Having cute maternity style is such a struggle for me. Maternity clothing can be pricey and then it really only fits properly when I reach the stage of pregnancy where I could legitimately be mistaken for a whale. I’m over halfway through this pregnancy, and most of the stuff I’ve tried on still hangs awkwardly on my bump. This is our last baby and I have no desire to spend $60 on a top that will only fit me for three months of my life!
Fortunately, I have gotten pretty good at faking cute maternity style by using the stuff I already have in my closet. It’s full of pieces I already love so it just takes a little bit of creativity to make them work for my growing belly. In particular, I own a LOT of button-downs. Here are three different ways I’m continuing to make my button-downs work for my changing body!
1. Layer It
Any real maternity clothing I own is basic to the point of boring. It’s all solid colors and plain shapes without any real exciting details. Adding a button-down shirt over the top (like this thrifted tuxedo-inspired one) adds texture and interest to an outfit.
2. Knot It
I love the colors of this dress and it looked kind of loose and bohemian on my pre-pregnancy body. With my belly, however, it just makes me look big. Adding a knotted button-down shirt to the top helps give the dress a little shape and defines the area under my bust, which is currently the narrowest part of my body.
3. Tuck it
Underneath my waistband this shirt is wide open, but who cares when it’s tucked into a cute, bump-friendly skirt? As long as it continues to button over my bust, then I can hide the gaping bottom half using my collection of breezy summer-friendly skirts.
What are your tips for getting cute maternity style on a budget? Are you a thrifter? A borrower? A make-doer? An up-cycler? I’d love to hear all about it!