Hard-Working Maternity Pieces

My go-to maternity leggings and sneakers - both linked below!

My go-to maternity leggings and sneakers - both linked below!

Being pregnant is hard work. But being pregnant and stylish and not investing in an entire wardrobe full of clothes you will only really wear for 5-6 months is truly a difficult task to add onto exhaustion, excitement, anxiety and all of the other things that accompany any good old-fashioned pregnancy. So, I wanted to share a few of my hardest-working pieces of clothing, mostly in the maternity-wear category, that I have absolutely lived in and worn in heavy rotation since the bump made its appearance.

The best advice I can give it to invest in a few simple but nice basics.... and my top picks and pieces of advice are...

Hands-down my favorite and the hardest-working maternity/non-maternity dress... the Hatch Slouch Dress. Also, yes I like black. A lot.

Hands-down my favorite and the hardest-working maternity/non-maternity dress... the Hatch Slouch Dress. Also, yes I like black. A lot.

1. The black Hatch Slouch Dress (shown below in black as well as in a few color options) was my very first maternity purchase when I was feeling bloated but not bumpin' yet and it maintained its status as the frontrunner in my closet from that moment on... I've worn it to parties, big meetings, date nights, you name it throughout this pregnancy. Because I chose it in black, I was able to throw on a leather jacket, blazer, or cardigan with it or pair it with a scarf, bright handbag or fun shoes, sandals or jewelry and it was reinvented every time. Go ahead and invest in a dress you know will work for all occasions like this one and style it up... you'll be so glad you made the expenditure, trust me. BUY THIS DRESS.

 

2. Maternity leggings - lots of people sell them, but they aren't all created equal. Below you'll find two of my favorite pairs, the beyond-comfy Splendid pair and the more work-appropriate/out-and-about pair by Ingrid & Isabel from Nordstrom. This is not the time for a see-through pair from Target that won't wash/wear well. Side note: I LIVED in Lululemon Align yoga pants... I bought them in black and navy in a size larger than my normal size and I wore them more than I'm willing to admit for a solid 8 months.

 

3. Buy a few nice pairs of maternity denim and call it a day. By far and away, Paige and DL1961 made my favorite pairs. I loved the style of some Madewell and AG ones I purchased, they were beyond cute, but they never fit right and were downright uncomfortable. Invest in a dark wash, a fun/distressed light wash, a white pair if you can't live without them (which I can't) and a black pair and you'll have outfits for days (and days and days and days).

 

isabella oliver maternity

4. Dresses. Don't question me on this. When you're energy is zapped and you are going through morning sickness, sleepless nights, skin problems (but, like seriously why did I look grey/green and have such bad acne for SO LONG?!?) the last thing you want to do is coordinate matching pieces. Invest in maternity dresses that you love and you have a one and done outfit that allows you to throw it on and spend a little more time adding an extra layer of blush to those (tired) cheeks and adding a few curls to your (fuller, woohoo!) hair.

I absolutely love this Isabella Oliver tank dress (linked below) and wore it all the time styled a million different ways... a good tank dress made of perfectly thick material like this one will be your BFF like it has been mine.

 

5. A few nice accessories will really get you through! I invested in a pair of Isabel Marant sandals that were a super practical heel height and I continued to wear my Gucci belt endlessly ... albeit placed higher on my "waist" than before and these luxuries just made my outfits a lot of the time. And, of course, they're items I'll have and continue to wear no matter if I'm rocking a bump or not. Treat yourself to an item or two that you've been wanting and that take your outfits up a notch!

In a Rent the Runway lifesaver at a black-tie wedding

In a Rent the Runway lifesaver at a black-tie wedding

6. Add color and fun in by shopping one size larger items from fast-fashion stores like H&M and Target (love WhoWhatWear Collection so much). Grab some maternity basics (like the black & white striped off-the-shoulder cotton dress, below) from ASOS, you'll love how little you spend and how great the pieces look. And, for REAL, if you have a super busy social calendar that magically pops up right about the time the bump does (we've had like 10,000 weddings, parties and events since I started really showing), just don't even question it and get yourself an unlimited subscription to Rent the Runway. It saved my life. I repeat, it saved my life.

Hope this info helps a few people! Shop my faves below!!

Hannah Benak