How to wear non-maternity clothes while pregnant


Pregnancy can be an expensive business. I’m not talking about the baby stuff, I’m talking about maternity wear here. It’s a fact, maternity wear is expensive. I’m currently in my third trimester (29 weeks and 1 day to be precise) and I still refuse to wear maternity clothes. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong about maternity wear, they’re super comfortable as they’re designed for the growing belly. However, I still want to hold off as late as possible. With my first, I bought quite a lot, but I ended up wearing just a few. Now, I’ve learned my lesson and I don’t want to spend money on maternity clothes anymore. Instead, I focus on items which I can also wear after my pregnancy – and yes, it’s possible to do that! Want to know how? Keep on reading..

1// check the composition of clothes. Whether you shop in store or online, always check the composition before you buy anything. Comfort is key for pregnant ladies. Fabrics come in two different types: stretchy and non-stretchy. Try to avoid non-stretchable fabrics such as silk, satin or chiffon.

2// avoid zippers and buttons as much as possible, specially zippers. I don’t know about you, but (hidden) zippers can be such a pain in the arse for the growing belly and I hate it when I can’t zip up my zipper. Instead of forcing myself (and the zipper), I go for elastic waistbands. I swear by elastic bands, they allow maximum comfort and movement. I’ve been living in elastic waistband skirts and legging trousers for weeks and they’ve never disappointed me. I don’t need to size up which means I can still wear them after my pregnancy. I’d say win-win!

3// I enjoy being pregnant during winter time. This means I can bundle up in cozy cardigans and sweaters. I like sweaters as they’re easy to wear, comfortable (no zippers, no buttons, no hook and eye closures, no hassle, need I say more? ) and they keep you warm. Go for (slightly) oversized or loose fitting items, you’ll thank me later. As for cardigans, many of them come in buttons. You can leave it open while pregnant. If you prefer to keep it closed but the buttons make you feel uncomfortable, opt for cardigans with a tie belt.

4// one-piece items are an oldie, but a goodie…and bump-friendly! I love (high neck) maxi knit dresses. Again, comfortable and it allows you to move freely. Oh and it saves you a lot if time, too.

Do you have any tips on wearing non-maternity wear?


I’m wearing
Zara coat
Uniqlo down jacket
Zara turtleneck
Mango skirt
Céline bag
Zara boots
Nars lipstick – under my thumb shade

Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Until next time,



  1. Measlychocolate January 19, 2019 / 7:44 pm

    Wow first of all a big compliment about your beautiful hair. They looks so beautiful and healthy I would love to have so beautiful hair. I really like your style. I love to combine skirts or dresses with boots :)

    Best ,

    • Vivian Tse
      January 29, 2019 / 1:24 pm

      Thank you Patty! That’s very kind of you! My hair started to look healthier after using Garnier loving blend products (enriched with natural ingredients extracts) :)

  2. Camen January 20, 2019 / 12:01 pm

    Oh you look gorgeous Vivian! I love how you paired the brown tones with a camel shade :)
    xx, Carmen –

    • Vivian Tse
      January 29, 2019 / 1:25 pm

      You make me blush Carmen! Thank you again for leaving such a sweet comment here! x

  3. Chanel January 25, 2019 / 7:25 pm

    I am obsessed with this post Vivian! I am also strangely obsessed with maternity clothes/industry because in undergrad my fashion marketing capstone project was creating a sustainable maternity clothes store…super challenging, but it always makes me curious. Especially when I see so many pregnant bloggers shopping so much. It gives me hope since most people give their maternity clothes to friends or family, but also makes me nervous because of so much over consumption. Although going through such a joyful yet stressful time does need retail therapy. I think the trick to wearing non-maternity clothes is definitely faking it with some of the tips you suggested. Buying silhouettes that are comfortable and roomy enough now that will work for later. Wrap dresses or wrap tops/ maxi skirts or elastic banded skirts. Overalls. Getting creative is the fun part.!

    S | Je M’appelle Chanel

    • Vivian Tse
      January 29, 2019 / 1:28 pm

      Thank you Sonia! You’re so sweet! x

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