I am found myself in this in-between stage right now. I am too big for most of my regular clothes (mostly my pants) but I am not yet big enough for maternity clothes. My baby bump isn't even close to filling out the cute maternity dresses and tops. Of course this doesn't stop me from trolling the online maternity sections from my favorite stores. I've found that the Gap and Old Navy seems to have the best selection of basic and not too expensive maternity clothes... I may have placed 3 separate Gap orders in the last couple weeks...
Then there are the stores that I can only dream about shopping at because they are so far out of my price-range it isn't even funny. Case in point... Hatch. Hatch has some of the most beautiful maternity clothes. The one item I have been eyeing for years (seriously) is the jumper.
How cute is that?!? You can add a colorful belt to accentuate the top of your bump too. I can't decide between the black, capri green, navy or poppy... I guess I would lean towards navy... oh to dream. The awesome part is that these clothes can be worn post-pregnancy as well which it nice considering the hefty price-tag. I am
a little skeptical of this though because I don't think most of the
super drapey silhouettes will be terribly flattering on my regular body.
Dressing this new and ever-changing body of mine is certianly a challenge. Though I am definitely not complaining about letting my stomach stick out... so liberating. A few of the staples in my closet at the moment are:
1. Stretchy tanks (these Gap ones are amazing and definitely have lots of stretch in them)
2. Skirts with stretchy tops
3. Maternity shorts or pants with a demi panel (good for the just growing bump, I imagine a full panel would feel better on a bigger belly)
Let's not forget about dresses either. I see a lot of dresses of the short and maxi variety in my future! Dresses seem to be the best article of clothing to transition seamlessly between regular body and bump body. Anything with a empire waist will last a long long time.
To be honest it isn't easy to spend money on clothes you will only need for a short amount of time. I am trying to focus on pieces that can be worn post-pregnancy and that aren't too expensive. Seriously though the maternity shorts I just bought... I might wear these for the rest of my life. They are like wearing real pants on the bottom and sweatpants on top, heaven!
Anyone have any maternity clothes wisdom they would like to share?