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Frugal & Functional: My Best Maternity Fashion Tips & Where to Shop

IMG_3349As I draw near to the end of my 2nd pregnancy, I thought it would be fun to share my best tips for getting through pregnancy when it comes to fashion. Some women feel their most beautiful when pregnant, others feel like a giant balloon, but either way, you gotta dress yourself! And if you are like me, you don’t have a lot of extra money to go buy a whole new wardrobe to accommodate this short, beautiful season. So, here are my tips for a functional and frugal maternity wardrobe…

  1. Stick with the basics.
    For the first few months of pregnancy, you can probably get by wearing your normal clothes, but as you progress you will definitely need a few things. I would recommend investing in a few pieces:
    -2 pairs of maternity jeans
    -5-6 basic maternity t-shirts (short or long sleeved depending on the season you are pregnant)
    -1-2 comfy dress options (I have 2 jersey-knit throw-on casual dresses)
    -1 nicer maternity dress (think for church or special occasion).
    It may not sound like much, but these are the basics of what I have used particularly through this 2nd pregnancy as I have realized I can make do with much less.
    If you are working away from the home and have to look more professional, this list may look different. I work 1 day/week in a professional office setting and I usually pair a dress with leggings and some flats to create a comfortable yet dressier look.IMG_2632
  2. Utilize cardigans, sweaters, or kimonos.
    With baby #2 I have been pregnant through mostly colder months and my go-to combo has been a long sleeve fitted maternity shirt under my open cardigans and sweaters. These are cardigans I already owned and simply paired them over my maternity shirts. If you are pregnant in the summer but still want a little more coverage, I would recommend buying 1-2 cute light-weight kimono style open tops.
  3. Let your accessories take the stage.
    With such few maternity pieces in my wardrobe, it’s easy to feel like I’m wearing the same old boring outfit over and over. But I’ve had a lot of fun challenging myself to wear some neglected accessories that pair well with basics. Do you have a statement necklace you like but that has been gathering dust? Pull that baby out! Do you, like me, have way too many scarves that never get worn? Put those in rotation! Try a fun hat, a funky earring, or stacking some bracelets in a new way. These things shake up an outfit and take away from the fact that you wear that simple black tank dress every week (guilty).IMG_2900
  4. Borrow from friends.
    Do you have a close friend who is a similar size and not pregnant right now? Ask them if they have a few pieces they would share with you. I was lucky enough to have a friend who just had her 4th and last baby and she passed down several wonderful pieces to me that I wore a lot over the winter. This is a frugal method to get some maternity clothes, and since it it such a short season of life, why not share the love! Then, when you are done with your season of growing babies, you can pass on your clothes too! Cool!
  5. See what you already own that will work throughout your pregnancy.
    You might be surprised to find that you have more pregnancy-friendly clothing than you realized. Flowy shirts are wonderful for accommodating the bump. I have worn my elastic high-waist skirts with a  tied up t-shirt through both pregnancies (these are easy to find at thrift stores!). Pull out any empire waist dresses; these can be easily worn with leggings as your belly grows and your dresses get shorter.IMG_3239
  6. Don’t forget about undergarments. 🙂
    Until I had Flora I didn’t realize just how much various parts of my body would change…not just my belly. Once of my 2 saving graces have been my seamless panties from Victoria’s Secret. They are the stretchy kind that have no seam around the legs or waist which accommodates growth in the bum area without cutting off circulation. My other secret weapon is my bra extender! As baby grows and takes up more space in your body, all your organs shift around and get pushed up. This means your rib cage widens and your bra size will change quite a bit. From my last pregnancy I had purchased 2 new bras, but this time around they just weren’t wide enough. For about $7 I ordered a 3 pack of bra extenders from Amazon that simply clip to your bra hook, and voila! No need to buy more bras (which can be dang pricey!).
  7. My favorite places to shop.
    So where do you find these few, but important pieces? This is where I have gone…
    -For inexpensive basic tops, shop at Ross! They have a small maternity section where I have found short and long-sleeve simple tops. They aren’t the most amazing quality, but for $3-5 a shirt, you can’t complain!
    -Check out Old Navy, online and in store. Both of my jersey-knit comfy dresses are from there. They also have great sales.
    -On Cyber Monday I ordered a pair of nice skinny jeans from Motherhood Maternity for $20 and they have been great. I don’t adore most of what Motherhood sells, but for a basic like jeans, it’s hard to go wrong.
    -Check Target for jeans, tops, and dresses. While there prices aren’t always amazing on maternity, the selection is usually pretty cute.
    -For a fancy dress, look at ASOS online. Be warned…it’s all super cute and not necessarily budget friendly.IMG_2985

Hopefully a few of these tips are helpful and you can learn from my experience and mistakes. 🙂 The season of pregnancy has really show me how little I can live with in my wardrobe and it’s kind of refreshing!



*top image by Neal Dieker Photography

Lavender & Camel

I give you permission to laugh with me about the fact that I’m doing a style post at 40 weeks pregnant. Looking stylish at this point is just pretty comical. But I really like these 2 colors together, lavender and camel…so I thought I’d share. 🙂

Also, I got this sweet little purse at Francesca’s this week and I really like it. I figured I’m not going to want to lug around a large purse and a diaper bag…so I settled for this!dearly-noted-lifestyle-blog-ootd-pregnancy-fashion-40-weeks-lavender-camel-francescas-free-people-thrift-handm-maternity-fashion-1 dearly-noted-lifestyle-blog-ootd-pregnancy-fashion-40-weeks-lavender-camel-francescas-free-people-thrift-handm-maternity-fashion-2 dearly-noted-lifestyle-blog-ootd-pregnancy-fashion-40-weeks-lavender-camel-francescas-free-people-thrift-handm-maternity-fashion-3 dearly-noted-lifestyle-blog-ootd-pregnancy-fashion-40-weeks-lavender-camel-francescas-free-people-thrift-handm-maternity-fashion-4

Outfit Details: camel sweater, Chico’s (thrifted); lavender top, Free People (via Name Brand Clothing, similar); leggings, H&M; flats, thrifted; purse, Francesca’s

Half & Half

In case you are unaware, being 9 months pregnant is pretty uncomfortable. Not to complain, but life just gets a bit harder when there is 35 more pounds of you to lug around (not to mention crazy hormones to deal with!). So…dressing for comfort is high on my priority these days.


This look is my attempt to essentially get away with wearing what feels like pajamas, but has enough dressy elements to make it ‘church appropriate’. 🙂 Adding heels, pearls, and curls dresses up any outfit, right?!


Kohls is having some great end of summer sales and I was stoked to find this top for $9. It’s crazy comfy yet has the fun pleated element in the back. I’m on the look out for tops like this that will be nice and roomy for nursing once the baby arrives but not make me feel like I’m just wearing a baggy t-shirt every day.



(No matter how much I lint roll, evidence of my sweet dog and cat somehow make it into my outfits!)



Outfit Details: top, Kohls; pants ($.50!), shoes, bracelet, thrifted

Feeling Fall

Maybe it’s because I’m so ready to meet my baby girl, or maybe I’m just excited for relief from the heat, but I’m definitely ‘feeling Fall’ in this look. Can’t wait to put together more layered looks as the temp drops!neutral-look-fall-2014-style-pregnancy-fashion-maternity-style-bump-fashion-cut-out-booties-dearly-noted-lifestyle-blog-1

(Loving this neutral nail color – see details below!)





neutral-look-fall-2014-style-pregnancy-fashion-maternity-style-bump-fashion-cut-out-booties-dearly-noted-lifestyle-blog-6Outfit Details: T-shirt, Marshalls (similar); sweater vest, Ross (similar); maternity jeans, Target; cut-out booties, Kmart (on sale for $20!); necklace, from our Babymoon to Santa Fe; rings, Forever 21; nail color, ‘Shore Bet’ by Ice

My 5 Pregnancy Essentials


 Tired of pregnancy posts yet? 🙂

I’m over at Camp Makery (the awesome creative/collaborative lifestyle blog I’m a part of) sharing my 5 best pregnancy essentials!

Check it out, here!

Date Night

Daniel and I are savoring our last moments with just the 2 of us. Last week he took me to a nice restaurant and out for dessert at my favorite chocolate shop. It was a delightful night of chatting, eating, and window shopping!


There are VERY few things in my closet that fit me currently, so I was really excited to thrift this periwinkle dress for $5 the other day…just in time for date night (and friendly to our new budget)! I don’t own a lot in this color, but I think it is so soft and sweet! And any dress that has pockets is a winner in my book!


Any suggestions for last minute special activities Daniel and I should do before the baby comes? Thankfully we already knocked out the baby-moon (which was a blast!).


(Ahh, the dreaded bangs…here they are looking awkward as usual. Lol)


 Outfit Details: dress (similar), necklaces, & shoes (similar), thrifted; clutch, HOBO (from TJMaxx)

Big Blue

Every morning I play this really fun game where I stand in front of my closet and try to find something that fits over this big bump. I’m calling this look ‘Big Blue’…for obvious reasons. 😉


The longer I’m pregnant the more respect I have for woman that continue to look classy and put together clear to the end. It gets stinkin hard to fit into anything let alone look cute and stylish!


I have 2 blogger crushes that I’ve loved following as they’ve been pregnant (both just gave birth). Amber of Barefoot Blonde and Cara Loren. If you need maternity outfit inspiration…check them out!




 Outfit Details: top, Marshalls $10; skinnies, Gap (thrifted) $3.99; sandals, (thrifted) $.99; necklace, flea market; ring, my mom’s mood ring from high school!