Ever since getting pregnant I didn’t know if it will be challenging or not to do everyday street style posts. It is hard to find a gem in a dedicated store because let’s face it most of the maternity clothes there look odd and not flattering at all.
Most of the pretty stuff if being sold online, even the mega-retailers in high street fashion like Gap don’t carry ANY maternity items in stores. So by any, I mean not even leggings. It’s hard to understand if the piece will fit you well even to a person like me, who does 90% of her shopping online. I know my sizes and know the fits that suit me well, but when you are pregnant you change, and you look different. The items that are being displayed online like jeans might not fit you as good or as comfortable as you’ve imagined. Therefore I’ve opted for a few options to buy for this magical time and used the rest of my wardrobe and current items in styling my every day and night out wear.
Now, before I continue, you need to know that it worked for me for two reasons.
The first reason is physical – I popped only now on the 7th month, and that gave me many options with styling my regular, non-maternity clothes throughout the first two trimesters. The second reason is style. I love oversized, a bit boxy, stretchable clothes and A-line dresses, which is again a big plus when dressing up your bump.
This sweater dress is no different. I was wearing it last year as a regular winter knit dress and this year, because of its stretch, the dress was transformed in a maternity item. Next year, as you guessed, I’ll be wearing it as normal sweater dress again. To this day I own only one maternity dress, which I bought from Gap and I was wearing it on the New Years and will again for the Valentines. I also invested in maternity jeans and leggings, just because most of my style is tops, sweaters, blazers & jeans and because of the mild swelling, which is not helpful when you want to wear your over the knee boots with a dress or a skirt.
Now, as for the other alternatives to maternity clothes:
Rib-knit skirt – buy it a size larger, wear it throughout your pregnancy and then wash it in hot water and dry on the high setting to shrink it a size to wear postpartum.
Shift & sweater dresses – perfect to wear during and after pregnancy, especially if your shift dress made from jersey and your sweater dress has a rib knit.
Cardigans/Blazers – mix and match them with your favourite cami or t-shirt and wear with that one pair of maternity pants or leggings.
Maxi dresses – all year round, the best option there is.
Loose fitting clothes if you are a fan of a boyfriend/oversized style – sweaters, shirts, tops, anything that matches the season.
Gap maternity jeans – not this will be the only item that I recommend which is not an alternative, just because it has concealed elastic and buttons that help to shrink/size down one or two sizes in the waist so you can wear them after the baby is here.