Maternity wear are usually never quite what you’re looking for. On the other hand, you already own a clothes that you’ve spent good money on and love.
Here’s how to keep wearing those old faithfuls all through your pregnancy:
Make a belly band
You can buy a belly band, or make one yourself by simply cutting a strip off a tight-fitting T-shirt or vest. Why would you want to do this? Because if you put it around your tum, you can still wear your favourite jeans. Just leave them unbuttoned – with your belly band in place, no one will know.
Grab a belt
Remember Michelle Obama’s stunning mid-2000s belted cardigans? Get the same style by adding a belt when you wear one of your larger button-downs, tunics or dresses – just wear it under your breasts, rather than around your waist (which, let’s face it, you probably can’t find right now). You can make any dress part of your pregnancy wardrobe with this trick – and, if you feel that the dress is too short, just add leggings to turn it into a long-length top.
You know that awkward stage when you’re not quite showing, but you can’t fit into your jeans? Here’s the solution: take an elastic band, and loop one end around the button on your denims. Take the other end, pull it through the buttonhole, and then loop it around the button.
Leggings: the ultimate item
Basically, you can build your entire wardrobe around the leggings that are already stashed away in your cupboard. They’re stretchy, so you won’t have to keep supersizing; they’re comfortable (which is an attribute you may not fully appreciate until your third trimester – by which time you’ll wonder if there is any other reason to buy a garment) and they go with anything. Plus, you probably already own a couple of pairs, so it’s not like you have to make an investment.
The strappy vest is your friend
Wear one under your button-down, and it won’t matter that you can no longer close all the buttons.
You’ll be shelling out for feeding bras soon enough, so it’s understandable if you don’t want to spend on a bigger bra size. Simply purchase a pack of bra extenders (available from Woolworths) to give you a bit more room.
Wear your clothes a little differently
You might feel that every part of your body is growing, but the reality is that the area under your boobs remains more or less the same. That means that you can still wear your favourite skirts; just shift them a little higher, rather than wearing them around your waist. Again, your trusty leggings are waiting if you feel this makes the skirt a little short.
In her 16 years as journalist, Lisa Witepski’s work has appeared in most of South Africa’s leading publications, including the Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, Entrepreneur and Financial Mail. She has written for a number of women’s magazines, including Living & Loving, Essentials and many others, across topics from lifestyle to travel, wellness, business and finance. She is a former acting Johannesburg Bureau Chief for Cosmopolitan, and former Features Editor at Travel News Weekly, but, above all, a besotted mom to Leya and Jessica. Lisa blogs at whydoialwayscravecake.blogspot.com and lisa.witepski.blogspot.com, and tweets at @LisaWitepski.