Baby on board, what do I wear!? Step three: FINALISE!
You closet is cleaned out, you’ve made your lists of what you really want and what you think you will need. Now it’s time to begin building that wardrobe!
Step three is about building your wardrobe from the bottom up. You’ve gone through your existing closet and put away everything you won’t need. You’ve also determined what phase you will be in per season and made your lists. So here we go!
First trimester and post baby go hand in hand: People often worry about the longevity of their maternity clothing. Buying items that are too large in the beginning in hopes that you will grow into them is a huge mistake. When buying your first trimester maternity items, make sure that they fit you now. Begin with your Belly Bands, basic bottoms such as black pants, skirt or capris and versatile items like camisoles, T-shirts and sweaters. Know that these items will serve you very well in the beginning and you will get most of their wear post-baby. Yes, we’re now talking what you’ll be wearing once you are not pregnant anymore. Buy good quality basics that are in your proper size as these will probably be the items you will get the most use of when you’re home being mommy to your new little bundle.
• 2nd trimester the first big boom: Begin your 2nd trimester shopping alongside your trimester shopping. Somewhere in the middle of your second trimester you’ll begin to wonder what happened! Your belly will finally begin to look like a real baby bump. This is the trimester in which the golden stretch rule comes in. Stop wearing current items you don’t want to ruin with stretching. This is the time to start getting the most use out of your maternity tops and pants.
• 3rd trimester the final push: You will be wearing what you’ve bought on a daily basis. At this time in your pregnancy, some women can easily wear their initial maternity clothing. Yet some other women may become victim to swelling and may need a larger size. If you fall within the latter category, opt for true stretch items like a pair of basic pants and maybe one or two maternity tops in a larger size. Take note that items bought specifically for this period in your pregnancy probably won’t serve you as long as the items you bought closer to your pre-pregnancy size. Yet bear in mind that these items will be worn consistently and washed several times a week, so pay attention to fabric quality.
The key to success in looking great and wearing suitable maternity wear during your pregnancy is mere organization. Take the time to properly go through your closet and remove the items you don’t need in order to assure that you can easily find and coordinate your new wardrobe. Once that is done, build your new wardrobe from the basics up. Don’t forget to pull out all of your bling from the hidden crevices of your drawers!
Happy organizing and shopping!
All the best to you and your new adventure!