Yes, I have had three daughters and yes, I have suffered through the agony of maternity clothes so I understand your strife! I’ve never experienced a “baby bump” but more of a “baby MOUNTAIN” with each of my girls. The bright side is that even since I had my youngest daughter (age 5) maternity styles have gotten way better.
One thing I did learn was how to streamline my closet. I had to realize that I wasn’t going to be pregnant forever (though it felt like it) so I had to make the most of the pieces I added to my wardrobe for these times in my life. It’s fun for a while to borrow your husband’s shirts but then it’s not so cute toward the end. You need your own stuff to keep your personal style even during the time of a growing belly.
Let’s start with with the MUST HAVE’s – these are the pieces that you will NEED during pregnancy and the basics for your new body. They will take you from the office to the park. These are staples that can be built upon with the “fun” and “trendy” items.
Maternity Jeans – if you buy a pair of “extended size” jeans they will last in every phase of pregnancy so that saves on cost.
- White T
- Black T
- Black Pants
Maxi Dress of any color
Black Skirt (long or short – up to you)
Maternity Undies (I know they seem huge but at the end you will THANK ME!)
So now you’re thinking “that’s it”? Yes. The rest you can go wild with like awesome statement jewelry, scarves, bright bold T’s that are so inexpensive, and, of course, awesome shoes!!! As much as I, personally, don’t care for flats I must admit there are some really cute ones out there and they are a MUST for swollen ankles and feet J A wedge can be your friend during this time as well. My fave motto is that “accessories always fit” so go crazy!
In addition to the basics remember to add color to your look. Now I’m not one to talk as I wore black all the time but I did that for work purposes mostly and I thought it was more slimming – LOL. Knowing what I know now I could have had more fun with color. Doing all of one color is slimming no matter what the color so be bold and have fun this Spring. Then you are able to add those fun pieces that stand out – maybe even more than your adorable belly.
Remember you don’t have to spend a lot to get a lot. Some stores have gotten smart and have begun offering “maternity bundles”!!! Here are some suggestions on making this the best time of your life without breaking the bank.
Live life well and ENJOY!
Julia Rutland is the Founder and Owner of Aesthetic Design Style House located in Indianapolis, Indiana. For more information about Julia, her company and the services she has to offer, please visit her website at: www.aestheticdesignstyle.com.