Cute and Stylish in Non-Maternity Maternity Clothes

Non Maternity Maternity Clothes

One thing that I learned from my first pregnancy that changed in my second pregnancy is that buying tons of maternity clothes can be costly, especially when those clothes tend to become pieces you can’t wear anymore after you have had your baby. For my second pregnancy, I made it a point to only add “non maternity” maternity clothes to my closet. Basically meaning that I was adding clothes to my closet that I could wear while pregnant and also wear after I had my baby. It became a challenge at times, but after getting into the hang of it, I was able to get a lot of non-maternity maternity clothes that I’ll still be able to wear after baby.

There have been a lot of moms who I ran into, who did state how they wished in their pregnancy that they hadn’t bought a lot of maternity clothes. Similar to kids clothes they tend to be a little more pricier than necessary and you only end up wearing them for a limited period of time.

So though there are many brands out there that make maternity clothes that I love, if you’re similar to me, you may be on the hunt to not by maternity clothes. And with that I’m going to share with you my tips on creating a non-maternity maternity wardrobe.

HOW TO DRESS DURING PREGNANCY WITHOUT MATERNITY CLOTHES

The key to creating a wardrobe that is fit for pregnancy but will continue to work for you after you have had your baby is to know what you’re comfortable wearing and to not be afraid to slightly size up depending on where you are in your pregnancy. In some cases, there are clothes that you may not even need to size up in depending on the fit. Below, I’ve outlined some idea non maternity maternity looks to style during your pregnancy that can help you to keep wearing the clothes that you already have or invest in some new pieces that you can still wear past your pregnancy.

TIPS FOR Styling AND Sizing NON MATERNITY CLOTHES DURING PREGNANCY

Even when picking out certain types of non maternity maternity clothes while pregnant, you also have to consider how you’re styling these pieces and how to pick out sizing. Even in your current wardrobe, there are certain styling techniques that you can use to still be able to wear your non maternity clothes that are already in your closet. Below are some tips that I have found useful that have taken me from my first trimester all the way through my third trimester that you can use to create a stylish and comfortable pregnancy wardrobe using non-maternity clothes, allowing you to maintain your personal style while accommodating your changing body.

  • OPT FOR STRETCHY FABRICS
    Choose clothing made from materials like spandex, jersey, or elastane. These fabrics offer flexibility and can accommodate your growing belly without losing shape, providing comfort and style throughout your pregnancy.
  • SIZE UP STRATEGICALLY
    Consider buying one or two sizes larger than your usual size. This approach can help ensure a comfortable fit, especially for items like tops, dresses, and pants that need to accommodate your expanding bump.
  • CONSIDER EMPIRE WAISTLINES
    Empire waist dresses and tops are cinched right under the bust, allowing the fabric to flow freely over your belly. This style not only provides comfort but also creates a flattering silhouette.
  • INVEST IN LONG TOPS
    Look for tunics or longer tops that can cover your belly as it grows. These tops can be paired with leggings or skinny jeans, offering a comfortable and stylish look.
  • USE BELLY BANDS
    Belly bands can extend the life of your regular pants and skirts by allowing you to wear them unbuttoned. The band holds the pants up and covers the open zipper, providing a smooth appearance under your clothes.
  • CHOOSE ADJUSTABLE WAISTBANDS
    Look for pants and skirts with adjustable waistbands, such as drawstrings or elastic bands. These can be adjusted as your belly grows, offering sustained comfort without the need for constant resizing.
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FLOWY MAXI DRESSES

Flowy maxi dresses have been a go-to for me for both of my pregnancies. Typically, I already have many maxi dresses in my closet so I tend to wear many of these during pregnancy and then continue to add more to my closet while pregnant. Flowy maxi dresses are a pregnant woman’s best friend, offering a perfect blend of comfort and style. This style of dress provides so much room for a growing belly, so that you don’t end up feeling restricted or uncomfortable as your belly grows.

The loose, airy fabric allows for excellent breathability, which is especially beneficial during warmer months. As a mom who had two summer babies, being able to have the loose fabric was super important to me. Additionally, maxi dresses can be easily dressed up or down, making them versatile enough for a variety of occasions, from casual outings to more formal events.

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OVERSIZED TOPS

The oversized style has been a big trend over the past few years, so it’s easy to integrate into a non maternity maternity clothes wardrobe. Wearing oversized tops during pregnancy offers lots of benefits that connect to both comfort and style. Oversized tops provide space for your growing belly, which then gets rid of the need for constant wardrobe updates as your body changes.

Oversized tops are also incredibly versatile, easily pairing with leggings, jeans, or skirts for a variety of looks. Additionally, they can be layered with cardigans or blazers, making them great options to style in various weather conditions. By choosing oversized tops, you can maintain a chic and effortless look throughout your pregnancy while prioritizing your comfort and ease of movement.

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SMOCKED DRESSES

I don’t typically have a lot of smocked dresses in my closet, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t great options for wearing non maternity clothes during pregnancy. The loose, billowy fit of smock dresses is another style of dress that provides room for your belly.

Smock dresses are also incredibly versatile, easily transitioning from casual daytime wear to more formal occasions with the right accessories. For any of the summer weddings or events I was invited to during my pregnancy, I was either in a maxi dress or a smock dress. The lightweight and breathable fabrics often used in smock dresses ensure that you stay cool and comfortable, even during warmer months.

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CROCHET OUTFITS

Crochet is a really big trend right now and it looks like it is hear to stay. For those looking to style looks during the warmer months, you may be looking at some crochet outfits. The stitching and the fabric allows for a lot of stretch, so as your belly grows, you don’t end up feeling restricted within the clothing and the fabric just works around you. These outfits tend to be great to use as cover ups as well as various casual and more formal outfits.

With crochet outfits, you can find a lot of dresses as well as two pieces to style that you can either wear with lining underneath to make it not so see-through, or depending on the thickness, you won’t need much to layer and can just style the fantastic non maternity maternity outfit as is.

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HIGH WAISTED PANTS

If you have any high waisted loose fitting pants already in your closet or if you see some out that you like, I’d suggest snagging a pair of these especially for earlier in your pregnancy. And when grabbing a pair, make sure there is a lot of stretch in the waist pant and they are a little longer so that as you pull them up over your belly, they are able to accommodate the growth.

What I really liked about the high waisted pants was that the elevated waistline offers gentle support to your growing belly, helping to alleviate some of the pressure on your lower back and pelvis. These pants often feature stretchy, flexible fabrics that adapt to your changing shape, ensuring you stay comfortable without feeling restricted. High-waisted pants also create a flattering silhouette by smoothing out the midsection and elongating the legs, which can boost your confidence during pregnancy.

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FLOWING HALTER TOPS

The one piece of clothing that surprised me on how great it is for wearing while pregnant is the halter top. I ended up adding quite a few flowing halter tops to my wardrobe while pregnant and then continued to wear many of them afterwards. Halter tops are a fantastic choice for pregnant women because they offer a unique combination of comfort, support, and style.

When you get some that have adjustable neck ties you’ll be able to adjust the top based on your growing body. Halter tops often have a loose and flowy fit around the belly, providing room for your growing bump while keeping you cool and comfortable, especially during warmer months. The open shoulder design adds a touch of elegance and can help balance your silhouette, making you feel both fashionable and confident.

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