Maternity 411

• 04 June 2010



































...or shall I say, "911"?

Because this pregnancy is my last, I am not planning on adding more than a couple new pieces to my wardrobe...and the ones I add need to work for a warm summer. Tell me friends, for those of you that have been pregnant before, what are your favorite summertime maternity pieces? What couple of things do I need to have?

Thank you in advance for your tips :)

37 comments:

Megan said...

I was pregnant during a HOT Texas summer and I lived in Maxi dresses and casual stretchy cotton skirts with Shade shirts.

CraftyRachel said...

You look great!

I was my biggest during the summer, too (baby born in September), so Iived in sleeveless jersey dresses. I also wore some strapless tanktops (yes, strapless!) and those jersey cropped pants (with stretchy waist - not even maternity sized) that are probably no longer in style but are so, so comfortable :D

Rachael said...

A good swimsuit. My last two babies were born in August and July, respectively, and I practically lived for the pool. Confession: I never bothered to get a maternity suit; I just wore a tankini several sizes larger than I would usually wear, which I felt gave me more "grow" room as the pregnancy progressed. Added bonus: for the first time in ten or fifteen years, I didn't feel like I had to suck in my stomach at the pool to appear rail-thin, because I was very obviously pregnant!!

Andrea said...

I was pregnant during the entire summer (boy born in Sept) and I lived in tank tops and light skirts.

I bought a maternity skirt from Motherhood and then realized that Old Navy had light, jersey skirts that worked great!

Leslie said...

i've always been pregnant in texas summers, it's pretty killer. i lived in white skirts and empire waisted jersey dresses. good luck, Stephanie!

Kate said...

I had an end of August baby last year and agree with Rachel's post about living by the pool in a nice tankini swimsuit.

Other great finds are Xhilaration brand Gaucho pants at Target, and fold over cotton skirts and long sleeveless dresses at Old Navy. I always check out ROSS and TJ MAXX for stylishly long tops in their misses section, just a few sizes up!

babysinblack said...

For my pregnancy with my daughter, who was born at the end of July, I bought a spaghetti-strap black jersey dress with built in bra from Mimi Maternity. I think I probably lived in it the final two weeks, and it was easy to dress up (add scarf & jewelry) or dress down (add husband's white dress shirt, tied above the bump). Good luck!

Allison said...

I used camisoles a lot. Add on an open button shirt or a little shrug to tie in front (adds some arm coverage without the warmth of a full layer). I also love GAP stretch tees. They looked great early on and lasted for the full stretch. And I stretched a lot!

katik said...

Costco had a company called Lilac Clothing doing an event a couple of weeks ago. Each piece they sell works for maternity and post-partum and even non-maternity. I bought their maxi-dress and their wrap top and they're incredibly flattering. They were great prices at Costco but a little pricier on their website. It's worth checking out: www.lilacclothing.com

p.s. I have no affliation with this company. And best wishes for a healthy pregnancy!

Jen said...

Mine is really cheap...standing naked in front of an open refrigerator...I know it is not that helpful in the closet, but looking back on my summer pregnancy, that is what I remember the most!
Jen

Brittons of Provo said...

I have been living in leggings this pregnancy. I like the cute tunic dresses with them, and then I don't have to worry about finding maternity pants that fit right. Which they never seem to do. Plus, they are just regular leggings, so they will work for after I'm pregnant too. It's been so comfortable!

wendybird said...

A good pair of jeans. A GOOD PAIR. Not a cheap pair from Motherhood. Go with Mimi Maternity. They will make you feel skinny, stylish and pretty even when the scale doesn't lie.

Lane said...

Maxi Dress...and jersey pants. I also spent money on a swim suit. While I have yet to wear it again, when it was hot I could still get into the water and have some relief

Kate F. said...

This is my first pregnancy, but we're having a really warm start to summer here in Boston and I'm living in these Old Navy shorts:
http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=45917&vid=1&pid=737208&scid=737208012

I got the grey and then ordered the tan as well. Comfy, sort of baggy in a purposeful-looking way, versatile.

I need a couple casual jersey tank dresses.

Sara said...

wear a moo moo

Eva / Sycamore Street Press said...

It's been pretty hot here in NY, and I've been loving wearing a pair of baggy lightweight chinos rolled up to just above the ankle. I've also been loving the super lightweight for summer sweatshirt style shirts from Gap Body. They're not maternity, but they're meant to be roomy, and I just got a size larger than normal. Guess I'm working that whole slouchy, 80's style that's kind of popular right now.

Joyful Imperfection said...

Old Navy carries great cotton dresses, I had one short sleeve and one tank-top and wore them each every single week of my summer pregnancy, super comfy, cute and cool.

Rowena said...

When I was Summer pregnant, I wore long tank tops, often layered over maternity tanks (usually Old Navy) and pretty skirts with stretchy waists. Sometimes I wore yoga pants.

One more benefit here is that you can wear these things after pregnancy, too, when you're still not quite back to your prebaby you.


I wore very few maternity pieces. Just layered long tanks under stretchy clothes. It's not like anything actually fits during that last month.

The Peach.... said...

The jersey stretchy skirts from Old Navy are the best (JCrew outlet has them right now in their clearance section too...hint hint...)

Nicole said...

My favorite item is a knee-length denim skirt from Mimi. It isn't full and so it can go with seriously anything and because it is a skirt (no seam between your legs), it is SO COMFORTABLE! Easy to dress up a little if you need or wear with a t-shirt day in and day-out. Good luck with your pregnancy!

Becky said...

thank goodness empire waist sundresses were in when I was pregnant with my last little one b/c I was able to purchase really inexpensive ones at places like Old Navy and UO. I think they are timeless on a pregnant lady personally.

melissa marie said...

Maxi dresses, Maxi dresses, Maxi dresses! You will love the airflow :) if you know what i mean.

Heather said...

I just picked up a few tees with ruched sides at Motherhood 2 days ago. The fabric is super light weight, and they are so cute! I'm sure I'm bigger than you because I'm a few weeks ahead, but they are the most flattering tops I have now. They have lots of solid colors and some fun designs too. They were buy one get one 1/2 off...nice!

the emily said...

I bought a lot of good clearance stuff at J.Crew--just big flowy shirts, you know? I also LIVED in the Shade lounge pants. Seriously wore them every day.

lynne said...

you are such a cute pregnant lady!!

I agree with the maxi dress with a short sleeve sweater (cotton!) on top. Good for after, when you feel so not cute in any kind of pants (me, at least)

And also the naked refrigerator thing. :)

lynne said...

(I forgot to say that I got the cute Liberty of London Target version of the maxi dress and wear it constantly even now...love it!)

Brit said...

I've been loving light weight cotton tees from H&M cuz they're super long and inexpensive, as well as my skinny jeans from Gap Maternity. They're great cuz instead of that constrictive huge panel, they have an invisible, adjustable elastic waist band so they look like normal jeans.

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Malea said...

YEAH for leggings comming back! Cute knit tops with a cowl neck paired with a colorful summer scarf are my faves. I also love that I can put the leggings with the summer dresses that are too short to wear, but are cute on a cute preggo body. Plus all these can be worn post partum for many many moons. I also love the jeans that have the knit top (not paneling). I still wear mine because they look like I have a t-shirt underneath. No one knows their maternity.

KJ said...

a swimsuit for sure--mothing more soothing to a pregnant body than a dip in the pool. I recommend a tankini. Also a gauzy dress with loose cap sleeves. A maxi dress would probably be great, too. And a breezy tunic top--even if you get a larger size now it can probably be altered easily post-pregnancy to be worn throughout the inevitable body morphing phase.

Jamie said...

jersey knit dresses especially anything with an empire waist or goddess styled. The two I'm thinking of are actually two of my favorite regular dresses but jersey is so forgiving and stretchy and when combined with the cut I looked awesome at an outdoor mid july wedding smiling through sporadic contractions 2 days before giving birth to our 2nd.

suzanne said...

Drawstring white linen (or cotton/linen) pants. I wore them all the time for the last few months of my pregnancy. Comfortable and stylish.

And I'm with @Rachael. For the first time in my life since I was about 5, I wore a bikini when we went on a pre-baby cruise. Not having to suck in your stomach was AWESOME. Take advantage!!

Jules said...

I just finished my 4th pregnancy and am proud to say I didn't buy one maternity piece. I just went to anthro and found some great shirts (that stretch or just are roomy). I would much rather spend money on clothes I can wear pregnant and not. I also got a couple non-maternity knit skirts and wore them the whole time (along with some Joes that Reb lent me). Good luck, and so far 4 has been the same as 3!!

Jules said...

Oh--one more thing--one of the knit skirts I got was from Down East--Top Tier skirt. It's in the sale section and I wore it 9 mo preg in a small.

Christina said...

Just got back from Ross. Found a few tops for around $10. For that price, they don't have to last, I can afford to get new ones when I need a change, and I don't care if I wear them post partum. I also got a couple of super light weight jersey cotton dresses in the jr's section to sleep in. Cuter than the granny night gowns, still cover everything I need covered, and I will stay as cool as I can on those hot summer nights.

Anonymous said...

While I typically turn my nose up at the Brass Plum department at Nordstrom, that was a great place for some great finds. JBrand maternity jeans - a must! Congrats!

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