5 Maternity clothing items I love right now

This is my third time doing this pregnancy thing, and boy, am I sick of seeing my old maternity clothes come back out of that box yet again. Here are some new pieces I picked up this time around that I have been wearing like crazy. I thought I should share my hard-won findings with all you other big-bellied mamas out there.

Favorite maternity clothes finds

Best Fancy Maternity Dress For Special Occasions
Before a big summer trip, I stopped in at Heroine, a super cute boutique for “ladies, moms, and babies” in San Francisco. (Side note: what a good idea for a boutique’s offerings! Why aren’t there more like it?) I got this bright red maternity halter dress from Dote and the compliments did not stop rolling in. Their clothes are more splurge-y, but if you have an event (or several) to attend while you’re with child, it may be worth it to get one really great dress. The above dress is about $100; they also have a sale section on their website, if that’s more your speed. Here’s me looking sassy at a fancy rooftop cocktail bar in Istanbul in my red dress (where sadly I couldn’t have any cocktails.)

Best Maternity Jeans That Aren’t Hundreds of Dollars
Somehow I can’t bring myself to buy maternity jeans that are expensive, so I have been on the hunt for less expensive ones that will fill the bill. The awkwardly named Secret Fit Belly line from Motherhood are tops in this round. They have a full panel that doesn’t slide down and isn’t itchy or annoying. Plus they have lots of styles, from skinny to boot cut. (Are those coming back yet?) I’m giving an honorable mention to Old Navy, because while their maternity jeans aren’t always the cutest out there, they do have the advantage of only being like 30 bucks and they get the job done. Sometimes they also have cute colors and patterns. (more…)

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