Oct 20

fall & winter maternity must-haves from hip to be round

fall & winter maternity must-haves from hip to be round

Happy Monday, everyone! Today, we’ve got another guest post lined up for you. The good people over at Hip to Be Round put together a list of maternity must-haves for all our expectant mamas. We’ll let them take it away!


Fall is synonymous with fashion and you don’t have to give up great fall style just because you’re pregnant! Here are the top 8 staples that should be in your maternity wardrobe as autumn turns to winter…


1. 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 – also, they are just plain comfortable.

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, but nothing really beats the versatility.  Skinny jeans look great in early fall with a pair of oxfords, tucked into your favorite boots neatly and cleanly in the winter, and then in spring again (postpartum) with some colorful flats.  We love bootcut styles and straight styles, but if you’re only going for only 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.


3. 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 slimline pencil skirt for work.

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

Photo courtesy Hip to be Round

Photo courtesy Hip to be Round


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 during the week.  Wash and dry this top 1,000 times – it still looks as great as the day you bought it. Bonus: 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 Black Dress

Photo courtesy Ingrid & Isabel

Photo courtesy Ingrid & Isabel

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 and cardigan to dress it down, a chunky necklace for a party or even a belt and matching shoes for something more professional.


6. 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.


7. A Basic Tube Dress.
While it might not seem so special, the basic tube dress with or without shirring down the side is a hard worker in your maternity wardrobe, easy to change up, switch out, and keep new.  Wear it on its own, pair it over your leggings and boots to keep covered up on a cold winter day, belt a cardigan over it for a layered look or throw your chunky sweater over to use it as a skirt. No one will ever notice you’ve been wearing it 3x a week.

Style tip: A striped tube dress and a belt is all you need for a perfect bump-flattering outfit for your maternity photos.


8. Accessories.

When you have a limited wardrobe the pieces you have are working pretty hard! That’s a lot of washing and a lot of wearing again, and again, and again.

Keep it fresh by adding great accessories to change up your outfit. Scarves, belts, jewelry, and hats can help change up an outfit so your wardrobe doesn’t feel “stale”.

Style tip: pick up two stretch belts to wear just above the belly, one for a casual look and one to dress up your favorite standbys.


Of course, you can find all of these must-haves at Hip to be Round and our experienced staff will answer all of your questions and help you find the best fit for all 40 weeks!