I know I’m not the only one, so let me say this loud and proud: I HATE MATERNITY CLOTHES. I mean hate them with a passion. I remember when I first realized I was pregnant: my high waisted jeans were being rude as hell sending off alarms that my waist was non existent that day due to early pregnancy baby bloating. A few weeks later, I found myself shopping for maternity jeans — or should I say: ass flattening, belly thermal, stretch-but-not-really, no waist having maternity jeans. HORRID.
Now this isn’t everyone’s story. Some women love maternity wear and enjoy shopping at places like Motherhood, PinkBlush and Destination Maternity. For me, that would be a whole hell no. So how have I been fairing this entire pregnancy without spending one dime on maternity clothes? Check out some of my tips below! Now dresses are by far my favorite, but a good pair of stretchy leggings are always on my list!
And just in case you’re wondering, I still love my heels and I wear them when it’s most comfortable. Don’t let anyone rain on your fashionable parade. You can still be a cutie pie — young, trendy and cute without buying a closet full of maternity wear.
What to Wear for Non Maternity Pregnancy Style
Dresses are your best friend. Go with the stretchy fabrics that will snug your bump and make your figure look fabulous. Try midis, bodycons, knits and maxi dresses.
Pencil Skirts are so versatile! You can dress them up or down with sneakers or heels, t-shirts or nice tops, especially crop tops! I love this idea from the Fashion Bump Instagram feed, with so much inspiration from beautiful mommas featured — find some cute bumps in pencil skirts werking it!
Braless & Bralettes
Let me be the first to tell you, the tits are the first to get heavy on this journey. My gosh, my boobs started feeling like heavy jugs before I was even three months gestation. The first thing I had to buy was a series of various bralettes. Bras just hurt and are very uncomfortable. Doing such has made me far more comfortable with going braless in public. I’ll talk more about that later but I’m just saying, this is the perfect time to get comfortable with your body and do things you never thought you would.
Leggings make me so happy. With a cute ruched tank or nice t-shirt, leggings are easy to style and feel comfortable. You can always pair them with slides, heels or a cute pair of sneakers!
Most women get rid of crop tops because of the stigma that baby bellies shouldn’t be exposed. Go with what makes you comfortable! Personally, some days, I don’t want anything touching my belly so I enjoy wearing a cute crop top with a flowy skirt.
Bodysuits are just sexy, fitted and flattering on a round bump. I love a nice leotard top with cute bottoms such as joggers, leggings, a skirt or a cute pair of linen shorts.
Boyfriend Clothes: Oversized
Listen: his clothes are my clothes. Button downs, tees, sweaters, joggers, basketball shorts, etc. I love pairing a nice oversized denim button down shirt from his closet with a bodycon dress! Don’t break the bank just get creative.
You don't have to buy a whole new wardrobe to be wobbly and cute! Go a size up and buy clothes that you'll enjoy now and later. Think stretchy, oversized and versatile; nine times out of 10, you have everything you need right at home. Feel free to check out my instagram feed for a little bump inspo. I’m no fashion blogger, but you can always bet I am wearing something cute, comfy and seasonal.
Kay Glaze is a lifestyle blogger on a journey to kick ass in her career and family life as a millennial mommy. Sprinkled with a little humor and sass, KayGlaze.com is a hub for tips and advice on modern motherhood and how to stay connected with self through all the craziness. Find her on Instagram or connect with others for real conversations in her Facebook group Raw Words Real Women.