I’ve found that while maternity bottoms become a necessity pretty early on in my pregnancies, it takes me a while before I can fit into true maternity tops and dresses — in the beginning I swim in them. Instead, I opt for non-maternity basics that are long enough to cover the belly for my first and second trimesters (though with the rapid growth happening this time around, I could be eating my shorts in a few weeks so stay tuned). I’ve already purchased every piece pictured above. In fact, I’m wearing this top (bottom right) as I type and it’s so light and soft I’m talking myself into buying it in every color for both during this pregnancy and long after. The most expensive item on this list is only $60 and the least expensive is $9, which is an added bonus since I’ll likely get to wear these again long after the baby comes (which means this is a great list for all my non-pregnant friends, too!)
A few specific notes on a couple of these:
The blue t-shirt dress is by far my favorite on this list. It’s so unbelievably flattering and soft. I ordered it in the XS (my normal size) and there is plenty of room for my belly to grow before it starts to tug and shorten. I have a feeling I’m going to live in this all summer.
The black ribbed tank dress had to be returned, unfortunately, but I’m still debating sizing up. I ordered the XS and while it fit, I had a hard time getting it over the belly so I was pretty certain I’d get limited wear out of it. Also, the slip underneath is ridiculously short. That said, it was really comfortable and beautifully fitted. The slip adds an extra layer so your underwear lines won’t show, which is just what I was looking for. If you purchase this, I’d recommend a size up. If you don’t mind shipping costs (blech), order a couple sizes and see what fits.
The colorful dress (top right) is absolutely beautiful in the orange (it also comes in other colors). The reviews say it shrinks in the wash, but the XS fits me well. It’s loose-fitting so I’ll most likely wear it as a beach cover up and with that sleeveless blazer I keep raving about.
Where is your favorite place to shop for affordable basics that work both for pregnancy or normal wear?
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