If you've been around for long, you know I'm no fashion blogger, but I do love to get a good bargain on clothing and to look my best. While I was pregnant, I documented a good number of my maternity outfits with updates on the blog, but I thought it would be fun to put together a collage of several outfits.
Looking back on the things I wore during my pregnancy, I realized there were a few common elements, or rules of maternity style. I was on a limited budget and bought a few maternity staples, about half of which came from consignment or thrift stores. I also borrowed a good amount of maternity clothes from friends.
My rules for dressing the bump:
- Layer. I was almost always warm, but by dressing in layers, I could adjust for temperature changes (which was especially helpful when the AC was cranked too high in the office and it would be scorching outside as I walked to my car). Also, by adding a cardigan or blazer I could make my pre-pregnancy wardrobe keep working for me.
- Size up. Rather than buying only maternity clothes, I bought several tops from thrift stores a size larger than I wore pre-pregnancy. They have been great post pregnancy too, as I've been able to keep wearing them.
- Belt it. Adding a belt above the belly accentuated the bump and made a lot of non-maternity shirts and dresses look finished. The belt worked particularly well with shirts that were a size larger. Plus, I can still wear the belts post-baby.
Do you have any "rules" for maternity style that worked for you?