It’s month 7 and it may be time to start thinking about a wardrobe update!
Maybe you are simply getting bored with your maternity wardrobe, or a few pieces are not fitting as well anymore. You may also have found that those few Go-To pieces you end up wearing all the time are starting to show that wear and lose their luster.
I found that I had a particular skirt and a pair of leggings I lived in, finally they began to look faded, loos a bit of their shape, and I even found some holes! Purchasing a second and third pair of leggings and replacing the skirt was the best decision I made.
You will also know by now if you have any holes in your wardrobe. I had one woman tell me how she had so carefully planned this perfect maternity wardrobe, only to find that the one thing she desperately needed was a basic casual layer she could close up. A simple knit jacket that zipped up made all the difference for her during her third trimester.
If you feel like you are simply missing a few of those special pieces to make you excited about getting dressed, here are some brands and recourses I like:
Isabella Oliver, Japanese Weekend, Monzelle, and Hadley Stilwell.
Also consider accessorizing as you think about freshening up your wardrobe. The bonus to accessories is that they tend to be much more versatile then any single item of clothing, and they will not be limited to a maternity wardrobe. So purchasing new accessories now will not be limited to use just for the next few months.
As you head into your final trimester of your pregnancy, it is important that you feel great about yourself and how you look. Having the right wardrobe is key to maintaining a healthy self-image. Make sure there are pieces that you love to wear and feel great in. From Month five, you hopefully have a terrific start. Now you can make those little changes and tweaks to get you through this final push.
It’s month six and it is time to talk about Undergarments!
I need to admit that this is something I have struggled with through my own pregnancy. I LOVE, and highly value good, supportive underwear, especially bras.
As an Image consultant I am a big fan of proper support, and being a D+ cup size most of my life I have always loved a great underwire bra!
You can only imagine my despair as my precious underwire bras, over the course of my pregnancy became more and more unbearable. Some days I would get home and the first thing I would do is tear the bra off as soon as I could.
This is a story many women have experienced with me.
Your body is more sensitive, things normally comfortable itch, and it’s hard to stand pressure and tightness where it never bothered you before.
Yet, you still need some support.
Nursing bras are a good investment to make now. They are fairly supportive, are a bit more comfortable than a standard bra, and you will need them after your pregnancy if you plan on nursing. I also found that a good sports bra, one with molded, SEPERATED cups, are supportive and though not as sophisticated or quite as flattering as the underwire bra, they are much more bearable during this sensitive time. If your are an A or a B cup, there are some great soft cup bras with a wide spandex back that are very comfortable and give decent support.
For your Growing belly, you will also want to think about underwear.
It is the waist band and where it hits you that can drive you crazy!
Please purchase some maternity underwear. They are not as sexy but I guarantee that there will be many more moments during your pregnancy that the comfort factor of your underwear will be much more important than the sexy factor.
If you want sexy as well, another great alternative is a low rise panty made of a soft pliable material.
Tights and stockings, as well as Shape war should also be considered. If you need to dress up during your pregnancy, these special maternity pieces may be needed. Many woman preferred the maternity shapewear because it gave them added support they appreciated and ended up wearing this as a day to day undergarment. I found myself in tights all of the time and I was thankful for the few pair of maternity tights I purchased.
The other highly valued purchase was the belly band. It gives a bit of support and prevents the belly from accidently being exposed when you may not want it to.
You will find that your undergarments while pregnant are a completely different experience then what you are used to. Do a bit of experimentation, try different styles on and keep an open mind!
By month 5 you are certainly starting to show!
Hopefully, the outfits that you created in months three and four are still working for you to some extent, but they probably won’t for much longer!
(Not without a bit of tweaking at least)
Now is the time to plan ahead for the real changes in your body and wardrobe.
Now it’s time to do some real maternity shopping.
It’s important that you plan out a usable and versatile wardrobe capsule that will work seamlessly for your life over the next several months.
Think about a few factors:
What is your present day to day life like? Do you live in jeans or do you dress for the office five days a week? If your life takes more than one level of dress you may need to create more than one maternity capsule.
Start with the Basics.
These should be selected first and can help supplement those outfits from months 3 and 4 that you have already put together. I like to start with the three bottom five top formula of versatile pieces that can be easily mixed and matched. For these to work the simpler the better.
It’s important that you get pieces that fit you now with room for growth.
Theoretically your maternity size should be the same as your regular size, but try things on. If clothes are snug in month 5, they may not fit right in months 7, 8 or 9.
Or pants and skirts there are several waist band styles to choose from. Remember every woman is different and will have different preferences. (Don’t just choose a style because your sister in law told you it was the best. That may be have been true for her, but you may not have the same experience.)
I generally found that curvier woman with a shorter waist preferred a soft waist band that curved under the belly. Longer waisted women with a straighter hip preferred the built in belly band.
Tops are much easier to figure out the fit for. I suggest finding simple styles in neutrals you wear and in colors you love. You can interest with accessories and other layers helping these pieces stretch their usefulness.
A great basic dress and a couple of neutral shells are also useful additions to a basic and versatile maternity capsule wardrobe.
Once you have figured out your basics it is time to add some stylish pieces that have some more personality. These pieces can be added a bit at a time. Pieces like Jackets, interesting cardigans, vests, or a stylish skirt can add interest to an outfit. Each piece should have personality and be something you love to wear.
Remember that you do not need a lot of pieces.
Every woman I talked with confessed that no matter how much maternity clothes they had, they ended up with two or three Go-To outfits that they lived in during the second half of their pregnancy. They all agreed that they did wear at least a third of what they bought and really only wore the few outfits they not only loved but were comfortable and easy.
So, take your time when shopping for your maternity wardrobe. Don’t buy a lot but buy wisely.
Make sure the outfits you get are perfect for you. Beware that there is not as much selection in the maternity world, but if you do a bit of planning there is a way to have fun with your looks, love what you have, and look your best throughout your pregnancy