Last pregnancy, I was pregnant from Aug-May… This time I’ll be pregnant from Feb-Nov! Totally different time of the year! First trimester we were still dealing with a lot of cold, Winter weather but now we’re starting to have some hotter days. Second trimester will be during Summer which I love because I can wear lots of dresses and skirts!

13 weeks
Old Navy top, Target shorts (similar) + sneakers (similar)

Every season, I pour through Pinterest pictures to get a visual of what I want to be wearing for those few months. It helps me figure out what items I want to add to my wardrobe and how I can wear what I already own in new ways! I used to just buy a bunch of new clothes, all of the time, and end up having a lot of stuff that didn’t get worn! I hate that feeling of waste! It’s what drew me to capsule wardrobes and minimalism. I don’t follow any hard set rules when it comes to shopping other than the fact that I only want items that I LOVE or that serve a real purpose!

For maternity, it’s really no different for me. I look at what items I wear the most and see which ones I should purchase in maternity sizes vs non maternity.  My style really doesn’t change much although there are some looks that I prefer with a bump (like body con dresses!) and so I’ll wear those a bit more.  I try not to shop first trimester because a: there’s no bump and b: everything feels uncomfortable anyway  but come second trimester I start figuring out what my maternity wardrobe should look like! If I do shop first trimester, I make sure to buy my regular size and that there’s room for a bump (although realistically, not a lot of maternity stuff fits third trimester haha).

I know some people like to avoid buying maternity clothes because it feels like a waste of money but honestly, being comfortable and feeling confident in my clothes is really important to me so if that means buying maternity clothes then I absolutely will! Heck, I bought a pair of maternity shorts at just 12 weeks this time around! haha I try to stick to the basics or at least items I know will get a lot of wear and perhaps work for multiple seasons.  I tend to wear a lot of oversized tops and so many of those while not maternity definitely do work while I’m pregnant.  Personally I prefer to buy maternity clothes rather than sizing up in regular clothes.  If I’m buying non-maternity clothes while pregnant I prefer to stick to my usual size in hopes that they’ll fit post-pregnancy too. Of course, it can be hard to know what size you’ll be after the baby comes out!  Last pregnancy I was at a higher weight starting out… so going into this pregnancy I’m 1-2 sizes smaller (which means none of the maternity clothes I bought last time really fit this time!).

14 weeks
Old Navy jacket, Target pants and sandals (similar), BP top

Here are some Pinterest images I gathered that show the look I want for Spring/Summer.  My style tends to be quite casual, a bit sporty with a lot of neutral colors, stripes and some florals.  These are clothes that I KNOW I feel good in and it makes getting dressed in the morning so easy! If you’re struggling to find “your style”, start a Pinterest board and just start pinning what you like! Then you have to delete what you won’t actually wear. haha Seriously! There are tons of clothes I love the look of but realistically, I don’t really wear… so I had to stop buying that stuff or at least really limit it. I’m always really drawn to boho looks in the Spring/Summer but I make a point to find pieces that will fit into my wardrobe rather than compete with it.

So as you can see my Spring/Summer wardrobe will include a green utility vest, denim jacket, white denim, midi dresses, pencil skirts, high waist a-line skirts, graphic tees, off the shoulder tops/dresses, baseball caps, sneakers, striped tops… Pretty easy! Most of this stuff I already own but I would love to add a maxi dress and fedora of some sort! Pretty easy, right?

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I’ll share my pregnancy clothing purchases thus far in an upcoming post along with my “must haves” but I’m curious,  what is your approach to maternity style?

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