This isn’t my first rodeo in maternity wear, but this time I’m dressing for a completely different season. With my son, my bump popped in April and I gave birth at the end of August, so I had maternity clothes suited to warmer months. Although I’m only 15 weeks, the belly is already starting to make an appearance (2nd baby, duh) so I’ve broken out the few maternity things from storage that I can wear during the upcoming cold months, as well as made a few new purchases. Below is my must-have, cold weather maternity wear list for a burgeoning bump, as well as links to exact items I own and love.
Here are my favorite places to score cute and affordable maternity wear:
- Old Navy
Leggings, Leggings, Leggings!
Comfort is key and leggings are the best fitting bottoms during pregnancy, in my opinion. They don’t work for every occasion, obviously, but for casual looks and hanging out at home, it’s worth having them in a few colors. I like black, a heathered gray, a thicker ponte legging and an active pair for the gym. I also love the idea of a leather maternity legging!
It’s a good thing these are so inexpensive because having a variety can take your maternity wardrobe so far. They can be worn SO many different ways. I especially love basic tees and tanks under jackets, vests, and cardigans. They can be worn with jeans and dressed up with cute shoes, jewelry, scarves, hats, headbands, etc. These are my favorite tanks. For tees, I love these scoop necks and these crew necks.
A Belly Band
This thing allowed me to wear my normal jeans up until the very end of my last pregnancy, and it’s still a must-have for me. I have had the worst time finding decent maternity jeans. Most of them are huge in the hips and stretch out a ton after a couple hours of wear. I thought I found a few that I liked in my last pregnancy, but I still found myself yanking them up constantly throughout the day. I’ll update here if I find a good pair. I’m still on the hunt. In the meantime, wearing my usual jeans with a belly band is the best solution.
A Few Sweaters
I had this vision in my mind of me wearing my nonmaternity sweaters over my belly and layering them with a maternity tank or tee to avoid flashing any underbelly. But I realized this would seriously stretch them out and they likely wouldn’t recover, so the hard truth is maternity sweaters are a must. Unless the ones you already own are seriously oversized. The good news is there are a lot of cute options out there! My favorites are this tunic style, this super-soft on-trend puff sleeve sweater, and this chunky turtleneck. I also have this H&M sweater in a sparkly navy that I wore for a hot second at the beginning of my last pregnancy. I can’t wait to wear it during the holidays! Here’s a similar sparkly-knit style in dress form.
I mentioned above cardigans, vests, and jackets are perfect layers to keep in your closet during pregnancy. I also think flat or block-heeled shoes are best to prevent falls on ice. Accessories are a must to keep the maternity clothes purchases to a minimum. I love scarves, hats, jewelry, and the latest headband trend to stay stylish on a budget with a bump.
Keep scrolling for my favorite fall/winter maternity looks from the web.