Ultimate Guide To What Clothes To Wear When Pregnant
Congratulations, first of all, if you're pregnant. You deserve beautiful and well-fitting clothes that effortlessly make you look and feel your best, especially when expecting a child or nursing.
This ultimate guide to what clothing you can wear before, during, and after pregnancy will help you craft affordable, fashionable, comfortable, and sustainable outfits for a growing belly.
When pregnant, look for essential clothing items such as:
oversized tops like tunics,
elasticized pants and denim jeans,
loungewear and nightwear,
office clothes for pregnancy,
comfortable flat shoes.
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When to buy new clothes for pregnancy
You can wear conventional clothes in early pregnancy. Most women continue to wear their regular wardrobe and favorite outfits for most of the first three months or first trimester when pregnant.
Keep in mind that clothing is our second skin. So the clothes you wear should always make you feel beautiful and comfortable. Prioritize comfort over style, especially during pregnancy.
You can choose looser-fitting clothes if you need to or go for elasticized garments that aren't too tight. Consider wearing bigger-sized clothes and using elastics to tie unbuttoned shirts or pants that don't fit anymore.
After the first trimester of pregnancy or at the beginning of the fourth month, start looking for affordable and sustainable maternity wear. Most women switch to maternity-friendly clothing before the sixth month.
The best maternity clothes are eco-friendly, versatile, and durable to enhance your style, your confidence and protect the environment. Invest in clothing that makes you feel beautiful for your nine months and beyond.
Many maternity brands offer inexpensive, high-quality clothes that make dressing well and sustainably while pregnant very easy for you. They are oversized or super-stretchy to give you more flexibility.
Check out our selection for the best affordable and sustainable maternity brands that every woman needs to know to look fashionable and feel comfortable during pregnancy on a budget.
Best dresses to wear when pregnant.
Your body changes drastically during pregnancy. Make sure to wear bump-friendly dresses that look great and feel appropriate for your changing body.
Look for lightweight, flowy, breathable dresses in the summer to keep your body cool and shielded from high temperatures. In the winter, heavier fabrics and layers will help you stay warm.
Avoid synthetic fabrics like polyester and nylon that irritate your skin and pollute the environment. Choose more sustainable dresses made from organic and eco-friendly materials like cotton and linen.
Maxi dresses, long gowns, and wraparounds are super comfortable and easy to wear when pregnant. Loose garments are ideal and extremely useful to make dressing well and sustainably easy during pregnancy.
Check out our selection below for the best affordable and sustainable bump-friendly non-maternity dresses you can wear before, during, and after pregnancy.
Reformation Hyland Linen Dress
Kotn Poet Dress
Synergy Organic Clothing Ruby Dress
Maternity tops for growing bump
The best top you can wear when pregnant are stylish, maternity-friendly, and often oversized to give room to your growing bump.
Choose fashionable and comfortable blouses, tunics, shirts, tees, crop tops, crews, and other wardrobe essentials made with sustainable and natural materials.
Check out our selection for the best in cute, stylish, affordable, and sustainable maternity tops. These fashionable tops are easy to wear before, during, and after pregnancy.
Made Trade Freya Flounce Top
Outerknown Poet Blouse
Maternity-friendly jeans for pregnancy
It's generally harmless to wear jeans during pregnancy. Many women commonly want to wear jeans when pregnant. You can easily dress in style and look your best with cute jeans outfits during pregnancy.
High-waisted jeans usually are the preferred option. They provide maximum comfort and support, especially late in pregnancy when your curves are developing.
Stretchy denim jeans with a legging-like waistband are great for a growing belly. The bottom part looks and feels like conventional jeans, and the upper part at the waistline is super elastic and comfy.
Jeans can be a little restricting in the later stages of pregnancy when the bump is growing. So don't hesitate to replace them with other options that could feel more comfortable and invest in maternity clothing.
Read our round-up for the best affordable and sustainable maternity jeans that every mom and mom-to-be needs to know to look fashionable and feel comfortable.
Warp + Weft Maternity Skinny Jeans
Etsy Embellished Maternity Jeans
Maternity leggings to wear when pregnant.
The best maternity leggings are comfortable, affordable, sustainable, and made from natural and organic materials such as cotton and bamboo for relaxing or working out with a clean conscience.
Organic clothing is one of the best things you can buy as a parent or mom-to-be. If you are interested in environmentally friendly activewear, buy garments made from high-quality and sustainable fabrics that are better for your skin, your baby, and the planet.
Check out our selection for the best affordable and sustainable organic cotton and bamboo maternity leggings made under high social and environmental standards.
PACT Maternity Go-To Leggings
dk active Lotus Maternity Long Tights
Best maternity-friendly bras you can wear
The best maternity-friendly bras you can wear when pregnant support your breasts and make you feel comfortable. Women with larger breasts prefer maternity bras as they offer more support and allow nursing effortlessly.
It's a good idea to invest in maternity and nursing-friendly bras as soon as your breasts prepare for lactation. It usually happens quite early in pregnancy. And most women experience changes before the end of the first trimester.
Make sure you wear high-quality bras that fit well and don't put any pressure on your breasts. As they change in shape and size, a correctly fitted bra will offer adequate support and comfort.
It's important to buy what feels comfortable to you. It depends on your body proportions and is different for all women. Some breasts go up many bra cup sizes before their bump start to grow. Make sure to buy what fits and feels right.
Read our round-up of the best ethically-made, maternity nursing bras you can wear before, during, and after pregnancy.
Maternity loungewear for pregnant women
The best maternity nightwear and loungewear are sustainable, comfortable, and durable to help you breastfeed your baby at home or the hospital.
Many nursing-friendly brands offer super soft and high-quality nightgowns that make dressing well and sustainably while breastfeeding very easy for you.
They use natural and organic materials that protect the environment, your health, and your family. Choose eco-friendly, cute, luxurious, and comfy breastfeeding-friendly options.
Here are some of the best luxury organic pajamas that every nursing mom needs to feel comfortable while breastfeeding and have a good night's sleep.
Leena & Lu Luxury Long Dress
Office clothes to wear when pregnant
Every woman deserves stylish workwear that highlights her best features and helps her look great effortlessly, especially during pregnancy. The most inspired clothes for the office are casual, chic, affordable, and sustainable.
Many fashion designers create beautiful, stylish, luxurious maternity garments to wear at the office. They help you look and feel your best at work before, during, and after your pregnancy.
Check out our selection for the best maternity workwear that every woman needs to look fashionable and even stand out.
Vetta Capsule Midi Dress
Karen Kane Sleeveless Artisan Dress
Flat shoes pregnant women wear.
The best shoes for pregnant women are cheap, eco-friendly, cruelty-free, comfy, and ethically made from natural, organic, or recycled materials that scream modernity and sustainability.
Choose minimalist sandals that have a thin sole to give a good ground feel and provide enough cushion. Thin soles are naturally lightweight without a raised heel bed or added padding around the arch.
Flat shoes will help you feel the ground and keep your feet safe when pregnant while providing enough cushion. Here is our selection of the best affordable, vegan, sustainable, minimalist sandals.
Maternity-friendly swimwear for pregnancy
Many women spend their pregnancies in bikinis. They are comfortable and allow your body to grow, giving it enough space with stretchy fabrics.
The best maternity swimsuits are cheap, eco-friendly, and comfy to help you look stylish and protect the planet. They contain recycled or organic materials that protect your health and the environment.
Choose inexpensive, high-quality, and eco-conscious bathing suits, bikinis, one-pieces, bodysuits, or tankinis that will make it easy for you to dress well and sustainably when pregnant.
Check out our selection for the best affordable and sustainable maternity swimwear brands that every woman needs to know to look fashionable and feel comfortable during pregnancy on a budget.
Best bump-friendly non-maternity clothing
You can wear regular throughout pregnancy if you find the right set of items that keep you comfortable and lead to a healthier, calmer, happier you.
Ensure you buy clothes that perfectly fit your current body shape. And make comfort a priority over style or price. Go for loose clothing in light fabrics that give your body and baby room to grow.
Many clothing designers and fashion brands make affordable and sustainable non-maternity clothes that pregnant women can wear throughout pregnancy and beyond.
Check out our selection for the best bump-friendly non-maternity brands that create stylish apparel to wear before, during, and after pregnancy.
Christy Dawn Lina Dress
Toad&Co Swing Dress
Money-saving tips for pregnant women
Get thrifty, buy vintage or second-hand clothing, use clothing rentals, or buy fewer items to avoid exceeding your budget and save money on clothes when pregnant.
Look for high-quality, sustainable garments designed to last beyond the season. Shop during seasonal sales and visit local stores or markets to find fashion at affordable prices.
Read our ultimate guide on how to find fashionable, affordable, sustainable, and ethical clothes on a budget.
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About the Author: Alex Assoune
Alex Assoune (MS) is a global health and environmental advocate. He founded Panaprium to inspire others with conscious living, ethical, and sustainable fashion. Alex has worked in many countries to address social and environmental issues. He speaks three languages and holds two Master of Science degrees in Engineering from SIGMA and IFPEN schools.
9 Women Gave Me Their Best Advice for Dressing While Pregnant
When we entered quarantine in New York, no one knew I was pregnant. We’d lost a baby the year before, and I wanted to feel a little more certain that everything was going well before telling friends and family. Once we got the all-clear in the spring, I started to share the news over Zoom and FaceTime, screenshotting the joyful reactions for posterity.
Given the circumstances, this obviously has not been the pregnancy I’d expected—most of my prenatal appointments were cancelled, understandably, as the virus surged in New York and hospitals struggled to keep up. In the early days, it was hard to find conclusive information on the effect of COVID-19 on unborn babies. I knew pregnancy qualified as a compromised immune system, so I’ve erred on the side of caution, only leaving the house to buy groceries and other essentials, and, most recently, to protest.
Virtually all communication with family, friends, and my midwife became digital, and I missed connecting with other pregnant women as I had in the prenatal exercise classes I’d been attending pre-quarantine. Instead, I noticed my Saved folder on Instagram filling up with images of other pregnant women as I subconsciously surrounded my digital self with other women simultaneously sharing this experience.
As evidence seems to indicate the relative safety of spending short bursts of time outside, kind friends have stopped by my stoop for a socially-distant, mutually-masked visit and I’ve been venturing out for fresh air a little more. I’m in my third trimester now and starting to feel a little sentimental about this experience coming to an end. In these new expeditions outside, I’ve been trying to dress in a way that celebrates my changing body, to memorialize this fleeting moment.
When “Whatever You Want” week presented the opportunity to reach out to the women in my Saved folder (some of whom I know IRL and some I have only admired from afar), I jumped at the chance to ask for advice on how they’d approached pregnancy dressing. Scroll down to meet some of the mums who have inspired me from a cool, social distance during the past seven months, and to hear what’s worked for them.
Regina Adewunmi, a.k.a. Reggie
Reggie is a wife, vibe curator, and birth doula born, raised, and currently living in Long Island, New York. She’s most passionate about women’s health and enjoys facilitating conversation around periods, sex, and birth over on Tacos Tequila + Tampons.
What was your favorite pregnancy look? I’ve been living in dresses my entire pregnancy! I usually go for a simple, below-the-knee smock or shift dress. Dresses have been perfect for the frequent trips to the toilet and for midwife appointments (easy access!).
Any tips for pregnant dressing in the summer heat? Being a plus-sized pregnant person, it’s almost impossible to find “maternity clothes” in my size, so my solution for summer pregnancy wear is going up a size or two in cotton materials. You tend to sweat more often when pregnant, so I find sticking to airy fabrics is the best way to stay dry and comfortable.
Djuna Bel is a wardrobe stylist who currently resides in Los Angeles, California with her husband Nikolai Haas, their son Fox, and their cat named David.
What was your favorite pregnancy look? Judging by the majority of the photos I have, I spent a lot of my pregnancy in a bikini. When I was clothed, my go-to pregnancy looks were slip dresses and wrap dresses: I needed easy access pieces that would grow with my belly. I also didn’t like the feeling of anything tight on my belly, so jeans and leggings were generally out of the picture.
Any tips for pregnant dressing? I didn’t want disposable pregnancy clothes—I wanted to use what I had in my wardrobe and invest in pieces that I could continue to wear when I breastfed (wrap dresses are so ideal).
Ida Polnaija-Kakisina is a 30-year-old Moluccan woman and happy wife in Breukelen, the Netherlands. She’s sometimes a model, and always a fashion lover and a full-time superhero to her one-year-old twins and three-year-old toddler.
What was your favorite pregnancy look? Oversized dresses, even though I never wear dresses in regular life… but I was pregnant with twins. I wanted to walk naked all day every day, ‘cause wearing two babies was already uncomfortable enough, but I couldn’t, so, dresses.
Any tips for pregnant dressing in the summer heat? Loose-fitting clothing with coverage for your legs and arms so the sun doesn’t touch your bare skin, but with material that lets your skin breathe.
Alice Fox is an Austin-based designer and co-founder of Fox Fox Studio. She’s the mother of two girls, aged 3 ½ years and 9 ½ months.
What was your favorite pregnancy look? I wore this MNZ bodycon dress nonstop throughout my pregnancy. With sneakers and a tee underneath or dressed up with heels, it was a workhorse. [In the photo at the top of this story], I’m wearing a Priscavera silk slip dress that felt like heaven, so light and airy on my heavy belly. You could see baby kicks and punches through it.
Any tips for pregnant dressing? I bought some maternity basics, but they felt drab and I only ever wore the leggings. I wanted to wear special clothing to honor and celebrate my body in such a magical state. If we are nuts enough to do it again, I’ll invest in a few new pieces I really love from designers I want to support (that happen to work for pregnant bellies) and build around those.
Sydney Porter is a model, mom, and advocate for fearless and empowered birth in North Georgia.
What was your favorite pregnancy look? My style during pregnancy varied so much. For the most part, I stuck to my free-spirited roots and let my bump be seen as much as possible! In the warmer months of my pregnancy, I wore crop tops, sustainable swimsuits, and long, flowing dresses 24/7.
Any tips for pregnant dressing in the cooler months? What really saved me during the cold was having some really versatile maternity basics that I could layer as well as mix and match. I highly recommend investing in a few bump-friendly pieces that you really love. For me, jumpsuits were my go-to!
Linda Bui has worked in beauty for almost a decade, specifically in operations, supply chain and data management—she can help you get any lipstick made in an efficient and timely manner. She also has a creative project working with ceramics and florals called ma dam, arranging flowers in handmade ceramic pieces.
What was your favorite pregnancy look? It’s funny because I’m unsure if I would have worn this dress before I was pregnant, but when I had more of a bump, I had an urge to show off my body more. I mean, this Marcia dress is sickn’ing!
Any tips for pregnant dressing? Maternity wear was a no-go for me. I refused to purchase any clothing that I couldn’t wear again after my pregnancy. I always try to be very conscious of my purchases whether I’m pregnant or not, only investing in pieces I love and in designers that I want to support. It also helps if that piece makes me feel good about myself, especially when my body was changing. Clothing that made me feel bump-positive was a must. Honestly, any clothing that makes you feel good is a must, no matter what shape your body is.
Based in Brooklyn, New York, Daphne Javitch is an integrative nutritionist and the founder of Doing Well.
What’s your favorite pregnancy look? I mostly wear vintage dresses, caftans, nightgowns, and slips. When it gets cooler, I’ll wear knit pants with men’s shirts or sweater-dresses. Aside from workout leggings and one-size-fits-all undies, I don’t buy new clothes for pregnancy. When my jeans finally fit again, it feels like having a brand-new wardrobe!
Any tips for pregnant dressing? Slip-on shoes. These were a must for my early months of motherhood as well, when I was often wearing my son as I walked out the door. Easy on, easy off!
Based in Brooklyn, New York, Ryan Norville is an editor at L’Officiel and founder of Oat Cinnamon.
What was your favorite pregnancy look? Especially with the hot weather, I recommend comfortable dresses that can grow with you.
Any other tips for pregnant dressing? I didn’t want to buy any maternity clothes, so making sure I had comfortable dresses with either the ability to stretch or hang really loose has been a lifesaver. What I love most is I can wear these same dresses again once the baby is here as well.
Synmia Rosine is a mother, lover, food grower and herbalist in Los Angeles, California. She’s a facilitator in Ancestral medicine, “‘cause no one can heal you better than you can heal yourself.”
What was your favorite pregnancy look? My favorite pregnancy look includes oversized workwear pants worn with any top that’ll allow my stomach to breathe. Both of my pregnancies were during the summer, and it’s too hot to be self-conscious about your belly being exposed. I had so many folx staring or giving me the shifty eye—I loved it! We need to see more bellies to normalize pregnancy as a beautiful journey!
Any tips for pregnant dressing? I never got into maternity wear. For me, it was a waste of money, most likely bad for the environment, and there aren’t maternity brands I really like. When we could thrift, thrifting for looks to match my growing belly was my favorite pastime. My go-to cozy looks are: workwear overalls and a tank, XL trousers, a silky pajama set, or a muumuu for those extra hot days.
how to dress and what to wear during pregnancy / School of Shopping
A long-awaited article about style and wardrobe for pregnant women. :-)
Dear girls, as a mother of two children, I tried to tell in detail about the features of the wardrobe for this wonderful period.
I hope you enjoy the article and find it useful!
How to dress during pregnancy?
A woman who is expecting a baby is especially beautiful. It is during this period that the qualities that are inherent in us by nature are especially clearly revealed. Femininity, charm, universal love overwhelm us. Of course, at this time we are faced with certain difficulties. One of these difficulties is our wardrobe, when we realize that most of the clothes with every month of pregnancy no longer fit us.
In this article, I will tell you how to stay stylish during the "interesting situation" period, as well as give practical advice on creating a functional wardrobe that will work for you after the baby is born.
When shaping your wardrobe, prioritize the basics. Choose a color, not a complex and decorative cut. Things sewn in a straight line sit on any figure, but various “complexities” interact poorly with volumes and bends. And volumes and curves for 9months, as you understand, will only increase :)
Your figure will noticeably change during pregnancy, so it is better to decorate it with clothes made of high-quality natural fabrics with a laconic cut. So you will feel comfortable.
And the color will help diversify your wardrobe and, accordingly, make the image interesting.
Also in the last few seasons, straight-cut and oversized items are in fashion. In such clothes you will look good before and after pregnancy!
You can buy these things in any clothing store. You don't even need to do shopping in maternity stores, which are famous for their unsympathetic assortment. Just stop paying attention to fitted clothes and you will see what a really large selection of clothes for this period you will find in the most ordinary and familiar stores!
From brands such as ASOS, ZARA, H&M and many more, including specialist brands, you'll find skirts and trousers with an elastic waistband that molds to your rounded tummy. It is very comfortable!
Avoid tight, inelastic fabrics. Since your body measurements are rapidly changing right now, these clothes are more likely to find a place on one of the shelves in your wardrobe marked “until better times” than in one of your looks.
When choosing clothes with a straight cut, do not overdo it and choose clothes that are too shapeless. Remember, the more you want to hide your pregnancy under plus size clothes, the bigger you will look in it.
If you still want to hide your "interesting position", then a few simple tricks will help you in the first stages of pregnancy.
Pay attention to blouses and knitwear that do not accentuate the waist. There are sooooo many such clothes in all brands. Just choose stores of the usual price category or look for the right things online.
Wear a straight-cut blazer or vest to hide the hint of a tummy.
Fitted blazers in an outdated style run the risk of feeling uncomfortable and giving away your position by emphasizing a rounded waist.
Please note that for safety you can wear the top over the skirt or trousers, ie. do not tuck it in, and throw a blazer or vest on top.
Dresses with a straight cut (cocoon or trumpet) also perfectly mask the first signs of a wonderful situation.
Another important point that is relevant for many is whether or not to wear tight-fitting clothes during pregnancy. If you look at world stars, then during pregnancy they actively wear tight-fitting things, wanting to emphasize their rounded tummy.
We believe that slim fit will suit slim girls who did not gain extra weight during pregnancy. Only in this case, a knitted sheath dress will look beautiful on you, and you will tell the whole world about the upcoming event in your life, not forgetting your sense of style.
During pregnancy, you should also pay special attention to shoes. Everything is very individual! Someone runs on stilettos all the way to the hospital, and someone has swelling and “hello” uggs and ballet flats are 2 sizes larger.
From a medical point of view, choose shoes with low heels or flats and follow your doctor's advice.
Fortunately, "life without heels" is in vogue now. Sneakers, sneakers, loafers, boots - you can definitely choose a stylish and up-to-date option.
By the way, doctors do not recommend wearing ballet flats. From an orthopedic point of view, these are the wrong shoes. It will put extra pressure on your legs.
Don't forget the dresses. During this period, a knitted dress with a wrap, which you can wear after pregnancy, as well as a dress with a high waist and a loose fit, is perfect for you.
The knit or cashmere sweater dress is another practical piece that you can wear throughout your pregnancy. And, of course, a cocoon dress! In such options, you will be very comfortable.
If a dress code and a sweater dress are not an option in the office, then, again, straight-cut blouses or blouses with drapes, slightly loose shirts, comfortable skirts and trousers with an elastic waistband will come to your aid (it will not be visible under the top), smooth knitwear, blazers, cocoon dresses and wrap dresses.
If you're having a hard time finding blouses or dresses with sleeves, you can always throw a loose cardigan over your shoulders!
For important meetings, you can wear pumps with low heels, and you can store a pair of comfortable shoes under the table. :-)
In the cold season, you will be warmed by an elongated down jacket. Depending on the gestational age and your volumes, choose the appropriate size. Also, a coat made of soft cashmere, a model with a wrap, is perfect for you.
Slightly open, you can wear a straight-cut coat, but it's not very warm. Therefore, you do not need to choose fitted models, your tummy will not fit in them later!
It's funny, but many pregnant girls fit perfectly into their pre-pregnancy clothes throughout their pregnancy! During my first pregnancy, I wore my usual clothes, just tying the belt on coats and raincoats a little higher. During my second pregnancy, I gained more than 20 kg, and Kirill Gasilin's down jacket saved me in the cold. It is sold for many years in a row in each collection, only the colors change. Two length options. The down jacket looks like a huge plaid, it has a funny cut in the back area, but I tied it with a belt so that the back looked straight :-) Regular oversize coats from this brand are also ideal for pregnant women!
A similar but quieter model is available from Pepen.
Fashion and maternity clothes are compatible! Accessories will always help you create a stylish Total Look and draw attention to yourself.
A good bag, stylish glasses, watches, cozy scarves and stoles, hats - all this will help you to be irresistible and beat comfortable basic things in your wardrobe.
Holidays and celebrations are a great occasion to wear a high-waisted Empire style dress.
This is a wonderful period! I wish you to do without edema, stretch marks and toxicosis, enjoy every day and delight those around you with your appearance!
Remember that pregnant women are beautiful!
When I was "very pregnant", even from passing cars men shouted to me: "Sexy mama"! And it was funny, but damn nice:)))
I felt like an unreal beauty even with 20 extra pounds and a huge waist!
I wish you the same!
Have a pleasant and easy pregnancy, expectant mothers!
PHOTO - ASOS. RU
What to wear during pregnancy: creating a stylish wardrobe
Hello everyone! Many of you are probably wondering why it took so long for new articles to come out? Well, let me tell you my secret. I am pregnant! And because of toxicosis, I just didn’t have the strength to blog. The topic of the article has matured by itself and is now very relevant for me. Although, probably, many young mothers wondered what to wear to pregnant women in order to look stylish and, most importantly, where to buy all this?!
Okay, let's figure out how to build a basic wardrobe for a pregnant woman, taking into account seasonality and comfort.
Basic maternity wardrobe
The basis of any wardrobe, or the so-called base, is things of a simple laconic cut: that is, things that do not have a specific stylistic direction. Such things are perfectly combined with each other, as well as with “complex” things. But avoid the misconceptions on the Internet that the base has no color at all - such, you know, gray-black-white-beige, and that the base is jeans and knitwear. Your images will be much more interesting if the basic things are:
colored or printed;
have a different texture.
It is important not to spend a lot of money and get as many sets as possible to choose all things in the same color temperature. If you don’t know what it is, or you don’t know how to determine the temperature of color shades, and also if you have difficulty combining colors in clothes and accessories, you can learn how to work with color in my courses.
Often, due to the fact that a pregnant woman puts on weight, girls grab onto elastic knitwear ... which can easily play a cruel joke with them, emphasizing somewhat blurry forms (and this often happens during pregnancy), and sometimes even appearing from - for the raging hormones of cellulite ... By the way, close-fitting knitwear rarely suits anyone (only ideal ideals), because it can easily add visual kilograms. Therefore, it is better to choose basic knits and knitwear that are tighter and / or looser so that they do not emphasize what should not be flaunted.
The base is selected according to the season: spring-summer or autumn-winter. It is also important to take into account the lifestyle and features of the figure that will change! Unfortunately, or rather, fortunately, there are no two identical women, which means that there will not be two identical wardrobes: someone wants and can work in the office almost until the very birth, someone is already a mother on maternity leave and she has a lot of worries with babies, someone leads an active lifestyle, and someone prefers to enjoy the tranquility at home during pregnancy, someone visits exhibitions and cinema, and someone decides to travel!
Therefore, when composing your “Pregnancy” basic wardrobe, be sure to ask yourself:
Where will I go in this?
Does this thing decorate me or spoil me?
Does this thing give me joy and pleasure? Women in position should accumulate oxytocin, look at the beautiful and have fun!
Do these things suit my lifestyle?
Is the color of this item in the color temperature of my wardrobe?
Is this item basic or not?
A pregnant woman's wardrobe doesn't have to be expensive, because you don't have to wear it for long. This means that the exit price of “pregnant” things should not be high. But, for everyone there is a level of the norm, so everyone decides for himself whether it is expensive or not! But I don’t see the point in spending more on things for pregnant women than what you spent on your “pre-pregnant” clothes.
By the way, you don't have to buy many things in Maternity departments and special stores for expectant mothers. An excellent investment would be clothes that you can easily wear even after childbirth.
Maternity items available from the regular women's section
Jacket and/or vest . A very cool thing that is useful not only for working expectant mothers. With a jacket and/or vest you can hide your growing tummy in the first half of pregnancy, create interesting looks with layers, wear with jeans/skirts/pants/dresses and shorts! In general, with anything! When choosing a jacket, take your usual size (unless you are going to eat for two, of course!), Shoulders should be in place. You are unlikely to fasten the jacket, besides, in the unbuttoned state, you can create a vertical line that visually stretches the silhouette. By the way, it is better to take a slightly elongated model - shortened ones are not very relevant now and can emphasize the stomach ugly. It’s better to choose thinner lapels on a jacket: you don’t need to visually enlarge your breasts during pregnancy, it will grow up remarkably anyway;) To get a more relaxed bow and make yourself visually slimmer, roll up your silent sleeves.
Oversized sweater in coarse knit and/or cardigan. You can dress-sweater oversize . High neck or V-neck, whatever you like. Better a little elongated, because with the growth of the tummy, the tops seem to be shortened in front, fitting it. It is important that such a sweater sits freely, then you can wear it for almost the entire pregnancy, and then in relaxed bows or picking up the sweater at the waist with a strap. During pregnancy, these sweaters look best with skinny jeans, skinny trousers or leather leggings, midi and mini skirts.
Joggers . These are pants a la sports pants. Choose only ones that have a low rise and an elastic waistband (be sure to try how easy it stretches). These joggers can last you almost the entire pregnancy, and even after it you can continue to wear them. It is better to choose from leather (or eco-leather), velvet and other interesting textures. Similarly, arguing, you can choose a skirt for yourself!
Stylish shoes . It is better with a neat pointed nose, as even without a heel it will lengthen and slim the legs. And doctors advise to refuse heels during pregnancy, so as not to provoke varicose veins. And it is better that these shoes do not have laces, because with the growth of the tummy it will be very difficult to tie them. By the way, many women complain about swollen feet during pregnancy, so try on shoes in stores in the afternoon and it’s better to take half a size more, and, if necessary, order comfortable individual insoles. In summer it can be slippers, mules, pointy ballet shoes or loafers, in autumn and spring - loafers, comfortable ankle boots with a small wide heel of 4-6 cm or Chelsea boots, and in winter - soft comfortable shoes with fur: uggs, or more interesting, in my opinion an option, stylish winter boots from duetbyme. This brand makes shoes by hand and can be made to your own measurements, which is very nice. Prices are quite adequate.
Loose top or tunic. Of course, all mothers are different and someone's belly grows just huge, and someone's tummy is quite compact even at the ninth month. But, take a closer look at the free tops a la vests in ordinary stores. These can be found at Zara, Pull & Bear, Free People, New Look and [urlspan]Asos[/urlspan]. For the first half of pregnancy, you can also see knitted wool dresses, knitwear, oversized shirts, elasticated skirts, loose A-line dresses. By the way, you can then continue to wear shirts like a cardigan, wearing a nice top or T-shirt underneath. For connoisseurs of boho style, the choice becomes even more interesting: loose flying dresses and kimonos are perfect for any season and will look great even with a grown tummy.
Accessories . During pregnancy, it is very important to like yourself! The body changes, the weight increases… But these changes are temporary, and beauty and style should stay with us forever! Delight yourself with jewelry, expensive bags, hats and shoes. These details will always make the image interesting, complex and memorable. And the exit price of accessories is always low, since you will wear them even after childbirth :)
Things to look for in maternity stores
Jeans/trousers/leggings. They come in two types: with an elastic band under the tummy and an insert on the stomach. It all depends on what is more convenient for you. Personally, I like it better with an elastic insert under the stomach. But in the cold season, especially when there is no way to fasten the coat with all the buttons, trousers or jeans with an insert on the tummy are a great option!
Outerwear for the cold season. To be honest, there are very few pretty models. And if you live in a cold climate and the end of pregnancy falls on winter or early spring, you cannot do without warm outerwear. Take a look at parkas, winter coats and oversized down jackets from regular departments like Parka London, CYRILLE GASSILINE or Private Sun[—they can really help out. But if you can’t fasten it on your stomach, then pay attention to special models for pregnant women. And there are also good parkas from the MamaLicious brand, which have two modes: pregnant and post-pregnant due to a special expanding insert. Inexpensive models can be found at Asos, TopShop and H&M.
Underwear . Here I mean panties, bras and tights! By the way, new underwear, especially the top, may be needed already in the first trimester! When choosing, remember some rules: the bra should not squeeze the chest, but at the same time, it must have good support. You should be comfortable in it. Doctors often recommend choosing seamless and pitted models, as they do not interfere with blood circulation in the chest. It is better if the bra has wide, adjustable straps. Cute models can be found at H&M, MotherCare, as well as Asos and Lamoda. Of course, trying on a bra is extremely important, so I only recommend online stores that offer free fitting and free returns! For lace designs, check out Shopbop. Panties with a cut for expectant mothers, most likely, will not be needed until the second trimester, but again this is very individual. They usually have a more comfortable elastic band. There are models under the tummy and on the tummy with a light supporting function. Tights... When the tummy is already quite voluminous in ordinary tights, it becomes very uncomfortable! The problem will not be solved if you choose tights a size larger. Therefore, it's time to buy special tights for expectant mothers. There is a great selection at Asos and Lamoda: you can find different colors, densities and even prints! You can also find these tights at H&M.
Where to buy maternity clothes: online and offline stores
Asos Materniry. I like the huge selection! You can buy everything - from underwear to winter parkas. Good selection of inexpensive brands. There is a line for both miniature pregnant women (under 160 cm tall) and tall expectant mothers. If something does not fit, you can return it for free. The money will be returned to the same card with which the order was made.
Lamoda.ru - here the choice is slightly worse, but still quite good. Pleased with a free sample. It is very convenient to buy clothes on it.
Destinationmaternity.com is an American store that specializes exclusively in maternity clothing. There is delivery to Russia. An excellent selection of brands from both inexpensive and mid-price segments: 7 For All Mankind, Pietro Brunelli (by the way, ordering from this site is cheaper than buying in Kangaroo stores in Moscow), BCBGMAXAZRIA, Joe's Jeans and others. Here you can find absolutely everything from underwear to wedding dresses. Separately, I fell in love with this store because there is a good choice for expectant mothers in size plus, a line of sportswear for pregnant women and a line of petite!
Shopbop. com - for fashionable moms, here are some great mid-range models. There are a lot of cool tummy-fit jeans and beautiful lacy maternity lingerie that are hard to find. Delivery to Russia is very fast, delivered by DHL.
pups.ru - the assortment of the store, in terms of fashion, leaves much to be desired, but here you can find very budget models. And if you dig deep, you can really find very stylish little things.
H&M - here is an excellent selection of cotton underwear for pregnant women and inexpensive models of trousers, dresses, outerwear. Here you can also look at a budget dress, pajamas and tights.
Kangaroo is a specialized shop. It presents clothes for expectant and nursing mothers, as well as for children of the middle price segment. Some models are cheaper to order after fitting from American sites;)
Odoro.ru - they have showrooms in Moscow. The brand positions itself as oversize and maternity wear. There are a lot of cute knitwear, sweatshirts, and there are also good outerwear.
ilovemum.ru is a Russian maternity clothing store. There is both frank nonsense and very worthwhile gizmos.
mothercare.ru is almost a cult store for expectant and nursing mothers. Everything is here: from cosmetics and clothes for pregnant women, and everything you need for babies!
www.madewell.com - here for the perfect maternity jeans :) In fact, I will do a separate review of maternity brands and stores in one of the following articles!
Where to buy clothes for petite pregnant women
Petite girls and women find it so difficult to find suitable clothes, and when short women of fashion are in a special position, then, of course, the task becomes even more complicated! Or not?
The hardest thing for petite ones is to find “bottoms”: trousers, jeans, skirts, although buying a cool maternity skirt is a real problem! And, of course, outerwear. So, here is a list of stores that have a petite maternity line (they all deliver to Russia)!
Asos Petite Maternty - there are tops, jeans, trousers and dresses - just a salvation for short girls in position.