When it comes to building a maternity wardrobe, it really makes sense to have a minimal wardrobe since you wear most of the items only 6 months or so.
At the end of my second pregnancy, I purged my maternity wardrobe, getting rid of things that were ill fitting, non-flattering and pieces I never wore. (I look back at some pictures from my previous two pregnancies and cringe at some of the ill fitting clothes I wore. I had a much larger wardrobe for those two pregnancies but it would have been better to have a smaller wardrobe with flattering clothes!)
At the beginning of this pregnancy, I once again went through the box of maternity clothes and donated a few things that I didn’t love, didn’t think I’d wear and weren’t my style (tastes change over the course of 2 years!)
I was able to wear most of my regular tops until I was 25 weeks – with maternity jeans (I embraced those around 10 weeks!). Once those shirts were getting too small, I evaluated my maternity clothing and saw there were a few gaps – mainly I needed shirts.
I purchased one pair of maternity jeans for $6, a purple tee for $5 and a maroon tee for $5. (All of these were purchased at a local resale store!) And, I was given a black tee. These 4 pieces, mainly the comfy shirts, really helped expand my maternity wardrobe.
Here’s my maternity wardrobe:
1. Grey Sweater (long sleeve)
2. Purple Tee (long sleeve)
3. Black Shirt (long sleeve)
4. Pink Shirt (3/4 sleeve)
5. Maroon Tee (long sleeve)
6. Black Tee (long sleeve)
These 6 tops are worn just about every time I leave the house. I also will wear the tees on days I stay home.
Since all of these tops are solids, the look of them can easily be changed with a scarf or a chunky necklace which makes me feel like I have more options than just 6 shirts!
1. Red Polka Dot Dress
2. Blue Paisley Dress
3. Purple Dress
4. Pink/Black/White Dress
5. Black Sleeveless Dress *
6. Black/Grey Sweater Dress
*A few days after this photo was taken, I tried the black sleeveless dress on and it was way too small! So, it was decommissioned at 32 weeks!
**Only two of these dresses (the two in the middle) are actual maternity dresses, the rest are regular dresses that have enough room for a growing belly.
I typically wear dresses to church on Sundays with leggings and a black cardigan. I also will occasionally wear a dress with leggings at home because honestly, it’s just about as comfortable as being in pajamas except I look like I put forth effort in my appearance!
3 Pair Jeans
1 Pair Black Dress pants
Comfortable jeans are a must! All 3 of these are very comfortable. In my past 2 pregnancies, I had a few pair of jeans that I hated to wear because they were so uncomfortable – I passed those on and am much happier with these – especially my new pair (in the middle – that belly panel is so comfy!)
I don’t wear the black dress pants too often because I prefer to wear a dress and leggings to church and on the rare occasion I need to dress up. I’ve worn them with my grey sweater a few times with this pregnancy. I also think they’d look cute with my maroon or purple tees and scarves.
1. Black Yoga Pants
2. Grey Yoga Pants
3. Black/Grey Flannel Shirts
4. Black T-shirt
5. Black Tights
6. Grey Tights
7. Black Cardigan
**The only maternity items in this photo are the black and grey yoga pants, the rest are staples in my non-maternity wardrobe that work during pregnancy too!
These are essential pieces in my wardrobe. Most days I’m home, you’ll find me in the yoga pants – being comfortable while pregnant is a priority of mine! I wear the black t-shirt and flannel shirt quite often on days spent at home. (I also have a couple short sleeve t-shirts that I’ll wear if I’m not caught up on laundry!)
With 7 weeks to go, I’m hoping that I won’t outgrow too many more clothes. If I do outgrow pieces, I suppose my wardrobe will become even more minimal and I’ll fully embrace wearing my husband’s shirts at home. Honestly, I don’t want to buy anymore maternity clothes – I’d much rather spend my money on a few flattering pieces for my postpartum body.
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