Above all things I wanted a healthy pregnancy, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I also hoped to try and maintain my personal style throughout the process. However, when I found out I was carrying twins my entire wish-list was put on the back burner — my chest grew rapidly, and I started showing earlier than most. To be honest, unless you have a planned twin pregnancy, there is no way to mentally prepare for the exponential growth to your family. When it came down to buying a new pregnancy outfit, or saving to buy twice the amount of goods, the answer was pretty easy.
Like most women, I didn’t want to break the bank when buying maternity clothes because you cross over multiple seasons, and I personally would have rather spent the money on massages than a frumpy maternity dress that is nowhere near my style.
Considering I had to start wearing maternity clothes so early on, I really invested in basics that I could dress up with jackets/hats in my closet that would allow me to transition from winter to summer. I’ve had a lot of people ask where I had the best luck finding maternity clothes, so I wanted to compile my personal favorites. Most of the recommendations are really affordable, but some are on the higher end (which still meant most items were under $100 each), and those made the cut based on quality and versatility.
WORK LOOKS + DENIM: SERAPHINE
I discovered this store when I went to London with my mom, and our airline lost our luggage. I was desperate for clothes, and when we arrived to our hotel in South Kensington, Seraphine was the closest shop in the general area. Everyone raves about maternity jeans, and I hate them. They always seem to stretch to the point where it looked like you were wearing a diaper, and the ones that went over your belly made it feel like you had on too many layers. Seraphine had jeans that were actually attractive, and also had the stretchy waste band under the belly. They also carried gorgeous dresses that looked great for work (this one here I wore with mules to meetings or paired a leather jacket + booties to go to dinners).
SPECIAL OCCASION + TRENDY PIECES: ASOS
I. Love. ASOS. Seriously, this site keeps my closet full, pregnant or not. Most pieces are affordable, and they carry trendier items that steer clear of the frumpy, pregnant housewife.
Need I say more? These are the stores where you walk in wanting one thing, and somehow leave with a cart full of goodies. Target’s sleepwear is everything — they have so many options that are so soft and cozy!
EVERYDAY DRESSES: INGRID & ISABEL
I actually never had heard of this brand pre-pregnancy (obviously, it’s a maternity specific line), but had the pleasure of being introduced to them just as my bump was starting to grow. Their bodycon dresses and sundresses were staples for me, and the material was thick enough that it didn’t become see-through as I got larger (huge win!).
AFFORDABLE STEALS + POST PREGNANCY DRESSES: AMAZON
Nothing really fits anymore now that I’m in the homestretch. I’m so bored of wearing the same items, and decided to find a couple loose fitting sundresses that weren’t from the maternity section, but would be comfortable post-pregnancy. This polk dot dress was part of a recent purchase for a whopping $20! *Warning: for this dress in particular I recommend sizing up if you are top heavy. I am wearing a M, and should have actually gotten a L to fit my chest better as the material doesn’t stretch.
A MIX OF CURRENT FAVORITES: