I am *NOT* pregnant, but my friend and contributing editor, Ali Berlin, *IS* pregnant (HUGE congrats and love). She is not only a wise sage, but a stylish, hip, on-trend fashionista. EVEN when pregnant. So for you pregnant friends and readers, here are Ali‘s current go-to-pregnancy-style items! Thank you, Ali.. Take it away!
My pregnancy style is simple, versatile and kind. I’m putting zero pressure on myself but I still want to look and feel like myself, despite the massive changes. For jewelry, now I tend to wear more bracelets than necklaces because I don’t want anything hitting baby Twinkle and my necklaces are big and heavy, so bracelets are a little pop without any of the weight. I bought shoes that were basic enough to go with various styles, but they still have some edge to them. It has been challenging to find what I love and what works. It seemed like every time I’d find some things that fit and worked well for my style, I outgrew them. I wore maternity pants from the beginning. I didn’t want anything too tight on my tummy or hips or lady parts. I wanted to breathe and I wanted to energetically make space for the baby to grow, even when he was the tiniest of tiny. So here are my go – to pregnancy style items that I purchased and wore throughout this time in my life. Enjoy!
The Rachel Pally dress is so comfortable and has a great silhouette. It’s cut really big (for me/my shape but probably for most ladies) so even in pregnancy I got a size P. Also it’s super flattering on the boobs because of the neck and how it gathers above the belly. So easy to wear and to pack if you’re traveling.
I was in my best girl’s wedding in November and thankfully I was able to choose my own dress. After about 45 rejects, I found this one. It’s not maternity but I made it work. Again, the cut was flexible enough for me to have it altered and make it work for my pregnant bod.
GAP body maternity long sleeve might be the best tee on the market for pregnant women. I have at least 10 of them and wear them every single day at this point in my pregnancy.
Old Navy tanks are long enough! That’s always an issue for me and it’s necessary now more than ever. I need things that hit below belly. These totally fit the bill and they are so inexpensive! Love them for layering, especially under the Gap pure body long sleeve tops. Live in both.
Gap leggings are awesome for the FULL coverage. I personally can’t deal with a half panel of coverage on the tummy. Need full otherwise its way weird and uncomfortable for the pants to cut off mid-bump. The gap leggings hit so high and are so soft and easy to wear. A little too lounge-y for my regular lifestyle, but as cozies they can’t be beat. And I mostly wear them with leg warmers. Just because.
The David Lerner leggings/pants are much better quality and nicer looking. They are real pants. I wear them when I want to have a more pulled together thing going on and feel like I’m wearing real clothes. They have great coverage (read: full tummy) and feel great.
These pants, too, have full tummy coverage and were my absolute favorites when they fit. They look and feel like my regular jeans and I loved them! Was so sad when I outgrew them — which happened lightening fast.
By far my favorite pants! LOVE LOVE LOVE and highly recommend. They are leggings but feel like pants, made of thick jersey (black with imitation leather at front, dark blue with zips at hems) and are so fresh and comfy.
I live in wedges and was not about to stop one of my staples during pregnancy. I had to make sure I had shoes that I loved which were also super comfortable to walk around in– as much as I wanted. I like to be unrestricted and these do the trick- giving me freedom while still looking hip.
So there you have it — some basic, hip, affordable pregnancy gear! Hope you found it helpful! Hope you continue to have a great week.
Ali Berlin, Contributing Editor