A maternity wardrobe is expensive and frustrating to build. Here are a few tips for building a cute and affordable summer maternity wardrobe.
Now that it’s summer, I’m pulling out an entirely different maternity wardrobe. I wasn’t really pregnant in the summer with my first. It was mid-August before I even found out I was expecting. That means that over the past few weeks I’ve been putting together a comfy, cute, and affordable Summer maternity wardrobe.
I want to stay cool but still look a little put-together. Otherwise, I’d be like Rachel in Friends and walk around with my giant belly hanging out while sweating to death.
I also have tips for creating an affordable winter maternity wardrobe.
How I Built My Summer Maternity Wardrobe
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Keep It Flowy
The first thing I did to prep my summer maternity wardrobe was to go through all of my clothes. I pulled anything that I thought would fit me for these last two months of pregnancy. And that I’d be comfortable wearing postpartum.
I pulled out all of my maxi dresses and a few maxi skirts and put them front and center in the closet. I love maxi dresses and skirts in general, but they are AMAZING for the third trimester. They are loose and flowy, can be layered easily for various occasions and no one knows whether or not you shaved your legs!
I recently pulled out one of my maxis for my husband and I’s anniversary dinner. I felt cute and comfy, plus there was plenty of room for food still.
Layer Items In Your Summer Maternity Wardrobe for a Different Look
Layering is a big part of a Spring/early Summer wardrobe, at least in Virginia, because you never know what the weather is going to do. It could be 82 all day and then drop to the low 60s in the evening.
For this, I always have a jacket, cardigan, or sweatshirt to throw over whatever I’m wearing. I have to leave them unbuttoned at this point, but that’s not a problem with an incubator strapped to my stomach.
Tying a button-down or chambray top just under the chest is also a cute way to have something lightweight over your outfit for a cooler evening or day.
Maxi dress (TJ Maxx)| Chambray Top
Swap Maternity Clothes with Friends
I did acquire some maternity shorts for this pregnancy. I say acquire because I didn’t have to purchase them, they were given to me by another friend who had two summer pregnancies. They are simple Motherhood Maternity shorts, one pair is black and one is white, so they are perfect for any wardrobe. I definitely would have bought black shorts if I didn’t have such a sweet friend!
I love that I can pair the neutral shorts with bright or patterned tops. I luckily had a few short-sleeved tops from my last pregnancy. I also bought mostly loose-fitting clothes postpartum with my first, so a few of those are still working at this stage.
Try Oversized Tees
One thing that I’ve been buying for the warm weather is quirky t-shirts. It’s so nice to have a shirt that I feel helps me maintain some of my fun-loving personality behind the belly. Target has been t-shirt central for me recently.
I’m obsessed with this Britney Spears tee that I bought a few weeks ago. I always get a ton of compliments and comments on it too.
T-Shirt | Shorts
This Princess Leia tee is so badass! I wear it every time it’s clean haha. The good thing about t-shirts is that they are still comfy and fun for postpartum. They can easily be tied in the front or you can do a little side tuck to keep them flattering.
H&M actually has a few super cute oversized solid color tees right now. I bought one in a peachy pink and had to go back for more! They will be great for layering in the Fall over leggings too because they are so long.
With building any kind of maternity wardrobe, my advice is to invest in a few actual maternity items, like jeans or shorts.
Then hit up TJ Maxx, Target or another affordable store. Find cute, comfy items in a size or two larger than usual and rock those. You can always make something oversized look cute when you’re no longer pregnant. And if not, at least you didn’t spend a fortune!
Also, shop your closet! Pull out your looser clothes and wear them as long as you can without stretching them out.
Maternity clothes don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg or take up a ton of storage space when you aren’t pregnant anymore.