Rosalund writes: "Hello Outblush, Let's chat. Currently, I am: Pregnant; temporary single-mom of a toddler (husband away on a year long business trip); never really go out unless it involves zoos, parks and getting covered in rogue juice; work from home but hate wearing Soffe shorts and tanktops to drop my son off at school. Needs/Wants: comfortable clothes that can expand with my growing body that I can then again wear after pregnancy. My boobs are fickle and never appreciated a strapless get-up. I do love a skirt but can't quite figure out how to do it with an incubating person. Dresses and I get along great but I'm tired of empire waisted everythings. Can you pretty please help? I'm looking for a medium-large anything under $75 a piece. Do a little lady right!!! Hearts, stars and horseshoes, Rosalund"
Hi Rosalund, I'm Found of You, and this is a tough one. Depending on your body type and the shape your belly takes as it expands, I have no idea what clothes will actually work for you before and after pregnancy, but I've got a few ideas you can work with. I hope this helps!
1 - Wrap dresses are great. True wrap dresses are adjustable and super flattering on everyone, and you avoid the whole pregnant doll look you get with an empire waist dresses. It's over your budget, but Isabella Oliver is the f^%$ing bomb, and you can often find her stuff used on Ebay. I have one wrap dress from her site, and it still looks good even though there is not a thing in my uterus at the moment. You can also try buying a regular wrap dress in a size up from what you'd usually wear.
2&3 - Empire waist shirts that have a really flowy bottom worked for me, like this PJ Salvage Tunic ($48) and this Free People Disco Tunic ($56).
4&5 - If you want to go for a skirt, a pattern or bright color on the bottom with a darker colored, simple top will keep you from looking like a waddling lollipop. Make sure the waist is comfy and stretchy and can sit under your burgeoning belly. Try this Chasyn Printed Skirt ($39) or this Sparkle and Face Pull-On Pleated Skirt ($20)
6 - I have these Utility Low Rise Maternity Shorts ($24) and I still wear them. Shhh don't tell anyone!
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