I find a lot of the bump fashion advice kind of annoying. I am constantly being told that I can get away with not wearing maternity items. I simply need to wear loose fitting clothes or size up and I’ll look fabulous. I call bulls!#% on the whole thing! I’m sure this works for some women who are already quite slender and gain only a wee bit in their tummy. This is not me. I’m got curvy bits to begin with and my bump (according to the lady at the bank and the random stranger at Tim Hortons) is huge already. I am almost 23 weeks pregnant with my twins and look a lot like I did with Madelyn at the end of my pregnancy. I gave in to maternity duds early on with a few exceptions of course. My basic garments are all maternity with a few pieces already in my closet thrown in. Why be uncomfortable when I gan be wearing glorious elastic waist band pants? Delicious! So, if you are expecting and tired of feeling like a freak because you are pregnant and wearing maternity clothes (go figure), then here is my round up of what I have in my current capsule maternity wardrobe.
The Maternity Items list:
Half a dozen tees and tanks
A pair of jeans (I’m all about the ones with the giant elastic waist)
One other pair of pants
Overalls (for a fun item to mix it up a bit)
sweatpants/cozy pants for lounging in
a little black dress (something simple that can be dressed up or down)
The Non-Maternity Items List:
Accessories ~ hats, jewelry, bags, scarves (all things that you already have that can switch up the look of a basic outfit)
Flat comfortable shoes ~ You may have some already, but if not, buy yourself a pair. I recommend slip ons. Bending is near impossible for me these days.
Cardis / Capes: I have lots of long, flowy cardigans that do layer well over my maternity pieces. I have a couple of cute plaid capes I plan on using for my outerwear this year. I’m hoping I can get away with not having to buy a maternity coat as it will be short lived.
Sports bras ~ I’m really not a fan of underwire and find that sports bras are the way to go. I wear them almost everyday.
Where I like to shop:
Motherhood Maternity for jeans, tees, tanks, loungewear, overalls.
Thyme Maternity for underwear and PJ’s.
Old Navy for fashion items like my little black dress.
I also have some pieces from Topshop and Asos from my last pregnancy.
You really don’t need to buy a ton of stuff. I recommend buying great basics that you will wear to death. It’s such a short period of time so embrace the capsule wardrobe and have fun with accessories.