One of the trickiest things about pregnancy just might be dressing a body that's changing every single week! While dressing in leggings and a massive tee shirt all nine months is probably the most comfortable option (and for sure every expecting mama spends their fair share of time in loungewear!), today I'm chatting about all the ways that you can build a maternity wardrobe that makes you feel like $1,000,000 without actually spending $1,000,000. No need to spend 40 weeks in fashion hibernation…I've got you (and your bump) covered! The best part is that most of these wardrobe pieces aren't maternity, so you can enjoy them before, during, and after pregnancy. Amazing!
#1 Let's talk maternity tops
Obviously maternity tops are going to be super cute and comfortable throughout your pregnancy, but don't forget to browse non-maternity items too! Anything with an empire waist and a longer length is going to be cute and comfortable during at least the first or second trimester. Look for stretchy fabrics, size up, and save everything for postpartum because it will come in handy again after the baby comes!
This top works for pregnancy but can be worn before and after baby. We are loving the flowy tunic look! A billowy cut is wonderful because it grows with your bump, but then is also so flattering after the baby arrives when you're still feeling round. This top is currently sold out, but here's another pretty alternative that has the same empire waist.
#2 Wear a Belly Band
One of the best ways to make your pre-pregnancy jeans, skirts, and tees work for your growing belly is to get a Bellaband. It just looks like a cami underneath your clothes, but helps hold your jeans in place when you wear them unbuttoned! Since some of us start showing before we're quite ready to share the happy news with the world, this is a really discrete way to make your normal clothes work throughout the first trimester and beyond.
#3 Maternity Dresses
ASOS has one of the biggest maternity sections around, and I love their really trendy and fun options! This cute bodycon style can be worn by itself in the summer or spring or layered with a denim jacket or cardigan for cooler months!
While this particular dress is maternity, if you find a non-maternity dress with a decent amount of stretch and size up, you can totally make it work through the second trimester! Here is a really cute option we found at Target and it's only $25!
Speaking of non-maternity dresses…this 3/4 sleeve ruched dress from Amazon isn't maternity, but the ruched sides make it a dream for a growing bump. The black color is so classy and would be a breeze to dress up or down. I officially dubbed it a pajama dress–so comfortable you might feel like you're wearing PJ's in public! That just seems like the ideal kind of dress for pregnancy for everybody. This exact one is sold out, but here's an almost identical maternity dress from Amazon.
Maxi dresses are another staple that don't need to be bought in the maternity section. Since they have so much extra fabric on the bottom, they're perfect for covering up that growing belly and still having length! It feels so great finding dresses that work during pregnancy, and it's such a bonus when they can be worn after baby arrives too!!
#4 Wrap Dresses
Wrap dresses are another expecting mama's BFF since you can tie them above your bump! You'll definitely want to try on before buying though because not all wrap dresses have adequate fabric to go all the way around a bump. If you're planning on nursing, wrap dresses will come in handy once the baby comes too!
#5 Pair a jacket or cardigan with your bump
This is a great way to enjoy some of your pre-pregnancy faves throughout your 40 pregnant weeks! It's also an awesome way to make just a couple maternity tee shirts or basic dresses go a long way since you can mix and match outer layers.
#6 Maternity tees and kimonos
One of my favorite pregnancy looks is a tee shirt paired with a kimono (sold out, similar) and maternity jeans. This is such a good way to keep things interesting because you only have to buy one or two maternity tees in neutral colors, like white or grey, and then you can layer them with a flowing and feminine kimono to mix up your look.
#7 Maternity Jeans & Leggings
A good pair of maternity jeans or leggings can go a LONG way! I kind of feel the same way about kitchen knives and maternity jeans: I'd rather have ONE that's amazing than a dozen that are crappy. Invest in a good pair of maternity jeans and you'll never look back!
This pair was my absolute favorite when I was pregnant with Millie! They're extremely comfy and have amazing stretch without feeling like your bum is sagging by the end of the day. They do run true to size too, so order the size you normally would.
These leggings are the ones I always recommend. They're full-panel so they come up and over your waist and they just make everything feel sleek and smooth and cozy. You will want to LIVE in these maternity leggings! They're also thick enough that they aren't see-through which is totally the holy grail of leggings.
#8 Maternity Swimsuit
If you're going to be pregnant during the warmer months AT ALL you need a swimsuit that is comfortable and gives a level of coverage you're comfortable with. Seriously NOTHING feels better than a good relaxing swim while you're pregnant! It's also a super low-impact way to get a workout in when you feel up to it.ASOS has a lot of really cute and affordable swimmie options!
#9 Maternity workout clothes
Whether you're working out or just lounging in them (or come on, BOTH!) you're gonna want some amazing gym wear that will fit you all the way to the end of your pregnancy.
None of the pieces in this adorable outfit are maternity– I just sized up on the top and wore the sweatpants (sold out, similar) below my growing bump. So cute, and so important to stay active during pregnancy! Chat with your doctor about what level of exercise you should be doing, but keep moving! I'm the first one to admit that having cute workout gear is totally motivating in getting to the gym.
Since most workout gear is stretchy and comfy by nature, you probably only need to size up to keep wearing your favorite brands during pregnancy! I got away with this for almost my entire pregnancy with Millie while I worked out 8 of the 9 months I was pregnant, 3x a week!
#10 Maternity Overalls
Overalls are one trend that I LOVE for pregnancy! They're a really cute and versatile option that adds some fun to your maternity wardrobe. Whether you go structured and skinny or comfy and slouchy I just love how a pair of overalls looks with a bump.
My favorite maternity overalls are these distressed ones. I love the casual and fun vibe they give as your bump grows and they're a fun late 90's/early 2000's trend that I have been super happy to welcome back! And they're on mega sale for $44 today AND they ship free!
Tunic sold out, similar
Floral dress sold out, similar
Black dress sold out, similar
Flowy coverup dress sold out, similar
Green Button Up
Blue wrap dress sold out, similar
Polka dot dress sold out, similar
Pink ruffle cardigan sold out, similar
Maternity jeans sold out, similar
Blue one piece swimsuit sold out, in black
Purple one piece swimsuit sold out, similar
Black sweatpants sold out, similar
Nike tank top sold out, similar
I hope this post has given you some inspiration as you plan looks for your growing bump! The very most important thing is to try to enjoy this magical time (despite the discomfort you might be feeling!) and get as excited as possible about the tiny little one about to join your family. Pregnancy is only the very first step in the biggest adventure of your life, and I hope you feel confident and beautiful as you take it all on!