Maternity style is something I struggled with at first. I really loved my short, cinch waisted skater dresses and pencil skirts. It seriously pained me to pack them away. I hated the idea of spending money on clothes that I could only wear for a short period of time, and I didn’t already have a good arsenal of stretch maxi skirts that I could make work. So, I started simple and slowly built my maternity wardrobe. It may feel like I wear the same thing every day, but the great part is that everything is interchangeable and most of the pieces you can wear after the baby is born. I ended up rounding out my maternity wardrobe with striped 3/4 sleeve tees and a few oversized sweaters, but I find myself often coming back to these staples.
Here are some things so far that I couldn’t live without.
Nursing bras: One of the first things I had to buy was a new bra. Over-share alert: My boobs got super huge, super fast and nursing bras made the most sense to buy, since I knew eventually I’d use them after the baby was born. When I get home I switch to something more comfortable. I still am wearing these yoga bras at home, but eventually I’m going to have to get something a little bigger. I’ve had my eye on the Wrap N Snap from La Leche League and the Gilligan and O’Malley Nursing Comfort Bra from Target.
A legit pair of maternity jeans: It takes forever to find the right pair, but when you do, it feels great! They are stretchy and comfy and go with everything. I splurged on my first pair, then on the hunt for a second pair tried literally every pair I could until I settled on a pair from Old Navy. There are a lot of dumpy maternity jeans out there, my advice is to only buy whats comfortable and makes you look great. Eventually you will need those extra confidence points. My favorites so far are James Jeans Twiggy Maternity Jeans in Slate and Old Navy Full Panel Skinny Jeans. Super opposite ends of the price spectrum, but I’m ridiculously happy with both.
Plain Maternity Tanks: I seriously wear these every day. Plain, with sweaters, under button ups, they are so essential. May favorite are Liz Lange from Target, super affordable and very flattering.
Oversized cardigans: One thing I don’t mind splurging on is over sized cardigans.They can be worn all year round (in San Francisco) and I can wear them after the baby is born. My favorite so far is the BB Dakota Clooney sweater, it’s super flattering and is so cozy, but you can go wrong with boyfriend cardigans, my favorite so far is from J. Crew (that color!)
Scarves: It’s cold in the city and I can’t zip my jackets up over my belly, so I make do with scarves. Plus, I’ve noticed when I wear bella bands and a regular (pre-prego) shirt, it stretches just enough to be slightly see through, scarves cover that up. The two above are from Nordstrom (Shiva Infinity Scarf and Wool Scarf)
Smaller Purses: My bag is not that big, but I like to carry a lot of stuff in it. Like as much as I can jam in there. Switching to a smaller bag helps with the back pain, and keeps my receipt hoarding to a minimum. This Kate Spade bag or this Fossil tote is in my future.
Shoes that makes your feet sing: Swollen feet need cozy shoes. I’ve tried cramming my feet into heels and pretty flats for holiday parties…not happening anymore. Right now I’m walking around the house in these super cozy moccassins from J. Crew (they are heaven). For day to day, Toms Jacquard Classics are amazing and are fleece lined to keep your toes warm and snuggly and Reef Bella Costa Winter Drift Mocs are amazingly cushiony.