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