February 23, 2022
First things first: no, I am not pregnant. I know I’m off Instagram and have been open about desiring to be pregnant but it’s not time just yet. This post is a result of multiple emails asking for my pregnancy wardrobe favorites and, ultimately, my sister looking in my eyes and saying, “Jill. You NEED to make a seasonal maternity outfit blog post. I have no clue what to wear. Help.” Two of my sisters are pregnant right now so this is my gift to them- here is what I’d be adding to my closet if I were dressing a bump this Spring/Summer.
It should be said right here at the top that I’m not a huge “maternity clothes” fan. I do use a couple tried and true staples from various maternity sections, but mostly I try to make regular clothes work so I’m not spending money on something that will only be flattering (hardly) for a teeny window of time.
I’m adding the text from a post I wrote during my third pregnancy with updated links for this Spring with one addition I’ve been asked for- special occasion or maternity photo options. Let’s start with the fun stuff, shall we? If you’re looking for the perfect dress to wear over and over again that has been worth it for me, it’s this one. I’ve shared in the past that I saw this dress on Kim and Kourtney during my first pregnancy and hunted it down to find it for myself. I became the biggest fan of the brand, especially since they focus on dresses that can be worn before, during and after pregnancy. The quality is impeccable and I’ve worn some of these dresses since I was first pregnant in 2014. Now, if I’m looking for a special occasion dress, I typically look for something that isn’t maternity specific. I like to size up in a dress I’ll love for a long time because it makes the investment worth it. For example, I invested in two of these dresses because I knew I’d wear them long after the pregnancy but they’d make me feel beautiful and comfortable from the first trimester all the way through to week 40. They remain one of my best purchases ever even years later.
Lastly, this maternity shape-wear line will be your best friend when I’m going with something tight because things get real weird from 20 weeks on, you know what I mean? I don’t recommend this whatsoever for everyday wear but if my backside has any chance of being photographed… you bet your bottom dollar it’ll be slipped into one of those. Pun intended, thank you very much.
Special Occasion/ Maternity Photo Dresses: