A simple maternity wardrobe for fall & winter
When I first found out I was pregnant I immediately planned to share my ideal maternity wardrobe with you. Luckily though, because of horrible time management, I never got around to writing about all the wonderful things I was going to buy for myself. Luckily, because now I know it takes hardly anything to feel and look great during this season of change.
During my first pregnancy I had definitely made the mistake that I would purchase cute maternity items here and there. Nothing matched. Nothing worked together. The clothes kept accumulating, while I was in sort of a "I have nothing to wear that looks good"-frenzy.
This time, I focused on what is important when you are growing a baby in the winter months:
Do feel warm.
Do feel comfortable.
Do feel cozy.
Do feel like yourself.
Don't try too hard.
Don't waste money.
Don't waste resources.
Don't worry - you look beautiful.
To be honest, there are not too many great makers of sustainable maternity clothes out there (at least I didn't find them). A lot of the conventional manufacturers of maternity styles are either very pricey, or very bad quality - chances are, they are both. So, due to lack of choices and not without frustration my wardrobe started out with mostly items, that I have already had. Soon I realized though, that this, plus a few basics is really all I need to feel good and the desire to shop for maternity clothes started to go away altogether.
To give you an idea about what my wardrobe consisted of these past months let me break it up a little:
Bottoms: There are two types of pregnant women. One, stays flat for a very long time, using rubber bands around their jeans buttons for months and months. The other type - me included - looks absolutely bloated and super pregnant right away and just can't stand any tightness around the belly, therefore immediately looking for a more comfortable option. So right after my pregnancy was confirmed I invested in two pairs of maternity jeans. One skinny, one boyfriend. I bought them both at H&M, which may not be the best choice in terms of sustainability I realize, but I knew from my first pregnancy that they fit me well. Sure enough, I wore them every day until my hips grew too wide for the skinny jeans. I also have gone through two pairs of maternity leggings so far (the first pair, finally tore after wearing it constantly all the way into the third trimester). I still had several maternity stockings in storage from my first pregnancy (I had way over-shopped then), that I still never really ended up wearing. For extra warmth, especially during snow days, I use wool over knees and wool boot socks to keep me comfortable.
Tops: My obsession with comfy cardigans definitely paid off this pregnancy. I had accumulated several very cozy knit cardigans over the past couple of seasons and so my go-to outfit has been leggings or skinny jeans, a tank top (I have two regular tank tops that I already owned that stretched out very well with my growing belly and still fit comfortably) and wonderfully soft cardigan thrown on top. My beloved cardigans also work wonderfully to layer with my two maternity dresses (one I had kept from pregnancy no 1 and one I acquired new). In addition to those dresses, my sister passed down two more dresses to me. These are non-maternity, but fit a belly just beautifully and the both of us have worn them through four pregnancies combined now. Talk about an eco-friendly option! She also passed down two or three neutral maternity long sleeves, that I could mix and match with. So, always ask family and friends what they could possibly share with you and after you welcome your beautiful baby be sure to pass on your own maternity styles to mamas in need. Really, I only ended up buying one maternity blouse and one nicer maternity dress for special occasions and both buys I could have probably done without.
Sleepwear: I usually wear this old silk tank I love, that I have bought back a few years ago and some wider, stretchier PJ pants. The top is getting a bit snug now, but I don't have much longer to go. During my first pregnancy I had invested in a nightgown that I wore during pregnancy and the months of nursing and I brought it back out this time around. It is not a maternity piece, just a regular nightgown bought one size up.
Outerwear: As it turns out my winter jacket from last year fits over my belly still. I got lucky there. But on milder days, I just wear a real heavy and thick wool coat, that is meant to wear open and let my belly peak out of it. Together with hats, gloves and scarves that I have laying around I always kept warm and felt appropriately dressed this winter.
To sum it up, I would advise first time mamas, who have eco-friendliness in mind, to only invest in high quality basics, ask around, shop on used clothes sites (always a great option for maternity!) and buy new items only as needed. The excitement of expecting a little one can easily lead to frantic shopping trips, but chances are you already own most of watch you need. If you don't, maybe your husband or boyfriend does! A friend on Instagram recommended to shop for cute, belly accommodating winter sweaters at the men's department, but instead I went through my husbands wardrobe every now and again to borrow a loose sweater. He doesn't mind and it actually looks quite cute ;)