Now that I’ve been pregnant for 8 months, I have a pretttttty good idea of what my best fashion buys were and what I wore the absolute most. When I got pregnant, I had no idea what I should buy to get me through the rest of my pregnancy – what would fit me when I was at that awkward stage, the giant stage, and then possibly the postpartum stage? Thankfully, I’ve figured out what works best for me. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on maternity clothes, because it honestly wouldn’t have been worth it. I spent a pretty penny on a few things that were completely worth it and I was able to budget on the others. So if you are an expecting mama or going to be, I hope I can help you find a few absolute s t a p l e s for you to wear throughout the next 9-10 months + make sure you still look put together. Like always, I’ll link a ton of options for you to click through to make it super easy for you to shop. Let’s do this shit.
Here’s a couple of outfits that I wore multiple times throughout my pregnancy – peep the different belly sizes. Some of them super casual and some of them a little more suitable for dinner or date night. Mostly casual, but the pieces I’m going to show you can easily be swapped out and taken from day to night.
First things first- JEANS.
I kind of shit myself when I started looking at maternity jeans and realizing that I already have such a hard time finding denim that fits my body – how the hell was I going to find ones to fit a body I don’t even know yet!? I did a ton of research and made the mistake of going to try on jeans in store which were all a disaster. Target sucked, H&M sucked, everywhere sucked. So I started looking online. One of my favorite stores online is ASOS and I was hoping I could find some on there but I could not get over that ugly waistband situation that every. single. pair. had. Like no thanks, I don’t want my mid-section looking any bigger than it is.
I’m not normally a huge “high-end” shopper, but I had seen a post on instagram for Khloe Kardashian’s ‘Good American’ jeans and I saw a pair that I didn’t even think were maternity until I saw the #GOODMAMA hashtag. No ugly + huge waistband and they looked good. I hopped on the website and I was surprised to see that they weren’t crazy expensive. I used to work for a high-end denim company and let me tell you, a good pair of jeans is going to cost you. But it’s always completely worth it. So I bought them. And they have lasted me from 10 weeks until now (33 weeks) and there is way more room for a bigger bump. They were the only piece of maternity clothing that I bought, and it was 1000% the best decision ever. If you are going to spend your money on anything, make it these jeans. I got my normal size and I opted for the mid-rise so I could keep the high waisted look that I love!
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Next up – dresses. Dresses are going to be your BFF4LYFE while pregnant. They are the most comfortable piece of clothing to throw on and they are super versatile. And chances are, they will fit your bump all throughout your pregnancy with you only having to go up a size or two. Who has time to buy a bunch of maternity clothes anyways?
There’s 3 types of dresses that will be your best friend and you could always have these in your closet, pregnant or not. But especially when your belly is rapidly growing.
Your stomach is going to grow (duh) and there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s not like you just ate a big ass lunch and want to hide your stomach… NO. SHOW THAT SHIT OFF. You made a human, it’s growing inside of you, show it off. Bodycon dresses are perfect for this and mid-length styles are ideal because you don’t have to keep pulling them down all the time and they are one of those styles that are easy to take from day to night. Honestly, wearing a bodycon dress with some block heels was the most I ever dressed up during my pregnancy. So yeah, it’s necessary.
+ T SHIRT
This has been one of my fav dress styles since before I got knocked up (lol) and I still wear them now. It’s probably because it feels like I’m just wearing a giant t-shirt and sneakers which is the most comfortable thing ever, but it looks cute and put together sooooooo. As usual, just size up so that as your bump grows, the length of the dress doesn’t change and it doesn’t actually look like you’re just pregnant and wearing a t-shirt and sneakers. Unless you’re throwing shorts on underneath it, that’s not a cute look. For anyone.
+ MIDI DRESSES
If you follow me on insta (which you should) then you would know that I have been living for a good mid-length dress. I don’t like to worry about if something is too short or not (especially when I’m preggo and have a ton of other shit to worry about) so these dresses are a must have if you’re expecting. My favorite ones I have found so far have been from Aerie – which you have heard alll about on my stories. And if you haven’t, then go to highlights in IG and hear all about it. It’s a smocked style button-down dress that comes in 6 colors, is completely bump (and not bump) friendly, and you will probably wear it every day. I linked them below and a couple others that I have been loving too.
Something else I couldn’t live without? A good pair of LEGGINGS. Specifically high-waisted, even though you do reach a point where nothing “high-waisted” will fit over your stomach. Even though I’m not for spending money on maternity specific items, I would definitely go for a good pair of maternity leggings. I’ve found that this pair from Target are amazing. Super high-waisted and a good price point.
Another thing I have used so many times this pregnancy? My DENIM JACKET. I can’t way it loud enough – You should always have a good ass denim jacket in your wardrobe. I layer mine with everything. Bodycon dresses, t-shirt dresses, midi dresses, leggings and oversize t-shirts, literally everything. It’s such a good add-on to any outfit, especially when you are pregnant and wearing mostly basics. I found it always made me feel slightly more put together when I could throw my jacket on to complete a look. I linked my fav leggings + denim jackets below.
Last but not least – let’s talk SHOES. Sneakers + mules have been my best friends. AKA – something I don’t have to struggle with and can just slip on because tying shoes is just not happening anymore. Plus, these styles are comfortable and easy to wear with any of the staples that I talked about above. Pretty sure I’ll keep wearing these shoes when I’m not pregnant because I love them so much and thankfully, they are in style. Comfort + easy + in style? Yes, please.
I hope if you are pregnant or going to be pregnant, that this post helped you get an idea of what staples you want to have in your closet to accompany your crazy body changes over the next 9-10 months. Some maternity clothes are worth it, but most of them aren’t. It’s all about finding which styles are most comfortable and work best for you!
My favorite stores to shop for pregnancy-friendly clothes?
Here’s a little recap of my favorite pieces if you want to shop them! Just click to shop!