Maternity Style

As a mother of two boys, ages four and one,  I've had the delight of going through two pregnancies which unfortunately - both times - provided me with the woes of pregnancy dressing.  Of course pregnancy is a wonderful thing, but sometimes the changes your body experiences are not.  To me there are two stages.  First is the "pregnant pause", that moment in the beginning where you aren't showing quite yet but happen to just feel much larger than you are, when all you want is to have that 'big bump' present so that everyone will understand why you're currently this bigger version of yourself. The second stage is of course when your 'big bump' finally shows and when it does finally show up then the drastic freak out begins of "how the heck do I dress this now?!"

I feel the best approach to maternity clothing is sticking to a few different looks and trying to make what you already have in your closet work before making additional purchases.  When it’s time, buy the essentials you really need, like a good pair of jeans with an elastic band (the best), leggings, some over-sized shirts, and a few dresses.  Extra points if the pieces you end up buying can be worn after the pregnancy is over.  See below for some of my go-to looks to make you feel both confident and comfortable no matter what stage you're in during your pregnancy.

White jeans are essential for summer, and you want ones with a great stretch either under the belly or over the belly (here's a great pair in blue too).  A nautical striped shirt and always fashionable Converse sneakers keep this a classic look and provide pieces you can interchange throughout your nine months.

White jeans are essential for summer, and you want ones with a great stretch either under the belly or over the belly (here's a great pair in blue too).  A nautical striped shirt and always fashionable Converse sneakers keep this a classic look and provide pieces you can interchange throughout your nine months.

This black dress perfect for evening or day-time, and you are going to need an easy versatile dress to get you through your pregnancy. For a day style, you could add a blazer and flats, or a chambray paired with chuck taylors and long gold necklace.  To dress it up for night, just add your favorite heels and dressy scarf

Here is a fun combo that—while you might not have in your closet—would be great to buy to mix and match with the white jeans/jeans, etc. These are perfect for before you get too big, and then for after - the top is especially great for feeding!

You probably already have a similar piece to this wrap cardigan in your closet and it will serve you well all year long during your pregnancy and for afterwards too. Add it to a fun ensemble such as this, and then mix and match the skirt and top before and after your pregnancy as well.

From my Closet to Yours, 

Elizabeth