Building a maternity wardrobe can be expensive and frustrating. Read a few tips for building an affordable winter maternity wardrobe.
“Every pregnancy is different.” It’s the cliche phrase that every pregnant woman hears constantly. Whether you’re on your second pregnancy or discussing the experience with another mom. I’ve heard it so many times that if I had a dollar for every time someone said it to me I could probably buy a private island. But I’ve come to realize 5 months into this journey that it is so freaking true. While a lot of things have been very similar, just as much has been different.
One of the biggest things for me is that my life is totally different this time. When I was pregnant with my first I had a 9-5 office job and my weekends were free. This time, I spend my days at home having dance parties with a toddler. Plus, I manage my house. If I’m lucky I can go to dinner with a friend once in awhile. This means that I no longer need all of the work appropriate clothes that I bought the first time. I revamped my winter maternity wardrobe on a limited budget.
How I Built My Winter Maternity Wardrobe
Lots of Leggings
Since this is my second baby, I started showing earlier. In the first few weeks, wearing anything with a button was out of the question. Luckily, I invested in some high-waisted and affordable leggings when I was postpartum. These leggings are less than $8 and lasted me over a year. I still wear them most days, even at 21 weeks along. They are also AMAZING for postpartum due to the high waist.
I also pulled a few pairs of maternity leggings out of storage. I love the patterned leggings because I mostly own solid shirts. These give the outfit a fun flair. I also have a pair of maternity dress pants and a pair of maternity jeans. I hate maternity jeans with a passion. They always feel like they are falling off and the crotch gets saggy. But they are totally necessary. Everyone should have at least one pair for the days you just want to wear a pair of damn jeans.
Oversized Non-Maternity Tops
I said goodbye to most of my tighter fitting tops postpartum. I didn’t feel confident in them anymore and they weren’t comfy. I bought several looser fitting tanks and t-shirts paired them with a cardigan or jacket in the winter. While I loved pairing things with cardigans most of my first pregnancy, I wasn’t feeling it this time around. I’ve been so cold this pregnancy! I wanted some warmer sweaters for lounging around the house. This Star Wars sweatshirt from Target is my favorite. It’s cozy, warm and Star Wars. I bought it a size up so I could wear it with leggings and keep my booty covered. Plus, there’s room for a growing belly. I also searched the men’s section at Old Navy and invested in a few over-sized thermal tops. They are so cozy, but they totally count as real clothes.
Sizing up in non-maternity tops is actually something I’ve done a lot this time around. I hit up TJ Maxx a few weeks ago and came away with a lot of cute winter clothes. I’m happy with the oversized fit. Plus, the baby bump is barely visible, so I know they will work for a while longer. I didn’t pay more than $20 for anything. So, even if I’m not feeling them next year I don’t feel too guilty about buying them in the first place.
Keep It Neutral
One big tip I have for buying maternity clothes is to keep it neutral. My wardrobe is mostly grey and black. It’s great for mixing pieces and provides more outfit options to choose from. Add a colorful cardigan, patterned scarf or statement jewelry to dress up a simple outfit.
Get One Winter Dress
Invest in one dress that would be appropriate for anything from a fancy dinner to a funeral. You never know what’s going to come up! The last thing you want is to be desperately searching for a dress at the last minute. Keep it simple and neutral so you are ready for anything. I was gifted a dress from a friend. I needed it towards the end of my pregnancy for a wedding, a dinner party and a funeral. I was so thankful to have it hanging in my closet so that I didn’t have to worry about what to wear.
Another game changer, and totally frivolous purchase, was a cute pair of sneakers. I didn’t need them, but they are so comfy. Also, I technically didn’t buy them, Jesse did. They are the green Adidas Gazelles and I love them so much. I feel like they pull my athleisure outfits together way better than my Nike’s do.
I hope you have an awesome weekend! We have some plans to get out of the house for a bit, but will mostly be taking it easy.
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