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Maternity clothes have a short shelf life and you won't want to go wild on a whole new wardrobe when you know you'll only wear its contents for a few months. A few key items, teamed with some cheaper basics and some stylish accessories should see you through the pregnancy whether you're a high flying executive going to regular business meeting or a trendy stay-at-home mom with a love of gardening.
Good quality maternity bras are a must as you've got to take care of and support your breasts at this time. Next you'll need a variety of tops. Wrap around tops are extremely comfy, and fully adjustable depending on your size, yet manage to look timelessly trendy. Add on a few well-cut shirts and some bright t-shirts and you should be sorted from the waist up.
Look out for maternity pants and maternity jeans in flattering cuts - go for a style you favored before the pregnancy and just get a maternity version of the same cut. Simple colours that can be teamed with a variety of tops are the most flexible. Look for stylish skirts and dresses in flowing fabrics that hang well over your bump without making you lose your silhouette altogether. Drawstrings, Velcro or a series of buttons are better than elastic as they'll be more flexible on size.
Staying stylish in your maternity wear without breaking the bank
To keep costs down you can wear a mixture of basics in larger sizes than you'd normally wear and maternity clothes cut well to accommodate your new figure without making you look like a bloated version of your former self. Although you can get away with non maternity tops, bottoms should be proper maternity wear. Pants, skirts and dresses cut for a larger figure will look too big in some areas but rise up over your bump creating very uneven hemlines or weird scrunching of fabric around your rear end.
Look for maternity clothes with a good cut and fit, and check the care label for the fabric. Your pregnancy is going to tire you out and hand washing or heavy duty ironing of fabrics like linen is going to put you off wearing any clothes that require a lot of time or attention.
If looking good is essential for your job it's worth investing in a few key designer maternity clothes. A smart suit and some mix and match shirts or blouses will see you through most work events, while one designer maternity dress played up or down with a range of accessories should do for evening events.
For pure simplicity you could opt for a Pregnancy Survival Kit by Belly Basics - a boxed set of mix and match maternity wear in comfy fabrics and hip cuts. A boxed set usually includes a ¾ sleeve top, a pair of flattering pants, a machine-washable skirt and a ¾ sleeve dress. The kit costs about $150 and can be invaluable if you haven't got much time to go out shopping for maternity clothes.
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