When I was pregnant with both of my kids, I would often buy non-maternity clothes that accommodated my growing waistline — A-line dresses, stretchy tunic sweaters, and empire waist tops. One wardrobe item that became a winter pregnancy essential was the cross back (or open back) sweater. Pre-pregnancy, I always thought these sweaters were a little silly. The open back seemed to defeat the basic purpose of a sweater — staying warm. But, as a twice pregnant person, I saw them with fresh eyes.
You can find many variations of this sweater. (I had a luxe orange cashmere tunic.) Right now, I’m partial to Madewell’s Eastbrook Turtleneck Cross Back Sweater for the cold weather that’s settled in post-holidays.
It has a longer, boxy fit, comes in three easy-to-match colors (I’m torn between Etruscan Clay and Marled Zebra), and has a relaxed, almost cowl-like turtleneck. As your belly (and the opening in the back) grows, just slip on a stretchy cami or shirt underneath. (I like Uniqlo’s Heattech.) Post-baby, it’ll work well for a weekend outing, work-from-home day, or a more casual office.
The sweater is $98 at Nordstrom and is available in XXS though XXL in all three colors. It’s currently on sale at Madewell for $69.99 — with an extra 30% off — but there are only limited sizes in each color. Eastbrook Turtleneck Cross Back Sweater
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