possible). I have a few maternity shirts that a friend let me borrow, but I’m still swimming in them. Now just about all of my pre pregnancy shirts make me look like I have a beer gutt, or I just look frumpy. Does anyone else feel this way? Any tips out there for this in-between stage? What types of shirts do you find flattering? I’d love to see your favorite work outifts! I really need some pregnancy fashion help….
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@terisa2012: I wear dresses everyday- sorry that’s no help 🙁
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Bumping to follow – I have no idea what I will wear when I get to that stage!
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I am also at 21 weeks, and I’ve been feeling this pain for awhile! I have gone the maxi skirt route, but I know you want some other advice :-). If you haven’t yet, I would go ahead and invest in 1-2 pairs of nice maternity jeans. It sounds like your office lets you wear them, which is awesome. For me personally, I have to go full panel. The demi panel hasn’t been cutting it. Old Navy’s maternity clothes seem (for the most part) to be better made than their regular clothes. I’ve had some good luck there, and they have a sale going on right now. I’ve used Motherhood Maternity and Gap as well.
It sucks to have to spend the money on clothes, but they are something you need. I don’t know if you’re planning on having any more kids, but if you are, you could potentially wear the clothes again. That helped me feel more okay about spending the money.
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Get some nice maternity pants and wear your regular tops. You should be able to get away with that for a while yet. I’m not a huge fan of the maternity tops I have. I just stated wearing them a few weeks ago at 26 weeks and finally started to fill them in a bit. At 30 weeks I am loving maxi dresses and leggings with a nice top. I was a bit worried that the leggings were too casual for work, but no one has mentioned it, and I’ve actually gotten quite a few compliments on my legging outfits.
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All my pre-preg clothes were pretty fitted, so I’m having a heck of a time fitting my new weight gain into them! My few looser shirts and skirts are showing up pretty much every week at work. Bleh.
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@terisa2012: I always wore maternity dress slacks, a fitted t-shirt with a cardigan and flats. Simple and comfy
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During the 2nd trimester I wore a plain tshirt with an open blazer over top and then either dress pants/skirts during the week or dressy jeans on Fridays. Although I’ve had to modify the tops to be maternity tops, I still wear my open blazers to work now and find that I still feel professional yet comfortable.
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- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@terisa2012: Lots of dresses. That’s why Duchess Kate had so many.
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Thanks for all of the tips ladies! I think I need to start wearing stuff to highlight the bump instead of hide it. I am just a little self concious about looking fat instead of pregnant. I can still fit in to some of my dress pants, and I have one awesome pair of maternity jeans so far, but it’s the shirts that are the real problem right now.
@julies1949: Thanks that 2nd link was pretty useful! My bump is probably around that size.
@Ninteenthchance: @RunningGal: This sounds like a good plan for me – because of where I work dresses don’t really appeal to me as work attire.
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- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
I owned my bump as soon as I got it. haha I have a couple pairs of black pants and khakis that I bought from Motherhood Maternity. You’d be surprised how flattering maternity clothes can be. I fought them, but I shouldn’t have!
In terms of shirts, I have the same problem. I’m petite. My normal shirts, for the most part, don’t cover the belly, but maternity shirts are huge. I just started buying long tops or tops a size up… and layering with a cami underneath. I’m definitely in a cycle with my work clothes– I’ll need to add more soon.
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@terisa2012: Bumps are fun and you only get to have them for a short amount of time!!! (Unless you have 18 kids) embrace it!!