Venturing into the new (and exciting) world of pregnancy has been quite the interesting journey! While I have never had a huge passion for fashion (or I could just admit that I’m just a little lazy when it comes to style) – your changing shape and size really does force you to evaluate your closet just a bit.
Finding clothes that fit my lifestyle, budget and style was a challenge for me. In the beginning, the items just seemed too big (i.e., items that were designed to accommodated a huge bump, which I did not yet have). The more forgiving non-maternity items seemed a little ill fitting. With all the other baby-prep items going on, it was also difficult to simply find the time to scroll through endless pages of online store items or to visit the mall; it just wasn’t high on the priority list of things to fit into my schedule.
When it comes to budget, I personally knew that my body was going to change post-pregnancy, and I was less interested in investing a lot of money in maternity clothes. Rather, I am looking forward to saving my funds to do a post-pregnancy closet update. As such, I focused on finding affordable options to get me through.
In particular, there were three “non-maternity” items for which I’m now a huge advocate!
Old Navy’s Fitted Crew-Neck Tee Dress for Women
I was introduced to this dress by a friend of mine. She wore it with a super cute necklace to an evening dinner and boy was I impressed. It was a perfectly appropriate length for a classy dinner or a warm office day and the material looked really comfortable (not too tight, not too loose). When I inquired on the brand she said: “Old Navy, on sale for $15.” That’s right, I ran to my computer the next morning and purchased the dress and pre-pregnancy it became one of my major staples.
During pregnancy, I was super excited to find that this dress remained a staple at Old Navy and yes ladies, it’s typically on sale ($10 to $27) and comes in a variety of colors. I bought the dress in two different striped colors and just sized up (from my pre-pregnancy size). Even as my little nugget started to grow outwards the dress has just enough stretch to accommodate and keeps its shape.
Target’s Mad Love Kasandra Sneakers
During this summer, I was on a major hunt for some super cute summer slip-ons, however after trying on a few options I was finding that my feet seemed swollen and a little larger that usual. Not wanting to spend time/money on something that may not be just right after baby arrives, I decided to pass on the investment for the time being.
While on my many Target runs throughout the pregnancy, I came come across the Kasandra sneaker ($22.99). It looked like what I was interested in, so I slipped it on and was extremely excited that it was both comfortable and fit my ever-changing foot! While I don’t expect they will last forever and I do still plan to invest in a new sneaker post-baby, this pair of shoes has definitely gotten me through the summer.
H&M’s Blazer Line
I am a huge fan of H&M’s blazer line (pre- and during pregnancy). First, they are always available in a variety of colors and have a classic cut. The material is comfortable and the price is affordable ($35 – $100). Blazers are a major staple for my style. I throw them over a cute basic cotton dress for a work meeting, or pair them with some skinny jeans for an evening dinner.
For me, my blazers continue to work well throughout my pregnancy. Sure they don’t fit quite the same as they did before I had a bump, but the open-button nature and the slightly longer cut allow them to fit with my changing shape.
While every body is different and how you adjust your closet varies, it was great for me to know that some of my non-maternity favorites could still work throughout my pregnancy. Maternity or Non-Maternity…the most important thing is that you are comfortable and supporting yourself through this special time in items that make you feel your best.