You can also check local consignment shops. Want more maternity style inspo? I was all about the maternity jeans early on. Plus, Amazon is crawling with lots of good ones — I never should've downloaded their app. Buy staples like solid dresses and accessorize to change them up.
Howerton and Forman told us their top tips to finding non-maternity maternity wear. Adaptable fashion is key. Watch out for boxy, somewhat cropped shapes, as your growing belly will make them feel a lot shorter — and quickly. Pair these with a lightweight jacket, cardigan, gilet, or kimono for a layering piece that offers coverage of arms, hips, and butt.
Be prepared to size up both in cup and band size — your rib cage will likely grow during pregnancy as well.
And look for dresses with thicker tank-style straps to accommodate bras and avoid tricky cutouts and backless styles. Your body is going through major changes.
If you have dress pants that have a hook and eye closure, stick a safety pin on each side and close them around a hair band. All you really need is an extra inch or two. If you have a little money to splash around, get yourself a Bella band. Think of this like a tube top you wear over your unbuttoned waist band. It holds up your pants while hiding the fact that your buttons are undone.
They change in size throughout your pregnancy and again after you give birth. Unless you have money to buy new bras every month, you must be very selective about the timings of inevitable bra purchases. Bra extenders are relatively cheap and you can even make them yourself. Get an old bra and cut off the hook and eyes from the band section.
Secure the hook to the row of eyes and the eye on the row of hooks and voila, you have a bra extender! Convert your regular pants into maternity pants if you can sew, or make a small cut in the waist band and cut off belly panels if it helps. The maternity section is usually full of tent-like outfits. You can find more affordable regular clothing without the maternity markup.
A pack is cheaper than any maternity tanks or camisoles you will find. I found a lot of pieces that helped me through my pregnancy but that I will honestly still wear afterwards!
Pre-pregnancy, I was a size with a 36D cup. Though I'm not in the plus-size range though I do look over there on occasion , I am definitely at the end of the size ranges in stores, and pregnancy brought me to the brink. I got by on a lot of trial and error through Amazon shopping and reading really heavily on reviews. Also, I learned to look at labels for what fabric things were made of, to make sure they were stretchy polyester and I are good friends now, sadly.
Also — even though I'm a short person 5'4" , I had to look for longer lengths on dresses in the summer months in the fall, leggings and maternity pantyhose got me through , as that bump will steal those last few inches from you without batting an eye.
I am by no means a fashion blogger, but I thought the blogosphere was sorely lacking on this subject when I was trying desperately not to buy an entirely new wardrobe of maternity clothing, so I thought I'd share my wisdom. Feel free to share your own tips, tricks and favorite pieces of clothing that saved your pregnancy in the comments! This photo was taken the week before we found out we were expecting! Cardigans, ponchos and blazers Good for: These are pretty straightforward, but they're great to bring diversity to your wardrobe, especially if you buy maternity basics and want to dress them up.
Or, if you're in one of those in-between stages, cardigans are great for covering your bump when you're not ready to show it off just yet. I've been wearing this buffalo plaid poncho a lot lately!
Swing dresses and tops Good for: Though it's not great for showing off your bump, I've been a fan especially in my early pregnancy when I was in one of those in-between, "Is she fat or is she pregnant? I'm in my third now and am still wearing swing dresses — if they're short, I wear them with leggings.
You can put your hand on the bottom of your bump to show it off, or walk with it loose to go unnoticed. I also bought a white polka dot version that's just a top.
I wear them over dresses or with pants and a tank top. They're great for whem I'm working and also great in your early pregnancy to cover up your questionable-and-not-yet-cute bump. I especially love this floral one from Amazon , which I wore all over our trip to Greece.
Bodycon dresses and skirts Good for: Second and third trimesters I waited forever to look good in a bodycon and around my fifth month, I was finally able to rock it with a perfectly round bump with the help of shapewear — let's be real.
Go a couple sizes up – If you’re unable to find cute maternity clothes, stick to non-maternity pieces and just go up a few sizes. I know I’ve done this with shorts from Abercrombie & Fitch. Wear dresses – As you know, dresses have saved my life for the first half of my pregnancy. The official site of Lauren Conrad is a VIP Pass. Here you will get insider knowledge on the latest beauty and fashion trends from Lauren Conrad. Tuesday Ten: The Best Non-Maternity Clothes to Dress Your Bump In - Lauren Conrad. I'm 37 weeks and still wearing quite a few non-maternity clothes: empire line tops and dresses are good, my stretchy yoga pants are still OK, and about 3 or 4 t-shirt type tops that were always loose and long are also fine.