(Closed) Maternity Clothing Advice!

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I gave birth in Oct so I needed a fall wardrobe, not a winter wardrobe. I sort of did the capsule wardrobe thing because I’m cheap. I had a pair of dark straight leg jeans, a pair of black skinny jeans, and a pair of wine-colored skinny cords (and a pair of shorts for summer). Old Navy makes good maternity leggings, Pea in the Pod is better quality but omg price. My work is casual so I didn’t bother with many skirts or dresses for work — had chambray and flannel maternity shirtdresses and a couple non-maternity maxis/shifts that I could make work. I had a couple blouses/tunics that worked until I was enormous, but I did have to buy a few of the maternity shirts that have a tie under the bust. I think I had a chambray, a floral, a plaid, and a couple others. Long cardigans are your friend. I had one or two pullover sweaters with side ruching or slits that worked for layering. There’s a maternity brand at Target, I think it’s Liz Lang? that makes good, non-ruched basic layering tanks. I did have to cave and buy a couple ruched t-shirts. I gave up on underwires at like 14 weeks and I am 11 months postpartum and still haven’t looked back. (Probably will when I’m done nursing, though.) 

In short, I did not break the bank. Occasional pieces from Gap or Loft maternity. But most came from Motherhood Maternity or or Old Navy or Target, since you can get stuff on the cheap. (But I was very selective because I HATED the “oh you feel like a whale and you’re hot all the time? Here are 15 dress options in unforgiving and unbreathable cheap fabric with horizontal stripes and halter necklines” blarghhhh)

Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Also I recommend not falling victim to a lot of the expensive nursing wear. Yes, Boob brand stuff is nice, yes some of the nursing clothes are clever. But I felt like, with pregnancy I 100% had to buy new stuff because none of my original clothes would envelop my hugeness. Ok, fine. Nursing? I just had to re-engineer my existing outfits so that I could always whip out a boob. Wearing a stretchy tank top (either a shelf bra or with a nursing bra underneath) under every outfit is great — lift shirt up, pull tank down.

That being said, I have this sweater in a pine green color from last year and it’s great. (Again, layering.) 

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Have you tried getting a belly band (I think that’s what it’s called)? I got mine from target and it allows me to wear my regular pants- I just unbutton and unzip them and it smooths the buttons and zippers out and keeps your pants up. I’m 23 weeks and I either use the band with shorts and jeans or I rotate my motherhood maternity jeans. I also shop at target and Burlington coat factory(very small selection by me but I got a couple of cute shirts from there). 

Post # 19
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

13 weeks pregnant with baby number one and due March 9th. Just went on my first maternity wear shopping session. I went to Motherhood and they were amazing! I went on a Sunday, but they still treated me like I was the only Mama-to-be in the store. I purchased one pair of work pants, two pairs of leggings and one pair of jeans…when it is nolonger dress wearing weather I’ll likely go back to grab a second pair of work pants…but right now I tecnhically have enough pants to get through the pregnancy. As for tops, my work blouses still fit (they are a-line) and I have a few t-shirts I can still squeeze into…but I treated myself to four t-shirts anyways (because they were on sale). Right now they just look like I am wearing a baggy top, but they still look fashionable and will fit all the way through my pregnancy. The sales lady advised me that when shopping I should buy one size bigger than I usually wear so they will (hopefully) fit until the end of the pregnancy. She also told me when I was ready to come back for more tops, she reccomended purchasing three work tops and maybe two long sleeve casual tops. 

She also said to remember that pregnancy only lasts nine months. Buy as little as possible because it is such a short time…and nobody expects you to have the save sized wardrobe you have now anyways.

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I had 2 pairs of pants (dark jeans and black skinny pants), 3 flowy blouses (layered with long tops at the end of my pregnancy), a couple of long cardigans, two pairs of black leggings and 4 dresses (one casual and 3 more dressy that I could wear for work), and one coat. That’s it. 

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Maternity clothes suck. Like seriously suck. They are always jersey so that they can stretch but jersey shows every imperfection! I could tolerate maternity spanx or tights for a while but now I just can’t be bothered. I have to wear business clothes to work and it is obvious to me that almost no one is designing maternity clothes for business women, it’s ridiculous. I can’t wear fing leggings with a cotton tshirt to work! Sigh. 

The stuff I bought is all from Isabella Oliver, Hatch, or Nordstroms (online since they don’t sell maternity in the store in my city. But it’s nice because I can return it in person to the store). (All on the more expensive end of the spectrum).  And a few basics from Gap. But at 32 weeks I am so over the clothes. And I’m scared about what on earth I will wear when I get even bigger. 

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Tights and tunics/thrift dresses were my best friend’s go-to. TBH, you couldn’t tell she was even pregnant most of the time.

Post # 23
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Busy bee

I’m due at the end of  November, so I have been in maternity clothes all summer, but for fall I’ve stocked up on leggings to wear with tall boots and lots of tunics and long cardigans. Everything is super comfy and soft. I love the leggings from Motherhood, and I just got some amazing tunics from there, they are not ruched on the sides, but long enough to cover your butt. I have found their clothes are made really well. Ive been very happy with everything I bought from them.

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I have been living in leggings and tunic tops. They’re all non maternity. I love my LuLaRoe stuff and I’ve heard their Irma shirt (hi low tunic) is great for nursing (wearing a tank underneath) since it isn’t form fitting and is flowier. Plus their fabrics are super soft and have a lot of forgiveness! I also do a lot of leggings, tank top, and cardigan. If it’s chilly I’ll put a shirt over the tank and cardigan over that! I’m 37 weeks and maternity pants are just not comfy anymore. 

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

kamtastic :  honestly, don’t buy too much!!  You won’t need them for that long and so many maternity clothes are really expensive, especially given the timeline you wear them in.  I would think about a few staples that you know you normally wear and get a couple of those.  For me, I needed a few pairs of work pants, and wanted a comfy pair of jeans for the weekends.  I shopped outlets and clearance racks for tops – just the basics, which I layered with open sweaters and cute accessories to dress up plain outfits.  Everything else i got is just sized up from my normal size in non-maternity.  Fold over yoga pants can be your BFF for pregnancy and post partum- unfold them for the bump :). Target/old navy/gap have great longer style tanks and t-shirts (I just got bigger sizes to accomodate the bump- and they were affordable!).  I also got flowy tops that worked before I was showing too much, and are also perfect now that I’m large and in charge LOL.   I personally found that as long as I have pants that fit right for my pregnancy, the tops are a lot easier.  If you know a Lularoe consultant, a lot of their clothes are great and comfy for pregnancy and post partum – i have a bunch of the Cassie skirts.
If you shop, at least in the beginning, go to a store – dont shop online, since everything is sized differently.  

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

raspberrymojito :  I hear you! While I dont have to wear a suit to work, I can’t show up in leggings ever!  I have a destination maternity outlet near me (and they take the regular store coupons) so I was able to at least get some decent pants at a fair price – I just do a lot of laundry since I only havea few pairs! I’m also learning to just accept the fact that open blazers (sized up, not the ugly maternity ones) will just have to do! I keep my actual outfits really simple and just try to make sure I accessorize well enough to look put together and not like a prego hot mess!  I’m only a few weeks behind you – the end is in sight! 🙂

Post # 27
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

I suggest cotton stretchy bodycon style dresses and leggings both in a size larger from non maternity stores to save some money, I went to h&m and forever 21 and got some for super cheap. I do have one pair of maternity jeans and a bunch of the maternity t-shirts (the ruching makes my bump look rounder which I like) and then I’m just using cardigans over top that I already owned for when it gets cold. 

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I cannot wait to burn all of my maternity clothes (except for a pair of comfortable leggings). 

Don’t buy too much all at once. I bought a crap ton of stuff during my first trimester and only now at 36 weeks am I finally wearing it. I had no idea how I’d carry and what would look good, so I have a lot of loose maternity shirts that really don’t do much for me. I’d buy some staples now to get you by and then go shopping later when you actually really need to wear maternity and have a bump to dress 🙂 

I was able to wear almost all of my pre-pregnancy shirts until about week 24.  Starting around week 28, it was just the looser and longer shirts in my closet (so invest in some longer/looser flannels, sweaters, etc.) and around week 32, it was just a few shirts here and there. By week 34, I was completely out of regular clothes. That’s only 6 or so more weeks though, so as long as you can mix and match and buy classic staples, you’ll probably be fine with just a handful of shirts, dresses, and pants. 

The ruching – omg it’s awful, but once you get bigger, the shirt pulls the sides and you can barely tell it’s ruched. thankfully. I only have 3 shirts like this (first trimester purchases) and I wear them because I don’t have much else!

Depending on your stature and belly size, you’ll figure out what works and what doesn’t style-wise too when the bump really comes (another reason to wait to buy).  Anything too oversized or baggy makes me look not only gigantic but also very short and squatty, so most everything I buy is now fitted. You may be the opposite or you may be like me. That sweater top someone posted a pic of – super cute and I’d love to wear it but I’d look atrocious in it. 

I’ve been pregnant the ENTIRE (freaking) summer, so I have black leggings for work and jean shorts for weekends, but I’d definitely invest in a nice pair of maternity jeans you like and feel good in. A friend gave me a pair of white jeans she didn’t need anymore and I wear the hell out of them. If I was pregnant during fall or winter, I’d totally drop $100+ on a nice pair of jeans, so maybe think about that if you can. You wear the same pair over and over and over. I think I’ve worn this pair of black leggings 4 days in a row now. 

Also, Pea in the Pod is where I have had the most success.  Wait for their sales and buy from the clearance rack – I got 3 really nice quality shirts just a few weeks ago for $9 each. That’s a steal. They were $40 normally, then marked down to $20 or something, and it think it was 60% off, so I ended up with 3 shirts for $30 bucks! Much higher quality than the other stuff I had from motherhood and target. 

Lastly, the underbelly elastic option (compared to the over the belly one) is awesome in later pregnancy. I hate my overbelly ones now, although that is all I wore from week 16-30ish.  The underbelly are fabulous. 

(Don’t forget to buy more underwear as you get bigger too!! I was so uncomfortable so I finally just went to VS and got the size bigger and its wayyyyy better!)

 

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