Reader Question: “At what point in your pregnancy was it a requirement for you to transition into legitimate maternity clothing.”
Such a great question but keep in mind that this is different for everyone. Body type has a major effect on this. I believe I might have gotten lucky because I’m tall, so my weight gain spread throughout my body.
This isn’t accurate but I’m pretty sure I stared wearing maternity jeans at around 23/24 weeks. I was able to use a belly band for the early stages of my pregnancy (on only about 2 pairs of jeans) and wore a lot of leggings when I wasn’t wearing jeans or dresses. When I thought I was ready I headed to my local Old Navy and did some damage in their maternity section. Now not all Old Navy’s have a maternity section, so I would suggest calling before making the drive there and confirming that they carry maternity clothes. Old Navy has a great selection of basics (tanks, everyday denim, classic tees) but they don’t have much if you’re looking for trendy pieces. I was able to snatch up these olive colored skinnies and love them (see how I styled them here)! I also purchased a pair of shorts for weekends (seen here) that have had plenty of wear.
Suprisingly H&M also carries maternity clothing, which is aimed at a younger demographic of expecting mothers. I love their selection of blouses and tunics, made for both style and comfort. They also carry colored denim, which I thought was really current and trendy, so I invested in a mint pair (similar from Gap here) to add pizazz to an otherwise plain ensemble (styled here).
Now if you don’t mind not having the option of trying on your clothing before buying I would suggest checking out ASOS.com. They have a wide range of maternity clothing, from basic, everyday pieces to gowns for special events. I’ve made 2 maternity purchase (this dress and this dress) and love them both, but had to get them both altered to fit me better.