This one is for you. I finally feel like i've got a handle on this whole maternity wardrobe thing, which can be completely overwhelming the first time you realize nothing in your closet fits.
This happened to me one morning before work and resulted in one helluva breakdown. As amazing as it is to watch that little bump grow into a not-so-little bump, it's also really stressful to realize that you can't run around naked for the next 20 weeks, so you're going to need some maternity clothes, and stat.
Maybe you're one lucky lady with a huge shopping budget and endless time to do said shopping, but unfortunately for me, that wasn't my case. We are diligently saving our pennies and paying off every little bit of debt we can before our little man gets here, and no matter how swoon-worthy I found some designer maternity-wear, it just wasn't practical for something I was only going to be able to wear for a few months. I'm all for splurgin' on the basics that will last you a long time, but maternity wear just isn't one of them.
SO, after 28 weeks of pregnancy and one giant growing baby (he is the size of a head of cauliflower this week in case you were wondering) i've come up with a few tips to help you build a super stylish, very practical, and awesomely affordable maternity wardrobe!
1) Start with your closet: Before you even begin shopping, start with what you have. Order yourself an under bed storage container and clean out everything that doesn't fit. Be ruthless! Sure, you may be able to get away with your skinny-jeans with a hairtie for now, but that won't last the next few weeks, and you will feel so much more organized if you just pack it away for your post-pregnancy waist. Plus, if you're like me, the sight of your pre-pregnancy jeans makes you cringe so I like to pretend they don't exist, at least not for the next few months. :) I think you will be surprised to find how much of your wardrobe will still work for certain stages of pregnancy. I'm still happy in all of my maxi dresses (obsessed with this from PinkBlush!), and most of my loose v neck t-shirts still fit like a charm. These from Madewell are my favorite & they last forever!
2) Make a plan: This is the most important thing you can do before shopping. Think about your season, think about events you need to attend, and what will work for your personal style. Don't buy sweater dresses in February when your due date is in July. This seems obvious, but you really need to think about what is going to work for you over the next 9 months versus what will work today...this goes hand in hand with ....
In case you're just starting your Maternity wardrobe and need a few basics to get you started, these are all items in my closet or perfect basics to get you started, and they are all SUPER affordable!
If you're interested in anything else pregnancy related, you can read all about my pregnancy so far HERE! Thanks so much for reading, have an amazing weekend!
Until Next Time,