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Lanie Towsley is a wife, mother to her two boys, and has a huge passion for maternal health, nutrition, and fitness.
The last time I was pregnant was during the summer and I found dressing my bump in stylish ways to be incredibly easy. My summer wardrobe pretty much consisted of the following:
- Maxi dresses (non-maternity)
- Shift dresses (non-maternity)
- Tank tops (both maternity and non-maternity)
- Jean shorts (definitely maternity)
- running skirts (non-maternity)
- swim suits (non-maternity)
I loved that I didn’t have to buy very much that I wouldn’t be able to wear again, and trust me, my husband loved this too!
So, when we found out I was pregnant in July, my mind immediately fast-forwarded to the cold weather months and how my wardrobe would need to be drastically different..and more expensive. Luckily, I’ve been able to wear a lot of items I already owned or I’ve been able to buy items that are not maternity and I will wear year after year and that makes me feel a whole lot better about spending the cash on them. (I mean, really, who wants to spend $80 on a shirt you’re only going to wear for a few short months?!) Now, some items should definitely be bought in maternity sizes because they just look better but there’s so many outfits you can throw together where you can get away with items already in your closet!
Here are my maternity AND non-maternity essentials for this winter pregnancy that we captured in a fun little maternity shoot! (Keep in mind that I’m in Houston and we’ve experienced some record-breaking hot temps recently.)
Don’t deny it..you look forward to being pregnant so that you can finally wear leggings as pants. I totally get it. I’ve been depending on a couple different styles to get me through the colder days lately.
My casual faves are from The Gap and I pair them with everything from a long tee to a light weight sweater. That’s right, I even sometimes break the “shirt must cover the tush” rule! Throw on sneakers or riding boots and you’re good to go!
For events where I need a bit more coverage or to be dressed up, I LOVE the tuxedo style I found by Rachel Zoe at Destination Maternity. I’ve worn them so consistently that I probably need a couple more pairs! They’re great during the day with a tunic and booties for lunch with the girls or a sexy little top and heels for a date night with the hubs. The heavier weight makes them feel more like pants and the tuxedo stripe kicks them up a notch.
Y’all. I may or may not need a flannel-intervention. I have so many flannel shirts in my closet right now that you’d think I double as a lumber-jack, but honestly, I’m totally not ashamed! I love love love my plaid shirts and they’ve been so perfect to throw on during this warmer winter but they’d work just as well in colder temps with a vest and/or jacket. The best part, in my opinion, is that they aren’t maternity! Many I’ve owned for a few years and the others..well, I excuse with my typical cost vs. wear argument. (Hubs loves that one.)
My absolute favorite plaid tops are from Madewell, like this one, because you can find them in neat color combinations, longer lengths (the green buffalo check has pockets!), and they’re a bit baggier.
Here are a couple others that I’m crushing on:
Whether these pieces are peeking out from under my flannel shirt or are just standing alone, a few good layering pieces are absolutely essential. My favorites are in maternity sizes, but I know there are pricier brands (like Splendid) that can work after pregnancy.
The White Tee/ The Black Tee
I’ve found this one from The Gap to be super soft and comfy. Plus, I love the neckline because I can put a great statement necklace with it!
The Striped Tee
Yep, even in the winter! I sound like a broken record, but I love the ones from The Gap because they are SO soft..so I’ve bought them in every color. Others that I love are: this three-pack from Asos Maternity , stripes from Ingrid and Isabel, and (non-maternity) racer-backs from Splendid, and my FAVORITE layering tanks are from Blanqi because they are so soft and supportive!
This has been one area where I’ve been able to have a bit more fun! Outerwear pieces (and accessories) are essential for any winter, pregnant or not, so I’ve been buying them in NON-MATERNITY. Everything from capes and shawls, to blanket scarves, long cardigans..you name it! Some of my faves are: blanket scarves and capes from Madewell, graphic prints like this one from Nordstrom, long open front cardigans like this one from Nordstrom, and sleeve-less cardigans/vests (paired with a long sleeve layering piece!) like this from TopShop, and lastly…the puffer vest from J.Crew.
The Little Black Dress
I’ve had some questions about this from my first-time preggo friends, but TRUST ME…you need a great little black dress no matter what the season! You can dress it up, dress it down, wear it every other day with different outerwear pieces..the options are endless. For winter you probably want a long-sleeve version like this one from Asos or a three-quarter version like this one from Motherhood Maternity. (However, you can do a sleeveless black dress too if you’re covering up!)
Probably the most important piece during the winter and for that reason I suggest splurging on something comfy. My favorite jeans are these from Paige Maternity because they are super soft. I know, not everyone loves the full-panel style but I’ve found that the inset styles always sag on my bum and I’m always pulling them up. Though I suggest spending a little more on a great pair, I also don’t think you need to spend that kind of money on EVERY pair because, again, you’re going to wear them for such a short period of time. So, some others that I love are: This demi-panel from Old Navy and these inset, also from Old Navy, this full-panel pair from TopShop, and these full-panel boot cut from Jessica Simpson.
Unless I happen to be running around in work-out gear (which is actually pretty often), you will most definitely find me in at least one of the pieces listed above. They’re great starting points for a winter maternity wardrobe and most of them you’ll wear for a long time after baby arrives. Most importantly, BUY COMFORT. Pregnancy is already uncomfortable enough so don’t go throw on some itchy fabrics or ill-fitting clothes!
Hope our little shoot has given you some great ideas for your own maternity looks!