Making the Most of your Non-Maternity Clothes

March 06, 2016

Since I'm currently on maternity leave and pretty much living in my comfortable clothes, my creativity for putting together cute outfits is on hold right now.  That's why I decided to continue sharing some of my maternity looks.

As you know, I really enjoyed putting together maternity outfits during my pregnancy.  In an effort to save money, I decided early on that I didn't want to spend a lot of money on maternity clothes.  Nothing against maternity clothes, but they tend to be more expensive than normal clothes and you can only wear them for a very short time.  I was able to wear my normal non-maternity clothes right up until my little guy was born.  I really enjoyed the challenge of finding new ways to wear my normal clothes to keep up with my growing baby bump.  For me, the key was to find clothes that were stretchy and flowy.  Anything that could fit over my big belly.  

Here are some of my favorite non-maternity clothes that I was able to wear through my entire pregnancy. 

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I bought this striped stretchy maxi dress at Target during my first trimester.  I knew it would stretch so I'd be able to wear it for a long time.  There really is no need to buy an actual "maternity" maxi dress, especially when you can buy a normal dress at a much cheaper price. Plus you'll still be able to wear it after your baby arrives. 

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I bought this tunic tank top at Kohl's on clearance in the junior department early in my pregnancy. It quickly became one of my favorite tops to wear with my growing baby bump.  I liked that it's long and loose.  I wore it a lot with leggings and boots during the winter.  It doesn't have a whole lot of stretch to it, so in my 9th month it was just a little too small, but I did wear it all the time while I still could.

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This loose fitting tank top from Old Navy was another great top to wear while I was pregnant.  I bought it before my baby started to show and I wore it all the way into my 3rd trimester. 

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This LC Lauren Conrad blouse from Kohl's has been a favorite top of mine for a while.  I loved that I was able to wear it throughout my pregnancy.  Since it's loose fitting and flowy, it worked great as a maternity top.

Now that I'm no longer pregnant, I'm happy that I don't have a bunch of maternity clothes that I can't wear any more.  Instead, I get to get back to wearing my normal clothes without my bump.




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3 comments

  1. What size tops did you buy to be able to fit in them pre, during, and post pregnancy?!

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    1. I normally wear a small, but during my pregnancy I just went one size up to a medium.

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  2. Maternity Dresses purchased from the sale of goods to the public in relatively small quantities for use and a division of a large organizations and stores is in line or slightly higher with the cost of women's non-maternity apparel.

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