I was funny about buying anything for baby before we had our first doctor’s appointment, but when it came to myself, I was all about hitting “add to cart” on some bump-friendly items for me.
It was nice to take advantage of some fall/winter clearance still around in May, knowing that by fall, I’d be plenty ready for some roomier, long sleeved things. And with our trip to Florida in late September in mind, I’m keeping an eye on summer deals, now. I am ALL about not spending a fortune on maternity clothes. Obviously, the time frame to wear them is short, and let’s be real, they just aren’t as exciting as regular clothes!
I know I’ll grow into (and then perhaps out of!) the first batch of items I’ve stashed in my closet, but to begin, I wanted a set of mega basics, with which I can mix in as much as possible with accessories and non-maternity items I already own. I’m fortunate to work in a casual office, so other than an option for the occasional corporate office visit, I’m happily sticking to comfy casual for the coming months.
14 Weeks…a.k.a. “Burrito Belly”
EXISTING closet — Here’s what I’m hoping will help carry me through the early months of “burrito belly”:
- Leggings/cropped leggings
- Linen roll-waist pants — I found these non-maternity gems at Old Navy and bought in three colors to get me through summer!
- Empire waist dresses and tunics
- Tunic length tanks and tops
- Maxi dresses
- Maxi skirts
- Stretchy workout clothes
- The famous belly bands in black and white (Target BeBand) for extending the timeline during which I can keep wearing my regular pants
PURCHASED — Here’s what’s on tap for later on:
- Long tanks for layering (a variety of colors) – love the PureBody from Gap Maternity, as well as from H&M Mama
- Denim button down (Gap Maternity)
- Grey and black leggings (Liz Lange for Target and Gap Maternity)
- 3/4 sleeve knit grey dress (Liz Lange for Target)
- V-neck tees in various sleeve lengths/colors (Old Navy Maternity)
- Black jersey 3/4 sleeve dress (Gap Maternity)
- This dress and this one (Pink Blush) for some upcoming dressier events
And in related news, one of my very favorite bloggers, who is a few weeks further along than me, has started a series called “Dressing the Bump” — LOVE her tips and resources for both cute maternity items and things that help bridge the gap from your normal wardrobe!