maternity wardrobe must haves

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

I rarely post about fashion on the blog- I don’t pretend to be an expert – but some of you have inquired about my maternity favorites, and it’s worth sharing some things I have found that really work well because I know it’s not always easy to figure this out, especially the first time around.  Above are some of the basics that make my maternity wardrobe work.  Keep in mind I live in Georgia, so fall/winter is quite mild and I don’t need heavy outerwear, etc. and I also stay home with Vivi, so mostly I need function and comfort that also makes me feel cute and pulled together.  I have a down vest that I love for extra warmth (no, not the gorgeous $500 plus version above, but I love it) and the Michael Stars tops are my favorites – specifically the shine tanks (that don’t seem to be available anywhere right now) and the henleys.  Truly, the pants above are great.  I love the low, but not too low, panel, and they are ankle length on me, so they also look great dressed up with heels.  I really, really don’t like maternity pants (I have tried the belly bands that others rave about, but they just don’t work for my pear-shaped self) and the full panel, while comfortable, makes me feel a bit like a stuffed sausage or something.  The designer jean options are pretty great, but I’m not willing to spend that much for such a short period of time.  I’m 33 weeks now, and these cords are still serving me well.  I also go to Old Navy now and then (rarely to never went before toddler world) to get items for Vivi, and I have discovered their bright and happy sweater collection to make great additions to my maternity wardrobe.  They are usually on sale, and I get a larger size – try it!  And, seriously – those undies – they are great.  I’m very picky about that kind of thing . . .  and I won’t go into all the details, but read about what makes them extra great here.  Hope this is helpful to some of you!!

4 responses to “maternity wardrobe must haves”

  1. Ann says:

    You’re blessed mama that you can still wear shoes while 33 weeks pregnant! My feet were so swollen I couldn’t even wear closed toed shoes haha.

  2. HMandBB says:

    Maternal America, Ripe and Lilac all have awesome maternity jeans without panels that are reasonably priced (Maternal America & Lilac are made here in the US too bounus :)!!) A great trend in the maternity world these days is the movement towards transitional wear, clothing that’s designed to be worn during and after pregnancy many of which incorporate nursing options (and some slimming panels.) Check out these transitional items here:

    One thing that I also think is a Maternity must have…a comfortable pair of leggings that can be dressed up with a cute tunic or just worn with a favorite comfy top :).

  3. J. Miller says:

    Links to the bra and pants?

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I would love the link for the pants. They look so comfy! Thank you 🙂

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