Posts tagged with ‘maternity’

carlybartle asked: Hi Jaclyn! I'm 5 months pregnant and on the hunt for the perfect maternity leggings.... I would love to find a pair that fit/feel just like the Zella live-in leggings (recommended by you which I absolutely love). I'm still wearing my Zella leggings but starting to get the "double stomach" look so I need a maternity pair with a full panel to take care of that. I ordered a pair from loft but they weren't as tight fitting as Zella, loose around knees and ankles (which I hate). :) Thank you!!!!!

My favorite maternity leggings were actually from the now-defunct Forever 21 maternity line. They were like $9 or something. Amazing.

But, my second and third favorite pairs—from Liz Lange for Target and Old Navy—are still available! Target’s are $16.99. I preferred a demi-panel instead of a full panel. Old Navy’s low-rise leggings worked great for me too (only $7 right now!). If you prefer a full panel pair, they are just $9. I also had a pair I liked fit-wise from H&M (similar to these from H&M, $12.95) but didn’t wear them often because the full panel drove me nuts.

I’ve also heard good things about Boden’s maternity leggings ($34) and Gap’s maternity leggings ($29.95). 

If you want a more activewear-style pair, Athleta has their Maternity Metro Legging for $79. 

machelemabelle asked: Hi Jaclyn,I'm in dire need of your expertise! I was wondering if you can help me find a maternity dress for my baby shower in August. The shower will talk place indoors (what a relief) in a reception hall (somewhat fancy) with around 100 guests (to get an idea) The theme is "Ahoy! It's a Boy!" so I was thinking of a navy blue maxi dress...I'll be around 34 weeks at that time, so I would love something comfortable yet flattering. i'm open to any suggestions or advice! A thousand thank you's!!

You’re in luck! Isabella Oliver just marked down two blue maxi dresses that you might love. This Tank Column Dress ($79 from $159) looks so comfortable and chic. If you want something a little more dressy, this Gathered Detail Maxi ($62 from $209) is gorgeous. If you don’t mind straying from the blue and going with purple or black, this Hadyn dress ($112 from $225) is crazy pretty. 

This one-shouldered maxi dress by Mothers en Vogue is $86 (from $159). It looks really comfortable! If you want something more form-fitting, this Ripe Maternity dress (about $50) can also work post-baby for nursing. 

This navy maxi from LOFT ($90 with an extra 40% off at checkout) is simple but stylish. 

If you can spend a little more, Rachel Pally’s navy and white print on this Grecian-inspired maxi dress ($238) is really beautiful. If you sign up for her email list, you can get 20% off your first order. 

judiism asked: hi lovely! i have to go to a party sat night and the attire is "downtown chic." what does this mean for my six month pregnant self? any ideas?? (PS shoe & accessory help would also be so, so appreciated!)

Okay, so this is very much A LOOK, but I am so excited about it.

First, a pair of white maternity pants. (Or a belly band thingy on white pants you already own?) LOFT has a pair for $69 here. Then a fitted white tee. Crewneck, probably. Gap Pure’s $20 one will work. 

THEN THE FUN PART: This cape blazer from Nasty Gal ($68). 

If you want to wear heels (God bless you), go for something fun with a stacked heel or wedge so your feet don’t get too tired. These gold heels from H&M ($40) are perfect. If you decide to go with sandals, ZARA has a leopard print pair I like for $35. Target has a leopard print or white pair on sale for $16 now too. 

emilygores asked: Hi Jaclyn, My sister pointed me in your direction thinking you might be able to answer a question for me. Do you know of any decent options for sports bras for a nursing mom? I recently had baby #2 and am anxious to get back to my workout routine. I need some good, non-smushing support for my larger than life chest (36E, yikes!). Any recommendations on where I should look? Thanks in advance!


I had a few really good nursing sports bras that I used for exercising and for everyday wear. I went from being pretty small-chested to busting out of everything (I was a DD for several months, that was interesting), but I didn’t spend a TON of money on my bras because I knew eventually things would go back to normal. 

Still, it’s worth taking a look at nursing sports bras before switching back to regular sports bras because they can pull double duty. Since you might not be able to wear them long-term, it’s good to get your money’s worth! 

I love the look of this Cake Lingerie sports bra ($79). It’s not cheap, but it looks really supportive and is available in your size. You might try this one and be good with just this one! The sporty design is a nice change from boring sports bras/nursing bras. 

I personally really liked these nursing bras from Target ($19). They were comfortable and compressive and I wore them when I was just starting to work out while breastfeeding. 

Now for regular sports bras:

The Shock Absorber sports bra ($50-$59) comes in your size and has full support cups, so if you need to wear nursing pads inside, it might be compressive enough to keep them in place and thick enough to disguise the fact that they’re even in there. This Shock Absorber one ($79) has dual hooks to help support your back. 

Freya designs supportive sports bras too and this one ($62) is available in your size as well. 

This Anita one is on sale from Nordstrom for $39 (from $59) in your size. 

New Balance’s high support sports bra is $48 and has molded cups too. 

If you feel more comfortable with underwire, maybe Wacoal’s underwire sports bra would do the trick ($65).

If anyone has any other suggestions, feel free to leave them in a reply! 

livemylove asked: Hi Jaclyn - I'm 29 weeks pregnant and my family is hosting my baby shower in a few weeks. Between all the baby prep (crib buying! choosing a color palette! registering!) I'm feeling overwhelmed and not completely in the mood to shop for a baby shower dress. I'm looking for something stylish, probably solid (yet spring appropriate!) colored (although I'd love to wear spring florals, everything I see tends to look like a muumuu), looks good with nude heels, and less than $100. Know of anything?

Yay! Let’s start with actual maternity dresses and then look for stretchy jersey dress styles that aren’t maternity but might work for you. (I couldn’t find anything for my baby shower so I ended up wearing a very forgiving jersey dress and it worked great.) 

I like this H&M MAMA chiffon dress ($35), especially in coral. 

ASOS has lots of good options. This midi length dress is on sale for about $30-$40. This pink wrap dress is one of my favorite options for you (it’s $52). I kind of love the super sexy fit on this dress ($37). This swing dress is pretty ($52). I LOVE the monochromatic floral print on this midi dress too ($52). If you want a softer look, this gray/peach lace dress is sweet, but a little over your budget at $103. This cobalt midi dress is simple and the bright color is fun ($33). Last, this pink/red floral dress is stunning and is just $84. 

Now for non-maternity ideas:

This T-Bags Los Angeles jersey maxi dress on Gilt is $99 (from $202) and has a high empire waist. 

This empire waist jersey dress from Boden ($58 from $78) comes in several different prints and might have enough stretch to work perfectly, especially if you size up. 

Maxi dresses are always a really safe option. If they don’t have a zipper, you’re probably good to go. This Rhyme Los Angeles dress has a great print ($98). This Tart dress ($101) is really stretchy with 5% Spandex. This LA Made cami dress is just $54 in a great peach/coral color. 

Swell has some good maxi dresses too (at affordable prices!). This pink one is forgiving, though it may be more casual than you’d like ($59.50). This Minkpink dress ($97) is a fun, bright print and the empire waistline is great. 

Revolve Clothing has tons of jersey items too, like this Bobi tank maxi dress ($62). I also love this stretchy, multi-wear dress from Kamalikulture ($96)—it is black though! I had to include one black dress. I couldn’t help it. :) 

(Speaking of black dresses, if you want to do something kind of AVANT-GARDE BABY SHOWER, this Narciso Rodriguez dress on RTR for $85 is so good.) 

Anyway, I hope one of these catches your eye! If nothing looks good to you, let me know and I’ll keep searching. I hated shopping for my baby shower dress so I feel you on this one. 

serialsghostwritten asked: You (and your blog!) were recommended to me as I am looking to find good quality maternity leggings without paying a ton...just was curious if you had any recommendations. (Thank you and apologies if you have answered this a million times over)

I just happened to have written a post about maternity leggings not too long ago! To summarize—Old Navy and Target get some of the best reviews these days. Old Navy’s jersey full-panel leggings are just $9 right now (!). 

H&M sizing question:

Hi! Thoughts on sizing for the treggings? — landofthepine

(I posted about them yesterday.) I go TTS for these (6). They’ve got a lot of stretch too, so will get a little bigger after you’ve worn them a few times. 

Something I forgot to mention yesterday: I also wore these as a kind of maternity pant dupe for a long time. They sit pretty low on the hips so I just bought a size or two bigger and wore them until fairly late in my pregnancy. 

Good morning friends! Risa of Really Risa asked me to do a guest post on her blog while she’s taking some time off with her sweet new baby Isla. I listed some of my all-time favorite maternity/post-pregnancy stuff in the post. I hope you like it! 

Good morning friends! Risa of Really Risa asked me to do a guest post on her blog while she’s taking some time off with her sweet new baby Isla. I listed some of my all-time favorite maternity/post-pregnancy stuff in the post. I hope you like it! 

Maternity leggings question:

I got this email a few days ago:

As the Unofficial Queen of Leggings, you’re the first person I thought of to recommend a good, high-quality pair of black maternity leggings. In my non-pregnant state I’m a huge fan of Zella Live-In leggings and I’d love to find a similar nice, opaque black pair that work well for both workouts and slug life and casual outfits. Ideally, I’d like to stay around $50 or less, but I’d consider paying more for a really good pair.

I’m almost 20 weeks and my non-maternity options are starting to cut my mid-section half and I now have a really unattractive double-stomach thing going on!

My favorite maternity leggings were from Target and from Forever 21. Forever 21, unfortunately, no longer makes their maternity stuff. It’s a shame, because they were great, cheap basics. I wore the hell out of their leggings. (And continued to wear them post-birth because WHY NOT.) Target still has them though! Here is a Liz Lange pair similar to the ones I had ($17). I really hated full-panel leggings and pants which is why I took to demi-panel ones instead. I think these Target ribbed leggings ($25) are adorable too. The gray color is fun for lounging around at home! If you haven’t tried a full-panel legging, this pair for $30 might be a good one to start with. They’re ponte pants, so they’re probably more opaque and thick than regular leggings. 

I have some friends who SWORE by Old Navy’s full-panel jersey leggings. They’re a complete steal at $12 each. 601 reviews can’t be wrong! Their jersey legging 2-pack for $20 is a great deal too. 

Another brand of maternity leggings I have heard fantastic things about: LOFT. Their leggings in stretch ponte ($65) and regular ponte leggings ($55) are eligible for 40% off today with code GET40

Something I saw today that is REALLY cool: GapFit now makes maternity gFast leggings! They’re just $40 (get 40% off with code GAPSAVE). I’m really into GapFit stuff right now and some friends keep telling me to try these leggings because they love them so much. Because they’re made of technical fabric, they are probably more opaque and durable than a standard cotton pair. 

Some other inexpensive pairs: ASOS has a support legging for $40, Topshop maternity leggings are just $20 and Topshop’s ponte maternity pants are $40. Boden’s maternity leggings are $34 and have 129 4.5 star reviews. 

If you don’t mind spending a little more, Isabella Oliver makes really good maternity stuff. Her leggings are $72. Plush gets fantastic reviews for their leggings and they make a fleece-lined maternity pair for $82. 

One last option: Aerie doesn’t have maternity stuff, but they do make a yoga legging with a foldover waistband. Just unroll that waistband and you’re good to go. They’re only $20 and I LIVE for Aerie’s comfy stuff. 

wanderingtexans asked: Hi Jaclyn! I have to attend a military formal at the end of January and a wedding in mid-February and I'm hoping to find a dress I can wear to both. This is hard enough without the fact that I'll be 4.5-5 months pregnant at the two events and I'm having ZERO luck finding a maternity evening dress that isn't awful. I'd be ok to wear a short dress, so long as it's still suitable for a special occasion. Thank you in advance for your help!!

I found the perfect dress but it’s on sale and you might have to move fast! This J.Crew long dress in liquid jersey is already marked down to $170 (from $325), but you can take an additional 40% off with code FUNSALE. The empire waist will be perfect and the shape is good for either a wedding or a formal. I’d go with black or navy so it looks less bridesmaid-y, but a lot of that comes down to the hair/accessories. If I were you, I’d keep it simple—wavy hair down, maybe a few bracelets or one statement necklace.

If you want a shorter option, this empire-waisted Eliza J dress from Nordstrom is $148, available in blue or black (I like black) and has a great, dramatic neckline. 

If you’d rather rent a dress, I put some ideas that might work for you in this post. This ($85) is a pretty dress and I’m a huge fan of this color ($70). Pink and red together looks fun, youthful ($200) or go all-red in this dramatic dress ($70). 

Last but not least: Topshop has some affordable and simple/minimal dresses available in maternity sizes. You could go with a basic black or red dress and add some killer accessories to dress it up. 

Have fun!