Maternity clothing is expensive and somewhat limited. Since I was pregnant during the winter (in Minot, ND) with my first child and currently pregnant in the 100 degree summer heat (Bossier City, LA), I decided to get a little creative instead of investing in a whole new maternity wardrobe.
I got this jersey fabric t-shirt dress (in three different colors) on sale for $15 each at Old Navy! The stretchy fabric makes it perfect for accommodating a growing bump. Any dress you already have that is big enough (even if it’s not stretchy) will work if you add a high waisted belt. Adding a belt helps give your bump a more defined shape so you don’t just look like a blob.
Say what? Okay, I’m totally not the type to rock a crop top by itself but adding a tank underneath, the crop top creates a nice color-block effect that nicely accents your bump. I found this floral crop top at Forever 21 on sale for $2.99! I call that a win!
Elastic Waisted Shorts
I love my elastic waisted J.Crew shorts! They are super comfy and stretchy enough to still fit at 24 week
I pretty much live in my capri length yoga pants. If you have a pair that is not super tight around your waist, you should be able to wear them a good portion of your pregnancy before they become uncomfortable. Leggings are another must have! While maternity leggings are amazing, you can get away with regular leggings (you may want to size up so they are more comfy).
Adding Elastic to Tops
I bought some plain tanks from Hobby Lobby for about $5 and sewed in elastic pieces on each side to make it into a “maternity” tank! Way cheaper and super easy to alter. Since their tanks run big, I didn’t even have to size up.
What are your favorite maternity hacks? I’d love to hear how you stay stylish during pregnancy without spending a fortune!