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How to Dress During Pregnancy Without Maternity Clothes

Maternity clothes are comfortable, but many women don’t like the idea of wearing them throughout the whole pregnancy.

Whether you don’t feel like investing in clothes that you are going to wear for only a couple of months, or you simply don’t like the way they look, don’t worry. Who said you have to settle for maternity clothes during your pregnancy?

Thankfully, nowadays there are various options.

How To Look Good During Pregnancy?

It’s possible to both look and feel great during your pregnancy.

It doesn’t matter whether you are still working or you are a stay at home mum. The best thing of all is that there is something for everyone, no matter what is your style.

A lot of women have managed to go through the whole pregnancy without buying any new clothes, or with buying just a necessary minimum of it.

In this article, we’ll explore some clothes choices that future moms have.  We hope this article will inspire you to come up with new combinations as we are sure that you probably already have some of the items from the list in your closet.

Other Clothes Can You Wear During Pregnancy?

1. Leggings

Guess what, you don’t have to buy maternity pants. You can use something that you probably already have in your wardrobe. Yes, that’s right, leggings. Thankfully, leggings are no longer reserved just for the gym. If you match them with a nice shirt, you can wear them on any occasion. They can look beautiful even on special occasions such as parties and corporate events.

If you want to buy only one pair of leggings, we suggest opting for something that you can easily combine with your other clothes. Black leggings are always a great idea, plus, they make you look slimmer.

On the other hand, if you already have monochrome leggings, you can experiment with floral or animal prints that can spice up any combination. Who said that pregnancy clothes have to be boring?

2. Maxi dresses

When someone mentions maternity dress, most people think of something cozy but shapeless. It doesn’t have to be like that. Pregnancy is a great time to start wearing those long maxi dresses that you’ve always wanted to wear. They are ideal both for everyday situations, but they can also look very elegant.

Everything depends on the material and design you choose. It’s essential to look for a dress made of stretchable fabric.

The rest depends on you. Some women like to keep it simple while others love to experiment with boho or hippy style. The best thing about long dresses? If your feet start swelling during the pregnancy, you can wear comfy shoes or even your slippers, without anyone noticing it. This is a life-saver for those occasions such as weddings you’re expected to dress up and be elegant.

3. Jeans

If you love wearing jeans it doesn’t mean you have to give up on them.

You may not be able to wear your favorite pair of jeans during your last trimester, but there’s something you can do. When buying a new pair of jeans, opt for those that look like leggings.

It means a flexible waist and no buttons. That way, they’ll be able to adapt to your growing belly.

Choose a material that is stretchable but that returns to its original shape after washing. If you want to look like you’re wearing regular jeans instead of those elastic ones, that’s easy. Just choose tops or shirts that are a bit longer and that cover your waist.

No one will be able to tell whether it’s regular jeans or not. Once you try these jeans, chances are you won’t want to go back to your old jeans even after your pregnancy.

Because the new ones feel better but also look great. They’re perfect for long walks with your baby and you will also be able to wear them when you start taking your kid to playground.

4. Mid-length dresses

If you don’t like long dresses or you have a tiny constitution and you can find one that suits you, don’t worry. You could always opt for mid-length dresses that look great throughout your pregnancy. Choose dresses made of flexible and breathable materials, that are growing with you. There’s a lot of choices, from simple everyday dresses to more elegant options.

If you have a simple dress and want to make it fancier, you can use a belt.

Just make sure that it isn’t too tight because the most important thing is to feel comfortable. The only reason why we’d suggest avoiding buying short dresses is because they may become too short as your belly is growing.

But if you already have some short dresses you love, you can come up with new ways to use them. You can pair them with leggings or mentioned stretchable jeans and wear them like a tunic.

There are a lot of ways to combine them, you just have to be creative and experiment.

5. Use dress as a skirt

If you get bored of dresses or you just want to show off your tops, here’s something for you.

You can always use your long dresses as a skirt. There are two ways to do it. You can wear it above your belly or below it – whatever feels better. Actually, you can combine both ways, depending on the size of your belly.

If you opt for a version above your belly, you can combine it even with your favorite short tops, no matter what’s the weather outside because your belly will be protected.

People probably won’t notice that you’re using your dress as a skirt, but if that bothers you, here’s the solution.

You can always combine it with some cool belt, and hide any parts of the dress that may not look perfect.

6. Cardigan

Sometimes it seems that it’s easier to find clothes for summer than for winter. But it doesn’t have to be like that. If you like it, you can keep wearing your breathable summer clothes even during colder months.

All you need is a warm and cozy cardigan. It’s a life-saver for those occasions when you have to get ready fast, but you have no idea what to wear.

Just grab it and wear it on top of anything else you’re wearing, and it’ll spice up your outfit.

They look beautiful on every woman, and they are very practical. Explore materials and colors until you find something that goes well with your style.

How To Avoid Maternity Clothes?

Even though you may want to skip maternity clothes, you still have to be very careful about the clothes and materials you choose.

Your body is changing and you need something that feels comfortable and that can adapt. Therefore, you should look for elastic materials or clothes with a tie waist.

That way, you won’t have to buy new clothes every month because it will adapt to your body. The best thing of all?

If you choose a high-quality material, your clothes will return to its original shape and you will be able to wear it even after your pregnancy. Investing in quality clothes can be a great decision because you can wear it for years and it will always look like new.

What Else To Look For?

It’s also essential to look for natural, breathable fabrics such as cotton or linen. Our body goes through many changes during pregnancy, and some women have trouble regulating their body temperature. You may experience more sweating than usual. It’s nothing to worry about, choose fabrics that you feel comfortable in and that are easy to wash and maintain. The last thing you need is something that is difficult to maintain. Instead, look for practical, multipurpose garments.

If you don’t have anything of the items we’ve mentioned, don’t worry. We’d suggest starting with buying a few basic items that you can combine with your old clothes. A pair of elastic jeans, black leggings, cozy cardigan, or a dress that can be both casual and elegant. Those are all things you can keep wearing long after your pregnancy. If you’re on a budget, you may consider buying details that will help you repurpose your clothes. For example. a cool belt can be a real game-changer and transform a simple dress into a stylish outfit.

Pick Comfortable Clothes

The most important thing is to find something that makes you feel comfortable. And that doesn’t have to be anything loose or large if you don’t like it.

You don’t have to completely change your style just because you are pregnant. It’s possible to feel comfortable even in fancy clothes. You just need to make a few adjustments until you find what feels good. It’s possible to look elegant and go to corporate meetings or family parties and get a lot of compliments on your outfit.

Embrace your body and keep experimenting until you find something that suits you well. The two most important factors are that you have to feel both comfortable and confident in the clothes you are wearing. And that’s a win-win combination!

Maternity - Updated: February 22, 2021