what are you wearing? minimalist maternity wardrobe?
So I've been scrounging consignment shops/Goodwill and now have three maternity skirts (I don't do pants) in different solid colors, three or four t-shirts, three 3/4-sleeve shirts (my favorite, I just get long sleeves dirty/wet at the cuffs!), and a corduroy button-down shirt/jacket. I'm planning to borrow a wool coat for the couple months I may need it. I "splurged" on a swimsuit (new but consigned for very cheap!) and pajama pants I just love, and now I suppose I probably have enough get by, I'm just feeling bored by it already..... of course, last time I also didn't *start* wearing maternity clothes until 30+ weeks! Right now
I am in-between, my regular clothes haven't fit for a while but the maternity stuff is still pretty big on me... sigh.
Good luck - any friends you can borrow from to mix things up a little?
i'm still in my regular clothes for the most part, but I work from home so I get away with some pretty casual stuff.
I also live in Austin, TX, and it won't get that cold here so I don't need to worry to much about heavy clothes. I can wear a hoodie with the shirts I already have and be fine, I think. (I hope! My son was an august baby so I have zero cold weather maternity clothes)
I splurged and bought a few dresses from Old Navy and zulily (after I had a $20 coupon from someone using my link to register and place an order). I also got some leggings because I'm really feeling the dress + leggings thing right now. I feel like I'm dressed up and actually put effort into an outfit, but I'm really not.
I had a $50 gift card I used at motherhood for some work clothes when I do have to dress like I actually work for a living.
I'm keeping my eyes open at thrift shops for another pair of jeans and maybe some khakis, but i'm not optimistic.
My wardrobe primarily consists of t-shirts and casual pants, like jeans, or dresses + leggings.
Well considering this is my 6th baby in 8 years you would think I own everything Motherhood has ever thought about selling. Well nothing fits this time except my dresses. I love leggings and dresses too- so comfy. My last pregnancy (or the one before that) I spurged on an amazing pair of real leather (not the suede) Uggs to wear with leggings and dresses... Best thing ever. I did also happen to find a couple pairs of gap jeans for this time- obviously not a size 2 anymore- so those weren't working... Thankfully one pair was free and the other only $8 at a consignment store. I also love those loose wrap type cardigans over either fitted tanks or tshirts- can wear those no matter what my size :)
I found a pair on a swap site, gap brand... but I tried on some of my non maternity leggings and there is no difference to me as both can fit under belly. So I decided I'm not spending the dough on the maternity!
I also found a pinterest site for making pants into skinny pants, so I modified one pair of maternity jeans so far. I think there's probably a site that shows how to make regular pants into maternity by cutting off the top seam and replacing it with stretchy material for a full belly panel. Since I've given up on finding winter weight dress pants, I'm going to try to find some pants at the .99 cent days to try to modify. That way if I mess them up I'm not out much!
Oooooo pics? I'm thinking boots are going to be the one thing to help me feel non-frumpy this time!
these are what I have- in black- they have a little shine to them and are awesomely comfy, practical but I think still super cute. I wear them with everything when it gets cold and wet- and these can take the wet unlike the suede uggs. I do regular leggings (my favorite pair are nylon and I think I bought them in the jrs section of younkers a few years ago. They have lasted almost constant wash and wear for the last 3 winters lol... I got my $ worth :) I also do the thick sweater tights (I think kmart has the thickest ones?) I am a size medium and just buy the biggest ones I can find and hope for the best. Pinterest has a lot of great ideas for modifying clothes to be maternity.
I have purchased a few solid colored long cotton dresses and long skirts from places like Old Navy and Target. I am still in my regular shirts as of now, but I will have to make a few more purchases in the next month. I have been gravitating towards black and grey lately, and just layering tanks and tshirts with cardigan sweaters, pretty scarves and/or statement necklaces. It has still been mostly warm in my city, but I run warm in pregnancy, so I am hoping to change my flats and sandals for my favorite pair of Frye boots, tights and knee socks when it gets cooler, and keep wearing the same pieces.
I am currently nannying and doing admin work for two non-profits on a part-time basis, one npo where the work is summer season heavy and one that is about 15 hrs/week year round...so I can get away with casual clothes and just dressing up for the occasional meeting.
I also have been trying to buy as little as possible- I'm 25 weeks now and so far I've been loving the over-the belly leggings from Motherhood paired with long stretchy tanks, tops and long sweaters. H&M sells great non-maternity stretchy dresses that hug the bump in a flattering way. That with an open sweater (non maternity) has worked well. I adore the Old Navy maternity clothes- t shirts, ribbed tanks and even some tank dresses all fit so well and will be good layering pieces.
I bought two pairs of $40 jeans from Maternity and the fit isn't great- I wonder if it may be worth it to buy one nicer pair since it's my first pregnancy.. but nothing is as comfy as my leggings!
Well, 10weeks or so to go, I guess I'll manage!
I was lucky to have a co-worker give me a bunch of maternity shirts to borrow - many are a little too long but some, like the one I am wearing today, are perfect. :)
I just wish I had more than the small handful of pants I do. Some non pregnancy pants can fit as well but not so very comfortable.
I ended up getting four pairs of maternity pants, (jeans, a green pair, a grey pair, and a black dress pair) I also ended up getting quite a few tops as well. (10) I also ended up getting two sweaters and two bathing suits as well as two pj sets I really did not need.
I probably got more maternity clothing than I needed to get, but I'm happy with what I got and liked the fact that the clothing is a similar style to what I was already wearing.
One thing you should watch out for, dyed maternity jeans. I learned the hard way and discolored a brand new pj set, and almost ruined two brand new tops ( I did manage to get the stains out after soaking them in lemon juice and vinegar, but if they would have been the same fabric as the pj pants they would have been ruined.
I plan to have another child after this one, so hopefully I will be able to use my wardrobe for that pregnancy as well, and not get fat.
One thing I did not know being a first time mother was how maternity clothing would fit me. I found I take a small, the size I typically take when I select pjs or tops. My pants size pre-pregnancy varied a lot, every time I gain or lose a little weight, it changes.
I know it seems like, omg maternity tops are long, lol, but you kind of need the length to cover the stretch panel and the belly. If a top is too short, your belly will show up. But if you already have long tops you may be able to wear them quite a ways into the pregnancy even if they aren't specifically pregnancy tops. On the other hand, I had some pre-pregnancy blouses and they did not fit well anymore by august because my boobs got larger.
a little late in the game here but had to say that the one and only item I have bought and LOVED this time around is the bella band. I don't know if its been mentioned but I found mine second had for $5 (in practically new condition!!!) and I don't want to take it off!
I am back wearing my pre pregnancy yoga pants and the band keeps them in place, no slipping, way more comfortable than the few maternity pants I have. Actually the band has helped those fit more comfortable too. And I hear it will be great to keep my belly warm when nursing after babe has arrived too.
Love, love, love this item!!