Pregnancy is certainly hard on your body, but it doesn’t have to be hard on your wallet when it comes to maternity clothes. One of the difficulties I’ve faced during my pregnancy is shopping. Cute stuff doesn’t fit. Stuff that fits isn’t cute. Cute stuff that does fit is expensive. It’s a true conundrum. It took me lots of man hours going from store to store to find cute, inexpensive clothes for my pregnancy wardrobe. After putting in so much time, I’m confident to say I’ve found three must haves for my pregnancy wardrobe that aren’t maternity or expensive. Now I have a closet full of clothes that I can also wear post-pregnancy.
Because I tend to wear more basic tops, wearing a kimono or some lightweight outerwear over them takes the outfit up a notch. They can add dimension to your outfit. Not to mention, they’ll fit you after your pregnancy is over and done with. I particularly like wearing either item over my longline tank tops. The best stores for inexpensive, but great brand kimonos and lightweight outerwear is definitely Marshalls or TJ Maxx. I was able to snag three kimonos and one lightweight jacket for under $60!
Instead of spending $20+ on a shirt you won’t wear after your pregnancy because it’s too “maternity”, get some super cheap longline shirts and tank tops. They’ll last you through the growing bump and even longer. Plus, they’re comfortable as can be and perfect for your every day wear. My favorite ones are from Forever 21. They’re only $1.90 and I’ve had a few last me years.
This hands down is the most comfortable must have: it’s easy to put on, doesn’t take much thought to plan, and the comfort lasts through the day. I know some women feel self-conscious about their bodies during their pregnancy and if that is you, you can always put on a kimono or jacket over it to take the edge off. Again, Forever 21 comes to the rescue with my favorite bodycon dresses, mainly because of the price ($4.90) and because they seem to be the stretchiest without sheering out.
What are your favorite non-maternity items that you’ve worn during your pregnancy?