I love getting dressed on the weekends. For work? Not so much. My style is super laid back and informal so dressing for work- especially on days I’m in Court- is not my strong suit (pun intended! Get it? I’m a lawyer so I wear suits haha #lamemomjoke 🙃).
Because of my laid back, informal SLOUCH CENTRAL pre-preggo style, I was able to get away with using a lot of my tops/shirts through out the pregnancy. Not pants though, that’s a whole other story.. When I was exactly 10 weeks pregnant I remember walking out mid-way through a seminar to unbutton my pants and walk to A Pea in a Pod to buy jeans and work pants. It was SO early in my pregnancy that nobody even knew I was pregnant yet and my jeans ALREADY didn’t fit! 😂😂 True story..
Big Picture Tips
If you (like me!) have a closet filled with flowy tops, skip buying maternity shirts for a bit and use what you’ve got! To prepare for the months to come focus on pulling longer shirts from your closet- as your belly grows your shirts will become COMICALLY short! 😂 Also, remember that there’s life (and bump!) after baby.. make sure whatever tops you do end up buying are nursing friendly. If you can’t comfortably and quickly pull your boob out, you’ll never see it again once baby arrives. #realtalk
Jeans were the big ticket items for me. I felt SO big and SO bloated during my pregnancy that having nice fitting jeans made all the difference. I splurged and got mostly AG jeans but there are nice fitting cheaper jeans out there. I’ll do my best to link a mix of high and low in this post.
If you have a big event (or any event really?) scheduled for month 7 and beyond, I suggest buying a dress rather than fighting to find something in your closet. I know this might feel silly since you’ll probably only use the dress once BUT doing this really helped me be comfortable in my very pregnant skin when I went out. ASOS is amazing for this type of stuff- they have trendy pieces that are affordable and will make you feel/look like a million bucks.
Let’s Get Into It
Ok, now that we have the big picture items covered let me get into it. Without further ado, I give you- Where We Shop: The Pregnancy Clothes Edition:
Trendy clothes at an amazing price point. I would confidently say ASOS is where I shopped the MOST during my pregnancy and beyond- had two baby showers and wore ASOS dresses to BOTH! 😂 They have the cutest pieces for an affordable price and the quality is really not bad for the price. I’ll link to my current favorites below. I LIVED in their T shirt swing dresses– super comfy and not sheer in the leasst. Another good thing to note about ASOS is that they have super cute/funny/punny pregnancy T-shirts-if you’re looking for a fun way to announce your pregnancy or just want to laugh at your bump, go check them out!
Nordi’s is my go to for EVERYTHING and maternity clothes are no exception. I
love that they have a ‘nursing friendly’ category on their side featuring any and all nursing friendly items, NOT just bras! So helpful.. Also, you’d be surprised at the different price points. Yes, there’s a lot of their dresses are on the expensive end BUT they also have some more affordable options. If you’re looking for trendy and affordable, your best bet is Topshop via Nordstrom.
Higher price point for sure BUT A Pea in has a TON of sales; just last week they were doing 50$ off any orders of $150! My suggestion is to suscribe to A Pea in the Pod’s mailing list so you get notified of any sales. Be warned though- they send a LOT of e-mails.. A Pea in the Pod has the best maternity jeans selection out there, hands down! As I mentioned above, AGs and Sevens were my faves!
I’ve already professed my love for their kiddo t-shirts before so it should be no surprise too see Old Navy made the list. Old Navy was go to to for chill weekend dresses, like the one pictured here on my 36 week bump. I also LOVED Old Navy for cheap, work friendly clothes (mostly pants in my case!). They have a whole section of their website dedicated to “wear to work” maternity styles. So helpful!
Motherhood DEF doesn’t have the most trendy or even cute stuff (sorry Motherhood, #realtalk 🙈) BUT they do have really useful, lower priced item. I got almost all my nursing camis from here. Also, Motherhood is great for pajamas!
After pregnancy, I LIVED in these nursing camis– they suck your stomach in SO WELL and make for awesome tanks. I wore these camis every single day, underneath whatever shirt I was wearing. I cut holes to fit the pump flanges (like I explained here) and was able to easily pump at work, I just wore button downs over them. Happy bumpin’ my friend!