Maternity Fashion: An Affordable Wardrobe for Six Months
Now that I'm feeling well enough to actually shower and get dressed occasionally, I'll try to share some maternity fashion-esque posts now and then.
The key to my affordable maternity wardrobe is that I don't. buy. maternity. clothes. Maternity clothes suck. They are poorly made and expensive for what they are. I do have a few nice maternity items I received as gifts (pants/jeans mostly, which are a necessity in later months) but my wardrobe is pretty much just made of choosing the right non-maternity clothes. This way, after the six months are up I can keep wearing the same clothes. They'll look completely different on and they aren't maternity so they won't look like maternity and I won't feel weird about wearing them either.
Take this cotton jersey dress, for example. I paid less than half what I would have if it was labeled "maternity". Normal clothes are cheaper and higher quality. I bought this before I was pregnant as a summer dress, but now (thanks to the stretch and empire waist) it is a perfect maternity shirt. It is long enough that I can wear it the entire time and it even ties under the bust so it is adjustable for later.
The jeans are just in two sizes bigger than normal and very low cut. These won't last past the middle mark of pregnancy, but it is great to wear a normal pair of jeans that will also be great postpartum when I'm sick of wearing maternity and want to look normal but all my pre-pregnancy clothes still don't fit. I normally don't believe in wasting money on "in-between" clothes with the exception of just one good pair of in-between jeans.
The bag! Yet another vintage carpet bag. Oh how I love these. This one was from an Etsy seller a couple months ago. Notice the heels? Say goodbye to those. No more heels for me for the next many months. I fractured my foot during my last pregnancy (weight gain + too much walking...imagine that!) so I have to be extra careful with proper footwear. Good thing it is almost sandal/barefoot season anyway.