- September 29, 2020
- Rai Cornell
- Posted in Resources
Your bump is growing, and you’re ready to let the world know. Shopping for maternity clothes may be the next item on your to-do list. Pregnancy is not the time to walk around in oversized T-shirts and messy buns – at least, not everyday. Use this time to enjoy the experience of growing a tiny human while holding on to your sense of style.
Long gone are the days of wearing large floral housecoats and smocks during pregnancy (shoutout to the 80s moms who had to deal with those fashion faux pas). Nowadays, maternity clothes are just as fashionable as any other type of clothing – and they don’t have to break the bank. Plus, you can use all the money you save to buy more diapers!
Let’s take a look at some on-trend fashion options for bumping around and practicing self-care during your pregnancy.
Where to Shop for Maternity Clothes
You may be surprised to learn that your favorite store likely offers a great selection of maternity clothes. A quick Google search will produce a full list, but here are some popular stores with their own maternity lines.
Who knew you could find maternity clothes at H&M? Well, according to their website, H&M offers a spectrum of maternity clothes including swimsuits, jeans, and nursing bras for after the baby is born.
While you are out shopping for toilet paper and snacks, stroll (or waddle) over to the maternity section of your local Target. The considerable amount of maternity clothes will make you smile. You’ll find an outfit for every occasion, and as always, you can count on a fair price.
If you want to take the guesswork out of what to wear while pregnant, Stitch Fix gives you access to a personal stylist who does the work for you. Visit the Stitch Fix website to find out how you can get personalized style options for all three trimesters.
Thrift & Consignment Stores
Don’t turn your nose up at secondhand stores. Lots of moms donate or sell the maternity clothes they no longer need, so you’re sure to find a treasure or two at your local thrift shop. In addition to an array of gently used maternity clothes, don’t forget to check out the baby clothes while you’re there.
Turn Your Regular Clothes Into Maternity Clothes
Wearing clothes you currently have in your closet is a good place to start and keeps you from spending money on an entirely new wardrobe. Below are a few items you may not have realized can double as maternity clothes.
Are those summer maxi dresses still hanging in your closet? Well, a long, comfortable dress is always an easy option for moms-to-be. The free-flowing style of a maxi dress is a great way to dress up your baby bump. Plus, if you’re expecting during the cooler months, all you have to do is throw a cardigan over your arms to keep warm.
Unsurprisingly, stretchy pants with elastic waistbands make for excellent maternity clothes. Sweatpants and leggings are lifesavers for expectant moms – and when paired with a billowy tunic top, create a charming little outfit.
Don’t Forget the Shoes
Flat shoes are ideal for walking around with a baby in your tummy. Consider the following ultra-comfy kicks to complete your look:
- Sandals – mix well with dresses, leggings, and shorts.
- Flip flops – accommodate swollen feet.
- Toms – provide all-around comfort and can be worn during any season.
- Athletic shoes – act as a reminder to keep active while pregnant.
Feel Good About Yourself
Pregnancy comes with emotional ups and downs, and some days you may find that you don’t feel like your normal self. If you experience negative feelings, try remembering the things you enjoyed before pregnancy and indulging in a little self-care. Take a look at a few ideas that may boost your spirits.
Enjoy Time With Friends
Remember, once baby gets here, your social life will change drastically. Most of your time will be spent at home bonding with and nurturing your new baby. Use your free time to get a mani-pedi or brunch with your girls (go ahead and order that mocktail!).
Go Shopping for New Maternity Clothes
Retail therapy is a great way to spend your time while waiting for that sweet baby to arrive. Keep in mind your body will not snap back to normal immediately, so try buying maternity clothes that you can fit and feel confident in now and after you’ve given birth.
Pregnancy is a unique experience that you will always remember. Embrace your final moments of solitude during your pregnancy, spoil yourself with trendy maternity clothes, and practice self-care, because before you know it, your baby will both exhaust all your time and be the star of your life. The best days are yet to come!
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