Clothing Help!

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Clothing Help!
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Fri, 05-07-2010 - 5:56pm

Hi ladies! I need some clothing advice!

My tummy is starting to get big enough where only 2-3 pairs of pants fit decently still. I don't seem to have a problem with tops yet, since (thankfully) the styles recently are flowy, looser, and longer.

Since my tummy will be growing over the summer, what clothing items should I get? I don't want to have to buy too many maternity things, so what are the basics I should get?

Also, I am due in November, so I will be my biggest as winter is coming in. It usually doesn't get winter-jacket-cold here until end of November/beginning of December (I'm due Nov. 23rd). Any tips for how to dress in the cooler months without having to drop a ton of money on things I'll only wear for a few weeks (like a winter jacket)?

Any clothing/dressing tips would be much appreciated!





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Fri, 05-07-2010 - 6:28pm

Alyssa--

I'm sticking with mainly dresses, because I can wear them in the office or around town. So far, I'm buying mostly 3/4 sleeve styles, so something like that may work for you. Then you would just need tights and a coat as it started getting cold.

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Fri, 05-07-2010 - 7:24pm
I don't know if they are still carrying them, but I got these AWESOME black stretch yoga pants from Target last year--even though they are stretchy (and yoga pants) they actually look nice enough that I used to wear them to work all the time. Just from looking, they look like fancy flowy slacks, so they actually work in a variety of settings. My friend who was pregnant last year got some on my rec and loved them and used to wear them to work too.
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Fri, 05-07-2010 - 7:51pm

I really like Motherhood's ruched tees that stretch as you grow. I probably have 10 of them, some in 3/4 length and some in short sleeves. They dont even really look like maternity shirts and I plan to wear them the rest of the summer too. Dresses are nice and comfy too. I have 2 pairs of maternity pants that I rotate during the week and wear regular gauchos or yoga pants on the weekends.

As for winter, just get yourself a few sweaters to layer. I wore my winter coat all winter (its a 3 button pea coat) and just kept it either unbuttoned on somewhat decent days and then would only button the top buttons as I got bigger. Since your EDD is at the end of November, I really wouldnt worry too much about getting a winter coat at all.

And decent non-slip sandals or shoes!!! You dont want to be falling down and you definitely get a little clumsier as you get further along.

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Registered: 12-17-2007
Fri, 05-07-2010 - 8:21pm
Around me there are a couple of second-hand/consignment shops that specialize in baby and maternity clothing. You might see if you could find one of those. I also got so great stuff off of eBay. It nice b/c if you can find someone about your size who was due in the same month, you can just buy a bunch of stuff from them and you're set. I was due in April, so don't know a ton about summer stuff. But, at the end of my pregnancy I had a couple of dresses and a couple of maternity capri pants and that worked great.
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Registered: 02-26-2008
Fri, 05-07-2010 - 11:18pm

You have gotten some great advice. I only have a few pairs of pants that I have right now. I just went to a consignment shop and got some items from there.

Also there is the Bella band that you can wear for awhile - I liked it at first, but then it stopped working so well for me.

I have some capris that I got from a friend, a pair of dress pants, but mostly I live in the yoga pants/sweats. I also have a few skirts that I plan on wearing when it gets warmer. I just bought a cotton grey short one that I will wear for the birth.









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Registered: 04-22-2006
Sat, 05-08-2010 - 7:17pm

Thanks for all the advice! I think dresses will be a nice way to go in the summer - I'll try to buy styles where I can still wear after the fact.

I'll definitely check out Motherhood's if we have one here (thanks Ruby!) and consignment shops - maybe ask around with some of my friends who recently had babies too.

Thanks again!





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Registered: 09-29-2006
Mon, 05-10-2010 - 1:28pm

One thing I'll add is not to buy too much of any one thing, or anything too far in advance, because it's so hard to predict how you'll feel temperature-wise.


I got my BFP in September and I felt so cold all the time for the first trimester.

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Tue, 05-11-2010 - 8:52am
I agree w/ Cassie... hold off and buy a little with each season as you don't know how the temperature will affect you. I was one of those PG ladies that was always hot, especially in my 3rd trimester. I was wearing "summer" dresses in January I was so hot (which was nice since they were on clearance by then).

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