Maternity Monday: ‘Everyday’ Bella Band

For me, the hardest time to dress while pregnant was during the first trimester. I still mostly fit into my clothes, but some of my pre-pregnancy wear gave the impression that I just might be bloated and/or wearing something unflattering. I also found that maternity clothes were made for the late second to third trimesters (obviously depending on how you carry, or whether or not it’s your first pregnancy). To stretch my wardrobe, I bought a Bella Band from Ingrid and Isabel, and I found it very useful. Not only did it help me wear my pre-pregnancy jeans and work pants for longer, it let me wear some pre-pregnancy tops longer, as well — it just looks like a layering tank when peeking out from the bottom of the shirt. If I were to do it again, I probably would order a smaller size, as the material was very stretchy and I found myself having to adjust it on occasion. (Here’s the size guide.) It’s machine washable, tumble dry low, and available at Nordstrom and Amazon in both black and white for $28. ‘Everyday’ Bella Band

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Family Friday: Maternity Denim Overalls

If I were pregnant right now, I would probably be wearing these all weekend long. As my currently non-pregnant self, I don’t think I could get away with wearing them (I would look like Miranda Hobbes), but they look so damn adorable on pregnant women. So cute in fact, that The New York Times had an article with the headline, “The Unbearable Cuteness of Maternity Overalls.” I like these particular ones because they are simple and unadorned — more fashion-y than construction worker. They come in sizes XS–XL and are $79.99 at Gap (keep an eye out for sales, though, because earlier this week you could get 40% off). Maternity Denim Overalls

A plus-size option is at Destination Maternity.

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Maternity Monday: MAMA Viscose Dress

There are a few things I really like about this maternity dress from H&M. My favorite is the sheer sleeves, which work in both a cold office and in transition to fall. Although fall seems a long ways away, there is something autumnal about the colors, and I can picture it with nice brown boots. I like that it has a v-neck and an elastic “waist.” Also in keeping with the sheerness of the sleeves, there’s a sheer overlay with lining underneath. For me, I always appreciate that type of style — hides all the lumps and bumps and distracts with a pattern. It also comes in black, which I can see using as a base for some fun accessories, though in this case, I do favor the patterned version. The dress is $34.99 and comes in sizes XS–XXL. MAMA Viscose Dress

Pink Blush Maternity has a plus-size option.

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Maternity Monday: Black Zip Detail Maternity Dress

My favorite maternity dress I bought myself was by Seraphine, and when I was recently browsing their site, I came across this dress and knew I had to recommend it. I think this is a great maternity work dress, but it can even be worn to a more casual wedding. I like the well-placed zippers and the notched neckline and sleeves — and it’s machine washable. I’m not crazy about the way it’s styled in some of the photos (what’s the point of nude shoes when wearing black tights??), but it does show the dress’s versatility. The reviews are very positive, and I like that many of them mention that the material is thick. The dress is $109 at Seraphine.com in sizes 2–14. Black Zip Detail Maternity Dress

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Maternity Monday: Scallop Dress with Short Sleeves

I like this dress because it does double duty. You can wear it as a maternity dress while pregnant, and then postpartum it’s also a nursing dress. I actually did wear a lot of my maternity clothes while I was on maternity leave for a few reasons. They were comfortable and they accommodated my waistline while it slowly returned to somewhat of a pre-pregnancy shape — and I had no time to transition my closet from all of my maternity clothes to my regular wardrobe. I like that this dress looks comfortable but also is modest enough for an office, and that the nursing part of it looks like part of the design. It’s $48 at ASOS in sizes 2–16 and also comes in pink. Pictured: Nursing Scallop Dress With Short Sleeves

Reflecting the fact that maternity wear in plus sizes is not exactly abundant, here is a maternity dress at Kohl’s that goes up to size XXL and is not quite as subtle with its nursing style.

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Maternity Monday: Secret Fit Belly Straight Leg Suiting Pants 

When I was pregnant, my mother-in-law generously took me shopping for a few nice maternity pieces. Luckily, most of my maternity wardrobe came in the form of several black garbage bags stuffed to the brim with clothes that were passed around to a few different friends. For work though, I definitely needed some quality pieces, and this pair of pants was one my MIL purchased. I even went the extra mile on these and hemmed them so that I could wear them with flats. These are a nice thick material and held up well throughout my pregnancy. I probably wore them at least twice a week, and they matched everything because they’re a very classic cut. They’re $98 at A Pea in the Pod. Secret Fit Belly Straight Leg Maternity Suiting Pants

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