Not so matronly maternity

27 Jun

Maternity clothes. Just the thought makes me shudder. Those two words conjure up images of muumuus and baggy in the butt “mom jeans”. I know, I know… The newer stuff is actually pretty nice (some of it, anyway) and on par with current trends, but the fact is, I’m only pregnant for 9 months, and therefore cannot justify spending $100+ on a pair of elastic waist jeans, even if they are a flattering dark wash and make my butt look perky. I’m a budget babe.

So, I’ve done a little hunting around, and here are some pieces that I absolutely love, and may just purchase. Note that not all of it is maternity wear. I have a pretty sizeable belly for my frame, and am still able to comfortably fit flowy dresses, which makes me sooo-ooo-ooo happy.

Loved By Heidi Klum Under Belly Super Stretch Slim Leg Maternity Jeans – $39.98… I love them, I love them, I love them! And they’re UNDER BELLY!

I actually just used this picture as an example. I recently purchased a very similar skirt for under $20 at Urban Planet. It is comfy, cute, and matches just about every top I own. I’m in love!

This is a non-maternity dress for $39. The only tricky thing with strictly online stores is getting the sizing right, since you’ll want to go up a size or two to accomodate growth. If I had this in my closet right now, I would be living in it!

I’m a little obsessed with maxi dresses. This one is $29.94 at Old Navy.

A few of my maternity dress tips:

BELLA BANDS. I can’t recommend them enough! For that “in-between” time where you can kind of fit your old clothes, but you’re not big enough for maternity yet, Bella Bands are a saviour. They enable you to leave your pants unbuttoned and unzipped, but cover it all and help hold them up. I put mine on UNDER my shorts/pants/whatever, pull them up, and then fold the band over the button and zipper.

Buy bigger sizes of what you’d normally wear. No one ever said you had to wave goodbye to your sense of style just because you’ve got a bun in the oven. Up until the later months when either A) You have to buy at least a few maternity pieces, or B) You live in yoga pants, you should be able to get away with just buying a size or two up. I’m generally a 6, or a medium, in dresses… I’ve just bumped it up to an 8-10, or a large, and they fit perfectly.

There really is no need to buy maternity shirts when you can purchase longer tanks and empire waist tops. Tanks are great for layering, and you can find them as cheap as $3. I love layering mine with flowy, open cardigans or vests. For a more polished look, you could try an open blazer. Don’t be afraid to use your imagination… As long as your belly is covered, you’re good to go!

Do you have any tips for dressing for pregnancy without spending hundreds of dollars on maternity clothes? Please share!

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