I stumbled upon your website… maybe you have some advice.
I am five months pregnant and I’m having an awful time trying to find maternity clothing that will keep me covered while not making me look like i’m in some kind of mismatched ridiculous outfit. My biggest problem is that I find that maternity shirts never go with skirts as the shirts are so flowy. In general (pre-pregnancy), I wear tops that are more fitted since I find that skirts just look ridiculous with long flowy tops. any ideas on a solution?
B’shaah Tovah! Quite a number of FrumFashionista readers are sporting the belly bump this season. If you are working on a budget, then there are three things you must grapple with:
- am I willing to use work clothes for shabbos and vice versa?
- do I have the patience to search high and low for sales?
- what can I find that will transition nicely from summer to fall?
Right now, fall/winter stuff is on sale. Your best bet right now is to pick up 2 – 3 Fall pieces that will carry you through the end of your pregnancy. Many pregnant women go through at least one season of cooler weather. So you don’t need so many pieces that are cold weather ready. The rest of your preggo chic wardrobe should be full of pieces that are layerable, high quality and inexpensive. The center pieces should be neutrals and your accessories, such as jewelry and shoes, will be your pops of color.
If you have a cuff bracelet use that during the summer, with a nice pair of sandals and glam tote. Flats you can use during the summer as well as the beginning of fall.
Use tall/ankle boots during the fall. I tend to wear boots year-round, but I’m crazy like that…
For handbags, use a slouchy hobo or a satchel for the fall.
Here’s the thing…many retail chain maternity shirts are tunic length. Maternity stores that sell pants tend to make tunic tops because they hang over pants better. Does that make sense?
Flowy, bohemian maternity shirts can be tricky… you best bets would be to pair your current tops with skirts like:
The key is to make sure the skirts are slim cut and sleek and/or has a heavy drape…to balances the airiness of the top. Add a pair of slingbacks or embellished flip-flops and you’re good to go!
Here are my suggestions for work:
get 2-4 shells from Lilo Maternity. They are pricey but I have gotten so many raves about the fit of their tops. Plus, you can use the to layer w/o adding crazy bulk. Lilo is running a 10% sale of regular price items + free shipping for orders $100 and up.
The most expensive item in this set is the maternity jacket for $30 from the gap.
Here are my suggestions for casual gear:
If you job allows you to wear jeans to work by all means use the dark denim skirt to your advantage. It’s $56 but it’s a year round piece that you can easily dress up or down. For fall, you can pair it with a pair of leggings, boots/flats, and a top and you’re done! I wear my dark denim skirts often! The other skirts you can get away with wearing to work as well with no problem.
Good luck and hope that helps!