Published on November 22, 2017 | Last Updated on January 18, 2022
The baby countdown is on – 28 days to go! My bump continues growing and growing as my outfit options keep shrinking and shrinking. I know it’s inevitable at this point to feel large and in charge but I’m trying my best to still dress cute even though I don’t always feel like it. I’ve had a love hate relationship with maternity clothes – I can’t tell you how many packages I’ve sent right back to ASOS after trying everything on. Thank goodness for free return shipping!
We have a little bit of a unique situation at C&C, I’m due December 20th and Ashley is due December 7th! So many Cake & Confetti babies!! I’m 5’10” with more of an athletic build pre-baby and Ashley is super petite. Even though our body types are very different, we’ve found a lot of the same styles work for both of us. Plus we both agree that we prefer clothes that don’t look maternity. Here are some of our favorite fall maternity styles for your baby bump that are both comfortable and cute! FYI some favorites are super discounted for Black Friday week, whoo whoo!
We both like tops that don’t necessarily look maternity but will fit over the bump. Ruffles seem to always dress up an outfit. The cream sweater is perfect for nursing so you can wear it even after the baby arrives. The gray ruffled sleeve shirt can be dressed up with colorful earrings or a necklace or dressed down with leggings and slip on sneakers.
Another casual yet stylish clothing piece – a t-shirt! Striped tees are the best. You can layer it under a jean jacket with leggings and ta-da! You’re ready to conquer the day. This tunic style option is 50% through Black Friday and comes in a ton of colors/patterns. It’s long enough to be flattering even with the added pregnancy pounds.
I (Meredith) have lived in dresses most of this pregnancy because it’s been so warm in Houston. I’ve shared a few of these styles before but continue to wear most of these with a jean jacket on cooler days.
FYI the two plaid shift dresses are 50% off (!!!) and non-maternity. I sized up and chose tall in every pattern so they would cover my bump until the end of my pregnancy and still be long enough! They are a shift style so I wouldn’t say it’s the most flattering but they are super light weight and comfortable!
ASHLEY’S PICKS: Non-maternity, Paige jeans are my go to jeans. So I found some online and ordered the same skinny jeans style I like in maternity. I figured I can dress them up or down and they are a great transition piece for fall. They fit really true to size and are comfortable – or as “comfortable” as jeans can be. Then, I found these Isabel jeans for Target and loved the casual cut of them. They are the perfect casual jean and a steal for the price!
MEREDITH’S PICKS: I didn’t want to spend much on maternity jeans because to be honest, I knew dresses would be my go-to. I started showing pretty early on so I used a belly band so I could stay in my normal jeans as long as possible. But when that got uncomfortable, I bought two pairs of maternity jeans – one cropped pair of black jeans and dark wash skinny jeans in tall. PS both of my pairs are 50% off so if you’re expecting, you should stock up!
ASHLEY’S PICK: A lot of my friends have sworn by the Blanqi leggings so I thought I would give them a try. Oh my goodness they are so comfortable and fit great. I plan to wear these all fall, winter and even after pregnancy. They have a big band that fits over my growing stomach but it isn’t too tight. I can wear these lounging around the house or throw a tunic on and look presentable in the real world.
Blanqi Maternity Leggings – they are on sale 50% (normally $64 but you can get them for $32!)
MEREDITH’S PICKS: Even though both of these are technically activewear, I’ve been wearing them nonstop – seriously! Both pairs are made of compression fabric so they’re super flattering.
If you’re pregnant and planning on attending any fall activities, you may be wondering if you really need maternity clothing. The answer is not so simple. If your pregnancy will last into the fall season, then yes, you probably do need maternity clothes for at least a few months of the year because there are some pieces that will be more difficult to accommodate your baby bump. If you’re unsure what maternity clothing is, it’s basically just clothes that are specially designed to accommodate your baby bump and your changing shape so you can look good while pregnant.
If you’re wondering how to find maternity clothing without breaking the bank, there are a few tips you should keep in mind when shopping.
First off, make sure to shop around. While some maternity clothes can be very expensive, there are other options available that will also do the job but cost much less. Plus size stores like Lane Bryant or Avenue carry maternity clothes as well so you should keep those in mind as well.
Keep It Simple – You don’t have to go out and buy a whole bunch of maternity clothes right away. In fact, you may be able to get away with just buying a couple of key pieces that will see you through the fall season. A good pair of jeans, a comfortable top, and a warm sweater should do the trick.
Look for Deals – As mentioned earlier, maternity clothing can get pretty pricey so it’s always a good idea to shop around so you’ll be able to find something that works for your budget. When shopping online, check out sites like Amazon or eBay which may have slightly used maternity clothes so you’ll save even more money.
And don’t forget to consider borrowing clothes from your friends and family members. Chances are, they have a few things that would probably fit you just right so you may be able to get by without buying a lot of maternity clothes that cost a pretty penny.