I’m in the third trimester home stretch! There is great speculation as to whether I will make it all the way to this little one’s actual due date of Sept 30th. Feel free to toss your bet in the ring with the knowledge that my tiny intern had to be evicted several days after her due date.
In the meantime, I still have to dress this growing bump (at this point, let’s be honest – it’s a boulder) and know you or someone you know is in the same position. With my two go-to local maternity shops closed this pregnancy :-(, there’s a much greater need for creativity and knowing what non-maternity styles could work for pregnancy. (like wearing a beach cover-up as a top as pictured below.) Several moms-to-be joined me on Great Day Houston recently to talk styles!
Click through for the video, what the models are wearing (sizes included!), some additional tips I forgot to say on air (is pregnancy brain really a thing or is it just a result of sheer fatigue?), some of the go-to non-maternity brands you can rock for your pregnancy, and my favorite maternity style spot (because sometimes you just need maternity). Goodness, why are you still here? Click already! ;-)
The myriad of tunic tops, caftans, poncho-style tops, swing and trapeze tops, and of course flowy off-the-shoulder tops that are all so in style right now provide so many great bump style options. Especially in the early days when you are in between your pre-pregnancy size and a true baby bump.
Thank you to Monkee’s for providing many of the elements of her look!!
Maxi dresses and empire waists are excellent maternity choices. Generally maxi dresses are pretty flowy allow room to grow! If the dress has a lining confirm it’s removable so you can sub in a maternity or larger size slip later in pregnancy.
And now is the time to really ramp up your accessory selection. Accessories are easy ways to update and elevate your maternity basics while keeping you on trend and you know you won’t grow out of them over the next few months!
Try new-to-you brands during this style phase. Brands that may not have fit before could be great options. Brands like Talbots, Chicos, and this NYDJ top are cut a bit roomier and have several on trend options. For this look we sized up on the top for length but a M would have worked if you are a similar size but shorter!
Who says you have to spend a fortune during pregnancy? This dress is only $26 and is a perfect maternity style. Fitted on top, roomy and stretchy on bottom. Can we get a round of applause for this lovely model as 1. she did not go into labor on air. lol, and 2. is a girl after my own heart – still sporting wedges/heels to the end!
Brands We Didn’t Have Time To Cover
I’ve enjoyed my maternity style much more this go-round because of a nice little find a friend suggested: ASOS Maternity. They are UK-based so the sizing is a little tricky they but have free shipping/returns so it’s easy to try out styles and most everything is $100 or less. Have posted several ASOS maternity dresses on my Instagram feed!
Some additional non-maternity brands that can carry you through the next nine months:
- Rachel Pally, specifically the caftan dress style which she does in several colors and styles each year, is one of my favorite dress styles for pregnancy.
- Michael Stars tank tops have excellent stretch and can be worn through pregnancy. Many of his tops are also cut a bit roomier in the waist.
- Tart – know for their stretch-modal jersey fabrics and their interesting cuts and prints this brand is a great one for keeping the attention on your whole look and not just the bump.
Thank you Kendra Scott for providing the jewelry for many of these looks and Think Elysian Photography for the photos!!
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