Your Quick-Start Guide to Maternity Clothes

June 4, 2018 by Rebecca Carhart

Dressing during a pregnancy can be challenging as your body starts to change and your bump grows bigger. The first few months of a pregnancy, most moms-to-be are more excited shopping for baby clothes and not really worrying about expanding their own wardrobe. But let’s face it, a changing body inevitably means a changing wardrobe.

The Smarter Approach to Maternity Clothes

Since maternity clothes will only last in your wardrobe for a few months, it’s neither appealing nor financially savvy to invest heavily in building a maternity wardrobe. Thankfully, you don’t need to actually buy clothing to wear when you’re expecting but instead, can rent a ton of trendy maternity clothing available on our site throughout your pregnancy. Renting will not only save you money but also give you the option to simply return the clothing that you’ve outgrown. And if you’ve fallen in love with a certain style, you can rent it again in a larger size.

When to Rent Maternity Clothes

Many pregnant women report that their bellies started growing at around 12 weeks in and some at the 18-week mark. Most described that they went to bed with their regular pre-pregnancy body and woke up the next morning with a small bump that suddenly popped! To avoid waking up one morning and realizing nothing in your closet fits anymore, it’s best to be prepared and start shopping for maternity clothes before you hit the 3-month mark.

The Best Maternity Clothes to Wear for Every Occasion

Now that you know how and when to stock up on sleek maternity wear with a friendly budget, we have a few stylish outfit ideas that moms-to-be can rock this summer. Because expecting moms have enough to worry about, putting together a fashionable ensemble shouldn’t be one of them.

1. Formal Affair: Maternity Clothes That Show Off Your Bump

DRESS: INGRID & ISABEL, CLUTCH: REBECCA MINKOFF ACCESSORIES, EARRINGS: NOIR JEWELRY

Dressing for a formal event like a wedding is challenging when you are pregnant. Especially the thought of being on your feet all night long. But that doesn’t mean you can’t look as glamorous as you normally would. A floor-length empire waist gown will show off your bump and keep you comfortable at the same time. Opt for an off-the-shoulder silhouette for a sleek on-trend look. Jazz up the dress with statement jewels and a fashion-forward clutch. Since the long maternity dress will cover your feet, slip into your most comfortable pair of shoes.

2. Office Wear: Stay Comfortable in a Coordinated Maternity Outfit

DRESS: RACHEL PALLY, BLAZER: DEREK LAM 10 CROSBY, HANDBAG: ZAC ZAC POSEN

Stick with simple maternity dresses like shifts to get through long days at the office. The one-and-done piece will take the guesswork out of getting dressed every morning and will keep you looking polished and pulled together. Beat the chilly office temps by layering on a tailored blazer and don’t forget to grab your favorite “boss lady handbag”. If your office dress code requires you to wear pumps, keep flats in your bag so you can swap shoes when you commute.

3. Maternity Dresses for Baby Shower

DRESS: INGRID & ISABEL, DUSTER COAT: BYTIMO, NECKLACE: ELIZABETH & JAMES ACCESSORIES

All your loved ones have gathered to celebrate your pregnancy and the new little bundle of joy. To dress for the special occasion, stick with a stretchy fitted maternity dress that really shows off your baby bump. For a high-fashion twist, throw on a printed duster coat on top, then finish the look with dainty jewelry and a stylish pair of slides.

4. Off-Duty Style: Maternity Clothes That Keep Things Cool & Casual

TOP: ISABELLA OLIVER, JEANS: J BRAND, BACKPACK: ELIZABETH & JAMES

In your downtime, stay comfortable in easy breezy separates. A flowy maternity top will look just as great with a pair of maternity jeans, as it would with your favorite stretchy yoga pants. Whether you are hanging out with friends or just running errands, keep your hands free with a chic backpack that’s big enough to carry all your pregnancy essentials (i.e. snacks). Complete the cool and casual maternity ensemble with a comfy pair of sneakers.