This is the end of my third pregnancy, which means I’ve spent
some two years of my life wearing maternity clothing (the only great thing
about the early weeks of pregnancy is that, if you have to spend every day
throwing up, at least you are able to wear regular clothing still for a few
I look back at pictures from my first pregnancy and think, “How
frumpy was I?!” but I think I’ve gotten a little better at dressing for the
subsequent two pregnancies.
What I Loved:
1. A GREAT pair of
maternity jeans. I am really cheap, and my favorite non-maternity jeans
cost less than $20, but this pregnancy I splurged on a pair of designer
maternity jeans and I have loved every minute of them. I wore them
from the middle of my second trimester all the way up until my due date and
definitely got a ton of wear out of them. I own four or five other pairs of
much-less expensive maternity jeans and they just aren’t the same. I might have
to have another baby just to be able to wear them another round!
2. Long shirts.
You know how at the beginning of your pregnancy, you hold up a shirt and think
“well, I will never be this big!” and then halfway through the third trimester,
that shirt doesn’t even come close to covering your belly. A shirt that is long
enough to keep you covered all the way to the delivery room is heaven sent!
leggings. I’m not much of a legging wearer, but I’ve loved my leather ones
while I’ve been pregnant because they are both super comfortable and give me a
little edge which I need when I’m gaining weight by the day! Try these from Hatch.
4. A drapey
sweater. Open front cardigans are hugely popular this year, and happily
they are great for keeping your belly from being the star of the show. Try this flowy one from BumpStart.
5. A structured
jacket. Since maternity clothing usually involves so much stretchy
clothing, it’s nice to have something with some shape of its own. I had a
trench coat and a leather jacket that both kept me feeling put together even
when I was wearing elastic waistbands. We love this jacket from Madison Marcus.
What I Skipped:
● A Belly Band.
I know some people SWEAR by these, but I find having one more thing to adjust
is just too irritating. I already spend all my time pulling my pants up and my
● Short dresses.
After a few months, I feel like a dress that’s knee-length or shorter just
makes me look like a gigantic lump. A maxi dress looks a lot better because it
gives you a nice long line, but cutting off your legs at the knee of higher
with the dress coming out from your huge belly just is a recipe for frumpy. If
I did wear a shorter dress, I opted for ones that were fairly form fitting
around my belly, rather than flaring out under it.
● Jokey t-shirts.
I already feel so noticeably pregnant (I’m to the point where no one is
uncomfortable asking when I’m due) that I don’t need my clothing to announce it
too. No “loading” t-shirts or other pregnancy jokes splashed across my
midsection, thank you.
● Cap sleeves.
I don’t gain a lot of weight in places other than my stomach (for which I’m
super grateful!), but I still am enough thicker than normal that cap sleeves
make my arms feel thick and just look pretty unflattering. I’ll opt for elbow
length sleeves every time - they make your arms look slim instead of chunky -
or if I do wear something with cap sleeves, it’s under a jacket or sweater.