I don't know about you, but I'm not a big fan of "maternity clothes". Maybe it's because I was afraid to look frumpy or maybe it's because I was afraid the extra "room to grow" would encourage me to over indulge in my favorite treats ..actually I do that regardless. Anyways, I digress. Basically, I wanted to shop my closet for as long as I could and figured I'd invest in a pair of maternity jeans and a belly band when the time came. Lucky for me, I found a few tricks that held on strong throughout my pregnancy. I'm 39 weeks today (aghhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!) and I haven't bought anything maternity - except for a belly band. Here are my tips for getting through your pregnancy sans moo moo's.
jegging : Hands down probably the most important thing on this list. Never underestimate the power of stretch denim! I only have one pair of jeggings, but I'd say invest in at least 2 different shades - only because I got bored of wearing the same pair of pants.
boyfriend tee : Notice the boyfriend part of this - meaning it's loose and long. No baby tee's here! Get it at least a size larger than your normal.
button down : Again, get this a few sizes larger than your normal. This J.Crew version is my fave. It easy and comfortable, yet polished.
cardigan: Get a light cardigan that is pretty long - like to your thighs long. When your shirts start getting snugger (and your booty starts getting bigger) this is the perfect cover up. Also, I have a sleeveless version for days that it's super hot. I couldn't find one online, but if you find one get it!
belly band: I only have one of these and truly I didn't start using it until recently. Some people swear it helps keep their pants up - I'm just paranoid people know my pants are open that I give it away anyways. It has come in hand recently though. It lets me wear some of my shorter shirts without worrying about my tummy showing.
leggings: Let me start off by saying that I am of the political party "LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS!!!!" That was until about 2 weeks ago when I basically boycotted all types of pants. Swelling is not your friend during pregnancy. So basically, leggings are not pants for the non-pregnant population. However, those of us who are pregnant may reap their benefits.
flats (mint, black) : I pretty much wore all of the same shoes - heels and flats- but for daily errands flats are your friends. Get a few pointy toe pairs to make an outfit a tad bit fancier.
jersey dress : Remember my post about wearing fitted dresses v. flowy dresses? A maxi jersey dress is great because it's comfortable and versatile. You can run around in it or dress it up. I wish I had bought one of these sooner.
So there you have it! The main idea is get a few basic staples and rotate them. Jazz things up with accessories and your good to go!