I’ve gotten so many questions about maternity clothes, and my short answer is:
At the beginning, I was crazy excited to buy them. I was just so happy to be pregnant and excited about the way my body was going to change, and my first thought was immediately to scour the internet for the cutest, chic-est, most stylish maternity clothes I could find.
And then… the novelty of buying them wore off. And I got more and more pregnant, and started to realize: I’m buying “eh” clothes for a body that’s only going to need them for three more months.
And that’s when I posted this Instagram photo (some of you may remember it)! Because I realized that I was way better off looking for looser cuts from the non-maternity section of my closet (clothes that I love and wear all the time) than I was buying things I didn’t love just because they had the word “Maternity” on the label.
In the end, I bought five pairs of jeans, two tops, three dresses, and a belly band I used once. (Literally, once. Some people love them, I did not.) And that was too much. I could easily have made due with one or two pairs of jeans, but I was trying to figure out what shape and style I liked the most and obviously I needed pink and white ones too (never mind that I was pregnant in the middle of winter). The tops, also, were pretty unnecessary for me — but I’m short and I know taller girls have more trouble with the length of tops as their bellies grow.
And in the end, I’m happy that I came to my senses. Take this dress: I bought it at eight months pregnant, it’s not a maternity dress, and yet it totally works and I love it to death. It’s an ASOS leopard print skater dress — basically, exactly what I wore pre-pregnancy and exactly what I plan to go back to wearing after this baby arrives.
It’s something that will stay in my closet long after this baby gets here, and that I’ll probably pull out for dinners and events a year or two from now. It has enough stretch to keep everything covered, but it’s also just my style. When I put on this dress, I feel easy and comfortable and fun — I feel like myself.
Which, when your body has been taken over by a little bowling-ball-sized alien, is a pretty wonderful feeling to have.