By Andrea Dashiell / Special to Sunday Market
There’s no doubt about it: Dressing a growing baby bump takes thought and effort.
You’re looking for versatile items that will accommodate the different sizes and shapes you’ll be over the next few months. You’re also looking for pieces that can do double duty as weekend and work wear, and pieces that are affordable, given that you’ll be wearing them only a short time.
And, perhaps most important, you need clothes that are an extension of your everyday style — pieces that make you feel like you.
Thankfully, the days of frumpy maternity clothing are long gone. The selection of fashionable maternity wear has never been better; you just have to know where to look.
For those perennially stylish items you would love even if you weren’t pregnant, head to Nordstrom. Invest in a pair of dark-wash jeans such as Paige Denim’s Verdugo Skinny Maternity Jean ($189), which have a high nylon panel that will keep them up as your waistline grows.
Old Navy offers affordable basics that you can buy in multiples. Stock up on the flattering ruched Maternity Rib Knit Tank (on sale for $6.50–$8), which will get you through every stage of your pregnancy and even hang with you as comfy post-partum wear.
Also worth grabbing: Maternity Low Rise Leggings ($10), which can get you more mileage out of the shift dresses and oversized sweaters you already own.
A Pea In The Pod
If you’re short on time — or, let’s face it, energy — and want to pick up all the essentials in one place, A Pea In The Pod is your spot. You’ll find everything from intimates to outerwear in styles that range from traditional to trendy.
The Central Park West Long Sleeve Maternity Sweater ($128) features a chic layered look while remaining light enough to keep you from overheating. For work, check out Isabella Oliver’s 3/4 Sleeve Maternity Dress ($159), with a high neck and slim fit that flatters a growing bump.
Don’t forget about maternity active wear, essential for prenatal yoga classes and walks around the block. The super-soft GapFit Breathe Tee ($30) features a flattering diagonal seam at the hip and extra length to cover a growing belly. Also try out the GapFit gFast Leggings (on sale for $25). Their smooth low-rise waistband will help prevent slipping and sagging.
Gap also has some great maternity sweaters, including the new Stitch Turtleneck Tunic Sweater ($65), which would be both on-trend and comfortable over a pair of leggings or skinny jeans.
This local store, in Seattle’s University Village, is teeming with stylish finds and basic essentials. Pack your hospital bag with the pretty Olian 4-Piece Sleepwear Set ($139), which includes a sweet matching sleeper for your little one. Its lace-trimmed tank is designed to facilitate nursing and will look so much nicer in photos than the standard hospital gown.
Turn to Target’s Liz Lange line for neutral classics that pair with everything. The Maternity Long Sleeve Cardigan Sweater ($28) is light enough to be your go-to sweater and comes in black and gray. The chic Maternity Long Sleeve Pullover Sweater ($30) would work at the office, on a date night or at holiday gathering and is available in gray or cream.