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How to shop in regular clothes stores when you are pregnant…

by Clare Mansell
How to shop in regular clothes stores when you are pregnant…

With two blogging conferences coming up in the next 10 days I have spent longer than I like to admit searching through maternity clothing websites and although there are some great pieces out there I still get frustrated at having to spend money on clothes I won’t be wearing next year, or by the limited pool of options.

The answer to this problem eventually came via some Pinterest browsing. I had automatically ruled out non-maternity fashion, but I have started to realise that there are some lovely things you can buy which not only can you wear with a bump, but will last you beyond 9 months. So here’s my pick of the best…


  • (1) Swing dresses – There are loads of these on ASOS and they look great with tanned legs in the summer or as an easy holiday outfit
  • (2) Midi skirt – These skirts have enough length to allow you to wear them above the bump during pregnancy and back at the waist afterwards
  • (3) Oversize bag – Apparently oversized bags make pregnant ladies look more in proportion and they also happen to be just the thing you need for carrying around all the new baby clobber after the birth
  • (4) Jersey maxi dress – Boden might not do a maternity range anymore, but if you pick a free flowing maxi dress in a size larger than normal you’ll get a huge amount of wear of it during your pregnancy
  • (5) Empire Line top – This were big in Joules last season and there are still a few in the eBay outlet
  • (6) Drawstring shorts – These might be strictly for beach wear for me, but I discovered by accident that drawstring shorts are surprisingly versatile
  • (7) Wrap cardigan – I bought one of these cardigans really late in my first pregnancy and still wear it to this day
  • (8) Hat – When I can find one that actually fits my head, I love a good hat!
  • (9) Sarong – This H&M sarong can double as a beach wrap or scarf
  • (10) Skinny belts – Essential for giving a fitted and styled look to the bump

The best thing is that I actually already have some of these items in my wardrobe and had discounted them until I started my lateral thinking. In particular one of my favourite summer midi skirts which usually sits on my hips, can now be worn comfortably above my bump (and I promise you it doesn’t look weird) and a empire line Boden top I had but was reluctant to wear out cause it made me look pregnant, has been a God send over the last few months.

Do you have any surprising items of non-maternity clothing you have been able to wear during a pregnancy?

Written for Woolovers

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Mellissa Williams June 11, 2015 - 11:46 am

I love the empire line top and the mid skirt with the beautiful print. When I had my son there wasn’t any maternity clothes as fashionable and as well priced as there is now.

Rachel June 12, 2015 - 9:04 am

The skirt I am really really liking and the dress too, what a shame they are maternity wear and im not pregnant x

Clare @ Maybush Studio June 12, 2015 - 9:07 am

Errr… they aren’t, that’s the point of the post…

lisa prince June 12, 2015 - 10:47 am

i have to agree im shopping normal and finding that maxi dresses are my most loved item especially this summer

karen June 15, 2015 - 7:41 pm

I had a few maxi dresses, skirts and tops which were non maternity plus I wore regular stretchy t-shirts. I found they were much more flattering than the big, loose maternity styles x


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