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pregnancy style

I wrote this post when I was pregnant with my son, but it still applies.  I found myself referencing this post when trying to think of clothes to wear now that I am pregnant again.  So, in this post I decided to share some of my pregnancy style.  I was told several times that I looked “cute pregnant” or that I “wear pregnancy well” and I would always get compliments about my outfits.  So here are a few tips I have found that worked for me.  I didn’t want to spend too much money on maternity clothing, since I knew most of it could not be worn after the baby was born.  I bought a few maternity pieces from Target and worked with the other items I already had.

Since I am a working mom, I need work appropriate outfits, as well as casual outfits.  I bought one maternity dress, borrowed another, bought two pairs of maternity jeans,  two long sleeved shirts, a short sleeved shirt, black dress pants, a black dress skirt, a pair of black leggings and two belly bands (black and white).  That’s it!  Most of the items I bought were on sale, from a consignment store and for the others I used coupons I received when I started my registry with Target.

Here are a few pictures of my outfits and what items I mixed and matched to make each outfit:

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In this pic I was around 23 weeks and my outfit is a dress I found that was a little big on me, so I added a belt, scarf, and some flats.  This outfit contained no maternity items.

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In this picture I was 24 weeks and my outfit included my maternity leggings, a big white button up shirt, a cardigan, red scarf, and a black belt above the belly.  I also wore my black riding boots.

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In this pic I was around 28 weeks and my outfit includes my maternity black skirt and long sleeved maternity shirt.  I also added a scarf (I LOVE scarves) and a white tank top.  I found some great long white tanks that I love to pair with my shirts.  They are cheaper than the maternity brand tanks and work just as well because they are still long enough to cover my belly.

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This was taken at Week 29 and does not include any maternity items, except a belly band.  I paired a turtleneck that I had with another long tank, jeans, white belly band, and riding boots.  Plus I added a necklace.

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This was taken during Week 30 and contains no maternity items.  I wore a stretchy skirt with a big button-up shirt and cardigan.  I love big button-up shirts and I happened to have this one in my closet, but you could probably get one from a husband, boyfriend, brother, male friend, or thrift store.  They are everywhere!  I also added a skinny belt above the belly and flats.

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This was taken during week 31 and contains no maternity items, except a belly band.  I am wearing some stretchy jeans that I had and a belly band, plus I added two loose tank tops that I had and a cardigan.  I also added my black boots.

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Week 32 – This outfit did not contain any maternity items.  It is a wrap dress, which I already owned and a long tank top.  I added some fun jewelry and red flats.

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Week 32 – Here is that button-up shirt again!  I added a white tank under the shirt, a belt, and my maternity jeans.  I also added flats as well.

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34 weeks – Big, white button up shirt, purple tank top, maternity leggings, scarf, jean jacket, and a black belt.  I also wore riding boots this this outfit.

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35 weeks – This outfit included a stretchy, non-maternity dress, maternity leggings, a cardigan, and a black & white belt.  I wore riding boots with this outfit as well.

It is hard to put together maternity outfits that are cute and comfortable, but here are a few tips to save a little cash on your maternity clothes:

  • Cardigans work great in the fall and winter: I have lots of them and they don’t have to be maternity to add something extra to an outfit.  Also, you can pair a cardigan with a short sleeved shirt if you don’t have many long-sleeved options.  
  • Before you purchase maternity items, check your closet:  I found many items in my closet that were stretchy material and could be worn for most, if not all of my pregnancy.  
  • Stop by your local consignment store:  I checked a few consignment stores in my area and couldn’t find anything, but then I checked a children’s consignment store and found several items.  Make sure to check children’s stores, as well as your traditional consignment stores.
  • Purchase a few high waist belts:  If you don’t own any belts that you can wear above your belly, purchase a few.  I use them all the time, especially with my non-maternity items.  They help to make these items fit a little more like traditional maternity items and they accentuate the belly!

What are some tips you have found for maternity apparel?

❤ K

 

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