I’ve got to be honest: I’m NOT a fan of maternity clothes. I don’t know if it’s the endless ruching or the plethora of wrap dresses, but I am just not a fan. With my first pregnancy, I struggled to find exactly what my maternity style was, but this time around I feel like an old pro. And I’m realizing that you can easily dress yourself {at least the waist up} in plenty of non-maternity styles.

why you can skip the maternity clothes.

As I mentioned before, I generally just don’t find most maternity clothes “stylish”. Sure, wrap dresses are around to stay, but we want more options when it comes to wearing a dress while pregnant! And the ruching … all of the ruching … there are so many other ways to flatter the bump! Yes, it’s true, you don’t have to wear ruching everyday if you’re pregnant. The other thing with maternity clothes is honestly, you don’t need them that long. Even though I started showing so much earlier with this pregnancy, I am still wearing non-maternity clothes even at six months pregnant! I will admit, the maternity pants came out sooner this time around though. Which leads me to my next reason to ditch the maternity clothes — the desire to purchase clothes that will last for the long-haul. I’ll be the first to admit that I love adding on-trend pieces to my closet each season, but those mix best with the classic pieces I actually invested in. And since I now know that the need for maternity clothes is so short-lived, I’ve decided to rely more on my investment pieces mixed with some maternity this time around.

the six non-maternity pieces you need.

black midi dress

a great midi dress.

Obviously my preference is black, but this should come as no shock to anyone. I’ve had a black midi dress in my closet for years and wear it all seasons. I have loved wearing my black midi dress while pregnant — it’s not only super comfortable, but it’s the best base layer. My favorite way to style mine is under a buttondown shirt paired with sneakers.

white buttondown womens

a classic white button-down.

I’ve shared about my love of a white button-down on Instagram. But truly, this is a staple that everyone should have in their closet. They can be worn in any season and be so many varying levels of dressiness. I personally love wearing mine with a pair of skinny jeans and a great loafer.

madewell denim jacket

a go-to denim jacket.

I love a denim jacket for every season and for so many occasions. They’re so great over a graphic tee or flirty dress. And while pregnant, a great denim jacket is the perfect way to jazz up your basic midi dress.

free people maxi dress

an easy maxi dress.

Okay, first of all, I want this dress in every color. I have a similar dress in my closet that I wear so much — pregnant or not! It’s so perfect for throwing on and still looking chic — especially when you pair it with a denim jacket and animal print sneaker!

black knit joggers women

a black jogger.

I love joggers for so many occasions — from daytime errands to date nights. And that elastic waistband while pregnant is a literal Godsend. I love pairing mine with a classic white tee and my favorite black clogs for a comfy, but chic outfit for a day of preschool drop offs and errands!

swedish hasbeens clog

a neutral clog sandal.

I own this sandal in black and honestly want the nude color as well. These are the most comfortable shoes — especially when pregnant! I gave up any other kind of heel early on in pregnancy, but sometimes want a little lift. This is literally the shoe I wear to church every Sunday and on every date night!

Other pieces to add into your maternity wardrobe are:

Now there are certainly maternity pieces that I’ve added into rotation, but most of them are pants. I’m a big fan of the side panel maternity pants {and shorts} — the full panel seems to suffocate me!

non-maternity pieces I’m loving right now.

So tell me, do you like maternity clothes? What are your go-tos when pregnant?

xo, LC




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