You’ve stocked up on cute outfits to wear as your belly grows, but what happens after baby is born? We wouldn’t want all those maternity clothes to be left in the attic forever (or until your next pregnancy)!
If you’ve ever spoken to a woman about what she wore during her pregnancy, it’s pretty likely you’ll have heard her say something like “I was so sick of them that I wanted to burn them all afterwards”. It’s often due to three reasons:
- Her maternity wear choices were too limited, and so she had to wear them day-in and day-out,
- Her clothes were uncomfortable, or
- She never really loved the garments in the first place.
Here are some good choices you can make while shopping for pregnancy outfits, which can remain in your closet for years to come and be a delight to wear!
- Loose sweats or exercise clothes: For the days you’re lounging around with partner and baby, you can hang on to those drawstring pants or oversized tees when you just want to be cute and comfy.
- Maxi dresses: Long, flowy dresses are fashionable for all shapes and sizes!
- Jumpers and rompers: Comfortable and simple, these all-in-one outfits will flatter you with or without a baby bump.
- Button-down tops or shirt dresses: Oversized tops are great for maternity wear, and after pregnancy you can cinch them with a cute belt!
- Caftans and tunics: These are classic and elegant, perfect for a day at the beach or a Saturday night out! They hide and flatter a multitude of body issues and bumps, but often have lovely, slimming details like bracelet-length sleeves, vented sides, and deep V-necklines.
- Leggings: Every woman loves a stretchy waistband, and leggings are a great staple to throw on under a cute top or dress.You can never go wrong with a good pair (or four) of dark, stretchy leggings. Comfortable on your most bloated days, they can also give a streamlined look when tucked into boots.
- Long Tank Tops: Look for stretchy microfiber blends, ruching on the sides, and thick straps that can hide a bra (regular or nursing) and accommodate the ebb and flow of your chest.
Unstructured, chunky cardigan: While the classic cardigan will never go out of style, a more unstructured option gives you more flexibility when you’re expecting. No buttons to fuss with or strain against, no tissue-thin material revealing more ripples than you’d like. Instead, an unstructured cardigan – perhaps one with an asymmetrical front and a simple one-button or toggle closure near the neckline – allows you to wear it open or loosely closed. A thicker knit can do double duty as a light coat in fall or spring.
The bottom line
Maternity clothes don’t have to be used for only a few months at a time, and they’re especially forgiving after childbirth when your midsection isn’t totally tight yet. You can find economical and stylish clothes in all your favorite stores to create a fashion-forward look.
- Look for items that graciously drape or skim across your body. They’ll look great on you no matter what shape your figure is.
- Seek out garments in basic, neutral colours like black, grey, beige, white and navy, and add colour through your accessories.
- Look for fabrics like Ponte, jersey or a fine rib knit, which will all mould to your body, but retain their shape.