How to Dress Like a Boss When You’re Pregnant

How to Dress Like a Boss When You're Pregnant A Guide to Maternity Shopping for Professional Moms-to-Be

A Guide to Maternity Shopping for Professional Moms-to-Be

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I had a moment of wardrobe-induced panic when my baby bump started showing two summers ago. How could I possibly replace my entire work wardrobe in just a few weeks? And without spending a fortune?

Believe it or not, I ended up LOVING my maternity wardrobe. In fact, I think that was the happiest I’ve ever been with my outfit options – everything was chic, comfortable, and easy to mix-and-match. Read on for the top five tips and tricks that got me through!

1.     Hautelook/Nordstrom Rack website

Hautelook was my #1 go-to source for good-quality, professional maternity clothes at reasonable prices. My favorite brand to wear to work was Leota (by far!), followed by Olian and Lilac Maternity. I took advantage of free shipping (over $100) to order a few dresses per sale, try them on at home, and then return all but one or two favorites.

Pro tip: Scoring good finds on Hautelook takes pretty frequent checking, like every other day or so, since the “flash sales” are only available for a few days at a time. But I found that persistence paid off because they had maternity sales pretty regularly.

2.     Double Your Maternity Wardrobe for $30 or Less

How to Double Your Maternity Wardrobe for $30 or LessYou already know that a statement necklace is one of my four secrets to dressing like a boss in 5 minutes or less. This blog post makes a pretty convincing argument that statement necklaces are, in fact, your fashion secret weapon while pregnant. I couldn’t agree more!

3.     Try Non-Maternity Clothes

When I was pregnant, I found myself unexpectedly needing to shop for a work trip while I was on vacation. A friend of mine (to whom I’ll be forever grateful) pointed me to Xpecting, a maternity boutique that specializes in non-maternity clothes! This sounds like an oxymoron, I know. But they were geniuses at finding regular clothes with a cut that flatters a baby bump. Those “emergency” purchases are still some of my favorite clothes – and my little one is over a year old! If you can’t visit Southern California anytime soon, check out Xpecting’s Pinterest boards for inspiration. Or try asking someone on staff at your favorite boutique what they’d recommend for a mom-to-be!

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4.     A Bun in the Oven and a Mother in Court

Do you wear a suit to work? Corporette has published not one, but two articles on finding formal business attire when you’re expecting, and how to fake it if you can’t find a maternity suit you like. (My two cents: I wore an Isabella Oliver maternity blazer over a coordinating dress when I needed to suit up.)

5.     Where to Shop for Maternity Clothes

If all else fails, check out this comprehensive post from Maternal Reasoning, which gives moms-to-be lots of shopping (and rental) options for both work and play!

What are your favorite maternity style secrets? Let me know in the comments below!

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6 comments

  1. Mary says:

    Needed this since I’m paranoid and worry about things WAY before they happen! I’m not pregnant currently, but know I will need MAJOR help once I do start bearing children. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jamie @ The Skinny Soul says:

    Love this! It’s so hard to find cute maternity clothes on a budget, and I love that you’ve included some of those here. Being pregnant is such a special time, and you shouldn’t have to waste it by worrying about ugly maternity clothes 🙂

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