This is my second go-round of working while pregnant and I can honestly say putting outfits together has been more of a challenge this time around. I remember with Sawyer I found myself so excited to shop for maternity clothes and then to start showing enough where I could wear them. This time around, I was PRAYING this kiddo wouldn’t start bumping out until 35 weeks or so (one can dream), but I wasn’t so lucky. In fact, instead of starting to show like the first time around 20 weeks, the bump came knocking around 13 weeks. I’m not sure about you other pregnant working women in the professional world, but finding clothes that are office appropriate is a major challenge. And I refuse to empty my bank account buying clothes I’ll never put on my body again post-pregnancy. So what’s a budget conscious bump to do?
- GO BACK TO BASICS! Destination Maternity runs sales with their basic tanks/tees where it’s buy 3 get 1 free. Load up on these basics because they’re great for layering under a super cute blazer or cardigan, throwing on with a skirt or pair of pants, and remember the key to dressing up a basic tank is ACCESSORIZE! *please excuse our lack of photog skills…we’re still learning our camera!
- It’s all about the LBD (or BBD, in my case). Invest in a little black dress. I have worn mine to work, weddings, social events, church, and I even dress it down with flip flops to run to the grocery store. We all know LBD’s should be a staple in every girls’ closet, so get to shopping mama!
- Be smart in what you put your money towards. I have a general rule for myself that I’ve stuck to so far. If I am spending more than $50 on one article of clothing, it has to be something I’ll use post-pregnancy. If you’re in the shopping mood, put it into things like jackets, vests, tunics, or blousy shirts that can be worn again. I stay away from buying bottoms until I’m back to my pre-pregnancy size, just to avoid purchasing something I know I won’t use again.
Old Navy, Destination Maternity, GAP, and Nordstrom are some great places to hit up for some professional, versatile looks.
Hope this helps as you’re looking for some ‘office approp’ ideas….happy bumping!