Buying a brand new maternity wardrobe can get pretty expensive depending on the pieces you choose and when you are due. I found this out the hard way while pregnant with my first daughter and then again with my second, when I required a whole new wardrobe since I was pregnant in the opposite season. Needless to say, I now have a maternity wardrobe fit for all seasons.
Not to worry, though. There are definitely ways to utilize a few basic essentials without going for broke, creating a variety of different looks and outfits with just a few on-hand. Here are some of my insider tips and favorite essentials to look for when purchasing your maternity wardrobe.
1. Layer With a Tank
Bravado’s Essential Nursing Tank is a great layering piece that can be used during as well as after your pregnancy. The built-in bra is one of the most supportive ones I’ve tried and the overall cut of this garment is extremely flattering. Wear it in the spring and summer paired with a skirt or shorts or layer it in the fall and winter with a cozy cardigan and jeans. Even after your baby is born, it works for creating easy nursing access or as a comfy workout top.
2. Extend The Life of Your Pants
If you’ve reached that point in your pregnancy where your pants still fit on your hips but you can no longer fasten the buttons/zipper, there is no need to run out and purchase a pair of paneled pants quite yet. Bellabands extend the life of your pants and securely hold up unbuttoned waistbands during pregnancy as well as your loose maternity garments after pregnancy.
3. Invest in Stretchy Skirts, Wrap Dresses & Maxis
I have several pull-on skirts that I purchased before my pregnancy and was able to wear them throughout all three of my pregnancies thanks to the super elastic waistband. There is no need to buy everything labeled ‘maternity’ — trust me, you’ll be surprised how many pieces you can reuse in your current closet stash. Stretchy maxi dresses, skirts and pull-on pants are great pieces to have on hand! But if you do go for a maternity dress, go for one you can wear after the baby comes, too. My hands-down favorite is Isabella Oliver’s Maternity Wrap Dress. I have lost all 50 pounds I gained with my son and still wear this dress regularly. It’s sharp, flattering and accommodates your growing shape beautifully.
4. Remember: Blazers Are Your Best Friend
If you have a great blazer in your wardrobe, utilize it! As long as you keep the buttons undone, blazers make great layering pieces — pregnant or not. Plus, they can really dress up an outfit if you’re feeling a little un-special. (If you don’t already have one in your closet that works, A Pea in the Pod has some great bump-friendly styles I love.)