7 Staples for your Fall Maternity Wardrobe.

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Jessica Alba stays comfortable in leggings.

Fall is on it’s way and just because your pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t get in on great style.
Here are the top 7 staples that should be in your maternity wardrobe as autumn arrives…

1 Noppies Leggings.
There is no doubt that leggings are a pregnant girl’s best friend.  Pair them with tunics, under dresses, big chunky sweaters, you name it.  Just when you thought leggings couldn’t get any better (or more comfortable) one of our favorite maternity brands managed to improve them with a soft stay-put underbelly fit and adjustable waistband making them great for postpartum.

Style Tip: During your pregnancy, your growing belly will bring the hemlines of dresses and tunics a little higher, leggings will give extra-coverage under dresses that have become too short during pregnancy.

 

2 Skinny Jeans.

While some women balk at skinny jeans for maternity nothing really beats the versatility.   Skinny jeans look great pre-fall with a pair of oxfords, tuck into your favorite boots neatly and cleanly and then in spring again (postpartum) with some colorful flats.  We love bootcut styles and straight styles, but if you’re only going for one pair, opt for skinny.

Style Tip: When shopping for denim, look for something that you can wear postpartum, like Paige Maternity underbelly jeans which provide a comfortable “muffin top free” fit after baby.

 

jennifer-garner-sweater3 A Chunky Sweater.

We love fitted styles because of how they flatter your bump, but some days you just want to be covered up.  A chunky sweater looks great with your leggings or skinny jeans or paired over a slim line pencil skirt for work.

Style Tip: if you’re having your baby in the fall or winter, they provide a good postpartum fit.

 

4 A Michael Stars Shine Top.

If it’s not clear by now we love items that can be dressed up or down and Michael Stars Shine tops hit the sweet spot between dressy and casual.  Wear with your skinnies on the weekend and dress it up for the office.  Wash and dry this top 1,000 times and it still looks as great as the day you bought it which is great since the gentle stretch and longer fit makes it a top you can count on for week 40.

Style Tip: If you’re tall, pair the Michael Stars Shine top with skinny jeans, if you’re shorter, with leggings. Ruche the top more or less to bring the shirt to the right length for your body.

 

5 A Sleek Pencil Skirt.

Wear it to the office, wear it on date night, pop on your chunky sweater and favorite boots for a perfectly put-together fall look.

Style Tip:  Fitted dress can double as a pencil skirt when you pair it with a longer top or sweater

 

6 A Black Dress.

Selma Blair tucks her skinny jeans into boots.

Selma Blair tucks her skinny jeans into boots.

The LBD rule doesn’t escape maternity. Fall and winter pregnancies mean you’re going to need something for holiday. Find a black dress with a great fit that you can dress up or down.

Style tip: use accessories to change this dress up: a knit scarf to dress it down, a chunky necklace for a party or a patent belt and matching shoes for something more professional.

 

7 A Maternity/Nursing Dress.

If there is any time where you have fewer clothes than when you’re pregnant, it’s postpartum. Many maternity brands have been making life easier for mom by incorporating nursing access into their maternity wear to help bridge the postpartum gap.  If you’re headed back to work, nursing access makes pumping easier.

Style tip: Pack this item in your hospital bag to have something flattering and comfortable to go home in.

 

Sarah Cole

Sarah is a full time working mom of four boys. In addition to working and parenting, Sarah has also been seen as an actress on the Richmond stage (and screen). She blogs lovingly but sporadically at SarahsMotherBlog.wordpress.com

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