Photo: Courtesy of Erin Hagstrom.As I approach the six-month mark of my pregnancy, my belly is officially waging war on my closet. Almost immediately after I found out I was pregnant, my breasts expanded to proportions I didn't think possible (32G, anyone?), so even my oversized clothes were almost immediately banished to the depths of my closet.
Needless to say, I now understand the many trials and tribulations of dressing a very rapidly expanding frame. And maternity clothes? They've come a long way (see: Hatch Collection), but still many are downright dreary.
Fortunately for me, there are a few tried-and-true silhouettes that work well through all stages of pregnancy — and don't require a trip to the maternity section. Simply go up a size or two, and you've got plenty of cute and comfortable options to last you well beyond your pregnancy.
The Body-con — While I don't necessarily feel the need to show off my belly in skin-tight clothes, I have to admit that a good, stretchy pencil skirt is easily one of the more comfortable things to wear while pregnant. Button-front blouses are out of the question (unless you want to buy something from the maternity section), so crop tops have actually become an unexpected go-to. Just remember to balance out the proportions with a longer-length skirt.
The honorable mention goes to the ever-iconic wrap dress. These slinky jersey dresses come in any number of prints and have the uncanny ability to expand as you do.
Lauren Moffatt crochet top, striped pencil skirt, Orla Kiely purse, Ray-Ban Clubmasters, Rachel Comey boots.
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Photo: Courtesy of Erin Hagstrom.The Shift Dress — This is a really awesome option because you can pretty much just size up and you're good to go. I picked up this A.P.C. shift at an end-of-season sale and the little adjustable belt makes it so I can wear it through every stage of pregnancy, and even post-partum! Baby-doll dresses get an honorable mention here. An empire waist or breezy smock style are incredibly forgiving in the belly area and were super popular in the '60s. I've been browsing the racks at local vintage shops for these styles because they are not only perfect for my baby bump, but easy on the wallet.
A.P.C. shift dress, Alice and Roi bag.
Photo: Courtesy of Erin Hagstrom.The Tent — The mere mention of a tent dress causes some to run in terror, but there's no reason a trapeze shape has to be dowdy. Take inspiration from Mia Farrow in Rosemary's baby and embrace your belly with this incredibly easy silhouette. You're not going to have a discernible waist for nine months, so you might as well take the opportunity to try a new shape. If a tent dress is too intimidating, pair a swingy top with skinny jeans so you don't completely lose your shape.
Vintage maternity sweater, J. Brand jeans, Swedish Hasbeens sandals, J.W. Hulmne Mini Legacy Handbag, Tom Ford Nikita Sunglasses.