I do not need to look like an oompa loompah just because I'm pregnant.
You also would be surprised how little "maternity" clothes you actually need when it comes down to it. I've talked about this before with my last pregnancy, too.
My beef with maternity clothes is two-fold.
1. It is often very overpriced. Not always, but often.
2. Anything affordable? Is very rarely all that cute.
Granted, I know these two factors can be argued. You could mention Old Navy's maternity section, and say there are some great pieces....there are. Or some of Motherhood's stuff is more...progressive....yes, some of it. Or that H&M now has a maternity section...they do. But it's tiny. You blink and you miss it.
I find that for me? I can get away with shopping regular 'ole clothing sections for most of my pregnancy. I bet you could, too. And I love this. For so many reasons!
1. You can still wear most of the cutest, latest, up-to-date clothing as everyone else. Every one of your tops does not have to be rouched up the sides, or have that stamp of "maternity" on it.
2. You can find stuff that works cha-eap if you are like me and love a good deal.
3. You can use SO MUCH of your regular clothing you already have in your closet and it'll save you boatloads.
I HAVE SOME EXCEPTIONS.
-I wear maternity PANTS. I love maternity jeans when pregnant. I despise the bella band thing. I hate that you can very obviously see buttons undone underneath (if you're wearing a tighter shirt), and I find it uncomfortable. Some people love it. That's amazing. I do not.
So, yes, I buy maternity pants. Currently I own 2 pair of maternity denim skinnies, 1 pair of maternity black skinnies, 1 pair of colored (red) denim, & 2 pair of boot cut denim. Oh yea, and one very important pair of maternity black leggings.
They are enough to really pull me through, at least through this season and springtime.
-Near the end I wear some maternity tank tops if mine are appearing more 'short' :)
AS FOR TOPS:
1. I swear by long, ribbed tank tops. Target makes great ones. They are so long and so stretchy and they should be able to last you a long time through your pregnancy. Once you start feeling like your tanks aren't fitting as good anymore? Buy a few maternity tanks from Old Navy or something. They lasted me forever with my last pregnancy and some of them turn into nursing tanks too. You'd be surprised by how many other tank tops sold out there nowadays are wayyyy long enough and wayyyyy stretchy enough to last a really long time through baby bump growing days.
|Long non-maternity tank. Cardigan. Belt. Simple :)|
3. You can wear those really baggy, silky, in-style shirts that are out right now. Don't want to look HUGE while wearing it? Great. Accentuate your belly with a belt and go a size up to ensure it lasts :)
|not sure how I feel about butterflies...buttttttt...you get the idea.|
4. The coat/cardi doesn't/can't button over the bump anymore? WHO CARES. Still wear it. No one ever said your cute cropped leather jacket had to ZIP. At least not while you're growing a human.
|Sequins? WHY THE HECK NOT :)|
With big thighs & a butt like mine, the tighter dress thing doesn't do a body good. But you get the idea here, anyway. Oh, and once all those cute little maxi dresses are out? Golden.
6. You know all those cropped tops that are out now, too? You can wear those! They look amazingly cute over a simple tank top and bonus: since they are cropped you have ZERO need to worry about it having to grow with you.
This below was a semi-cropped cardigan, not maternity at all (Vera Wang, actually!), but honestly? Looks like the perfect bump-hole to me :) Was so in love with this sweater that I took it home.
7. Lastly. Short dresses. Wear them as dresses if you want to, and can--for as long as you can. But once it starts getting too short/tight on the rear, rock that cute dress as a top. Or wear it over leggings. Just hike it up a little under the ladies and add a belt (if you need/want to).
How much do you love dress #2/3 in these pics? Because I am obsessed with it's simple cuteness.
So there you have it. Some of my (not-really) tricks to getting away with as much non-maternity stuff as I possibly can. Or just my attempt at saving money because I can be super cheap. And how I try to avoid looking like an oompa loompah. (Just don't knock on my door from 8-10am in the mornings. No promises there.)
*Yes. There is definitely some really cute maternity clothing out there. I didn't say it was all ugly.
**I own a few maternity tops. Yes, even some with rouching up the sides. A few of my favorite maternity tops are the waffle-knit ones from Target.
***All of the clothing above is from a random trip to Kohls. I did not come home with all of it, in fact, only the one sweater came home with me. But I did want about 75% of it. Some is from misses, some from juniors.
****I should have probably done this with pics using clothes from my own closet and using my good camera. Hindsight is 20/20. Oh well. I do like a lot of my own clothes, too. If you cared. :)
*****I realize my tummy isn't huge and you may be all like "oh pfft...wait till you're 8 months pregnant". I can tell you that many of these same tricks worked for me last time all the way up until the end. AND? I was 50lbs heavier.
******I was not endorsed to write this post nor did Kohls pay me to show off their clothing to all of you. Although I kind of wish they did because then maybe I could have bought some of those cute things.
********I think that is enough disclaimers for one day.