The main complaint I hear from women about maternity clothing is "why do I have to invest money in clothing I'll only wear for 6-9 months?" I think it's a fair complaint, too. I am a huge fan of buying clothing one or two sizes bigger during the beginning stages of your pregnancy, but your bump does reach a point where it's too big to do that.
The positive about buying maternity clothing is that it can actually be more flattering as it is cut specifically for a larger belly. Just like with non-maternity clothing, though, there is a large price range of maternity clothing. Dresses can range anywhere from $20 from Old Navy to over $200 from Hatch. So, how do you know when to invest and when to save?
For me, I try to evaluate each maternity item I buy by the amount of times I can wear it. For example, if I'm going to spend $200 on a black dress, but I know I'll get to wear it to 4+ functions, it seems like a worthy investment to me. Another way you can justify spending on maternity clothing is by how versatile the clothing is, which brings us to today's post!
I found this dress at LOFT (they have sales all the time, ladies) and loved the black & white print. Black in white is very classic, so I knew I would be able to do a lot with it. I also loved the feminine swing cut, which aligns with my personal style of everyday feminine.
style 1: summer comfort
At 38 weeks, I'm not even attempting heels anymore. So, throw on some chuck taylor sneaks and grab a catch-all bag that's full of all my necessities and EG's as well, and I'm ready for a summer day or running errands, but still feeling feminine and chic!
style 2: evening casual
For those of you that are getting to enjoy some cooler temps in the evening, simply add a button down to your dress for a casual, chic look. Be sure to tie the top above your bump to show off your figure!
style 3: feminine edge
If I ever stray from a classic feminine look, it's because I enjoy adding a little edge/street style to my look every now and then. So, for this look I simply added a leather vest (trend alert!) to give this dress a completely different feel. A leather moto jacket would work well here, too!
xx - anna