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One of the most fun parts of pregnancy is the wardrobe. It’s hard to pass up an opportunity to shop. And it’s just fun picking out clothes that compliment your baby bump. Almost from the minute the two pink lines showed up on the pregnancy test, both times, I started looking up maternity style inspiration.
Unfortunately, it can also be kind of stressful, especially in the first trimester, when most people are not quite ready to tell the world yet. Your body starts changing so fast! This time around, it’s surprising to see how fast my bump is growing.
I’m not quite as excited to jump on the maternity clothes bandwagon this time, either. They don’t have the reputation for being the most chic. Plus it’s getting harder to convince myself to spend money on clothes I will only for such a relatively short time.
But never fear! There are many ways to stay true to your style, and I’m happy to share what I’m learning. There are some easy transitional maternity style pieces that don’t feel matronly, and last through more stages of pregnancy than traditional (and sometimes pricy) maternity clothes.
Tee Shirt Dresses
Guys guys guys. Tee shirt dresses. If you know me, I’m typically more of a tops-and-jeans kind of girl. They say dresses are so simple and easy, but they never seemed that way to me. Until now. Tee shirt dresses are game changers. They really are just as easy as you hope they will be. It feels to me a bit more dressy than tees and shorts, but not more fussy, if that makes sense.
And for maternity – they are roomy enough to adapt to a changing pregnant body. This tee dress and this trapeze dress are two of my faves are from Target and this short-sleeved one is from Loft – I will unabashedly be wearing these on repeat all summer.
Please note: they come in a lot of styles, and have different names. I’ve found that “fitted” tee dresses don’t work as well for me; but styles that are called “trapeze” or “swing” dresses in a comfy knit are just right. The Loft dress I have is a rayon/spandex blend that is the best fabric I’ve ever encountered. (Liz Lange has a striped tee dress at Target that is the same material.)
Here are a bunch of t-shirt dresses at way different price points:
I am so grateful to have found a couple longer length, flowy tunics that made hiding my growing bump in the first trimester not as scary. Scoop-neck and v-neck tunics disguise chest growth (which happens pretty rapidly too). And they’re so comfortable. This linen-blend tunic from Old Navy fit just right. (I got one in black and one in gray.)
To kick up your look a bit, add some fun accessories. I loved to wear mine with a statement necklace, a pretty-colored scarf, or a vest, like my olive green cargo vest. (I got mine from Target, but this one is similar.)
Here are some more options:
Basic Tees and Knit Pencil Skirts
I went through a pencil skirt phase a couple years ago, and I’m glad I did. They are comfy, and dress up or down. I have a stretchy striped pencil skirt from Gap that has one of those foldable tops – the kind you can fold down, or wear fully over your stomach, which works perfectly for pregnancy. It’s been a go-to this pregnancy, and it’s neutral enough that it works with a lot of different tops.
A basic v-neck tee is my fave, and I mostly get them from Target, but they are a great staple that you can find lots of places.
I don’t have a picture of me in one, but one of my favorite things to wear during the last pregnancy was my J.Crew embroidered top. It was flowy and unstructured (so, changing body-friendly), and always felt pretty and a little more dressy than the norm.
They are great for summer in particular, because they’re usually loose and made of a cool, breathable material. I loved wearing mine with white jeans or even regular denim shorts.
Mine is old, but here are some ideas:
And of course, there’s always the belly band, to keep wearing your favorite jeans for as long as possible!
What do you recommend for dressing the bump? Any style solutions I missed?