|Bad maternity clothes, BAD!|
So I've decided to collect my thoughts on the subject of maternity style, in the event that it might be helpful to any pregnant people reading this. And for posterity (always for posterity).
MATERNITY STYLE TIP #1: MAKE YOUR CLOSET WORK FOR YOU
I've said it before, and I have yet to be proven wrong - maternity clothing, for the most part, sucks. The selection is extremely limited, the fabrics are often cheap, and the styles tend to be outdated and/or make you look like you're turning into a baby (rather than having one). Stylish, high quality maternity clothes do exist, but they can be hard to track down and expensive as all get-out - although I will share some tips in a future post. That being said, the cornerstone of my maternity style strategy has been to try to make my own clothes work for as long as possible.
Here's how you can make the most of your closet:
1) Buy a belly band. I used the Bellaband, but there are a lot of similar products to choose from out there. It basically acts as a giant belt that allows you to wear your pants unbuttoned. Since it peeks out from underneath your shirts (like a camisole), it's nice to have a couple in different but basic colors (e.g. black and white). You simply can't invest in one of these too early in your pregnancy.
2) Edit your closet at least once per trimester. I would recommend doing this at the end of the 1st and 2nd trimesters, and maybe once more about halfway through #3. The idea is that you don't want to have to sift through all the untouchables to get at your actual clothing options each day. When editing your closet, try things on. Anything that has become too tight, too short, too uncomfortable, and is not fixable with a belly band, pack it away in a big plastic bin (or hang in an auxiliary closet, depending on your available space).
|J.Crew Perfect Fit Tee|
|Anthropologie Zinnia Hook|