Once I hit month 3, getting dressed in the morning became quite the depressing task. I’d stare at my stacked closet and dread the dance of trying to squeeze my growing body into my favorite pair of skinny jeans. You know that bloated feeling you get during your period when you can feel every inch of your waist line and you can’t wait to just shed the water weight? Imagine that feeling but there’s no relief. For the following 3 months you live in a state of limbo when you don’t quite look pregnant but you’re body is expanding. I’d ask my friends who had gone through the changes before how they handled the wardrobe conundrum and most would say that they managed to not purchase many maternity items; instead, they’d use the belly band and buy larger sizes. I wanted to be one of these women, but I failed miserably. I needed to take the leap and re-stock the closest because feeling good about your body is important during pregnancy (and worth the money). Unfortunately, finding fashionable maternity clothes was a harder task than I expected. So many of the staples made me feel like, well, a future soccer mom. After some serious hunting, I’ve complied a list of brands that are doing it right. I hope you find this list helpful because, if you’re like me, and didn’t ONLY gain belly weight, there’s slim pickings out there.
Hatch – Versatile, flowy pieces that you can wear throughout all stages of pregnancy (and even after). This brand is on the pricier side but you can find some great items on sale. Plus, they have a nice selection of overalls and jumpers and I’m a sucker for a pregnant lady in overalls.
Fillyboo – The Australia-based brand makes adorable, bohemian maternity clothes; the only downside is finding a retailer in Los Angeles. Ordering online is easy but they only accept exchanges (no refunds) if the items don’t work out.
TopShop – The TopShop at The Grove has a very tiny maternity section but you can find a much wider selection online. I highly recommend their skinny jeans! Praise be the elastic waist band, these pants changed my pregnant life.
Asos – Pages upon pages of adorable dresses and tops. I prefer the online selection to TopShop’s but I had a harder time finding items that were the right fit for my body. Still, I recommend giving this site a good look-through; there’s a lot of great options.
The Gap – I stocked up on basics at the Gap. Their line of maternity tank tops, athletic/lounge pants, leggings, underwear and jeans are all fantastic and affordable.
Gilt – If you’re not familiar with the flash sale site, then you might be living under a rock. I was able to find a lot of great items on their “Baby & Kids” page (this is where you’ll find their maternity sales). Plus, you can order some adorable onesies and diaper bags while purchasing a maxi dress on sale.
Forever 21 – I might be pregnant but that doesn’t mean I have to give up my guilty pleasure, Forever 21. With prices this low, you can find some great tops and dresses in larger sizes that still fit. Just slap on an elastic belt to sinch the waist and show off that belly